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Meet The Interior Designer
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Janet McGlennon is the designer of choice for the crème of Asia’s top developers, high profile executives and private clients. Janet has been an avid supporter of ours since we opened our doors in May 2012 and it was through the store, putting her finishing touches to projects, that we first met. Janet is dynamic, incredibly creative with a fantastic vision.

 


Janet’s passion for interiors saw her completing a foundation course in a variety of design principles. She finished her Interior Design Studies, graduating from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne,  School of Art & Design, UK.

Janet opened her own interior design firm in Singapore in November 2000 after working in a number of commercial and residential design firms in both Singapore & London.
Challenges running your own business?
 
Managing your own business requires you to be passionate and committed 110%. You have to create your own niche and offer something unique.

The relationship between an interior designer & a client is primarily based on trust. However it is also the ability to translate the client's style & expectations into a working reality. The challenge is that a client's mandate can take you out of your comfort zone but most times the results are pleasantly surprising.

 

  
Define your style.
 
Modern simplicity! Mixing old with new to create timeless and elegant homes that are stylish but practical for everyday living. Growing up in North Wales, my style truly evolved from my experience with world travelled clients in London.
How have you overcome challenges for decorating in the tropics?
 

I like to use indoor/outdoor fabrics as they are durable.  Jim Thompson has a great affordable range in Singapore. I also favour adding texture by mixing metal powdered coated outdoor furniture with good faux wicker & coloured ceramic stools. It creates a retro look for outdoor entertaining. 

Upcoming projects for 2017 – colour or none?

I primarily use understated colour schemes for our projects, however lately I have introduced pops of colour into our interiors. This move in to using colour has been inspired by a recent stay at "Number Sixteen" hotel designed by Kit Kemp in Kensington, London.
 
Kemp really plays on clashing colours, patterns & textures.
What are the key pieces to invest in for a home when decorating it particularly if it’s a rental?
 
Most homes in Singapore have an open plan, where the living & dining areas are combined into one space. It is important that these areas work together as a whole. Definitely invest in accent cushions and I strongly advise collecting artefacts, rugs and lamps which can transform any space in any country and tell a story of your travels and life experiences.

Great fillers are oversized framed mirrors and also make small spaces seem larger and light filled.
 

How do you define style & glamour?
 
Style for me is its timeless elegance with the ability to combine colours, textures and patterns that can be outrageous or understated yet still look articulate. This applies to both interiors & fashion.
 
Glamour within an interior framework is defined by reflective surfaces such as metals, mirrors and marble combined with velvet upholstery. It’s a very fine balance.

 
Are you a collector of anything? How do you display a collection?
 
I love to source round or square mahjong tables to display collectable items & to position them in an entrance or use them to divide a large open space.
 
Consoles behind Sofas are a great way to display tall key accessories. I have a turtle shell on a stand on my console at home.
 
Another option to display a collection is to place them in a cabinet. My husband collects antique cameras and I integrated them with masses of photographic books, vases and object d’art in an organised, uncluttered manner.
 
Sources of inspiration?
 
The Boho Bungalow
Elle Decor
Goop


Outside of blogs, Travel is a constant source of inspiration for me – luxe hotels, restaurants and retail all play a huge part in my design inspiration of details, colour palettes and styling.
Chiswick restaurant Sydney & Hotel Bristol Paris
JK Hotel Capri
The Blue Bar London

Go-to-shops for projects?

 

Developed Image for limited editions photographic prints.

We use an artist based in Adelaide, Australia who does bespoke art pieces for our projects.

 

Zara Home for great linen tableware & bedding and Ondene Sydney for Society Bedlinen.
 

Asian pieces: Orient House, Sydney, Pagoda house, Asiatique and China Collections in Singapore.


Vanilla home for more contemporary luxe objects and beautiful lamps.
 

London: William Yeoward, Rose Uniacke & George Smith.

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