Shannon McGrath, Photographer
Design definitely enriches my day-to-day life and having a house of our own that's
designed is a softer way of living, a calmer way of living. Our home is elegantly
understated and it is enjoyable to be in.
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SHOP SHANNON'S STYLE
Design influences how we engage with a space and I have seen how it can change people’s moods and emotions. I believe a home should guide you in its design, and that its future should remain authentic and respectful to its past. Following trends doesn’t work. Good design is timeless, it won’t date. Our home is a place we share with family and friends, where we can also switch off and re-charge. That’s what makes it special.
We are temporary custodians of our house. Before us, it held other people’s stories and after us, it will hold more. We have the privilege of a fleeting opportunity: to make our time in it reflect who we are. The result is a mixture of passion, fashion, inheritance and haphazard events. The unconscious curation of objects is more important than the conscious one, but an interesting life has both.
Each room of our home is individual so we can retreat to find our own space. It is an oasis. One of our favourite pieces of furniture is the Bend sofa. I know my Sarah likes it because it's bouncy but for me it's unique. It's functional and casual and reflects the way we live.
Our house is our space, a reflection of us and a haven from a busy working life. We fill it with laughter, family, friends and quiet times too. Our furniture needs to blend in with the elegance of 1930's architecture, but at the same time be warm and inviting to strike a perfect balance of luxury and comfort.
Design definitely enriches my day-to-day life and having a house of our own that's designed is a softer way of living, a calmer way of living. Our home is elegantly understated and it is enjoyable to be in.
My apartment is cluttered but curated. I don't like an empty home. I want to live and breathe design from the moment I wake each morning. When friends come over I love to see their surprise, to feel the mystery of all these objects. I see my collection as a library of thoughts.
We strived for a home that wasn't complete at the start but something that could be extended,refined and finished over time. It's a blank canvas so it is the furniture which reflects the way we live in this house.
I love this room, it is eclectic with lots of memories. The Mongolian fur armchairs are some of my favourite pieces because they tell a story of the designer watching his wife lacing her corset. We live in this incredible universe that has so much beauty and design inherent in it, by expressing that in both the small and large parts of your day you can have a joyful life.
Home is a creative retreat for me, a place where I can watch the seasons flow. I enjoy the contrasting textures of my favourite pieces, the balance of soft silk rugs and upholstery, with bronze, stone and wood. The elements combine to make my apartment nurturing and calm, allowing me to think and recharge.