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TAMSIN JOHNSON:
INTERIOR DESIGNER

TAMSIN JOHNSON: INTERIOR DESIGNER
TAMSIN JOHNSON: INTERIOR DESIGNER
TAMSIN JOHNSON: INTERIOR DESIGNER

10 YEARS AS AN INTERIOR DESIGNER. 1 PHOTOGENIC FRENCH BULLDOG NAMED HECTOR. 5 SECRETS TO CREATING A BEAUTIFUL SPACE. 1 PRODUCT SHE BOUGHT FOR WHEN SHE WENT INTO LABOUR.

Interior designer Tamsin Johnson has an eye for hidden treasures; whether it’s a vintage Chanel tweed suit spotted in a tiny shop in Tokyo, an unassuming 19th century cabinet in Milan, or a dilapidated warehouse in Paddington.  After launching her career at eminent design studio Meacham Nockles McQualter, where she also worked on our Mecca Cosmetica stores, Tamsin took a leap and established her own studio in 2013. She’s now more in-demand than ever, renowned for a distinctive look—elegant, contemporary styling accented with colourful sculptures and antiques. We caught up with Tamsin at P Johnson Tailors—her husband’s business and that dilapidated warehouse she cleverly transformed into a stunning, airy showroom—where she shared with us her skin care secrets, her inflight beauty-routine, and her tips on how to create a beautiful space.

TAMSIN JOHNSON: INTERIOR DESIGNER
TAMSIN JOHNSON: INTERIOR DESIGNER

ON HER UPBRINGING:

“I essentially grew up in an antique store with antique-dealer parents who took my sister and I everywhere with them. By time I was six years old I was routinely travelling the world and being exposed to so much beauty and adventure, so guess I have my parents to thank for my love of interiors.”

ON SPOTTING HIDDEN TREASURES:

“There is nothing more rewarding than finding something one-off. I bought this Chanel navy tweed suit I’m wearing in a shop in Tokyo where everything was in immaculate condition.  They had items from as far back as the 1930s; only in Japan would they take such pride in preserving these amazing pieces. And then there’s the bookcase here in the showroom, which was actually taken from an Italian pharmacy. The front of it is from 1880, a time when everything was much more beautiful and considered.”

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THE PRODUCT SHE BOUGHT FOR WHEN SHE WENT INTO LABOUR:

“I’m absolutely obsessed with Omorovicza’s Queen of Hungary Mist. A girlfriend told me while I was pregnant that when you go into labour a refreshing mist is really good distraction from contractions, so I bought this a week before I had my son Arthur last year. I’ve been using it ever since—I love that you can use it as a toner or even just mixed with moisturiser.”

TAMSIN JOHNSON: INTERIOR DESIGNER
TAMSIN JOHNSON: INTERIOR DESIGNER
TAMSIN JOHNSON: INTERIOR DESIGNER

ON SHARING HER CLEANSER WITH HER HUSBAND:

“My morning beauty routine has always been pretty short and simple, but being a mum just forces you to be even more organised. I use Malin + Goetz cleanser, the Omorovicza facial mist, and a Ren Evercalm Serum and moisturiser. My husband has recently taken a liking to my cleanser so I seem to be replacing it much more often! I adore the Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher so I use that once or twice a week too. I spend a lot of time outside so I never leave the house without an SPF. I try to get facials regularly whenever I can—James Vivian is incredible. He's Melbourne based but he visits Sydney every two months which is very handy.”

" My husband has recently taken a liking to my cleanser so I seem to be replacing it much more often! "

HER INFLIGHT BEAUTY-ROUTINE:

“I travel so often for work that I’ve now got my inflight beauty-routine down. I always wash my face before and after I sleep and when I wake up I use Ren Evercalm Comforting Rescue Mask so my skin is hydrated when I step off the plane. But when I’m travelling with a baby I'm lucky to get any sleep, so a really hydrating lip balm and lots of moisturiser helps! I also drink lots of water on the plane and have This Works travel spray for my pillow on arrival.”

TAMSIN JOHNSON: INTERIOR DESIGNER
TAMSIN JOHNSON: INTERIOR DESIGNER

HER 5 TIPS FOR CREATING A BEAUTIFUL SPACE:

“1. Don't underestimate the importance of function. Good design is about more than just visual beauty, it's about all the senses so a space must function in an effortless way.  2. Don't be too precious.  3. Never buy anything for an investment or a trend if you don’t really like it, instead fill a space with things you love. 4. Less is often more. Leave something for the imagination. I would prefer an empty space than an over designed one. 5. I really believe that one off-pieces are the only way to make a unique interior, by filling a room with things people may have never seen before. It’s the reason why I do my job.”


Madeleine Boyd
Jake Terrey
Caitie Kenzie
Lucy O’Donnell
P Johnson Tailors

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