Caroline Cooper from Blackheath based Roman Bathrooms has been shortlisted for the second year running for a prestigious national award, which recognises outstanding design skills in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom sector.

Caroline is one of only three designers shortlisted for the Bathroom Designer of the Year award, sponsored by Airflow, and awarded by the national trade association the Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association (KBSA).

“I am delighted to have been selected as a finalist for this award which showcases the very best talent in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom industry,” commented Caroline.

The winners of the KBSA Designer Awards will be announced at the KBSA AGM which will be held at The Welcombe Hotel, Stratford on Avon on 23rd September.  Caroline will also have the opportunity to become an overall winner if she is selected from all the design category winners to become the KBSA Designer of the Year. This award is sponsored Omega.

KBSA CEO Graham Ball said: “We had double the amount of submissions this year and the standard was very high, there was an amazing amount of real talent on display and those who made the shortlists can be rightly proud of their skills and expertise.”

An innovative collection of fitted furniture has been launched that will transform your bedroom, storing away all of the clutter behind a beautifully designed up to the minute range of wardrobes, dressers and drawers.

The Trend Interiors bedroom collection is based around style and value for money and includes a wealth of choice making it easy to select a combination of furniture that is just right for you. Eleven different door colours that have matching cabinet choices are available across five stunning ranges, which mean there is something for everyone.  From fresh clean and contemporary to classically detailed, each bedroom can be personalised with mirrors, matching headboards and bedside cabinets.

There is no wasted space when you bedroom is designed with Trend as the full height wardrobes, wide range of sizes and the facility to select angled doors to fit sloping ceilings, makes the most of any room, whatever its shape or size.

The Ava range is a contemporary door that looks great in this modern and sophisticated Grey Brown Avola finish.  In this bedroom the fitted wardrobes are angled to the ceiling and matched with floating bedside drawers, bed and headboard.  The open shelving  creates interest and makes the design unique.

Trend Bedrooms represent great value for money without compromising on quality and are so easy to buy.   A dedicated website gives access to a network of Trend partners who can help plan, design, install and project manage the complete installation.  Alternatively it is easy and simple to buy on line.

Every bedroom is offered with a reassuring 5 year no quibble guarantee.

Cotswolds local Graham Jones has released a second children’s book, Time Travelling Toby and the Battle of Trafalgar, following the outstanding success of his first book.

Graham, who lives in Winchcombe with wife Keston and three young boys, has been delighted with the response to Time Travelling Toby, he says, “As a father I knew that there was a place for a different kind of book, one that children would enjoy but could also educate about key historical events in an entertaining way.

“I love history, and I love passing that passion on to others – the interaction we have had with children when we have taken the books into schools and presented our workshop at festivals has been amazing.

“It’s a fun way of learning about important historical events. Children love playing pretend, and what’s more exciting than pretending to travel in time?” Graham enthuses.

Graham is loving his new role as an author and has written and self-published the books outside of his day job. Having spent his working life in KBB sales – Graham is currently Marketing Director for Mereway – writing is a bit of a departure from the norm, but he says it’s the fulfilment of a long held ambition.

“I love history and literature, so publishing the Toby books has been truly amazing,” Graham comments. “The first book is selling really well and we can’t wait to take this second book out on the road.  We have an interactive presentation and workshop which we will be taking around local schools.”

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