EPISODE 1: SHOW HOMES • Interior Design Masters, BBC2 & Netflix
How I turned a white box into a beautiful space with depth, a story and a soul
The first challenge on Interior Design Masters was to design the master bedroom in a luxury show home in Newcastle. I had just two days and a very modest budget of £1500 to achieve my transformation. The head judge was Michelle Ogundehin and the guest judge this week was one of my idols, fashion, lifestyle and interior designer Matthew Williamson, known for his use of bold and dramatic colour.
Judge Matthew Williamson said, "Super accomplished. Nicki made some great sophisticated, super chic choices." "Lovely subtle clever use of materials," and "I can that see that modernist, pared back, almost minimalist style."
THE FINISHED ROOM (scroll down to see the before)
WHAT HAPPENED We met our teams on the first day of filming in the London studio. I was with Jim, Jerome, Terian and Cassie. The plot twist was that we had already separately designed our rooms and sourced most of the items ready for the transformation. Suddenly we had to create a cohesive look for the entire house. We had only just met each other and each of us had very different styles. However, as we discovered, there were many similarities between our designs. For example, many of us chose to use pink, many used darker tones. I used both. The result? Our house was much bolder and braver than anyone anticipated, which I found exciting and inspiring: everything a show home should be.
We were told: “The developers expect a high standard and an impeccable finish, and whilst they are not tied to any particular design style they will be expecting a room that has been superbly styled. With soft furnishings, objects and artwork thoughtfully curated and placed."
The developer’s clientele expect rooms that are:
Sumptuous & luxurious
Comfortable & composed
I adore dark bedrooms. They are sensual, intimate, glamorous and contemporary. My aim was to create a uniquely inspiring and aspirational retreat to tempt the modern house-hunter. This was more than a room. This was a lifestyle.
I love designing unique hand-made items for the rooms I decorate. This project was no exception!
Detailed visual aids help the client focus on the final design vision in a way no words ever can. I love communicating ideas and creating a story in the way I do so. This is a very time-consuming element of my preparation, but I consider it essential.
GET THE LOOK
Paint colours: Farrow and Ball Off Black & Valspar Petal Grove
Kimono: New Look
Wall Lights: Find similar at here
Rug: H&M, find similar here
Rattan chair: Find similar here
Pendant Lights: Discount Home lighting here
Round Mirror: Umbra, here
Woven cane: Seating Weaving Supplies here
Linen throw on bed: Find similar at here
Vase: Made.com here
INTERIOR DESIGN MASTER CONTESTANTS • EPISODE 1