#10MINSWITH: TIFFANY DUGGAN

Tiffany Duggan is a natural creative talent. Starting her own interior design studio in 2011, Studio Duggan, has grown from strength to strength and is responsible for some of the most inspired and creative projects out there …. we seriously recommend checking out her portfolio!

Living in North West London with her husband and two boys, Tiffany has reformed her Edwardian home into a beautifully curated home that merges timeless pieces such as her chesterfield sofa with modern photography prints, shaggy lamps and Toulouse side tables. The eclectic and deeply unique interiors are what we love most about Tiffany’s home because she has remained faithful to her personal sense of style – a quality that transforms a house into a home. Taking time out of her busy schedule, Tiffany tells us all about her love of interior design, home and favourite RSG pieces…


1. Let’s start at the very beginning tell us about yourself and Studio Duggan?

I started my working life as a Scenic Artist – painting sets and backcloths for theatre, and then went on to work as a freelance Interiors Stylist.  I have always lived and breathed anything interiors related, but looking for more permanence and longevity in my work, I started designing the houses of friends, before finally taking the plunge and setting up Studio Duggan in 2012.  Since then, we have gone on to work on some amazing and varied projects over the years – from a family retreat in Provence to a sympathetic restoration of a gothic country pile in Hertfordshire and the full refurbishment and reinstatement of two adjoining Georgian properties in Hampstead London.

2. Have you always been into design and interiors? What did you do before you set up Studio Duggan?

Yes!  The obsession began when I first moved out of home.  I spent my days interning as a Styling Assistant at Elle Decoration and my nights continually moving, painting, upcycling and reordering the contents of my tiny one bedroom flat…my long-suffering boyfriend, now my husband, never knew what he was going to come home to!  Luckily I’m somewhat more decisive these days…

 

3. Talk us through your most recent project. What was your inspiration behind the project?

We are just about to complete a beautiful project in Kensington Square which we have been working on for over a year now.  The house is a double fronted Georgian gem with some incredible original features – panelling, fireplaces, huge sash windows and perfectly proportioned rooms.  Our Clients are antique dealers with impeccable taste and a plethora of quirky items to be incorporated into the design scheme.   Inspiration comes first and foremost from our Clients and this project has been no exception – they have an amazing array of antiques that, along with the house itself, has formed the foundations of our design.  Carefully curating these and layering traditional elements with sleek lines and dramatic colours has resulted in something surprisingly contemporary.

4. Describe your personal style? How have you incorporated this into your home?

I’ve recently finished renovating our family home in Queens Park – an Edwardian townhouse.  Studio Duggan’s style is very much informed by the Client(s) but the common thread of our projects is that there is always a varying degree of eclecticism – a little old and new, a touch of the unexpected and a bit of drama.  This is probably more pronounced in my own home where I had free reign.  Funnily enough, I found it very disconcerting to have no brief!  I always take the time to get to know and understand our Clients and therefore what they want from their homes – but for my own home, I had to think about what I wanted which was a new challenge.  My main goal was to avoid passing fads and create a very personal space which I would continue to love for many years.  I wouldn’t say it is any one style.  It is a carefully considered collection of things I love that make me happy.

 

5. Which room in your home is your favourite place to kick back and relax? Explain why?

It would have to be our bedroom – it is just so peaceful. We knocked two rooms together to create a large suite with an open plan dressing/bathroom space.  Sadly, it doesn’t happen that often these days… but when I have the time, I can close the thick velvet curtains and sink into our beautiful bateau bath with a glass of wine.  We have a nice big bed too so the boys pile in on weekends for a movie.

6. What piece of art, artefact or furniture in your home has a special significance to you and why?

Our chesterfield sofa!  I bought it from Liberty nearly 10 years ago and it looks as good today as it did then.  I winced at the cost of it at the time but it is the only piece of furniture that has stood the test of time.  I bought it in a deep, slate velvet which stood up surprisingly well to being danced on at parties and now enjoying a reincarnation in dusky pink, it is doing a commendable job of being jumped on by our two boys.

7. For someone who is thinking of redecorating their home, what top tip would you give to them?

Don’t be a slave to any one style – find your identity and be true to it.

8. What interior designers or bloggers inspire you? Name 3 and explain why?

Dorothy Draper for her exuberance and maximalism, Dimore Studio in Milan for their amazing use of colour and scale and Jacques Grange for his beautiful, inspirational and timeless work.

9. What is next for Studio Duggan?

2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Studio Duggan!  We are thrilled to have been chosen by the inspirational Hatta Byng, Editor of House & Garden, to design and curate one of the ‘Decorated Spaces’ at the House and Garden Festival in June.  We will also be completing highlights such as a Soho House inspired lake-house in Munich, an eclectic colourful house in Notting Hill and a quirky family home in Queens Park.  Our work is mainly residential but we have done some boutique hotel work too, and I would love to expand on this over the next few years.  Watch this space!

10. Finally, name 3 RSG products that you love!

It’s so hard to pick just 3 but… The Antoinette Velvet Metal Framed Chair, the Palm Tree Floor Light and the Large Green Leaf vase.

Antoinette Velvet Metal Framed Chair £460.00 Palm Tree Floor Light £540.00 Large Green Leaf Vase £30.00

Quick Fire Questions

  1. I am happiest when… the sun is shining
  2. My favourite magazine is… Cabana Magazine
  3. My dream holiday would be… swimming with the pigs of the Exumas in the Bahamas with my boys.
  4. My ideal day would be spent…. trawling through the souks of Marrakech on a sourcing trip before having a lamb tagine at Les Jardins de la Medina and a spa afternoon and buckets of champagne at the Mandarin Oriental. Chin Chin.
  5. My personal motto is… Life is what you make it.
  6. My guilty pleasure is… Amaretto Sours
  7. The last film I saw was… Beauty and the Beast. Not my choice I hasten to add.
  8. My favourite book is… Vogue Living
  9. In five years’ time, I want to be… designing a Studio Duggan furniture line.
  10. The three things I can’t live without are… my family, coffee and lavender oil on my pillow.

 

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