Tamaryn White designs homes that simply ooze sophistication. Having grown up in South Africa, lived all over the world and now running a successful interior design studio in London, Tamaryn creates warm, playful and elegant spaces for her clients and takes care of the all important details. It’s these details which really set her schemes apart – the carefully placed plant providing a pop of colour or brass details on the furniture bringing continuity to a space and tying everything together.
As well as her more bespoke luxury design service, Tamaryn also offers a set of four signature looks which can be recreated for a fixed fee. These looks – London Cool, Jet Set, Modern Manor and Carefree Chic – allow her customers to choose a style and quickly have something similar recreated in their own space.
We chat to Tamaryn about her top interior design tip, her perfect Sunday and what home means to her…
Is there a signature Tamaryn White look? If so, how would you describe it?
Rather than a signature look, my studio has a design ethos – sophisticated, playful, elegant and warm. Each client and every home is different, and our raison d’etre is to provide our clients with a modern interior with a creative twist, that allows them to enjoy their space and support them with minimum fuss throughout the design process. We pay attention to the finest details, and create interior spaces that are completely bespoke.
We pick or design great pieces that make sense together in terms of scale and proportion; and focus on creating spaces that have a purpose, whether functionally or aesthetically.
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
That’s a tough one! We’ve been blessed with so many design greats that to choose one is like being asked to pick a favourite child. It all depends what and where it is going to go…
That being said, I have always adored Eileen Gray’s ‘The Maharaja of Indore’s Transat Chair’. I love how architectural and sculptural it is, but it’s also comfortable. Genius.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
Pay attention to your art budget. Very often, little or no thought is given to art and it is left to the end when the budget has run out. Art can make or break a room, and if you get it right with careful planning you will never be disappointed with the result.
What does home mean to you?
As cheesy and trite as it sounds, home is where my husband and my immediate family are. I was born in South Africa, and have lived all over the world. For me, rather than a place, it’s a feeling that is created by being near to my loved ones. Being in beautiful surroundings is just the cherry on the top.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
My art deco engagement ring which used to belong to my husband’s grandmother.
My ViSpring bed – it gives the best nights sleep, which is very important and finally a very decadent Murano glass chandelier that was one of the first pieces I bought myself from an antiques dealer in Paris. At the time it was an extravagant purchase, but it is utterly beautiful and has travelled with me to many homes.
A perfect Sunday is…
A lazy brunch with my husband, cuddles on the sofa with my Russian Blue kittens followed by a brisk walk or wander around a gallery, finishing the day with a few drinks with friends.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
Can I choose 2? I’d have the pair of valet stands which would go in our bedroom. My husband has a gentleman’s valet stand and I always put my clothes on it which drives him mad so I’d like this pair as we could have one each. I’m currently obsessed with all things pineapple, so I’d also have the mid-century pineapple ice bucket and it would live on our bar.
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