Onlookers of interior design masters are blown away by a winning design

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Onlookers of interior design masters are blown away by a winning design


Masters of interior design with Alan Carr ended tonight with an exceptional Cornish holiday villa challenge.

Finalists Lynsey Ford and Siobhan Murphy each received £ 6,000 to revamp a five-star getaway, featuring open-plan living space on the ground floor, entrance hall, mezzanine landing and two bedrooms.

Siobhan was given a mandate to transform her two-story home into a luxury family retreat, while Lynsey appealed to women looking for the ultimate ‘girls’ getaway.

The two women impressed the judges, but it was Lynsey who took home the title and the award for overhauling a beautiful hotel in the Lake District.

Lynsey Ford was announced as the winner of the BBC’s Masters in Interior Design after having just three days to design an entire house. In the photo: the living room after

Lynsey Ford and Siobhan Murphy each received £ 6,000 to revamp a five-star getaway to Cornwall.  In the photo: front space

Lynsey Ford and Siobhan Murphy each received £ 6,000 to revamp a five-star getaway to Cornwall. In the photo: front space

Lynsey was tasked with designing the ultimate 'girls' getaway,' while Siobhan was tasked with transforming her two-story home into a luxury family retreat.  Pictured: Lynsey's kitchen space after

Lynsey was tasked with designing the ultimate ‘girls’ getaway,’ while Siobhan was tasked with transforming her two-story home into a luxury family retreat. Pictured: Lynsey’s kitchen space after

Lynsey admitted that she quit her job to focus on working in interiors before the winner was announced.  Pictured: Lynsey's bedroom design

Lynsey admitted that she quit her job to focus on working in interiors before the winner was announced. Pictured: Lynsey’s bedroom design

Michelle Ogundehin was joined by designer Matthew Williamson and podcast host Sophie Robinson to help pick a winner.  Pictured: Lynsey receives the award

Michelle Ogundehin was joined by designer Matthew Williamson and podcast host Sophie Robinson to help pick a winner. Pictured: Lynsey receives the award

Series regular judge Michelle Ogundehin was joined by designer Matthew Williamson and podcast host and “Color Queen” Sophie Robinson to assess the final design.

Siobhan and Lynsey had had three days to completely transform the space.

Judges were divided over Siobhan’s distinctively bold design, with Williamson describing it as “ripping up the rulebook,” but Robinson wondering if that fits the mandate of a relaxing family retreat.

The open plan living space was painted a deep teal blue and filled with color, but again the judges weren’t convinced if this was the kind of place a family could relax.

“Did she respond to the brief? It’s intense, but does it really address that larger demographic, ”Williamson asked.

Both bedrooms were also plush, but questions were asked about their suitability for families with young children.

Lynsey surprised experts by creating a mini lounge (pictured) for guests to relax and chat while getting ready to go out

Lynsey surprised the experts by creating a mini lounge (pictured) for guests to relax and chat while getting ready to go out

Lynsey (pictured) admitted she was shocked to win and said: 'I am totally and completely blown away'

Lynsey (pictured) admitted she was shocked to win and said: ‘I am totally and completely blown away’

Michelle explained that Lynsey was chosen both for her design and because the judges were confident she could deliver the redesign to the Lake District hotel.  Pictured: Siobhan and Lynsey

Michelle explained that Lynsey was chosen both for her design and because the judges were confident she could deliver the redesign to the Lake District hotel. Pictured: Siobhan and Lynsey

Both women impressed the judges, but it was Lynsey who took home the title and the award for overhauling a beautiful hotel in the Lake District - and many viewers took to social media to congratulate her (pictured )

Both women impressed the judges, but it was Lynsey who took home the title and the award for overhauling a beautiful hotel in the Lake District – and many viewers took to social media to congratulate her (pictured )

Ultimately, however, it wasn’t enough to outdo Lynsey’s beautifully thought-out design.

Lynsey, an architect, impressed with her warm color palette and bold textures in the lobby.

The deep colors continued into the open plan living space, where she had added a curved bar to the kitchen and a smart divider to separate the TV and dining area.

Upstairs, Lynsey took advantage of the mezzanine by creating a mini living room where guests could relax and chat while getting ready to go out.

Siobhan, who has no formal interior design qualifications, has used her typical bold design throughout the property to create a luxury family retreat.  Pictured: Siobhan entrance

Siobhan, who has no formal interior design qualifications, has used her typical bold design throughout the property to create a luxury family retreat. Pictured: Siobhan entrance

Michelle, Sophie and Matthew were divided over Siobhan's design (pictured) and wondered if it was right for a family to relax

Michelle, Sophie and Matthew were divided over Siobhan’s design (pictured) and wondered if it was right for a family to relax

Experts questioned whether Siobhan's design was suitable for families with young children, and whether she had followed the brief.  Pictured: Siobhan's bedroom design

Experts questioned whether Siobhan’s design was suitable for families with young children, and whether she had followed the brief. Pictured: Siobhan’s bedroom design

The design of Siobhan's family retreat (pictured) did not impress the judges more than Lynsey's efforts - despite their similarities

Siobhan’s family retreat design (pictured) failed to impress the judges more than Lynsey’s efforts – despite their similarities

Both bedrooms were lavish and luxurious, though the judges wondered if it was any “lazy” to have the same mirrored arrangement in both rooms.

Michelle explained that Lynsey was chosen both for her design and because the judges were confident she could deliver the redesign to the Lake District hotel.

“It was the person I was thinking of: ‘oh my god, this will transform their life’. And then also, “who is this person who will deliver this professional project. Who has just received this little slither of this more holistic package that is interior design ”. And by a mustache, Lynsey brought him home.

Winning the contest, Lynsey said, “What just happened? I think I am in shock. I am totally blown away.

Social media users were torn over who should win - but agreed Siobhan and Lynsey are talented designers

Social media users were torn over who should win – but agreed Siobhan and Lynsey are talented designers

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