Stylish trip by de­sign

Shaynna Blaze trav­els to some of the most stylish cities in the world to find de­sign in­spi­ra­tion for a light­ing col­lec­tion in a new Fox­tel two-part spe­cial.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - By SHAN­NON MOL­LOY

GIVEN she’s an in­te­rior de­sign guru, it’s no great sur­prise Shaynna Blaze’s home in the leafy Mel­bourne sub­urb of Hawthorn is filled with spec­tac­u­lar items.

There’s the huge cherry wood ta­ble the tele­vi­sion star waited al­most a decade to be able to af­ford. She re­cently painted it black to give it an edgier, more mod­ern look.

In her lounge room, you’ll find an aqua horse statue on dis­play – a unique state­ment piece.

But it’s in Blaze’s bed­room, that you’ll find her most trea­sured item.

“My dad used to play cricket and he was the wick­et­keeper,” she ex­plains.

“He had this old round, sil­ver counter – a clicker to keep track of the balls bowled. When he died, I found it among his things and kept it. It’s a spe­cial re­minder of him.

“I’ve got it placed on an art deco stand. When I walk in, I see it – it’s not for show, it’s pri­vate. That’s how I like it.”

In­te­rior styling isn’t about only ad­her­ing strictly to the lat­est trends, in her view. It’s about ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, in­di­vid­ual taste and per­sonal touches.

Some­times a point of dif­fer­ence is good too, Blaze says. With that in mind, she set off re­cently on a whirl­wind ad­ven­ture to Milan, Venice and New York in search of in­spi­ra­tion.

It’s all cap­tured in a

two-part tele­vi­sion spe­cial,

Shaynna’s World of De­sign.

“A light­ing com­pany ap­proached me to de­sign a new range and they wanted some­thing quite dif­fer­ent,” she says.

“I set off to look for in­spi­ra­tion in a lot of places and I thought it would make an in­ter­est­ing TV show, so I took cam­eras with me.”

The show is a mix of stun­ning scenery, an up-close look at grand ar­chi­tec­ture and interiors, styling tips and tricks, and an ex­plo­ration of eclec­tic de­sign styles.

And then Blaze is told she’ll launch her light­ing range – at the iconic At­lanta Trade Fair, giv­ing her a short dead­line to fin­ish it.

“It was an in­cred­i­ble, if not daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” she laughs.

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