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The Under the Stairs Project

The Under the Stairs Project is a competition for Interior Designers, aiming to inspire visitors and encourage them to take home new ideas, information and supplier contacts. This competition focuses on the uplift in the use of unconventional spaces and we are inviting pioneering interior stylists to come and bring their ideas to life at the show, using colour, materials, and patterns to achieve some impressive spaces.


The finalists chosen to appear at the event will dress their space with products which are easily accessible to visitors and are either in stock, or online from current British retailers, manufacturers and designers. The winner of the competition will be announced on the Grand Theatre. The judges at Grand Designs Live Birmingham will include Kevin McCloud, Jenny Gibbs, Principle of KLC School of Design and Harriet Forde, President of BIID. 


“With the increasing trend towards smaller homes every bit of space needs to be put to use.  This is a really fun and interesting challenge and I am looking forward to seeing how the entrants solve some of the related practical problems and the creative ideas that emerge.” - Jenny Gibbs, KLC School of Design


See the finalists below…

Lynsey Hoskin

The Designer: A ten year background in Creative Marketing, Branding, Design and Photography within the…

Nicola Ash

The Designer: Nicola founder of Loveallthingsquirky is a lover of pattern, colour, eclectic styles and…

Helen Crouch

The Designer: “there is nothing I love more than creating new unique interiors, using different…

Zoe Perks

The Designer: Zoe, founder of Beautiful Rooms by Zoe, is a hands-on, roll-your-sleeves-up kind of…

Pritpal Chana

The Designer: Pritpal Chana is an Award-winning young Architect specialising in domestic house renovations. He…

Amanda Dawn Clothier

The Designer: Amanda Clothier is an Inchbald School educated designer and the founder of Quarters…

Samantha Theakstone

The Designer: I am a proud Yorkshire designer with a passion for creating unique interior…

Johanna Davies

The Designer: I trained with KLC School of Design after an earlier career working in…

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