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Oaki Design's award-winning room set at Grand Designs Live, London 2017
Oaki Design's award-winning room set at Grand Designs Live, London 2017
Oaki Design's award-winning room set at Grand Designs Live, London 2017
Oaki Design's award-winning room set at Grand Designs Live, London 2017

Grand Designs Live

Room sets are a regular feature at the Grand Designs Live interior design show – they introduce visitors to fresh ideas, interesting products and new suppliers. Each year six interior designers are challenged to create room schemes that have been inspired by a chosen theme. This year, the designers were required to take their inspiration from a TV series.

I was one of the six national finalists selected for the London show 2017. My chosen theme was inspired by Blackadder II. My design choices were influenced by the textures and colours of the clothing, as well as the personalities of the cast. The result was a sumptuous scheme with dark blue walls, Tudor-style panelling, rich oak flooring and finishes of pewter, brass and copper. Two large armchairs were selected as fun representations of Edmund Blackadder and Lord Percy. The large paper-based artwork was inspired by the Elizabethan ruff worn by Queenie, and the unusual cage pendant took inspiration from Elizabethan pumpkin trousers! A touch of humour was added through the additional artworks (a nod to the Blackadder II credits).

The Grand Designs room sets are a brilliant way of illustrating how design inspiration can emerge from just about anywhere!

To achieve the look, I sourced beautiful oak-engineered flooring from Ted Todd, intelligent matt emulsion from Little Greene, two magnificent table lamps from India Jane and a pale gold damask fabric from Zoffany. Furniture, including the impressive studded armchair came from Woodpecker Interiors, some funky mock croc console tables, which helped modernise the scheme, were from Out There Interiors and an antique gold rope table was provided by Mulberry Moon. Accessories, including a stunning faux fur throw, were supplied by Bell & Blue.

Adrian Williams from Bewdley Carpentry Creations was commissioned to make the amazing Tudor-style panelling, which added both interest and texture to the alcoves. The plaster fire surround was finished in an amazing limestone effect paint from StoneLux, and the show-stopping textile artwork was made by Gill Wilson, Paperworks in Derbyshire.

My Blackadder room scheme was selected as the overall winner by judges Sophie Robinson and Daniel Hopwood of The Great Interior Design Challenge.

“The dark paint is contrasted by lovely amber colours, which warm up the space really well.”
Daniel Hopwood

“We thought it was very professional, excellent use of materials and exquisitely styled.”
Sophie Robinson

To read more about the Grand Designs project build, visit my blog: Journeys in Design.

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