Laurence’s Blackpool design dream

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen at Donna's Dream House
Laurence Llewelyn Bowen at Donna's Dream House
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A BLACKPOOL charity – who are busy Changing Rooms –were delighted when a well-known design guru dropped in to give a helping hand.

Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, star of the BBC show which showcased his home design skills to the nation, is bringing a touch of his flamboyant class to Donna’s Dream House.

The charity’s teen centre, which opened in 2007 to provide breaks for teenagers with life-threatening illnesses and their families, was beginning to look a little drab with it’s beige tones and minimalist look.

But all that will change as the king of all things elegant and extravagant – along with his wife and business partner, Jackie, takes the reigns.

Mr Llewelyn Bowen said: “When we were in Blackpool for the Illuminations Switch On last year, Jackie got chatting to Len and Babs, who run the Dream House.

“She was so touched by their story, she promised to come and provide the centre with new curtains, wallpaper and bed linen.

“And when she say’s she’ll do something, she sticks to her word.

“I was very pleased to take a look on Wednesday.

“We’re currently thinking about what style will suit the communal area and working out a colour scheme.”

The Teen Centre was opened on King Street, central Blackpool, in 2007, following in the footsteps of the success of the house for youngsters on Chapel Street, 1996.

The house opened in tribute to Babs and Len Curtis’ daughter, Donna, who died in 1996.

Mr Curtis said: “We were delighted when Laurence and Jackie agreed to do this.

“Laurence came down and we had a lovely time. They have agreed to provide new curtains, repaint the walls and provide new bed linen.

“Not only will it save us money, but we will have designs from one of the best designer in England.”

Mr Llewelyn Bowen currently runs LLB Design with his wife.