Recently we found ourselves taking a stroll around the ExCeL centre for Grand Designs Live. Showcasing the latest in interiors as well as hosting talks with design experts, there’s a lot to do and see. However, with that said, it does get quite samey and some sections, doors, conservatories and scaffolding, for example, are a bit of a yawn-fest and the representatives on the stalls can come across a bit heavy with the sales chat. Amongst all the hustle and bustle we came across the Grand Interiors Room Sets.

Sponsored by Gumtree and in collaboration with the KLC School of Design, six interior designers were invited to create a room set. The theme this year was ‘Famous Places That Never Existed’. It was an unexpected theme but looked incredible amongst the rather mundane kitchens and bathrooms!

Each room had to be dressed with products that are easily available to all visitors and can be purchased from British manufacturers at that time either in-store or online.So let’s see what magical destination each designer took us to and how they interpreted the look…

Neverland – study, Zoe Hewett Interiors 

Grand Budapest Hotel – lobby, Amanda Neilson Interiors

Pandora – lounge, Stefa Interior Design

Where the Wild Things Are – child’s bedroom, Nisha Stevens

The Island of Atlantis – bathroom, Monaco Interiors

Secret Garden – dining room, Create Perfect

Each room was judged by design experts and judges of The Great Interior Design Challenge, Daniel Hopwood and Sophie Robinson and this year, winner of best room set went to Nisha Stevens for her fantastic Where the Wild Things Are inspired child’s bedroom. We wouldn’t mind having that room ourselves!

They all looked beautiful with some really innovative ideas and it just goes to show that you can look a little further – even to places that never existed – to find inspiration for design in the home.

Which is your favourite room set? Drop us a comment or tweet us – we’d love to hear!

David & Mark x

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