5 min read
18th Jun 14
‘’Harvey Maria always have been an extraordinary design resource. I love their flexibility and the way that their flooring can be used in so many different ways.’’ Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
The show introduced us to six-year-old Maddie, who has a rare brain disease that makes it very difficult for her to walk and talk. Laurence and the team set out to help Maddie’s parents, Michelle and Rod, to adapt their home so that it worked for Maddie’s condition without it looking too clinical.
As well as catering for Maddie’s needs, Laurence was also determined to focus on the social aspect of their home, creating an environment where the whole family could flourish. Michelle and Rod had originally begun the project themselves, but were ground to a halt due to unforeseen circumstances which left them living in just a couple of rooms in a house that was unsafe.
Laurence really poured his heart and soul into every aspect of the build, and the results were fantastic – the family were literally brought to tears (happy ones, of course!). The individual bedrooms were lovely, and the kitchen and living room spaces were opened and brightened up with luxurious pinks and purples, creating the perfect environment for the whole family to spend time together.
A beautiful nail salon was created upstairs, providing a classy and functional space for the girls to gossip, relax and properly pamper themselves! Our gorgeous Neisha Crosland Parquet Turquoise floor tiles seamlessly blend classic design with a cool and contemporary feel, so it’s no surprise that Laurence chose it for the salon flooring – not only on the floor but on the table and walls as well! The turquoise is exactly the shade he wanted for the calm and relaxing space, with the cityscape wall covering setting off the room’s effortless style.
We’re delighted to have been given the opportunity to contribute to Maddie and her family’s journey. We found their story incredibly moving, and wish them the best of luck in the future. A round of applause is in order for Laurence and the rest of the DIY SOS team, we think!