Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chic Interiors Inspired by Favourite Designers

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chic Interiors Inspired by Favourite Designers

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Byline: By Gabrielle Fagan

Designers' rooms aren't just full of beautiful things they have a style and elegance that money can't buy.

It's down to the way they arrange furniture, place objects and artfully add accessories. Buyers of new homes would do well to take inspiration from these designers' homes and learn how they can inject character and create a real sense of style from a blank canvas.

Their secrets, techniques and stunning interiors from sleek, glass-walled houses to nurturing, sensual sanctuaries full of period detail are revealed by Suzanne Trocme, in her new book Attention to Detail.

Rather like a scientist she's analysed the styles of those who make their living creating homes that most of us can usually only admire in the glossy interiors' magazines.

By distilling their methods and approaches she's produced a blueprint which could be used by everyone who's dreamed of creating their own chic, living space.

She says: "Designers create good interiors because they decide first how they want to live in each space. Successful rooms fit the people who use them, not the other way round. Just like clothes they must suit the personality and lifestyle of their owners."

There is an order to the process - functional features, lighting, heating and storage come first, then the tone is set with detail such as floor and wall treatments. Decoration is the final touch - furniture, soft furnishings, art and ornament.

Her research has taken her around the world and she features 25 case studies, including the London home of designer Jasper Conran, showing the key elements that make their homes successful.

Suzanne, 40, who is design and architecture editor of Wallpaper magazine, says: "Before you make the final decision on the key elements of the room try to analyse the reason for your choice. …

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