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Interview with Interior Design Masters Winner Roisin Quinn

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Roisin Quinn, the Cheshire-based winner of the most recent series of Interior Design Masters, shares her journey and insights with Absolutely.

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Congratulations on Winning!

Congratulations on winning Interior Design Masters! Has that sunk in yet?

Thank you so much! But no, it hasn’t quite hit me yet. I’m not sure if it ever will. This achievement doesn’t quite evoke the same feelings as my past victories because, usually, that’s a one-off win. This is different; it’s bigger, and the excitement hasn’t left. It’s more than just personal success; it feels like a shared celebration, marking a profound shift and growth in my own life journey.

The Judges’ Perspective

Why do you think you stood out for the judges?

I believe it stems from my innate ability to craft an atmosphere within a space, something that flows effortlessly for me. Interior design, to me, feels more like an inherent skill rather than something that can be taught. It’s about constant growth and evolution, a journey I eagerly embraced week after week, always hungry to learn more. I believe the judges appreciated my receptiveness to feedback and my genuine passion for learning.

Moreover, I thrive on conjuring a sense of magic within a space, instilling it with a unique ambiance that resonates. Interior design, I’ve found, thrives best when approached with a balance of intuition and skill rather than overthinking every detail.

A Look Back at the Show

How would you look back on your time on the show?

Interior Design Masters has truly been a game-changer for me. At 30, I found myself contemplating the idea of pursuing a degree to distinguish myself in the field of design. However, the show offered me a crash course in interior design, effectively condensing what would have taken me three years into a whirlwind experience. It not only accelerated my learning but also introduced me to a network of exceptional individuals within the industry, opening doors to a whole new world of opportunities.

The show served as a catapult for my career, propelling me forward in ways I couldn’t have imagined. And perhaps most importantly, I’ve formed incredible friendships that I cherish forever. It’s been an invaluable journey, one that has reshaped my trajectory and enriched my life in countless ways.

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Inspirations and Motivations

What originally inspired you to apply to be involved?

I saw turning 30 as a pivotal moment, a time to embrace change and pursue my passion for interior design. While I had enjoyed my six years in my previous job, which revolved around my love for travel, I felt a sense of stagnation creeping in. Comfort can be a dangerous trap, and I refused to let myself fall into it. It’s far too easy to procrastinate and put off our dreams, a habit I’m all too familiar with.

Transitioning to a career as competitive and uncertain as interior design was undeniably daunting. The constant scrutiny and intensity can be overwhelming. However, my passion for interior design had burned within me for years, and I knew I had to take the leap to turn it into my reality. Even if it didn’t pan out, I couldn’t bear the thought of looking back with regret. My greatest fear is reaching old age and realising I let opportunities slip by. I refuse to settle for a life of “that was nice”; I want to look back and think that was a wild ride!

Early Interest in Interior Design

Have you always had an interest in interior design?

Interior design has been a passion of mine long before I even knew it was a defined profession. I found myself drawn to the charm of old buildings and the cosy ambiance of cafes and restaurants. It’s as if this interest has always been quietly guiding me, subtly influencing my choices and preferences. Only recently have I come to the realization that I can channel this passion into a fulfilling career. It’s like discovering a hidden treasure within myself, a talent waiting to be unleashed.

Exploring Design Possibilities

What kind of things have you dabbled in?

I’ve primarily focused on residential interiors, and completing all eight briefs on the show has undoubtedly enriched my portfolio in remarkable ways. However, my ultimate aspiration lies in venturing into commercial design, particularly in crafting boutique hotels, bars, and restaurants. There’s an undeniable allure to creating spaces where people from diverse backgrounds can come together and revel in the ambiance I’ve meticulously curated. It’s about transcending the boundaries of individual homes and extending my design vision to communal spaces where memories are made and experiences are shared. The prospect of shaping these environments excites me immensely, and I’m eager to embark on this new chapter in my design journey.

A Lightbulb Moment

Was there a lightbulb moment when you felt that, yes, interior design could be a direction for you to go in?

I think the lightbulb moment was in November 2022. I had just designed my wedding and created my interior design Instagram account, @roisinquinn. It had been on my mind for years, but I hesitated, fearing judgment from others. To my delight, the response was overwhelmingly positive, igniting a newfound sense of confidence in me. Encouraged by the support I received, I decided to pursue my passion more seriously. Initially, I applied to study interior design at university, believing it would be my first step into the world of interiors. However, fate had other plans in store for me when Interior Design Masters came along, completely altering the course of my journey.

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Design Style and Aspirations

How would you describe your design style?

I would describe my design style as refined maximalism. I have a deep appreciation for colour, but I believe in using it in a sophisticated and elegant manner. Intricate and captivating wall coverings, whether it’s a striking mural or intricate trellis work, are a cornerstone of my design approach. I’m passionate about creating texture and depth through these elements, as well as through the layering of luxurious fabrics.

My ultimate goal is to craft spaces that transport people, taking them on a captivating journey with each glance. I strive to leave a lasting impression, delivering designs that are truly unique and unforgettable.

Future Endeavors

Now you have had this success on the show, where would you like to go next?

My aspiration is to establish my own distinguished and high-end interior design studio, dedicated to crafting bespoke experiences for boutique hotels, B&Bs, bars, restaurants, and various commercial spaces, as well as handpicked residential projects. Additionally, I envision creating my own signature homeware brand, featuring exquisite wallpaper, fabrics, and other captivating elements.

Dream Projects

What kind of projects would be a dream to work on?

I would love to be given the keys to an old building, complete with its original charm and character. Being asked to transform it into a restaurant or boutique hotel would truly be a dream project. It’s a personal endeavour, blending history with modernity to create a space that feels both authentic, enchanting, and inviting.

Follow Roisin’s journey on Instagram: @roisinquinn.

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