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From fashion to interior design: Winner of reality competition show The Apartment impresses with natural talent

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Finale of the show. 

Fans of both reality competition shows and interior design will not be unfamiliar with The Apartment, which just concluded its sixth
and latest season in May. The
 2018 “Passion for Design” edition of the television show saw 12 international interior design amateurs busting their design chops in 10 gruelling missions. Those missions, which ranged from putting together a fitness room to designing for demanding real-life clients, were challenging not only because of tight deadlines and scant budgets, but also due to testy personalities and unexpected hiccups along the way.

Stephanie's bedroom design for the final challenge. 

Enduring it to the end and emerging winner of this season was 27-year-old fashion designer Stephanie Dods. In the final mission, which tasked her and co-finalist Rachel Lee to design a two-storey five-room property within 45 hours, the half-Pinay, half-New Zealander impressed the judging panel with her eye for colour, and ability to pull off a masculine vintage concept. Though principal judge Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen did not vote in her favour in the finals, he could not deny that
 she had grown into a formidable interior designer. “Stephanie showed such natural talent
 from the outset and her fashion background meant that she was incredibly style-literate. Our job as judges was to get her to bring some heart and soul into her designs, to break the “showroom home” mould she was adept at producing. I’m very pleased with how she flourished in the final and I’m beyond proud of what
she will become in the future.”