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Templeton couple makes return to ‘Oprah’

Nearly three years after their thrilling home makeover, a North County couple is returning to “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

John and Margie Couch of Templeton will appear today on the popular talk show as part of an episode dedicated to departing interior designer Nate Berkus.

“It’s just a fun experience to go back there,” Margie Couch said of filming in Chicago, Oprah’s hometown.

She and her husband, retired Atascadero Police Department Chief John Couch, first appeared on “Oprah” in October 2007, when their home of 18 years was featured on “Nate Berkus’ Time Warp Makeovers.”

Over the course of eight days, Berkus and his work crew transformed the 3,000-square-foot farmhouse from “country clutter” to “California chic.”

“It just totally broke us out of our mold,” Margie Couch said.

In the family room, the interior designer created a warm, comfortable meeting place — swapping sea foam carpet with hardwood floors and painting the pine ceiling a vibrant apple green. He switched floral sofas and an overstuffed mauve recliner with cane-backed chairs and a sleek sectional.

Berkus also updated the Couches’ master bedroom — a cute, country-themed room complete with pink walls, pink nightstands and a teddy bear collection. Using a neutral color palette of browns and blues, he simplified the furniture layout, installed a chandelier and added new window treatments to make the room look taller.

According to Couch, the couple liked Berkus’ changes so much that they’ve spent the last few years renovating the house room by room.

“We took what he did as a blueprint,” echoing elements here and there, she said.

For instance, she said, they painted a powder room green and installed taupe wool carpet in their living room, which now boasts a vineyard motif.

The Couches also turned their recreation room into a dining room, replacing a ping pong table with a dark, sturdy table and large area rug.

Next on the list are the master bedroom and kitchen, she said.

“It’s just taken a long time. It’s cost a lot,” she said of the renovation, adding that the couple has handled most of the labor.

“Oprah” staffers approached the Couches in late April about returning to the show. The couple flew to Chicago on May 11 and taped their appearance two days later.

The episode, which airs today, will feature clips from Berkus’ “most jaw-dropping, eye-popping, ‘How’d he do that?’ makeovers” as well as “an emotional reunion as Nate reunites with one of the families who meant the most to him,” a news release stated.

After eight years, Berkus is leaving “Oprah” to launch his own television show.

“The Nate Berkus Show” debuts Sept. 13 on NBC.

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