Perfect Home Interview: Yasmin Chopin
As a property junkie and having bought her first house at the tender age of 18, Yasmin went on to buy and sell many more. She moved from being a private property developer to an interior designer later in life after retraining and graduating from London’s Inchbald School of Design, the perfect next step after having majored in the history of art and architecture for her Honours Degree with the Open University. She now offers consultancy services, supports innovative design, new designers and small businesses and on top of all that she writes her own interiors blog to promote all that’s good about the industry. We caught up with her for five minuites to find out what her perfect home would be like…
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I live with my partner in a small village in Cambridgeshire and we love it. It would take a lot to tear us away and we enjoy Spanish sunshine for some of the year as well, so I found this a difficult question to answer. When you consider climate, lifestyle, landscape, language, economy, safety and security there is no ‘perfect’ place on earth. But having weighed it up, and talked to my family over dinner about it, we’ve agreed it would be Sydney, Australia.
Name one homeware accessory that you can’t live without
I wouldn’t be without my plate rack. I bought it to fit on the wall in a barn I was renovating so it’s old pine and rather large. It was the first time I had used a plate rack and I find it so easy to take a plate, or a mug, off the rack that I would never be without one again. It’s moved with me to several homes since!
If you could decorate your home in any trend, what would it be?
My personal style is quirky and colourful which for some people is a bit OTT. I like to mix the old with the new and don’t particularly like ornaments so it has to be tidy and quirky. I don’t think there’s a trend that quite fits it; I’m not a follower of fashion. I like my interiors to last and I’d rather save for a long time so I can splash out on a special piece which will give me decades of enjoyment. I’ve got a lovely sideboard that I never tire of, which I bought some 25 years ago.
To you, what makes a home perfect?
It has to be somewhere I can truly express my personality and a place that allows me the creative freedom in which to work. Solitude is important to me but I would never wish to be without my friends and family.
Tell us about the photo of your dream house?
I think possibly Brighton Pavilion would be my dream home, if scaled down considerably! And the interiors reflect my penchant for colourful and quirky!
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