By Ruth Doherty
Looking for some ultra-chic Christmas shopping inspiration? There's no better place for interior-lovers to head to than the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.
Home to 120 showrooms and over 600 of the world's most sought-after luxury brands, it's a Mecca for the interior design world and the largest flagship for design and decoration in Europe.
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On Monday 2 December, the centre is ensuring we get into the festive spirit by hosting a Christmas Design Day,packed with Christmas experiences, creative workshops, personal shopping, and inspiring demonstrations.
The immersive day offers stylish ways to create decorations and personalise presents, as well as advice on table centrepieces and insider tips on how to entertain at home during the holidays.
The event is in aid of Screw Cancer, the charity set up by designer William Yeoward, who recently passed away. Its aim is to develop an app that helps cancer sufferers to navigate the overwhelming amount of information in their treatment journey.
As well as some amazing workshops, the personal shopping experience will help you navigate the shopping domes, and also highlight the brands that are offering express service - meaning you can get your goodies in time for Christmas.
See below for more information about what's on offer.
DESIGN CENTRE, CHELSEA HARBOUR CHRISTMAS PERSONAL SHOPPING
Looking for stylish presents or ways to transform your home in time for Christmas? Personal Shopper Gabrielle Grubanovich is familiar with all the showrooms here so join her for some last minute designer Christmas shopping. From cushions and ceramics to candles and glassware, discover where to find unique pieces from the best names in design that you can buy on the day. WHEN: 2pm Design Club, Third Floor, South Dome.
DESIGN CENTRE, CHELSEA HARBOUR BESPOKE EXPRESS SERVICE
Did you know that not all products sourced at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour have long lead times? Many showrooms have stock items that can be purchased and dispatched within a couple of weeks or, in some cases, days.
The Personal Shopper is familiar with all that the showrooms have to offer and is leading a special Shopping for Christmas tour as part of Christmas Design Day and can help you know what you can take home quickly.
The express range from Bella Figura is a good example with beautiful table lamps and shades that could be on your festive console within three days. With 280 silk colourways to choose from, even a bespoke lampshade has a guaranteed maximum five-day turnaround.
Meanwhile, over at Andrew Martin and Paolo Moshino for Nicholas Haslam, everything can be bought off the shop floor, whilePorta Romana have a Quick Ship programme , which sees their products being turned around in three days for the ultimate interior quick-fix.
DESIGN CENTRE, CHELSEA HARBOUR CHRISTMAS WORKSHOPS
Get your festive fix with a host of Christmas experiences, accessing specialist know-how and seeing creativity and craft up close.
From transforming a Christmas tree and wreath-making demonstrations to stylish ways to personalise presents, create handmade decorations and advice on table centrepieces, the day promises to engage, inspire and bring seasonal good cheer. Get insider tips on how to entertain at home during the holidays and ideas for gifts, teatime treats, party canapés and cocktails. Some highlights include:
- Craft a hand-block printed gift at Morris & Co.
- Christmas wreath making at Fox Linton/Jim Thompson.
- TV and film florist Phillip Corps shares his festive secrets at Simpsons.
- Designer Gail Taylor of th2 answers your decorating dilemmas on the perfect Christmas table.
- Inspired by Danish traditions, create Christmas hearts from recycled fabric with Kvadrat at Home.
- Make luxurious Christmas cards and baubles at Julian Chichester.
- Learn tricks and tips on how to create Christmas at home with Ventura.
- Make decorations for the tree at de Le Cuona and Colony using exquisite fabrics.
It's all you want for Christmas, wrapped up in one big shopping bow.Visit www.dcch.co.uk for more information.
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