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This competition is now closed winners are: 

First Prize:



Second Prize:



Third Prize

It’s that time of year again, Sunday 15th of March is Mother’s Day. We know you want to spoil your mum, let us take away the strain this year and do it for you.

We want to spoil three special mums:

1st prize: Choose between: Champagne and chocolate gift set or a big bunch of handtied fairtrade flowers, all delivered to her door with a personal message from you.

2nd prize: A special bunch of flowers with a box of chocolates, all delivered to her door with a personal message from you.

3rd prize: A gorgeous bunch of flowers, all delivered to her door with a personal message from you.

How?

It’s easy! Follow us on @sweetspothomes or like our facebook page and tell us why your mum deserves to win, make sure you use #SweetMums

We will announce the winners Wednesday 11th of March.

Who can enter?

Anyone who is a student can enter. We’ll retweet you and feature our favourites on this page.

Here are some of our favs from last year:

From Twitter:

From Facebook:

Alicia Wroblewski

Despite working 3 busy jobs and always being on her feet, my mum somehow finds the time and energy to make sure everybody around her is happy. She has really helped me the past year as I have struggled on and off with my mental health- she always makes me feel special even on my worst days. I want her to be reminded that she is very special too

Molly Jehan

Fog stopped me getting home last week for Mum’s 50th; want her to know that if I’m not there, I am always thinking of her!

Katie Stark

My mum is the best. My boyfriend has lost his adopted mum (auntie) he had no where to live as the house was council. No money or income he was left with nothing. My mum is the best because she has a huge heart and took him in even with 3 kids of her own and only a sofa on the livingroom she also paid for him and still is my mum just lost her dad and she is being super strong I want her to know how much I love her and how proud I am to have a mum as wonderful as her xxxx

 

 

About you

What course are you on? What do you like about it?

Business Management and Psychology at Exeter. As I am on a flexible combined honours course I got a lot of choice about the modules I take. I really enjoy applying my knowledge of how people work and behave to my understanding of businesses.

What’s your favourite thing to do in Exeter?

Go to The Old Firehouse pizzeria or go to the cinema with my friends.

What the best kept secret on your campus?

I love the sanctuary on campus, it’s so quiet in there – lovely to study (and you can eat!) or the new study space upstairs in Devonshire house called The Loft – hardly anyone knows about it yet so it’s perfect.

What advice would you give people wanting to move to Exeter to study?

It’s such a diverse place. It’s not just partying and sports teams, there is cultural beauty, SHOPPING, and even museums and 
 
beautiful libraries – there really is something for everyone. Only issue is the hills! Way too many hills – layering is an important fashion skill.

Laura's Room

Laura’s Room

Finding the right home:

How did you find your flatmates for your new home? How did you decide to move in together?

We all lived together in our uni allocated flat in first year and decided it would be easy and fun to stay together.

When did you sign up to move in? Did you leave it till the last minute?

We signed up pretty early, maybe November. We paid our deposit and signed contracts in early January.

How was your flat/house hunting experience? What would you do differently (if anything) next time?

It was so difficult purely because we hadn’t decided EXACTLY what we wanted / location. Once you have a list of things you want it’s a lot easier to find and evaluate properties. Next time, I would also think carefully about the cost of where you are living – compared to other similar or close places.

It can be a stress finding the right home, what made you choose this one?

We liked the location and the condition of the house was excellent – far better than any of the other houses we had seen.

What’s your favourite thing about your new home? Why?

Having a living room area probably! So nice to all sit around the TV on weekends and watch terrible television.

SweetSpot grew this summer, but with growth comes challenges. Our resident interior designer Hannah Collins had to work day and night to transform the old unloved buildings into homes suitable for our new tenants. We caught up with her now everyone has moved in, to ask her about why she made certain choices and her thought process when designing under pressure.

How many houses did you refurbish this summer?

We refurbished sixteen houses, averaging six bedrooms each in Nottingham and five houses in Exeter. That’s nearly 130 bedrooms in total – and we did this in six weeks!

