At London’s Excel Centre, Grand Designs Live is just a short hop from Central London on the DLR (Be sure to get a seat up front and pretend to be the driver).

As one of the UK’s largest consumer shows and with the friendly face of Kevin McCloud at the helm, the halls are split into Kitchens & Bathrooms, Garden, Build and Interiors.

Every year, Grand Designs pick three top stylists to create ‘Grand Interiors’ room sets. These focus on interior designs through the generations, and how a space can be designed to suit your needs, including interior design for first time buyers and new builds, young families extending their homes and older families looking to update their homes.

Grand Interiors Roomset by Maxine Brady
Maxine Brady’s Grand Interiors room set

Our eye was caught by this colourful kitchen and lounge infusion and we would love to create this look in our new flat! Styled by Maxine Brady, we love the flashes of colour and think yellow will definitely be key in our home come September.

Firstly, the Jonah armchair from Created by James Harrison, who won the Elle Decoration Young Designer or the Year in 2007, the chair is a bit of an oxymoron as it’s a ‘modern retro’ piece. It features curved arms and splayed legs which give it a lighter appearance, meaning it will not dominate the room.

Jonah armchair in yellow by
Jonah Armchair in dandelion yellow, £399 from
dwell Palermo dining table
Palermo gloss dining table, £149 from dwell

Next up is the Palermo white gloss dining table from dwell. One of the brand’s statement pieces, it has a polished chrome pedestal base, on which a stark white gloss top would help create the clean look we like. With a diameter of just 80cm, the table can seat two comfortably or four if needs be! Great if we don’t have a lot of space in our new flat…

We hope you are inspired on a grand scale,

David & Mark x

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