Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Faithfully Avoiding Trends; A Home Should Be Personal, Says Influential Interior Designer

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Faithfully Avoiding Trends; A Home Should Be Personal, Says Influential Interior Designer

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Byline: Kiri ten Dolle

DARREN Palmer might be a judge of some of the trendiest spaces on The Block, but admits he doesn't follow them.

The interior designer is a big believer in simply creating a home that suits our needs and supports our lives. A home should be something much more personal, says the author of HomeSpace.

"There isn't a family unit we call nuclear any more and everyone seems to run their own lives, in their own way, with their chosen places of habitation reflecting their lives, their families and their styles," Palmer says.

"I avoid trends like the plague. I don't think chasing a trend in a slavish way is productive in terms of expressing your own sense of self. There are always good things to find in trends. You can pick pieces out of a trend you like and interpret them in your own way for your own family."

He says his latest book was a sensible extension of his first, Easy Luxury. "It made sense to look at how you apply all the fundamentals of the first book in the real world so this book is based on case studies and focuses on commonality on each project and the differences that are a reflection on the design briefs.

"Everybody's brief is going to change the outcome, but the fundamentals stay the same.

"The more planning you do and education you have and the more you lay it out and test it before it goes into reality, then the more successful you will be."

Palmer shares more about his own home, shared with husband Olivier Duvillard and son Hugo, below:

My home is homely, friendly and comfortable. We have pets and a child so we don't worry too much about stains or spills. The house is clean and tidy, but also pre-reno, so we're not too bothered if things don't look like a photo shoot is just about to happen.

My design process is pretty intuitive. I get a feeling for people and what they need and usually ideas are bubbling just below the surface. …

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