Dulux Academy Design & Decorate Challenge
Our 2019 Winner Nicola Lewis!
Dulux Academy has proudly crowned Nicola Lewis of Mrs Lewis’ Decorating Company from Matlock the winner of the third annual Dulux Academy Design and Decorate Challenge.
Acclaimed for her unique craftsmanship, eye for design plus expert wallpapering skills – Nicola will now receive the money-can’t-buy prestige of her wallpaper design made into bespoke rolls by wallpapering specialists Graham & Brown.
Her prize also includes the opportunity to have a guided tour of the Graham & Brown factory in Blackburn; further complemented by a luxury stay the Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa with a meal for two. Not to mention, the recognition of being crowned UK champion.
Nicola was shortlisted after standing out from the exceptional competition posed by experienced decorators from across the UK.
The finalists designs and wallpapering skills were assessed by an expert judging panel, with Mark Rigby being joined by Louise Stevenson from Graham & Brown, as well as Matt Gray and Nicola Holmes, Skills Development Consultants at Dulux Academy.
Mark Rigby, Skills Development Consultant at Dulux Academy praised her outside the box interpretation of the brief: “I was impressed by the time and effort that had obviously gone into Nicola’s design, particularly her clever use of the eyes of friends, relatives and fellow decorators to create a design that represented the watchful eyes of people on social media.
Mark added: “Nicola backed up her eye for design on the day of the final with fantastic attention to detail and impressive preparation, as well as neat cutting in and positioning of the wallpaper design.”
Nicola sees this achievement as a real springboard for her business. She explained: “I have been in business for two years now so to receive this award is a major achievement. I’ve taken a number of courses to improve my skills, including training at the Dulux Academy, so it’s great to see this pay off. The award will help me to showcase my experience to current and new customers.”
Alan Dunster from Cardiff and Karen Julien from Huddersfield were named runners up.
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Images from 2019’s competition
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