There are some designers we look to time and time again – whose work we’re always excited to showcase. Shaynna Blaze is one of those people. If you’re a fan of The Block or Selling Houses Australia then you’ll be no stranger to Shaynna’s amazing abilities as an interior stylist. She exhibits an extensive knowledge of design and an intuitive grasp of today’s needs, transforming interiors into timeless environments for modern living.
A leading expert in her field, Shaynna’s career has spanned many disciplines, including interior design, homeware design and television. The sophisticated and artful way she layers a space have earned her a loyal following, striking an even balance between comfort and style. And it’s no coincidence that her personality is as brilliant and vibrant as her designs.
“I’ve been surrounded by design I would say all my life with my family dabbling in renovations, artwork, music and performing,” says Shaynna. “It was never anyone’s job when I was growing so I always thought it was a hobby, so when I was older and found out it was career path I knew it was what I was meant to be doing.”
When it comes to her individual interior style, the designer is known for effortlessly combining crisp, clean interiors, with unexpected twists. “I do stick to basics in the planning and functionality of a home but I love making statements in colour, art and fixtures that aren’t trend driven and a space to fall in love with,” says Shaynna. “I find people engage in your space more when you deliver something different.”
Whether you’re decorating your first home or fifth, with great design the devil is in the detail. Shaynna says allow your space to continuously change – as your life does. “The best way to add character to a room is to add what makes you smile,” says Shaynna. “Don’t focus on pieces such as a chair or a cushion, but more about the elements that will bring you alive when you walk into a room,” she says. “Is it the colour because it reminds you of your holiday, a certain picture/artwork that holds some significance to you or the textures and touch of fabrics that spell a subtly luxury to you.”
Shaynna’s latest project sees the designer go beyond being the face of a campaign, designing a homewares range exclusive to Harris Scarfe. As a designer who builds from the ground up, she believes in starting with the basics, then layering to create the extraordinary. The range has two distinct looks; timeless classic with a formal edge, and a more casual look for everyday living.
“I am over the moon with this collection as it takes on my philosophy of classic with the unpredictable. The linen collection is a mix of textures with a very classic palette of grey, navy, white and taupe and then layered with prints that are bold and cheeky and unexpected features such as the miniature pom-pom accents on the sheets. The quality is beautiful to touch and they have a lux feel, without the price. Over the next few months we are introducing more pieces to the collection that will extend throughout the home so the collection will not only work with what you have, but be able to be added to seamlessly!”
“I am loving the pom-pom sheets, the Flower Watlz doona cover and cushions, but to tell you the truth I am loving all of the pieces, as I know how versatile they are and won’t date,” says Shaynna.