INTERIOR DESIGN MASTERS (BBC) thoughtsMackenzie Paige
I know I’ve been a bit slack on my videos of the final few episodes of Interior Design Masters (BBC) but I’ve been so busy, I’ve just not had time! I thought I’d write my thoughts down this time on the FINAL episode!
The final challenge required the 2 fabulous finalists (Lynsey and Siobhan) to design a whole holiday home (living / kitchen space, 2 x bedrooms, 1 x hallway and landing). The beautiful houses are in Cornwall and were great spaces to design.
Siobhan – Siobhan’s brief was to design a fun family friendly space, and Lynsey’s brief was to design a space ideal for girls’ getaways.
I think naturally, Lynsey’s brief could lend itself to being a bit more fun and mature, whereas the family friendly brief may have had to have been a little bit more paired back. So whether they were set off on an uneven placing, I think is something that could be discussed. However, in terms of being a designer, you don’t get to choose your brief and you work with it and make it the best it can be!
I love Siobhan’s style. She is unapologetically bold, maximalist, quirky, opulent and more and I think this is something that is missing in so many spaces. Why can’t your home be bold and quirky and bright (like Siobhan’s), everything would be a much more exciting place if everywhere was so colourful!
So, as you can see from Siobhan’s design – it is bold, it is quirky, it is GORGEOUS. It’s eclectic and somewhat reminds me of ‘The Crazy Bear’ hotel and restaurant. My only concern with it, is that it omits one whole part of the brief – it’s not necessarily family friendly.
Without a doubt, this design is fun which was part of the brief but the design isn’t, in my opinion, suitable for a family. The den area that Siobhan created on the landing is fabulous, and I love her clever use of the panelling to make this a cosy ‘teenager’ corner. The lounge though, is not practical for hyperactive or crawling children, it could though work for a family with teenagers. The seating layout and number of seats was great for a family, and they’re big comfy family size sofas, which is again ideal. I just don’t know if the finishing touches and things that tie this scheme together, were really ideal for a family. I’m sure though that some design conscious teenagers and children will walk in and say ‘this is so cool’ when they see the innovative light fittings and other aspects that Siobhan has created.
The bedrooms were beautiful, and ideal for ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’ to stay in, but as the judges said, perhaps one of the rooms should have been calmer, for children to sleep in and also just a bit more child friendly.
She thought a lot about so many details of the scheme, and it is beautiful and I would stay there in a heartbeat. But for a family space, for me, this isn’t ideal. This takes me back to me mentioning the brief earlier on, I think Siobhan’s brief was maybe somewhat trickier for her, as her style does lend itself perfectly to Lynsey’s brief. BUT, you can’t choose your brief, and for the final, despite the design being absolutely stunning I would have personally put a great deal of effort into the brief and it’s requirements.
Moving onto Lynsey’s brief – as I said above, her brief was to create a girl’s weekend type place and this is what she created…
If you placed Lynsey & Sibohan’s holiday homes next to one another, you could advertise them as a pair of sister holiday lets, as the final designs were very similar in their style. I think Lynsey’s was slightly calmer than Siobhan’s which is neither negative nor positive. I think that Siobhan’s design would be ideal for a girls’ getaway (more so than a family getaway), and Lynsey’s whilst absolutely ideal and beautiful for a girls’ getaway, hers would be more practical than Siobhan’s is for a family friendly getaway – all in terms of practicality. Siobhan’s is definitely more fun for a family which was in her brief, but the practicalities are missing for me. The colour palettes between both designer’s was very similar, as was the general 1920s Hollywood opulence concept too.
Lynsey is a trained architect and her clever understanding of space, really enabled her to define different zones and areas. The partition in the lounge area was something both designers did, but her instinctive feeling to create and place an island in the kitchen was superb and really does help to change the dynamic of the space.
Unlike Siobhan’s, Lynsey’s bedrooms were a calmer retreat from the more bold colour palette of downstairs. They are beautiful and again, her clever use of cladding to disguise the wardrobe doors was genius. However, I do think that Lynsey maybe could have gone as bold as Siobhan did in her bedrooms, but then I think Siobhan should have muted it down a bit, like Lynsey’s were perhaps.
There’s no doubt that both the designs were stunning and both designers are incredible designers, I just think for the final of a show like this, it is imperative to understand the brief and understand the requirements of who will use the space. I feel generally, Siobhan’s designs have all been bold and quirky and so her (which I love) but then could you argue, does the professional side of understanding your client and brief slip as you’re so focussed on your style? I’m not sure. Lynsey has her signature style, but in my opinion she did work her style into the briefs to create a balanced design of understanding her client and their brief, but also putting her stamp on everything which is why I think she was an absolutely worthy winner of Interior Design Masters (BBC) 2021… Bar the slip with the camera shop (in my opinion) she’s just shown a text book example of progress in the competition. I can’t remember which video, but in episode 1 or 2 of my run down’s, I said she would win ;-).
I wish all the contestants good luck in their design careers, as without a doubt, they’re all amazing designers, and I wish ‘Congratulations’ to Lynsey on her win, but also her beautiful new baby girl too.
Let me know what you thought of the winner and the final designs.
See more of the contestants designs here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0007mmw