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Clerkenwell has a higher concentration of architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet and therefore it is the perfect location for an event which showcases the best upcoming product designers. This year's Clerkenwell Design Week has brought together the cream of the architecture and design crop from around the globe with over 250 showrooms, studios, galleries, workshops and exhibition venues to explore between today and Thursday. The House of Detention, a former Victorian jail, is showcasing emerging talent. What House?
Design director at Alexander James Interiors, Stacey Sibley
Working for bespoke designer Alexander James Interiors, Stacey Sibley has also noticed a move towards vintage, home-made Christmas décor this year.
She said: "I think the vintage, homemade look will be on trend this Christmas with soft tones dominating. Tree decorations like vintage knives and forks, lettering and paper pom-poms will inject a bit of wackiness."
Intarya MD and designer, Daniel Kostiuc
Presenters, writers and celebrities Colin and Justin
It's all too easy to get carried away with festive cheer and go all out tacky when decorating your home at Christmas. But when the mountains of decorations get packed away in January that feeling of emptiness will linger in your home for days. Celebrity TV designers, and our interviewees this month, Colin and Justin know the answer to this annual woe.
Just like the fickle world of fashion, interior design trends are constantly changing and evolving. Staying on top of current looks is a career must for interior designers, but knowing where to start can be a daunting task for homeowners. Stacey Sibley, design director at Alexander James, kindly agreed to give What House? the low-down on this season's key trends, colours and textures
If you are one for keeping with what is in trend and are looking to inspire and excite your friends and family when they visit your new home, bring out the extrovert in you and create a living room which is filled with vibrant colour, texture and beauty.
With the Olympics fast approaching, you may be inspired to get fit and indulge in the extra space that you may have in your new home by creating your own home gym. Before thinking about the equipment, the location of your fitness area is important, to give you space away from other areas and people in the house to focus on getting fit without interruption.
When moving into your new home, the sight of removal boxes will soon become tiresome and I am sure that you will be looking for some more stylish alternatives to store your much-loved belongings. There are storage boxes available on line and in shops to accommodate any item, ranging from books and CDs to toys, shoes, linens and much more. Clever storage is also essential if your home is on the smaller side and there are some great pieces that also double up as seating or foot rests.
It is to be expected that once you have cracked open the bottle of bubbly to celebrate the completion of your new home, there is still much work to be done on the land outside. If your budget allows, monies should be invested on having your garden designed and landscaped to give you a base to work on when accessorising with the final touches.
Never mind Grand Designs, think about a grand entrance into your new home by paying attention to detail to the exterior of your house. As the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover, unless you are like many of the population and in agreement that first impressions count. Especially in an interior design context, the cover needs to entice to impress!
If you are lucky enough to be moving into a new home which accommodates for some extra space and you are not sure what to do with that extra room, my suggestion would be to treat yourself. Give yourself a room to escape from the daily stresses and strains, take a step back to your childhood and create your very own games room.