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Subject Matter’s friend Tamaryn White tells us how she combines inspiration and professionalism in her daily life as interior designer and art consultant ( Art by Matthieu Venot)

When did you first discover your love for interior design?

I’ve always been creative and interested in art and architecture. When I was 3 my parents bought me a Wendy House and I instructed my father to paint the interior a very specific pink, so probably since I was 3! It seems inevitable that I would end up in design.


Which blogs and magazines do you read?

For design inspiration, I turn to the classics: World of Interiors, Architectural Digest and Elle Decor, I also like Dezeen. I am a voracious reader, so Vanity Fair is always in my handbag and I’m in love with the aesthetic of W Magainze and The Gentlewoman.


Where do you find inspiration for the spaces you design?

It’s a cliché, but my inspiration comes from everywhere. From my clients, from what’s going on in the art and fashion world, what I see on the street, what my suppliers are producing….the list is endless. These all feed into the melting pot of my brain, and that together mixed with my experience, allows me to create a luxurious, unique home for my clients.


On to art…, how essential do you think it is to have art in a person’s home?

It is incredibly important to have art. Art is the icing on the cake. It dresses a space, it can be a talking point, it can stimulate and inspire passions.


How do you anticipate a client’s tastes and passions to create their interiors? When you get asked to purchase art for a client how do you integrate it with their interiors?

Art is the last to go up. By that point I will have guided the client through the entire design process, from their initial brief and design concept stage all the way through to installation. I know them well by this stage, so buying art with or for them will be very considered and appropriate for their interior and their budget. This is important to remember, art should always have it’s own budget and not come last as an afterthought.

(Art by Clinton Friedman)


What tips would you give a first-time art buyer choosing a piece for their home?

Buy what you love, or what challenges you, and don’t worry about ‘getting it right’. Art is entirely subjective, and you’re the one that has to look at it everyday so make sure you want to!

To find out more about Tamaryn and to use her services click here: TamarynWhiteStudio

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