I was approached to stage an outdated “bachelor pad” condo in Toronto.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.
Fed up of paying hefty hotel bills, my client decided to invest in a tiny studio apartment on a prime street in Chelsea for a place to stay when in London on business. The compact 220 square foot property is located on an iconic leafy street in Chelsea and will act as a boutique hotel suite filled with all the modern amenities and conveniences of home, perfectly tailored to her taste. We worked tirelessly with our client to maximise every square inch of the floor plan in order to attain as much storage and functionality as possible. We kept the space open-plan in order to maximise the light and used the peninsula of the kitchen to act as the division between zones. Overall, the space is feminine, pretty and fresh. The perfect spot to unwind after work or during a girls’ weekend in the city.
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.
A local developer reached out to me to design a show home for the fifth phase of their residential development in Bath. After working with several other interior designers in the past, they wanted this property to be unique and stand out from the rest. The brief was to create a home that felt individual and lived in, whilst still retaining the essence of a show home. Being a mock Georgian build in a historical city, it was important that we kept a sense of heritage to the interiors. I wanted it to speak to the surrounding area without feeling out of place. It was important that the interiors of this property enable potential buyers to envision their lives in the home, without conforming to the ‘builder-basic’ look. I wanted to appeal to the masses, yet ensure I retained a sense of individuality and identity to the property. Unable to change any of the interior finishes and fixtures, we opted to introduce colour and pattern in order to give this new-build property a sense of heritage and soul. In addition to this, we brought in an eclectic mix of furniture and art with the goal for each room to tell its own story and keep potential buyers guessing as they ascend the property. The outcome is a colourful and layered home which hopefully evokes joy and will be memorable for everyone who views it.
An existing client appointed me to help with converting and repurposing a historic Coach House on their property. The Grade 2 listed Georgian outbuilding needed to be completely re-envisioned in order to serve a variety of functions. On the ground floor, we incorporated a gym and workshop. The focus of the design on the first floor was guest accommodation. The aim was to create the perfect self-contained apartment for guests, ensuring that it feels just as luxurious as the main home, whilst retaining its own identity. In order for the interior to speak to the rest of the property, I incorporated pretty block printed fabrics and soft colours mimicking the surrounding gardens and the interior of the main house. The hallway storage and guest kitchenette link the two bedrooms together by means of the colour palette and materiality. Respecting the period features of this building was at the forefront of our goals and we painstakingly restored every aspect that we could, including the existing 18th century cobblestone floor, and exterior stable doors. In areas where the period features could not be salvaged, we brought in character that speaks to the soul of the building. Examples of this can be found in the reclaimed timber cladding on the ceilings, and the traditional polished plaster walls that add texture and feel as though they have been there for centuries.