I think every room needs a hit of something glossy. Texture within an interior scheme is just
as important as colour or pattern. To me, there is nothing cooler than a lacquered console on a
grass cloth wall. The same can be said for the opposite, a lacquered wall with a rustic,
reclaimed console. I love the contrast of smooth and rough in an interior and I believe that
every successful scheme needs to incorporate this.
Adding a bit of lacquer or gloss into any space adds an instant element of glamour and fun. I
love the idea of gloss on a piece of furniture or even bolder, on joinery, woodwork or the
ceiling. Deep, rich jewel tones like emerald green and auberge are excellent hues to explore
going glossy with. Equally, I love pale tones like sky blue and soft pinks in full gloss. At the
end of the day, it is all about the play on finish and texture that elevates a room to a higher
An existing client of mine approached me to design a small beach cottage in Port Perry, Canada. The idea was to work with as much existing furniture as possible, while still creating a fresh concept for the space. The home itself was renovated and needed a nod to its turn of the century heritage. We wanted something layered and cosy, while still maintaining a traditional and cottage feel, honouring the interior architecture. The natural linens, pale blue kitchen and brass accents create a warm and invitingweekend retreat in the country.
I was approached to stage an outdated “bachelor pad” condo in Toronto. The condo was dark and dreary with low ceilings, over-sized furniture and grim lighting. My approach was to modernise it for sale, whilst maintaining an aesthetic that appealed to a wide variety of buyers. Since the property was located in the suburbs, I wanted a warm inviting feel that complemented the area and demographic. The outcome is what I call “farmhouse modern”.
The brief was to create a bright and light space which showcased the eclectic furnishings and art whilst allowing the interior architecture to breathe. The house was a mews house behind the Royal Crescent and lacked a lot of natural light. Choosing to pull up the carpets and paint the existing floorboards bright white, created the illusion of space and light. In addition to this, the layering of sisal rugs with traditional and contemporary furnishings created a very chic outcome.
This apartment had high ceilings, was filled with natural light and had amazing interior architecture. I used this to my advantage and opted to create a gallery inspired space by painting the walls a chalky white and introducing an eclectic mix of modern and traditional furnishings interspersed with statement art and layered accessories. The result is an uber chic urban pad that reflects the client’s travels, history and above all, their personality.
When a property developer approached me to design a show apartment for his four unit townhouse development in a hip part of London, Sean Symington Interior Design used the architecture of the new build to dictate the design direction. The space was contemporary and for me, bordered on industrial with its pale grey tones and crittall doors and windows. I knew instantly that I wanted a paired-back, Scandi vibe with warm leathers, and rattan juxtaposed by the white walls, iron and glass. I think the result is rather full of personality, whilst still appealing to a wide range of buyers.