The Great Interior Design (Library) Challenge!

The Great Interior Design ChallengeFans of the BBC’s ‘Great Interior Design Challenge’ will know that the series reaches its final tomorrow, 2 December. The original field of 27 designers has reduced to just two finalists, who will be working on three rooms each within a converted stately home.

Earlier in the series, a lovely ‘Cote d’Azur’ style bedroom was created in a seaside cottage in Brixham by one of our very own library staff, Lacey.

I wondered if working amidst the library’s wide range of source material had been useful to her in her interior design exploits:

“Working in libraries has definitely played a big part in helping me with my journey in interior design (educational and personal), due to the flexible nature of the job and the wide variety of resources to choose from.
I practically used all of the amazing collections of DIY, art and design books to help me – whether I was taking inspiration from the books and resources (including magazines available in the library or e-magazines such as House and Garden, Ideal Home etc) or finding a book on the returns trolley or on the new book stand – it’s definitely been a real goldmine!”

Lacey obviously doesn’t work in every library across the three boroughs (Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham), but no matter – it’s easy to find and get hold of books and other stock using the joint catalogue. Lacey recommends:

Bright Bazaar, by Will Taylor The perfectly imperfect home, by Deborah Needleman Kevin McCloud’s Colour Now, by Kevin Mccloud Decorating with style by Abigail Ahern A Girl’s Guide to Decorating by Abigail Ahern Colour: a journey by Victoria Alexander

Top row, L-R: Bright Bazaar: embracing colour for make-you-smile style
by Will Taylor; The Perfectly Imperfect Home: how to decorate and live well
by Deborah Needleman; Kevin McCloud’s Colour Now: an expert guide to choosing colours for your home, by Kevin McCloud.
Bottom row, L-RDecorating with style by Abigail Ahern; A Girl’s Guide to Decorating by Abigail Ahern; Colour: a journey by Victoria Alexander.



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