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Room Rescue: A girly cellar in Gloucestershire 7 December, 2009

Posted by katiehodgkiss in 3D room design.
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Hello and welcome to this week’s room rescue.

The room chosen for a 3D makeover this week was sent in by Yvonne from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Last year Yvonne’s husband tragically died of cancer: ‘He was the designer of the two of us. The cellar was his boys den with surround sound telly and pictures of cars everywhere,’ she said.

Now Yvonne feels it’s time to make a change: ‘The memories are nice but It’s starting to feel like a shrine and he wouldn’t want that.  I’m ready to make my mark, make it a bit more feminine and discover what my style is.  I want to keep the AV aspect of the room and also need to work there sometimes on PC sometimes.”

With this in mind, Yvonne chose a design by community member designerv as her winner:

Yvonne said: ‘What attracted me most to this design was the colour scheme of green with pink accents which give it a feminine feel without losing the contemporary style. Losing the clutter, wall mounting the TV, a corner space for PC and a contemporary styled sofa are all aspects of this that I will keep. The only thing lacking is some storage space and  would replace the planters with bookshelves‘.

We are big fans of desigerv’s choices too – the colours are perfect for brightening up a dark cellar. Unfortunately this was not the case for design aficionado Kelly Hoppen, who chose this room by gingerpantz as her winner:

Kelly said: ‘As the space is a small area it is important not to make it too fussy. The wood floor works well in the room and I really like the light fitting. I think that a fuller range of neutrals would have worked better as at the moment it looks a bit bland. I understand the look that the designer is trying to achieve here but it is not quite there. A good starting point though.’

Well we can see your point Kelly – the flooring compliments the muted colours perfectly, and we can’t express enough love for that Ivy bookcase from Go Modern! Yvonne like this room too, but was deterred by a critical flaw: ‘This design is lovely but they’ve changed the windows so it wouldn’t actually look like that in my house!’.

To buy any of the items used in this week’s winning design, click here.

The Room Rescue column will now not appear in The Telegraph until January, as they are scaling back the interiors section over Christmas. Don’t fret though – you can still see the winning designs on the Telegraph website and of course we’ll still be blogging about the redesigned room each week!

The room rescue competition will reopen in January.



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