Fiona Lynch

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Award-win­ning in­te­rior de­signer Fiona Lynch is known for her artis­tic ap­proach to in­te­ri­ors. She says that clients of­ten come to her with stor­age is­sues and a com­pro­mised floor plan. She sug­gests col­lat­ing im­agery and fin­ishes be­fore sketch­ing out a plan on how to re­solve any prob­lem ar­eas. Af­ter a course of ac­tion is con­firmed, then it’s time to fo­cus on the fin­ishes. When it comes to colour, less is more. Re­straint is key, ac­cord­ing to Fiona. “We use colour in a lim­ited way, es­pe­cially on join­ery,” says Fiona. For white walls, Fiona rec­om­mends Porter’s Paints Al­mond White and, when it comes to colour Du­lux Span­ish Olive. How­ever, there is no one-size-fits-all ap­proach. “Each of our projects is unique in the way we se­lect and treat ma­te­ri­als,” she says. Her own fam­ily weekender in Vic­to­ria fea­tures a blend of hard­wood tim­bers, white walls and black lam­i­nate join­ery. There are also plenty of win­dows to frame bush­land views. Floor­ing is one of the big­gest sur­face ar­eas to con­sider and Fiona likes the time­less ap­peal of Di­ne­sen’s solid oak floor­ing. Other favourite sup­pli­ers in her lit­tle black book of de­sign in­clude BDDW, a small Amer­i­can fur­ni­ture com­pany, and Car­pen­ter’s Work­shop Gallery, which of­fers a range of sculp­tural ob­jects for the home. Aus­tralian favourites in­clude 20th-cen­tury vin­tage specialists Ni­cholas and Alistair, and Cri­te­ria Col­lec­tion, which sells an ex­clu­sive range of fur­ni­ture and home­wares from around the world. For light­ing, Fiona turns to the dis­tinc­tive de­signs from Ap­pa­ra­tus. With fab­rics, she uses the Raf Si­mons col­lec­tion from Kvadrat, and is a fan of the Phillip Jef­fries Chro­matic range of wall­pa­per. (03) 9079 2500; fion­a­lynch.com.au

CLOCK­WISE, FROM ABOVE Fiona used a re­strained pal­ette of white and sandy-toned tim­ber in this bed­room at her Vic­to­rian weekender; in­te­rior de­signer Fiona Lynch; the bush­land es­cape is clad in metal sheet roof­ing.

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