What’s the most important thing to you about refurbishing a home?

That’s a tricky question. First and foremost, the most important consideration when refurbishing any property is to carefully consider the budget and the client’s expectations. If both these are managed correctly, then nobody will be disappointed.
Secondly, I have to focus on the brief. I need to think about why we’re doing this, who we’re doing this for and what we need to achieve out of it.

Our clients are students and they are the most important consideration in planning and designing each room. Of course, I would love to run away with my ideas most of the time but I am constantly having to pull myself back as practicality is of the utmost importance when designing any student home and surprisingly design and practicality tend to contradict each other. The challenge is achieving a happy middle road between stylish contemporary design and comfortable living on a competitive budget.

Hannah fitting the blinds

Hannah fitting the blinds

What’s the most stressful thing about doing a big scale refurb like this?

Managing everyone’s expectations. On a project of this scale, in such a short space of time, we could not achieve anything if we all didn’t work as a team. I know it might sound clichéd but there were so many different people involved that project management was of the utmost importance. It was critical that one job was completed before another could get started. For example, after every wall had been prepared and decorated, the carpets had to be laid. Until this happened, the furniture couldn’t be delivered and therefore the rooms couldn’t be made up. It was an extremely fast paced and finely tuned process by the end. We were turning houses around in three days in the last two weeks. It was an organised chaos. We had a great team behind us and overall everything went very smoothly considering the pressures we were all up against.

Carefully chosen art

Carefully chosen art

What’s the best thing?

The end goal! After the houses have been professionally cleaned and they’re all shiny and new, I love the styling process and the final stages working closely with the photographers to achieve the finished look. It’s all in the detail.
It’s such a super feeling of achievement when we put that over-worked dusty old kettle on for the very last time to make a cup of tea and everyone sits down and takes a step back to see what we’ve all created: from a tired unloved building to a sparkling stylish and comfortable new home. That’s the best thing.

What’s your thought process when it comes to designing for a new home?

Making an impact. That doesn’t have to mean a radical makeover but it does mean doing something to make a difference. I place a huge importance on colour and the effect colour has on a room and how it makes one feel. Of course, it goes without saying that a beautiful view and natural sunlight is one of the crucial elements of careful contemplation when designing any room. In a bedroom for example, ideally I will design a room around its natural features. It’s always a luxury to look out of a window from bed and to have a window to look out of while studying at your desk. Because space is at a premium I will always do my best to focus on the comfort of sleeping and study. Secondary to this, is storage. We all know how important storage is.

When designing any room I always try and imagine myself in that room. Is it somewhere where I’d like to be? Most importantly, the bedroom needs to feel secure and comfortable.

How should a home make you feel?

Somewhere you look forward to coming home to. Our homes are who we are.

A home should offer a sense of identity. Somewhere we can call our own and shut the door away from the stresses of everyday life and relax in our own private space, share with friends and enjoy in company. Your home should be welcoming and comfortable, safe and warm.

lounge space with comfy sofa

lounge space with comfy sofa

Why do you think so many student properties are sub-standard?

Because not everyone places as much importance on student accommodation as we do. We care about our students and want to offer them a luxury standard of living whilst they’re at university. We know what a positive impact our SweetSpot homes will have on our students and therefore place a huge amount of importance on this. We also feel that for many students a SweetSpot move will be their first move away from the security and all that they know of their home environment. We want to make their ‘flying the nest’ not only a positive one but a move that they’ll always remember as it’s such an important transition in a student’s life.

The moody purple room

The moody purple room

The rooms this year are almost colour-coded; red rooms, blue rooms, purple rooms, what was your thinking behind that?

