Thursday, 29 March 2012

Then there was one.....

As I mentioned in my blog the other week, I made it to the final of Wallpaper Design of the Year, at the Ideal Home Show, and Monday was D-Day for finding out the winner.

The Ideal Home Show is a pretty spectacular exhibition, with 2 floors of DIY, home decorating, gardening, baking, restaurants - you name it, it was probably in Earls Court!

The ever flamboyant (and actually rather amusing) Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen was introducing the finalists and their work, and then naming the overall winner of the competition. Each of us taking it in turns to go up onto the stage and talk to him about the designs we'd created.

Jane, who is doing the same Surface Pattern Design E-course as me, was up first...

Jane's design was a beautiful array of colours - very much in the style of the fabrics she designs, which you can see on her website

Then it was my turn - never has my stomach somersaulted so much - I'm sure it could have been a contender for the 2012 olympic gymnastics!!!

The winner was finally named as Lollie Dunbar, with a design of rabbits and trees (which, unfortunately I didn't get a picture of, but it will be available on

All the finalists designs were equally fantastic - each design so completely different. Pictured below (rather blurred) are all the finalists - with the winner, Lollie, in the middle.

From left to right - Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen (as if you needed telling), Me, Jane, Lollie, Eve, Sally and Tom (from

It was a lovely atmosphere, and it was great to meet the other finalists, and hopefully a great start to a career in surface pattern design. But with the sun shining it was time to head off into the outdoors and pay a visit to The Hummingbird Bakery, but that's a whole new blog....

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