#10MINSWITH: DEBORAH VOS

Deborah Vos’ home oozes moody dark, sophistication with an eclectic twist. A self-confessed interior obsessive, Deborah has carefully considered her interiors, curating pieces over the years that she loves or that has sentimental value to her. Living in an Edwardian end-of-terrace house in West London with her family, Deborah has opted for mainly dark tones in her home which has created an epic backdrop for her curated pieces as well as creating a calming and warm environment for her family to hang out in.
 The dark walls against the low lighting creates a warming room for the family to hang out in. As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.
 Featured in the Rockett St George book, Extraordinary Interiors, Deborah’s home is a real testament to her creative eye. This year Deborah has taken a career leap and decided to start a venture as an interior designer. So to find out more about the wonderful Deborah, we have asked her all about her home, new career venture and favourite RSG pieces…

A bedroom of our interior dreams, Deborah has opted for decadent blues and a beautiful picture wall hangs above the bed. As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.
 1. Let’s start at the very beginning. How did you first get into interior design?
I first got into interior design about 10 – 15 years ago when I had a huge passion for modern interiors, but this really only extended to my own home. I have always followed various home trends and I’m completely obsessed with interior magazines, Dezeen and architecture.
2. You are in the process of setting up your own interior design business. What inspired you to take the next steps in your career.
I wanted to follow my dream really. I figured that if you are truly passionate about something, you should make it what you do for a living if you can.
The striking giant artwork is an eye-catching feature that looks showstopping against the dark walls. As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.
3. What do you hope to achieve in your new interior design business? 
I hope to be able to help people realise the potential of their own houses. Creating a new, and slightly quirky way with their spaces, utilising what they already have and make it an affordable makeover, rather than going to the big expense of hiring an interior designer.
Cosy deep pile rugs and sheepskins dress the furniture.  As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.
 4. Describe your home in 3 words. 
Inviting, eclectic and individual.
5. When styling or redecorating a room in your home, what is the first thing that you do or plan to style the room?
The first thing I do is think about what colour I’m going to paint the walls, skirting boards and ceiling, which is usually all the same colour, then the whole scheme falls in to place after that.
6. What is your favourite piece of homeware that you own?
My favourite piece of homeware is my Ligne Roset Togo sofa in soft black leather. I bought it second hand and its originally from the 1980’s so it is beautifully worn in and timeless in its design.
Deborah’s favourite piece takes centre stage in the living room. As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.
7. Which room in your house do you enjoy spending the most time in? Describe the room. 
I love spending time in my living room as it is all painted out in a really dark grey/sludge green colour, with my gorgeous sofa, and lots of faux botanicals around the place. I also have lots of accent lighting in the form of lamps and small clip-on spotlights that really give the room an extra dimension and incredibly cosy feel. It feels like a warm embrace.
Pops of greenery and plants breathe life into the room. As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.
8. Give us three top tips for creating a beautiful home?
My three top tips for creating a fab home are:
  • Accent lighting and lots of it
  • Play with scale….place unexpected lamps and plants at different heights.
  • Look around for unusual pieces for your house that no one else has, to create that individual look…..eBay, car boot sales etc.
Deborah has carefully curated over 20 years to create interiors that are unqiue and personal to her. As featured in Rockett St George: Extraordinary Interiors (Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99) Photography by Debi Treloar.
 9. What / Where / Who inspires you? 
A big inspiration for me is Abigail Ahern…..she broke the mould for going “dark” in a really cool way.
10. Finally, name three new RSG products that you love?
I LOVE the Franklin side table, the Ice Grey Marble Effect Stool and the Set of 2 Plant Tables…..great for lamps too.
Franklin Side Tables from £160.00 Hexagon Step Side Table £280.00 Ice Grey Marble Effect Stool £99.00

QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS
1) I am happiest when… I’m with my family and friends laughing my head off.
2) My favourite magazine is… LivingEtc
3) My dream holiday would be… Travelling all around South America with my family.
4) My ideal day would be spent…. Laughing lots with family and friends near the sea or skiing.
5) My personal motto is… do unto others as you would like done unto you
6) My guilty pleasure is… aaaargh……embarrassingly Big Brother…..the only trash TV I watch.
7)The last film I saw was… Manchester By The Sea.
8) My favourite book is… Goldfinch by Donna Tartt & Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres.
9) In five years’ time, I want to be… a fabulous interior stylist that is earning a good living from my job.
10) The three things I can’t live without are… my husband, my children and my iPhone (sadly).

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