A fledgling interior designer who got to the semi-finals of a home improvement television show is hoping the exposure will boost his career.
Luke Arthur Wells has turned his back on fashion styling - the subject he studied at university - to concentrate on beautifying homes instead.
The former Cavendish schoolboy was a finalist on BBC2’s Great Interior Design Challenge when amateur designers are given three days to convert a room while keeping the client’s specific brief in mind.
The 25 year old was chosen for the show after responding to a tweet that asked for men to apply.
Luke realised his passion for interior design when he purchased his first home - an apartment in a converted mill.
“Getting my first home gave me the passion to want to do this and to be a bit more creative,” he said. “Everywhere else I have lived has always been a rented property. It is just nice to be able to do anything I want.”
Luke, who now lives in Manchester, while his parents still live in Hemel Hempstead’s Cotterells, describes his style at home as contemporary with a Nordic edge.
Following the television show, Luke has decided to focus on interior design full time along with his range of up-cycled homeware, including vintage chairs, candle sticks and trinkets.
“I have got quite a few bits that I have sanded back and given a new lease of life to,” Luke said. “I quite like finding something that has got a bit of history that someone might not think to keep in their house, sanding it back and then repainting it.”
Since the show Luke has received a series of positive message via Twitter and has bagged new clients too.
He said: “It has been a really good platform.”
To find out more about Luke visit www.lukearthurwells.com