A Leicestershire mum of two has won a national competition for her interior design skills, after her DIY Victorian-vintage inspired living room transformation wowed the experts.
39-year-old small business owner, Kat Wagstaff, from Burbage, was picked as Wayfair’s ‘Overall Roomover of the Year’ winner for 2023.
From bedrooms to home offices and bathrooms, the awards saw a huge number of entries from design enthusiasts across the UK.
The expert panel of judges were overwhelmed with the impressive quality of entries, however Ms Wagstaff won the crown with her DIY Victorian-vintage inspired living room transformation.
Wayfair, one of the world’s largest destinations for the home, launched the ‘Roomover of the Year’ awards for 2023 to celebrate the creative talent of home lovers completing makeover projects.
Kat, who has been documenting the DIY renovation of her 1940’s house on her Instagram account, Little Rose Home, commented on the win: “I’m honestly still in shock, when I was told our little living room was picked for Wayfair’s Roomover of the Year I genuinely couldn’t believe it. I’m really aware that my style isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so it honestly meant the world to be noticed and chosen.”
Wayfair’s Resident Style Advisor, Dee Fontenot, who was part of the awards judging panel said: “There were some really fantastic submissions across all categories, which made choosing the winners hard! We’ve been super impressed with the level of creativity and passion that’s so clearly demonstrated and it’s really highlighted that people are putting in lots of time, energy and care into creating a home they love, that’s unique to them. And that has been really wonderful to see.”
Fellow judge, creative interiors stylist, Laurie Davidson – who has over 20 years of experience in the world of interiors – said: “For me, the Roomover of the Year winner needed to showcase ingenuity, creativity and something that felt unique, which Kat’s room has in spades. The transformation is dramatic – it feels like a completely different house – and the fact it was done on a tight budget is really the icing on the cake. A very well-deserved win in my eyes.”