The park home makeover contest ran from the 1st August 2019 to the 15th October 2019 and it was open to all residents of Wyldecrest Parks. We received about 540 entries via the WyldeLiving magazine slips & emails; we scanned through each and every entry and shortlisted 10 finalists.
The live selection event happened at Wyldecrest Parks Headquarters in Thurrock, Essex on the 19th November at 12:30pm.
The panel of judges included:-
Pictures above left to right, Conchi Charlton, Alfie Best & Celia Sawyer
The event was telecast live on FB and the whole event is also available to watch on YouTube
The event started with Celia, Conchi & Alfie having a chat about parks, park homes and how they have evolved from their humble beginnings to these modern gorgeous bungalows. The various entries which did not make it to the finalists were discussed and Alfie mentioned that all finalists who don’t win will all get a hamper from Wyldecrest Parks & Willerby Homes.
Willerby Park Homes also used this opportunity to understand what people are looking at in terms of décor & interiors and how they can design & furnish their homes better. It got our creative juices flowing as well got us thinking of having an exclusive range of interiors designed by Celia Sawyer exclusively for Wyldecrest Parks & Willerby Homes.
We asked Celia about her signature look and what she envisaged when she would be looking at giving the winner’s park home a makeover.
Celia mentioned that her signature look is
Glamorous, cool, sophisticated and stylish. I love having a great mix of velvets, satins, crystal, onyx, chrome, whatever it may be, but the mix is incredibly important. If I was to choose to use similar textures throughout, it is creating a boring interior, however by mixing them up, perhaps a glass table-top with an onyx box sitting on top, or mother of pearl dishes, suddenly it creates a palate of interest.
Finally, the judges opened the envelope which had all the finalists’ entries in & went over each entry in detail.
Mr Bernard Highgate from Chilton Farm Park was one of the finalists & Celia & Alfie discussed his entry. He is a very popular resident of his park & an avid gardener; he wanted a makeover of his lounge as it was very ‘old’.
The judges then talked about Mr Mrs Bates, finalists from Blueleighs Park. Our park manager visited them earlier to inform them that they had been selected as finalists.
They are a beautiful couple & were actually quite surprised to have made it to the finals.
We are really surprised to have made it to the shortlist and would love for the judges to choose us as we are on pensions and benefits and wouldn’t be able to afford it ourselves.
Picture above -Mr. & Mrs. Bates
The judges then discussed the entry of Mrs Theresa Abott – a lovely resident who wanted her second bedroom redone as her grandchildren come to visit her & stay for a few days & she wanted to have a bright, lovely bedroom for them.
The judges then went over Mr Mrs Britten’s entry in which they had quite a simple wish list – they wanted more space & some well-designed storage options customized for their homes.
We are delighted to have made it to the shortlist, it was so unexpected. We would love it if the judges chose them as we desperately need help in making more space and storage in our bedroom. It would be great as it would perk me up!
Picture above, Mr & Mrs Britten
Next up was Mr Peter Mayall, whose s entry was discussed. We also had a video of Peter in which our park manager had visited him to see how he felt about being in the top 10. Peter mentioned how his late wife used the lounge a lot & even though it’s a lovely room, he would be so happy if it was redecorated. He had been living in his home since 1993 & he loves his home but a little redecoration would be very welcome as he is 90 years old & it’s impossible for him to do it.
The judges then discussed the last remaining finalists and it seemed that they had all made up their minds about the winner.
Picture above – Mr Peter Mayall – The Lucky Winner
So each of them wrote the name of the winner, while Celia & Alfie chose the same – Mr Peter Mayall, Conchi had chosen Mr Bernard Highgate.
Since the majority decided in Peter’s favour – he was declared the winner of this makeover contest.
The Wyldecrest team along with Celia will be visiting Mr Peter Mayall soon to evaluate his home & understand what he is looking for & what sort of a style he likes.
We will keep you updated with every part of the journey as we look at revamping Peter’s lounge and giving it a beautiful makeover.
We are very pleased and excited to introduce Celia Sawyer, Interior Designer and the founder of Celia Sawyer Interior Architecture and Design in London.
Wyldecrest Parks have teamed up with Celia Sawyer to offer a unique – first of its kind Home Makeover for one of our lovely residents – a makeover worth £7,500 for their park home.
All our residents are eligible to take place in this competition. Entry will take less than 5 minutes to complete, so make sure you register your entry today!
Please complete the Competition Form below to register your free entry. Please remember to attach pictures of your rooms as this will help Celia make a decision and select the lucky winner.
