Shaynna reveals her design notes from the Blackburn makeover in Episode 1.
Glamorous design means evoking grand estates, five-star hotels and lifestyles of the tasteful upper class. This style calls for high-end finishes, luxury fabrics, rich colours and elegant arrangements.
Debbie and Peter have a stately home, and wanted a design overhaul to reflect the beauty and glamour it – and they - deserve. They longed for luxury, from a chef’s kitchen to a hotel-style bedroom suite, not to mention Peter’s personal wish for the home: a media room straight out of science fiction. Shaynna was able to really let loose on the new style, working with bold patterns and colours for high-concept design.
Shaynna reconfigured the layout of the master bedroom to enlarge the walk-in robe and ensuite. The bed was moved to take advantage of the view out the window, and a sliding panel links the bedroom suite to the winter room, to create a retreat for Debbie and Peter. With the panel moved back, the bedroom opens onto the sitting room, and the open fireplace can be seen from bed for lazy Sunday morning lie-ins. This new layout really evokes the feel of a luxury retreat for Debbie and Peter.
The bedroom is a palate of rich pinks and greys against a bold grey and white wallpaper to create a luxury hotel room feel. Lush grey carpet, and a white pure silk curtain that spans the whole length of one wall, enhance the effect. This element of luxury continues into the ensuite bathroom, where grey French marble tiles laid in a herringbone pattern contrast against glossy black cabinetry. The bathroom was made larger to allow for a luxury free-standing bath, for the relaxing sanctuary Debbie has always dreamed of.
The winter sitting room was tired and a little dated, so Shaynna freshened it up with a bold Parisian inspired theme. Lush green fabrics, a geometric rug and floral upholstery on the chairs creates a busy, modern design that pops against plain charcoal walls, and splashes of pink link it back to the bedroom to give a sense of continuity. Without those black walls, the colourful furniture and stately fireplace just wouldn’t stand out.
Yas transformed a dejected-looking rumpus room into a stylish media room for sci-fi aficionado Peter. His Doctor Who collection influenced the design of the room, with bespoke lights, modular furniture and a glimmering night sky ceiling. There’s also plenty of storage for Peter’s DVD collection and memorabilia, hidden behind theatre-inspired curtains.
The kitchen area was already a great space, but needed an update. Shaynna fitted in a bespoke curved island bench to give relaxed, flowing lines to the contemporary space. The lowered bench allows for more space and light, creating an invitingly modern entertaining area. It also adds a splash of blue to the room amongst the neutral colour palette, and this is continued by the blue penny round tiles of the splashback.
Personal touches brighten the dining area, as Debbie and Peter’s daughter created artwork to hang above the dining table and unique individual designs for the fabric upholstering the dining chairs. With the removal of a supporting beam, the windows widen to become a seamless wall of glass that opens onto a brand new outdoor entertaining area. This is the perfect space for entertaining.
This house is full of colour but the reason there is such an impact is the way Shaynna combined them. For example, why use such a dark colour on the walls of the winter room? It’s to make all the other colours in the room really stand out. Before, the winter room had the standard light walls, darker furniture, and a dark carpet. But now it’s been flipped, the dark walls recede, allowing colourful furniture to come to the fore. If the walls were white, there’d be no dramatic impact from the furniture.