KLC Student, Hannah Challis, Winner of Grand Designs Live 'Working from Home' Project


Congratulations to KLC Student and Founder of Playhaus Interiors, Hannah Challis, who has been announced as the winner of the Grand Designs ‘Working from Home Project’. The brief was to transform a space around the size of a typical box room into a multi-functional working environment that is both stylish and practical. Hannah’s winning design definitely me the brief and integrated function and fun into her family-friendly home office design.

All rooms exhibting live at the 2022 event were judged by an expert panel including Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs magazine editor Karen Stylianides, Kathryn Lloyd, colour specialist at Crown Paints, Helen Davies Property Editor of The Times and The Sunday Times, and Matthew Freeman, President Elect of the British Institute of Interior Design.

Hannah shared her thoughts on winning this project,

“I was thrilled to be a finalist at the Grand Designs ‘Working from Home’ Project. There was a very short turn around of approximately 4 weeks to gather everything I needed to bring my design to life, with 2 days at the Excel building my room set. I designed a 3D plan of my home office layout so I knew exactly where everything would go with the odd tweak at the end as every Interior Designer does! To be crowned as the winner live at Grand Designs chosen by expert judges, including Kevin McCloud was one of my proudest moments and has furthered my passion for creating beautiful spaces”

Grand Designs Live shared that ‘The space featured a calming colour palette of neutrals and nature-inspired tones and textures. She also worked a cat shelf into the design, and a play and snack station for kids, acknowledging that interruptions are part and parcel of working from home. A design feature that particularly impressed the judges was the use of a whiteboard as a desk, offering enough space to work and a handy, wipe-clean scribble pad to note down ideas when they strike. It also doubles as a children’s play table.’

‘We loved the paint colours and geometry – it is a very calm and serene space,’ said judge Kevin McCloud. ‘We love the storage for children’s books and pencils, and the ‘help yourself’ treat box on the wall which can be easily accessed by children – it is a great idea.

Congratulations Hannah on this winning design and great exhibition at the Live Event of 2022.

Follow Hannah Challis and Playhaus Interiors here:

Website: www.playhausinteriors.comInstagram: @playhaus_interiors

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