If you have ever fancied designing your own wallpaper (the kind which is pasted onto the wall, rather than your laptop screen), now is your chance.
It's nearly time for the Ideal Home Show 2012, and under the creative eye of Interior Design guru Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen anyone can submit their wallpaper design for judging, with the winning entry being manufactured for sale online at wallpaper.com.
The competition last year involved submitting designs for a room refurbishment, and was judged by Linda Barker. I entered the design from my recently refurbished house (all done on a shoestring budget!), thought no more of it, and was shocked and pleasantly surprised to be awarded 'Ideal Interior of the Year'. The attractive trophy (in the shape of a small house made of engraved solid glass) takes pride of place on my hall table.
My parents had taken me to the Ideal Home Show annually as a child, and despite having very little money they managed to be very 'house-proud' and worked hard at keeping the decor stylish and current. I entered the competition really as a tribute to them more than anything. Winning the trophy was a bonus.
This is a photo of the 'after' version of the kitchen (I'm too embarrassed to show the 'before' version, but let's just say that Linda Barker was suitably impressed with the difference to award me first prize!)
So, go on - exercise your 'creative muscle' and enter a wallpaper design.
What better way to kick-start your interior design career?
Click here to go to the Ideal Home Show website and find out more details.