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Free Interior Design Event At Swindon Retirement Development

Posted 28 June 2022 by Keith Osborne

McCarthy Stone is to host an informative and inspirational interior design event at Gilbert Place on Thursday 14 July...

Style and design will be the focus of an afternoon at the Gilbert Place Retirement Living Plus development in Swindon next month, as local retirees will be treated to a style demonstration and mood-boarding workshop from McCarthy Stone’s team of expert Interior Designers.

Taking place on Thursday 14 July between 2.30pm to 5pm, the free event will offer local retirees the opportunity to make the most of their home. From decorating and furnishing, to choosing artwork and accessories, the designers will be on hand to show guests the best way to create a tailor-made interior that is truly unique to them.

In addition to drinks and nibbles, guests can enjoy a talk on home design by McCarthy Stone’s interior designers, Kate Russell and Sara Jacks, a design workshop and style demonstration by Jorden Lynch, McCarthy Stone stylist, and a tour of the exclusive show apartment.

Kate, Sara, and Jorden have a wealth of knowledge on interior design and will be on hand to offer advice and style tips, as well an introducing some of the season’s new trends.

Sara Jacks, head of interior design at McCarthy Stone commented: “Our in-house interior design team are responsible for the look and feel of every development, including our beautiful communal lounges. Life at McCarthy Stone is reflected in the interior design. We bring a sense of togetherness and empowerment by creating multi-faceted spaces that people love living in.

“We always design with the customer in mind aiming to enrich people’s lives. We are not quick to follow fast-moving trends. When I think of a design at McCarthy Stone developments I think of comfort, style, and relaxation.”

Gilbert PlaceSara’s 3 top pieces of room styling advice are:

Using colour

  • Get the ratio right – the dominant colour should cover approximately 60% of the room and the secondary colour around 30%. Accent colours should make up the final 10%.
  • Accent colours – introduce an accent colour through items such as cushions, throws, feature painted wall, artwork or accessories.
  • Don’t over-do it – use in small quantities around the room to prevent an overkill of colour and to draw your eyes around the room. To go subtle, select an accent colour that is in the same colour family as the predominant wall colour i.e. a few shades lighter or darker.
  • For a bold look – choose a complimentary colour from the opposite side of the colour wheel.

Create a great ayout

  • Choose a focal point – for each room, ie a fireplace or television to arrange your furniture around.
  • Find a balance – don’t group similar-sized furniture together as it will make a room appear lopsided. Use a variety of shapes i.e. a round coffee table with a straight-edge sofa.
  • Create a clear path – so people can walk through the room easily.
  • Carefully check measurements – to ensure furniture will fit. Sketching your furniture onto a floorplan helps.


  • Use a mix of overhead lighting, floor lamps and table lamps for ambience. This can also help to create a different feel to your rooms at different points in the day. A table or floor lamp can also provide a colour accent or accessory to a room.

Gilbert PlaceVerity McKay, divisional marketing manager for McCarthy Stone Southern, said: “We know from our own research that todays over-65s are favouring stylish home environments they can tailor to their modern and vibrant lifestyles, with many saying that they have more self-confidence in their style now than ever before.

“They don’t want to follow the crowd, they want to put their own stamp on things, which is why we see so many preferring to avoid short lived trends and instead stick to classic, timeless styles when it comes to the interior décor of their apartment.

“Our exclusive Home Styling event at Gilbert Place is the perfect opportunity to find out all about the latest interior style trends, those simple changes that can make all the difference to brightening up or adding character or colour to a blank canvas. It’s set to be a fantastic event, so we encourage anyone who is interested in joining us to book their place now.”

Furthermore, those who reserve a McCarthy Stone retirement apartment by 31 July 2022 could be in with a chance of winning their own £20,000 home makeover (terms and conditions apply) with the help of the John Lewis Home Design team, whilst anyone who reserves a property before 31 July 2022 will also receive a £500 John Lewis gift card (terms and conditions apply) to spend on whatever they like.

Places at the event are limited so guests are strongly encouraged to book in advance by calling 0800 310 0383.

Gilbert PlaceGilbert Place comprises of a host of one- and two-bedroom apartments exclusively designed for the over-70s. Homeowners have access to a welcoming communal lounge, perfect for socialising with new neighbours, landscaped gardens maintained by McCarthy Stone’s team, and a handy guest suite for when family and friends come to stay.

For those who may require a little additional help, Gilbert Place also has an on-site estate manager and an experienced team on hand day and night to oversee the running of the development, and to provide tailored domestic support packages to suit individual needs. The development also features its own bistro-style restaurant serving delicious, freshly prepared meals every day, while secure entry systems and 24-hour emergency call points provide added peace-of-mind.

Prices at Gilbert Place currently start from £240,000 for a one-bedroom apartment and £329,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. Rental and part buy-part rent options are also available. Find out more from McCarthy Stone.


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