We catch up with Celia Sawyer, interior designer, TV personality, style icon and businesswoman. When Celia isn’t creating exclusive luxury interiors from her Knightsbridge base, she is one of the stylish, sassy and straight-talking dealers on Channel 4’s award-winning programme, ‘Four Rooms’. We find out what makes Celia’s world tick…
Q How did you discover you had a passion for interior design?
When I was young, I always liked looking at show homes. I also used to move chairs and small tables around in people’s homes when I felt they blocked the flow!
Q Where do you find your inspiration?
Nature inspires me the most, I love the way light falls on the outside and casts shadows – it gives me ideas for interiors. There are so many natural textures out there which can be mimicked in interior design projects such as the way the wind blows a field of long grass and the way the light catches. It gives me ideas to use silk rugs which feel soft underfoot and how they change in the light when brushed in different ways. Recently I found a beautiful shell on my travels, curved and almost cylindrical, which gave me the inspiration to design a staircase which flowed in the same way and took a similar form.
Q Describe your style in three words.
Luxurious, cool and contemporary
Q What makes a house a home?
Lots of personal bits and bobs that have some connection with you. I love my home which has tons of personal items, such as objets d’art that I have collected or bought on Four Rooms. One of my favourites are my Auroch Horns which are thousands of years old but look really stunning and strong in an interior scheme.
Q What is your life’s motto and how do you show this in your work?
Whatever you do, love it! This is how I feel about the designing I do and it reflects with a happy client.
Q What is currently topping your interior’s wishlist?
The Eden tables from bocadolobo.com – they are gold, tree-like and glamorous with a rustic edge! Each one is made from polished, melted metal with a delicately engraved top that exposes the heart of a golden tree.
Q What can’t you live without?
My glasses. Sadly, I need them now to look at plans and fabric detailing.
Q Please share your best piece of interior design advice.
Make sure you tread lightly in changing your home. For instance, don’t suddenly decide to go out and buy a red sofa and decorate with a key colour that you could soon tire of. Rather, make a less permanent change, think about changing your accessories which can transform any room dramatically. It is also a cheaper option, as cushions, candles and throws are simple ways to make your home look different on a budget.
Q What has been the greatest challenge you have faced in your career and how did you overcome it?
Working on a private aircraft – it’s very large and still presents a challenge as it’s not finished!
Q Finish the sentence: “The greatest gift of the home is…
…knowing it is your very own personal space where you can shut the door and be left alone to indulge in.”
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