Win a FREE place on KLC's Certificate Residential Interior Design course worth £9,995

We are delighted to be working with House & Garden to identify someone with the real potential to succeed as an interior designer and to offer them a free place on either the Part Time or Full Time Certificate Residential Interior Design courses commencing September 2020. [NOTE: In the event of a continued or repeat lockdown, we would provide the winner with free a place on the Online Certificate course as an alternative, so the winner can start their studies without delay!]

As with all applicants for KLC career-focused courses, we want to be certain that it is the right course for you and entrants are asked to undertake an interior design project.  This project is designed to give you the chance to showcase your talent and give us a real insight into your creative approach, spatial awareness, ability to problem solve and think outside the box.

The Competition Brief

Client Profile

Your clients Richard and Maryjane Clements have finally decided to take the plunge and move from London to the country.  They have purchased their forever home in the Forest of Dean area, as they are keen to bring up their two boys 12 and 9 in a less urban environment and because of their concerns about climate change and earth’s dwindling resources.  Once the work on their new home is complete there will be a canine addition to the family – probably a Labrador – as they have promised the boys.

Richard works for a specialist recruitment company and so has the flexibility to work mainly from home.  Maryjane has previously worked in the media but has always wanted to run her own floral design company which she hopes to launch once they are settled.  The cottage has an outbuilding which would be ideal for this. They are both great readers and walkers and Maryjane loves ballroom dancing and is hoping that she will be able to find somewhere locally where she can continue with this.

image of a Charming Cottage in the Forest of Dean area

The Property

Their recently purchased property is a charming cottage which is around 170 years old.  It was originally built and owned by the local baker that served the area and is tucked away in a quiet lane in a small hamlet in the Forest of Dean area

An image of the Garden view of the charming cottage

The interior of the property is very dated and tired and requires a full refit.  Your clients are keen to renovate the cottage to accommodate the needs of a modern family but they also want to respect its history and charm.  The property is not listed but the clients do not wish to undertake any sizeable and costly construction work. Instead, they would prefer to allocate the majority of their budget on the interior finishes and furniture

They would like you to focus on the ground floor which naturally divides into three zones and in this area they are installing water-based underfloor heating, so no radiators are required.

Image of an Interior view of the charming cottage

Style Preferences

Richard and Maryjane have similar tastes – sustainability is a priority and they prefer natural materials and textures with soft, light colour palettes and fresh pastel accent colours.  They are hoping you can create an individual and quirky but contemporary take on ‘country cottage’ style.

Wish List

They would like the ground floor to have a very cohesive feel and to provide them with:

  • A kitchen incorporating, oven, grill and hob (not gas supplied); a butler style sink; an integrated fridge and freezer; an integrated microwave; integrated full-size dishwasher and as much pantry space as possible.  Maryjane would love a small workspace here too.

  • A dining area to seat 6 either within the kitchen or adjacent to it

  • A small boot room area to store boots, coats and bags

  • A utility/laundry area with space for laundry, sorting, drying etc

  • A comfortable living room for all the family (to include a TV, music system, books and generous storage)

  • A snug for Richard and Maryjane seating 4-5 incorporating Richard’s dream drinks trolley/bar.  They would like this room to double up as a home office for Richard to use during the day which can be hidden away at night. Ideally, this would be equipped for video conferencing

  • When it comes to materials and finishes they would like a feeling of cohesion and practical and hardwearing flooring throughout in keeping with the property.

  • Most of their London furniture is unsuitable for the cottage so this will be sold at auction.  They would like any items purchased for this project to be second hand/antique or sourced from small, specialist craftsmen

  • They would also like to feature artworks by local designers

  • There are just two possessions that they could not bear to part with and would like you to feature in your schemes.  These are Marmalade a textured sculpture of a reclining cat by Tom Hiscox in Corten steel and copper plate measuring 57x36x16cm and a distressed, aged dove grey breakfront sideboard with diamond details on all four doors and small door furniture that mirrors the diamond design.  The dimensions of this piece are H.87.5 W205.5 x D.52cm

Floorplan and elevations

Download the floorplan - Forest of Dean Floorplan [PDF 0.7MB] and the Elevations - Forest of Dean Elevations [PDF 0.6MB]

Competition entry details:

  • All entries must be digital and received by midnight on 1st June 2020.  They can only be submitted by the form below.
  • If you experience any issues, please email us at info@klc.co.uk or call us between 0900 and 17.30 Monday to Friday.

