Win a FREE place on KLC's Certificate Residential Interior Design course worth £9,945

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 2019.

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 exercise.  This exercise 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

Your client, Amanda McVey, has just completed the purchase of a one bedroom ground floor apartment with access to the communal garden in an Italianate style late-19th-century villa in Chiswick.  Recently divorced, the family home in Sussex had its sale completed, and she has opted to live in London to focus on her successful fashion PR business.  Chiswick is within easy reach of her West London office and, not wanting to part with her beloved long-haired dachshund Gertie, access to a garden and park were non-negotiables when she was searching for somewhere to live.  Fortunately, there are no restrictions on pets in the lease.



Amanda recently celebrated her 50th birthday at The French House, Soho, enjoying dinner with a few close friends.  When it comes to interior styles her taste has been influenced, to some extent, by the extensive travel she has done for work and pleasure and she would like this to be reflected in her new residence. As most of her entertaining for work is done in restaurants, her home needs to be a real retreat where she can completely relax.

Amanda enjoys cooking for small groups of friends or when her two daughters come over for Sunday lunch, and she is never happier than when she is curled up with a good book.  A keen concert-goer, listening to music at home is one of her great loves.  To keep fit, she attends  Pilates and Barrecore classes.    The contents of the family home were divided up between herself and her ex-husband and, faced with the need to downsize, she sent much of the larger pieces of furniture to auction, retaining a few basics.  However there was no way she was prepared to part with two very exceptional inherited pieces – a still life painting by Samuel Peploe in warm pinks, oranges, greens and lilac (65cm square) and a Giacometti bronze sculpture of two figures (59cm high x 36cm wide); she would like both of these to be showcased in her new home. 

Inevitably she has an extensive collection of books, both hardback and paperback, and she would appreciate feature shelving designed to house this.   She has also built up an extensive wardrobe of clothes over the years and, whilst she has recycled some of the items, she is reluctant to part with much more at present.  Her favourite designers include Vivienne Westwood, Alexander Mcqueen, Paula Ka and Emilia Wickstead, and over the years she has procured some vintage Dior and Chanel pieces.


Her home style is eclectic and her interior design preference is for a palette of warm colours.  She would like the apartment to be functional with a good flow around the space; she feels uncomfortable with too much clutter around her.

Ideally, she would like the accommodation to provide:

  • An entrance area/hall
  • Bedroom and bathroom en-suite with easy access for guests to the bathroom
  • Generous storage for her clothes and accessories
  • An area for cooking, eating and living (this could be open plan and zoned, or partially divided) to include a table and chairs for dining and relaxed seating for four to six guests.
  • Built-in bookshelves
  • A small area for her to work at her laptop.

She would like you to consider:

  • The best room layout for the apartment to achieve this*
  • Some rough furniture layouts to include planning for the kitchen and bathroom, and suggestions for storage for books and clothes
  • Ideas for the mood and style of the space how?

*Amanda has taken advice from an architect friend and structural engineer and established that the internal walls of the apartment could be removed if the surrounding areas are re-enforced with the insertion of heavy-weight rolled steel joists (RSJ’s).

Competition entry details:

  • All entries must be digital and received by midnight on 2nd June 2019. They can only be submitted via the form below.
  • If you experience any issues please email us at or call us between 0900 and 17.30 Monday to Friday.

Your submission should include:

  • Floor Plan of the apartment showing new room and furniture layouts (this can be hand drawn and does not have to be to scale but should be proportionate)
  • Mood board 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 the lighting in the apartment.

Judging process:

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

How to Enter

1) Download the floorplan - Chiswick Floorplan [PDF 0.4MB]

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 apartment showing new room and furniture layouts (this can be hand drawn and does not have to be to scale but should be proportionate

b) Mood board to convey mood and style (which could include images of furniture, lighting, storage etc.)

c) A 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 the lighting in the apartment.

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 2nd June 2019.

Competition Terms and Conditions:

  • The Competition award is for either the full time or part time Certificate course for September 2019 entry only
  • 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 -
  • 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 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, Ruth Casserly.
  • 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 (  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 ( 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 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 2 June 2019. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the above Terms and Conditions.

Competition Entry Form