In the words of Fiona Duke, ‘Good interior design can really change the way you feel about your home.’ We couldn’t agree more, and when the homes created are as elegant and timeless as those by Fiona Duke Interiors, we think this holds doubly true!
As a serial home renovator herself, Fiona understands what it takes to make a space work for an individual and their family. Her designs are classic and beautiful, with a few quirky touches thrown in for good measure (like this Zebra print, yes please!).
We’re delighted to chat to Fiona about her perfect Sunday, the design classics she loves and how her family’s time spent Scandinavia has influenced her style.
Is there a signature Fiona Duke look? If so, how would you describe it?
Some very successful designers definitely have a distinct ‘signature’ look. Kelly Hoppen’s beige and taupe masterpieces, Kelly Wearstler’s glamorous showstoppers, Abigail Ahern’s dark mysterious eclectic spaces, Rose Uniacke’s classic elegant crisp serene wonders and Ilse Crawford who I admire greatly. But the truth is I am genuinely inspired by all of these designers and like to use elements of all of these styles. Human needs and desires must be the centre of everything. The designs must work for those living in them which is always my primary goal.
My family have lived in Norway and Denmark for many years so Scandinavian design has also definitely had a great influence to me over the years.
With regards to a ‘signature look’, for me, I love using bold colours or patterns, statement lighting, the odd ’shiny’ glam bit and a few ‘quirky’ finds to personalise each design.
What are some design classics that stand out for you?
I would love my dining table to be surrounded by lots of Eero Saarinen’s conference armchairs and sidechairs in olive green leather as I think these designs are so classically beautiful. In my snug area I would have a couple of butterfly stools by Sori Yanagi complimented with two shell chairs by Hans J Wegner.
What is your top interior design tip?
This would have to be research. So many people have ideas in their head of what they want but potentially have never actually ‘seen’ it. Inspiration is all around us not only in social media with the likes of Instagram and Pinterest but also ideas can be found whilst out dining, shopping, walking and I am forever taking photos and saving these ideas if I’ve seen something that has inspired me and see how I could introduce this into my home.
What does home mean for you?
Home for me is somewhere I want to spend time in and somewhere I want to feel inspired by. Firstly the function of the home has to make sense with regards to the layout and flow and then I want to surround myself with beautiful materials, intriguing colours, patterns and interesting pieces that I feel I can connect to it.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
I found a beautiful piece of ceramic art by Stig Lindberg whilst staying with friends in Stockholm a few years ago which I love.
My ’shaggy palm’ pendant light from Abigail Ahern is a fun lighting piece.
The large Crittal window styled mirror that stands in my hallway makes a fab entrance statement.
A perfect Sunday is…
If my son’s early morning football match was cancelled and there wasn’t homework to be done then… Coffee in the morning sun, a lazy breakfast, a long dog walk to a country pub for Sunday lunch and then home for a family film night.
If you could chose one piece from Layer, what would it be?
It would be this beautiful Ercol daybed, and I would re-cover it in Icelandic Poppies fabric by GP & J Parker.