Your submission should include:

  • Floor plan of the ground floor of the property showing your proposed use of the space and furniture layouts (this can be hand drawn and does not have to be to scale but should be proportionate)
  • Sketches of any special details such as Richard’s home office or bar and/or living room storage
  • Mood board/s to convey mood and style (which could include images of furniture, lighting storage etc)
  • Completed entry form to include a brief description of your design ideas, together with your reasons for your design decisions.  Include any particular thoughts you have for lighting the rooms.

Judging Details

  • Shortlisted entrants will be asked to prepare print-outs of the layouts, sketches and mood board/s, together with a presentation board showing actual samples/cuttings of some of the materials and finishes and photos of examples of furniture and artworks they would propose for the schemes
  • Judging will take place at the offices of House & Garden, Vogue House, Hanover Square, London W1 during the week of 15th June 2020 (date to be confirmed).

 

How to Enter

1) Download the floorplan - Forest of Dean Floorplan [PDF 0.7MB] and the Elevations - Forest of Dean Elevations [PDF 0.6MB]

2) Carefully read the brief and the terms and conditions below before creating your submissions

3) Your submisisons should include:

a) Floor plan of the ground floor of the property showing your proposed use of the space and furniture layouts (this can be hand drawn and does not have to be to scale but should be proportionate)

b) Sketches of any special details such as Richard’s home office or bar and/or living room storage

c) Mood board/s to convey mood and style (which could include images of furniture, lighting storage etc)

d) Completed entry form to include a brief description of your design ideas, together with your reasons for your design decisions.  Include any particular thoughts you have for lighting the rooms.

4) Complete the online entry form at the bottom of this page including the upload of your floor plan and mood board files. All entries must be digital and submitted by midnight on 1st June 2020.

Competition Terms and Conditions:

  • The Competition award is for either the full time or part time Certificate course for September 2020 entry only
  • In the event of a continued or repeat lockdown, KLC would substitute the above prize with a free a place on the Online Certificate course
  • Entrants must be a minimum of 18 years old by the entry deadline and be able to devote sufficient study time to their course (as set out on the KLC website - www.klc.co.uk)
  • The Competition award is non-transferrable and there is no cash alternative
  • Only one entry per person will be considered
  • The 5 applicants on the final shortlist will be invited to bring their A3 presentation board, together with printouts of their mood board, sketches and layouts, to House & Garden’s offices. There they will meet the Editor and editorial team to present their ideas to the Editor, Deputy Editor and KLC’s Principal, Jenny Gibbs, and Certificate Course Leader, Ally Wates
  • KLC reserves the right to cancel or amend all or any part of the Competition and/or Rules of Entry without notice for any matter arising that is beyond the reasonable control of KLC Ltd. Any changes to the Rules, or cancellation of the Competition, will be posted on the KLC School of Design website (klc.co.uk).  It is the responsibility of entrants to keep themselves informed of any changes to the Rules
  • In order to attend either Certificate course, English Language ability must be competent, and a minimum score of 6.5 on the English Language Testing System (ielts.org.uk) or equivalent is required
  • Only entries made by the Closing Date and in the manner set out in the Competition details will be considered for the award
  • The winner of the Competition will be selected and notified as set out in the Competition Terms
  • The decision of the judges is final and it is not possible for representatives of House & Garden or KLC to enter into correspondence regarding any of the entries
  • In the event that the winner is disqualified from the Competition, the judging panel will select an alternative winner in the same manner as the original winner, and such selection will be subject to the Rules
  • There is no requirement to make any purchase in order to enter the Competition or access the KLC website.

Intellectual Property Rights and Data Protection

  • You agree that KLC Ltd and House & Garden may use your entry (whether or not it wins the Competition) for any promotional purpose (for example, placing it on the KLC website or any poster, leaflet or other advertising media).
  • KLC Ltd and House & Garden has your permission to use, reproduce, publish, display, transmit, copy, amend, store, your entry worldwide for such promotional purposes and for the purposes of the Competition
  • KLC Ltd and House & Garden will use any personal information that you provide with your Entry for the purposes of the entry and, where you have given your consent, for marketing purposes including the distribution of regular email updates or newsletters. Any personal information relating to entrants will be used solely by us in accordance with applicable data protection legislation
  • You confirm that your entry is original and your own work and you have the right to lease to KLC Ltd the copyright and other intellectual property rights in the entry for the purposes referred to in these Rules
  • The winner of the Competition unconditionally agrees (as a condition of accepting any place on a Certificate course) to the use of their name and one or more photographs of themselves
  • All entries must be received by midnight on 1st June 2020. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the 'Terms and Conditions'.

This competition is now closed for entries.