She’s known for dishing out advice, but exploring the globe for Shaynna’s World of Design reminded this queen of style to stop and reflect
Everything pushed me towards interior design. My dad did lots of changes at home that I was involved with and I was always art-orientated with painting. Art is huge [for me]. I designed a house for my Year-12 art project in graphic design. A guy was designing motorbikes and I designed a house! I was designing the house I would love to live in. So that was the beginning.
Travelling for World of Design was amazing. It’s easy to be caught up in the beauty [of a place] and not be able to take away what you love about it. People say ‘I loved Lake Como because of the water’, but what is it about the water? Is it the way it ripples? Is it the crystal clear reflections of the mountains? It’s about taking in the moment and snapping shots in your mind. If you do it just with a camera, you lose it. You’ve got to take it in. It was amazing to be in these places that are well known for design, and well known for art and history.
World of Design is so romantic. It’s a different pace to other specials out there. It’s not fast and it’s not about decisions, it’s about reflection and it’s about taking something with you. It’s very beautiful. It’s a different way to look at something and hopefully that’s what will attract people. Because I’m so busy, it made me pause and think a bit more. It made me realise that I need to make time for doing that because that’s where you get your best ideas.
You can have these dreams and visions but to have somebody say, ‘Yes I think I’ll buy that for my shop’, it’s like, ‘Wow!’ That’s what I do this for. I don’t do it just for the travel. I do it to engage and bring joy.
'Shaynna's Word Of Design' Part 1 airs Monday December 7th at 8.30pm EST on LifeStyle HOME