I wanted to give each room an identity so I did this by expressing colour in punchy bursts of moody blues, earthy greens and tonal reds on statement walls in every bedroom. I wanted to highlight and define the space for study. As a team we all thought this was very important. I chose a versatile and universal palette of bold colours. I then coordinated the window blinds and the desk task lamps accordingly to tie in with the chosen colour scheme. To complete the space with designed a bright white beautifully bespoke clean-lined sharp Corian desk worktop. Therefore every room was defined by a different accent colour and this created a focal point and identity to each bedroom.

What makes the homes you design special?

I enjoy the aesthetic of beautifully worked clean lines. For example, every piece of furniture has to be thought out and it’s critical that a work of art is placed and hanged correctly. This artwork then has to work perfectly together with perhaps a mirror that has to be placed thoughtfully so it emphasises its best use of the light or refection from the window. Positioning and scale are incredibly important when designing a room.

It’s always very difficult to design any space with a limited budget but I’m very good at sniffing out my one-of-a-kind finds and special treasures. I have a keen eye for colour and detail and simply adore unique pieces and original artwork and uniting them all together. I have put some exquisite wall art in to our SweetSpot houses over the years. I find heritage pieces here, there, and everywhere and enjoy the history and authenticity. I love colour and I love statement. I will always shy away from mainstream mass production or ephemeral fashion trends. I feel the art of great design is keeping it classically simple but thoughtful. I can always spice a room up with a twist of colour and intrigue after all.

We had an amazing day out and about in Nottingham talking to our tenants as they got ready for the summer / sat in terror as exam results pile in.

Check out our video of the day:

Why?

Who wants to give money to PR companies? Not us. We figure that the people who could benefit most from £200 cash are you guys. Whether you’re already completely perfect and live in a SweetSpot home or out there in the world of far inferior houses not made by us, we invite you to take part.

About SweetSpot:

SweetSpot started with a simple thought: students deserve better places to live. The idea was to create houses for friends to learn how to make a home together, because long corridors and anonymous doors don’t make for good communities.

What do I do?

It’s a simple process:

1. Refer a friend
2. They visit a house and decide they want it
3. When they put their holding deposit down get them to refer your name

It’s as easy as that – once your friend takes a home with us, they will pass on your details and we’ll send you £200 to do with as you please, you can even split it with them if you fancy.

Promote our homes on twitter, facebook and to your friends.

Maths:

Not our favourite subject but here goes: if you promote, yell about and spread the word enough to rent out, say 5 of our properties, you’ll get £1000 in your pocket!

Questions:

Ping us on twitter or facebook or email ana@sweetspot.com

This competition is now closed. We chose our top ten listed below and a special mention to Katie Stark who was our first winner and gets an extra special bunch of flowers for her mum. 

Competition Winners: 

From Twitter:

From Facebook:

Alicia Wroblewski

Despite working 3 busy jobs and always being on her feet, my mum somehow finds the time and energy to make sure everybody around her is happy. She has really helped me the past year as I have struggled on and off with my mental health- she always makes me feel special even on my worst days. I want her to be reminded that she is very special too

Molly Jehan

Fog stopped me getting home last week for Mum’s 50th; want her to know that if I’m not there, I am always thinking of her!

Katie Stark

My mum is the best. My boyfriend has lost his adopted mum (auntie) he had no where to live as the house was council. No money or income he was left with nothing. My mum is the best because she has a huge heart and took him in even with 3 kids of her own and only a sofa on the livingroom she also paid for him and still is my mum just lost her dad and she is being super strong I want her to know how much I love her and how proud I am to have a mum as wonderful as her xxxx

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It’s that time of year again, Sunday 30th of March it’s Mother’s Day. We know you want to spoil your mum by sending a card or something cute, this year let us take away the strain and send your mum a ridiculously amazing bunch of flowers and a few tasty chocolates as well.

How? 

It’s easy! Just send a tweet to @sweetspothomes or post on our Facebook wall why your mum is great and we’ll announce the winner on the 23rd of March (so you’ve still got time to organise an alternative if you don’t win).

Who can enter? 

Anyone who is a student can enter! We’ll retweet you and feature our favourites on this page.

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