With her mega decs and bright colours, interior designer Tiffany Duggan is all set for tomorrow, when the beautifully wrapped presents and prosecco can finally be opened
Left: Candlelight flickers in the striking convex mirror from Reid & Wright (reidandwright.london) and reflects the living room’s Cobble by Fired Earth (firedearth.com) shade. ‘I wanted the space to feel enveloping and warm,’ says Tiffany. The stockings are from Liberty (libertylondon.com). Right: Rescue dog Tanya gets into the festive spirit with a collar from Hiro & Wolf (hiro-and-wolf.com)
Interior designer and founder of Studio Duggan, Tiffany Duggan lives in a three-storey Edwardian house in North London with husband James, an executive search consultant, their sons Finlay, six, and Jefferson, three, cats Rocco and Lola and rescue dog Tanya.
‘This Christmas we are going big!’ laughs Tiffany. ‘Usually we keep it simple as we travel to Ireland to be with James’s family, but this year everyone is coming to us, so we are decorating in style!’ Rocking a decadent Hollywood glamour vibe, jewel-coloured decorations are mixed with seasonal foliage and festive favourites. Baubles in rich shades of aubergine, green, orange, pink and purple deck the tree, while parcels are wrapped in handmade Esme Winter patterned paper. ‘I’m not one for traditional reds and greens,’ says Tiffany. ‘For me, it’s all about colour and fun – with vibrant textiles and tableware and quirky floral displays adding a sprinkling of opulence to our Christmas table.’
It is no surprise that Tiffany’s interior design practice Studio Duggan has gained a loyal following over the past six years. ‘I designed our home in the same way I would approach a client’s renovation,’ says Tiffany, who, together with husband James, bought the property three years ago then spent six months rejigging its five bedrooms and one bathroom to create a space suited to family life.
Rocking their festive crowns from Hobbycraft (hobbycraft.co.uk), Jefferson (left) and Finlay can’t wait to rip open their presents. Wrapping paper, Esme Winter (esmewinter.co.uk). Tree decorations, John Lewis (johnlewis.com)
Once the layout had been finalised, Tiffany’s ideas were tear-sheeted, pinned and moodboarded, with detailed room schemes pulled together simultaneously to ensure consistency of style. ‘I always balance old and new – it’s important to me to create eclectic yet contemporary spaces, with a sense of longevity and permanence.
‘We preserved all the beautiful architectural features but have reconfigured upstairs to create separate levels for us and the boys; making space also for a dressing room, playroom and guest room, with en-suites for each of the three bedrooms.’ Downstairs an urban-style kitchen was installed along with elegant parquet flooring to complement original hallway tiles.
The vibrant La Havane wallpaper from Nobilis (nobilis.fr) adds Beverly Hills glamour to the boys’ bedroom and is ‘always a talking point’, says Tiffany, as is the Steiff giraffe (steiff.com). The artwork is by James Brown (stjudesprints.co.uk) and the alphabet pots from Ben Pentreath (pentreath-hall.com) add a magical quality. The metallic paper globes are from Rockett St George (rockettstgeorge.co.uk). The personalised present sacks are from Not On The High Street (notonthehighstreet.com)
For Finlay and Jefferson’s level, Tiffany wanted to create a sense of high-octane fun and drama, hence their bedroom’s exotic palm-tree wallpaper and chalkboard walls. ‘I love to add touches of unexpected eccentricity,’ laughs Tiffany. ‘Herald the 8ft giraffe!’
On Christmas morning, a family tradition is upheld – bacon sandwiches and prosecco in bed – while the boys snuggle up to open their stockings before dashing downstairs to find half-munched carrots and Santa’s empty sherry glass. ‘Christmas dinner is always a late affair, so toasted marshmallows, espresso martinis and party games are de rigueur, before more presents are opened,’ says Tiffany. It seems there really is no place like home – this festive house of fun could prove hard to leave.
‘Our festive table represents everything I love about Christmas – fun, family, colour and glamour,’ says Tiffany. The flowers are from Scarlet & Violet (scarletandviolet.com). The crackers are from Toast (toa.st). The tableware, linen and antique spindle candlesticks are from Summerill & Bishop (summerillandbishop.com)
Handwritten and hand-stitched name settings by Oyster Bridge & Co (for details, visit @oysterbridgeandco on Instagram) add a personal touch. Tableware, cutlery and linen, as before
‘The kids love toasting marshmallows in the garden, regardless of the weather, and the fire-pit from Garden Trading [gardentrading.co.uk] makes it cosy,’ says Tiffany. The sheepskins from Graham & Green (grahamandgreen.co.uk) give the chairs by Made (made.com) snuggle-factor; the Christmas tree is from Oxenford Farm (oxenfordfarm.com)
Left: In the master bedroom Crittall doors, designed by Studio Duggan and made by Flight Design, separate the bedroom from the sink area and its adjoining shower and WC. The basin is from Design Concrete (design-concrete.com). Right: ‘Our bedroom is quite big, so the four-poster bed from Vielle & Frances [vielleandfrances.com] adds scale within the lofty proportions,’ says Tiffany. Walls are painted in Felt IV by Paint & Paper Library (paintandpaperlibrary.com). The bath is from The Cast Iron Bath Company (castironbath.co.uk)