Philippa Devas
Devas Designs
  1. What inspired you to become an interior designer?

    It was my love of houses and architecture that inspired me and I find it incredibly fulfilling being able to plan a project around stunning existing architectural elements and enhancing them. I am also passionate about furniture and works of art and the ability to combine these interests naturally drew me to interior design.


  2. What areas of art and antiques are you interested in and how does this influence you at work?

    I often use an item of antique furniture, a carpet or a standout antique object as a starting point, drawing on its colour scheme, material and design to inspire and inform the overall interior.


  3. Are there any specific sources, trends and historical eras that you often draw inspiration from?

    Since I work closely with clients, tailoring interiors to their taste as well as incorporating their existing collections I am always on the lookout for a wide variety of pieces of different styles. I do however find myself drawn time and again to antique French pieces. There is a level of craftsmanship in French furniture that I am always enticed by, and an elegance of design that retains a harmonious mixture of luxury and simplicity.


  4. There has been a trend towards mixing old with new in the past decade, has this helped you in your advice to clients?

    Since setting up Devas Designs in 1998 I have always enjoyed incorporating and blending traditional pieces with modern styles. The best thing about incorporating classic, antique pieces into a modern interior is that they can become timeless if chosen well. These are objects or works of art that can you can live with forever, and this sense of legacy is something I have found to be incredibly appealing to my clients.


  5. What top tip would you have for those interested in sourcing and adding antiques to their home?

    If you want to buy just one piece, try to look for a piece that really stands out for you, something classic that can become the centre piece of any room. I think it’s possible to create an interesting interior just by focusing on one or two exceptional features. Then using neutral, inexpensive materials alongside unique antiques items can really set off these key pieces.

    If you want to start a larger collection, one of the most important stages will be its display. Make sure that you have enough space to really highlight your items. Before visiting an antiques fair, assess your existing space and start thinking about the scale of items you want to be looking out for. The dealers are always on hand to consult for advice, so it is always a good idea to talk to them while you’re there, or seek out an interior designer who can come with you and advise you on which pieces will fit perfectly into your interior.