Daniela Tasca-York, 31, has become BBC Two’s ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’ champion for 2017.
The TV series follows the search for Britain’s best amateur interior designers. Working in a variety of architectural styles, the contestants have three days to impress both the judges and the homeowners.
Taking on eight competitors, Daniela battled through three rounds facing tough briefs and complex creative challenges.
She was judged by interior designer, product designer and author Kelly Hoppen MBE, British Institute of Interior Design director Daniel Hopwood and interior stylist Sophie Robinson.
Commenting on her win, Daniela said: “I’m so grateful, I’ve really worked hard and I feel like it’s finally paid off, so I’m so happy.”
Kelly Hoppen said: “Every single room she designed was a different feel, a different look, different textures… she really pushed the boundaries.”
Daniel Hopwood said: “She constantly surprised me, showed me things I’ve never seen before.”
In the biggest challenge, the designers had to complete three rooms each in converted apartments in an eighteenth century mock castle in the Kent seaside resort of Broadstairs including, for the first time in ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’ history, a kitchen.
The designers had just 72 hours to complete their rooms and a budget of £4,000 each.
Daniela’s winning schemes spanned a living/dining room, with a bespoke sofa and customised wall art, a master bedroom with a statement light fitting and exposed and dark stained parquet floors, and a kitchen with marble-effect wallpaper and mirror cupboard doors.
Commenting on her ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’ experience, Daniela said: “The show gave me so much more than just a trophy.
Before entering the show I felt that I had lost my way a little creatively and career wise. The show gave me a new lease of life and clarified that this is what I want and need to be doing for the rest of my life.
“My long term life goal would be to open my own interior design practice. I would love to design restaurants and boutiques – to create a total experience for the consumer. In the meantime I have launched my own website where I’m designing wallpapers and products.”
Daniela is the fourth winner to be awarded the champion title, along with Sarah Moore, Martin Holland and Sarah Mitchenall.