All entries will be evaluated & judged by Wyldecrest Parks & Celia and the lucky winner will be contacted by us to arrange and schedule their makeover.
The deadline for competition entry is 15th October 2019.
Q. Do you have a signature look?
My signature look is glamorous, cool, sophisticated and stylish
Q. What inspires you?
My inspiration is nature, whether it be looking at the way tall grasses blow and the change of texture when it does, which makes me imagine a beautiful silk rug or the way the light falls over the sea, how the contrast and colours change, and I bring that in to my interior design creating lighting that replicates what is naturally out there.
Q. What elements define your style?
Mixing texture, and adding a star piece. So for instance, I love having a great mix of velvets, satins, crystal, onyx, chrome, whatever it may be, but the mix is incredibly important. If I was to choose to use similar textures throughout, it is creating a boring interior, however by mixing them up, perhaps a glass tabletop with an onyx box sitting on top, or mother of pearl dishes, suddenly it creates a palate of interest.
Q. What do you find most challenging about designing a home?
The people who own them! I love designing for people but you can find that some couples never agree, which makes it very tricky, or in fact, they underestimate the importance of what you do. The interior designing of a home is incredibly important. It is about how the couple live, the flow, what makes them feel good, functionality and aesthetics which are both equally important.
Q. What is the strangest request you have got?
OOh one which I managed to talk someone out of. It was a home bar area, they wanted leopard print wallpaper on the walls and a mirrored column (I hasten to add not a pole!) in the centre. The house, in essence, was actually very sophisticated and this room was not in the cellar, or out of the way, so it was a bit of an eyesore in my mind. I managed to convince them that it would ruin the aesthetics of the rest of the house unless if they really wanted it, we managed to make the room on a floor lower down so that it wasn’t in the main area. I have also been asked to design a dungeon for a female client… let’s just say I found it opened my eyes somewhat!
Q. What aspect of interior designing do you like most?
I like it when the clients come back and tell you they love what you have created for them. I have some clients who contact me every year and say ‘we still love what you created for us’ years later, which is lovely.
Q. Which has been your favourite project so far?
I love them all, it doesn’t matter if they have big budgets or small, they are all fun, aviation, restaurants, large residences, or smaller apartments, all great to design.
Q. If someone wants to start a makeover for their home, what would you recommend as the first step?
Don’t go too drastic. if you like red, get accessories first, so that you don’t have to repaper that wall you made your focal point.
Make sure you think about longevity if you are spending a lot, things date and then end up costing you money to change so really think about trying a few small things first especially if it is in your colour scheme and then go for it!
Q. What is your favourite accessory?
A faux fur throw. Although I have tons of favourites, I love my hurricane lamps, art, cushions, but the throws I cannot live without.
Q. What is your favourite colour scheme?
Very dark! I love a bit of drama. I have worked on many different feels, some with light and airy, some with mid-range colour, or just accent colours, but my absolute favourite is the drama of dark marbles and furniture! It is slightly masculine, but I do have that side of me so I run with it.
Celia’s company has been discreetly providing both private and commercial clients with bespoke groundbreaking luxury interiors for over 20 years.
Celia has worked on an array of assignments, such as private aviation, yachts, luxury homes and commercial projects and her clients range from Royalty, (she recently designed a house for the Saudi Arabian Royal family), through to celebrities, sporting individuals and High Net worth executives. In 2017 Celia worked for the Royal Navy where she designed the warrant officer’s mess on HMS Queen Elizabeth.
This year will be Celia’s 6th year on National Primetime television, on Channel 4’s Four Rooms (also shown on Netflix USA), Celia was chosen to host her own design show for BBC1 which has also aired in Australia, Europe and New Zealand.
In 2014 Celia won the Inspiration Awards for Women and has also been voted in the top 100 Most influential Business Entrepreneurs in the UK and the top 250 Women leaders of the World. In 2018 Celia was listed as one of the top 10 Interior Designers in the World. She is also an official judge for the International Property Awards, and the International Hotel Awards and is a member of the Society of British and International Interior Design.
On a more personal note, and being a mother of 2 children, Celia takes time mentoring school children to encourage them to rise to the challenge of life, and is regularly asked to speak at schools across the UK. She is also involved with many charities, is a Patron for The Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, Women’s Refuge, a board advisor for Football for Peace, and an Ambassador for the British Heart Foundation, where she was also on the committee for fundraising. She is an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust (where she has mentored some of the young people) and the Chain Of Hope. Celia was recently awarded Global Goodwill Ambassador for Humanitarian services.
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