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. 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.
SHAYNNA’S WORLD OF DESIGN
MONDAY, 7.30PM, LIFESTYLE HOME
LOOKING GOOD: Interior design star Shaynna Blaze; top right, one of Shaynna’s prized possessions is her late dad’s silver counter.