Emmaus companion Pete, who is staying in the winning ‘railway carriage’ room. Photo credit: Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney

Emmaus UK B&B renovation features on BBC’s Interior Design Masters

Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney took centre stage in last week’s episode of BBC One’s Interior Design Masters, as 10 talented, amateur designers were tasked with transforming former nun’s cells at their Ditchingham site into rooms perfect for B&B guests.

As part of the first challenge of the fifth season of the show, the designers upcycled items from Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney’s charity shop to furnish the rooms creatively and sustainably. Designer Ben Iruzun was awarded Stand Out Space by the judges for his incredible Victorian railway carriage transformation.

Since filming last June, plans for the transformed rooms have changed and they are now home to companions who have experienced homelessness and are now supported by the charity, which Emmaus says has provided a huge boost in the companion’s wellbeing.

Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney are continuing to fundraise to open 23 B&B rooms to the public, with the annual income of one room set to provide a homeless person with a home in their community for one whole year.

You can catch up on the Interior Design Masters episode, which aired on Tuesday 12 March on BBC iPlayer.

Pictured: Emmaus companion Pete, who is staying in the winning ‘railway carriage’ room
Photo credit: Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney

18/03/2024 15:27