Get to Know Our Creative Director: An Interview with Stacey Sibley

Stacey Sibley And The Dogs Alexander james Interiors


We sat down with our Creative Director and dog lover, Stacey Sibley, to find out more about the lady behind the designs.

1. What inspired you to pursue a career in interior design?

I’ve always been very creative. From a very early age I dreamed of being a fashion designer but as I grew up I realised that working in fashion wouldn’t be the right career for me.

During my time at college, we studied and practised window dressing and styling which I loved. That course really sparked a passion in me for interior design and I went on to work for an interior design company.

2. Which is your favourite room to design?

Every room in a property is a pleasure to design; bathroom, bedroom, living room, kitchen, I love them all! I must say however that I like a challenge so really enjoy working on rooms with awkward architectures and compromising shapes. It requires creative conceptualisation and problem solving which I find rewarding.

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3. Are you seeing any particular style requests trending amongst your clients?

There is definitely a trend for more eclectic styles; a mix of old and new within the design, offering a more ‘lived in’ look. It’s a style that can go horribly wrong if not done thoughtfully – it requires purposeful planning to create unity within the design, rather than haphazardly arranging a collection of contrary items and hoping it works.

4. Is there something that you would never do in interior design, something you always avoid?

I avoid making rooms feel dark and oppressive, and overfilling them with oversized furniture.

5. Which has been your favourite project to date?

I’ve worked on some amazing projects over the years but I’ll admit I have a couple of favourites which we recently worked on; a refurbished duplex apartment within a converted Georgian house in Berkshire and a refurbished converted chapel in London.

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6. Are you expecting any significant changes in interior design trends for 2017?

A ‘call back to nature’ is a big trend this year, with the popularity of nature’s green reemerging. The muted pink colour is also huge.

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7. What quick fixes can transform a home?

– Light, bright painted walls

– Decluttering

– Ensuring that the furniture fits the room properly/has a purpose

– Making artwork a feature

– Sticking to a colour palette in the room

8. How would you describe your own style?

I have quite a varied taste which has morphed over the years. In my own home, I like a relaxed style, mixing contemporary with vintage/antique.

I also use soft colours in my interiors as I need a sanctuary of calm in my space with plenty of light. I love styling and finding one-off pieces from vintage shops!

9. Outside of interior design what do you enjoy doing?

I’m a bit of a shopaholic! I also love taking our two West Highland Terriers for walks and attempting to do gardening.

Stacey Sibley dog on bed

10. If you didn’t live in Twyford where else would you call home?

We recently purchased a holiday cottage in Port Isaac in Cornwall; we’ve been going there for years, it’s such a beautiful place! I love being by the sea, so I could definitely see myself living there.

11. Favourite holiday destination?

Cornwall for the stunning landscape and beaches, Provence for the weather, scenery, food and wine, and New York for the history, sightseeing and shopping.

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12. Favourite movie?

I’ve always been a big movie fan especially the classic old flicks; Gone with the wind or Some Like It Hot.

13. Prize possession?

My two dogs Alfie and Piglet.

14. Go-to-cocktail?

Passionfruit Mojito.

15. Would you say Stacey Sibley is a cat lover or dog lover?

I’m a big animal lover and have had cats and dogs as pets over the years, but I’m definitely a dog lover; they just have such a connection with you.

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