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I was approached to stage an outdated “bachelor pad” condo in Toronto.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.
My client wanted a fresh and fun design for their sitting room. She loved the idea of incorporating my signature leopard print and blue and white ceramics. I found this vibrant floral fabric and used it as the jumping off point for the entire space. Drawing the palette for the upholstery from this print, I kept the walls white, which allowed the art and ceramics to take centre stage. A maximalist’s dream.
This Victorian townhouse had the most divine proportions and interior architecture. My client loved maximalist, eclectic interiors with a nod to tradition. I decided to infuse the home with colour and pattern and really develop a concise scheme for each room.From the black drawing to the chartreuse sitting room, the home is packed full of personality and glamour. I had so much fun collecting furnishings from varying eras and styles to create a truly collected home that is reflective of the person who owns it.
My clients reached out to me as they were having difficulty letting out their Victorian six bedroom family home in Oxford. The proportions, scale and light in the home were stunning and it made my job easy as it had such great bones. The brief was to create something light and bright, which would stand out from the crowd. Having seen some of my past projects, they were keen to put my stamp on their home so it felt individual and would appeal to a wide variety of viewers. The approach was easy, paint it white and fill it with blue and white ceramic. I was keen to incorporate natural elements such as rattan and wicker that add warmth to the clean lines and cool palette of the interior.