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Talking Interior Design with Cushla McFadden of Tom Mark Henry

Who are you and what are you about? 

I’m Cushla, director of Interior Design firm, Tom Mark Henry. I studied Interior Architecture at The University of New South Wales, after which I moved to New York to gain experience in an international practice before founding Tom Mark Henry with Jade Nottage in 2014. Tom Mark Henry thrives on the creative development of ideas that enhance the interior environment and improve the way people experience space in which they inhabit.

Describe your design style. 

My personal design style is quite simplistic, and I apply this to my design process, and aesthetic. I believe that uncomplicated design is easier to understand and use and leads to a more successful outcome. I enjoy creating a layered palette through subtle shifts in tone and texture.

What is your favourite place to find inspiration?

My sources of inspiration are always evolving as we are exposed to shifts and innovations in fashion, art, textiles, architecture and interiors. New objects and materials can fuel my imagination and inspire me to engage my problem-solving abilities as I consider how I could use them in a space.

What is your design motto or mantra that you try and live by? 

 “Less is more” has always resonated with me and I admire the ability to not over complicate a design solution. Restrained design demonstrates self-assurance as it takes confidence to apply a strong, simple gesture or palette.

What would be your absolute dream project?

A boutique hotel!

How important is art in a space? 

Art can stimulate thought and conversation and give an interior space a strong sense of meaning. Whether it is personal meaning, or something shared by a community, art has a way of setting intentions and bringing you back to a purpose or feeling, so for me it is a very important part of any interior.

What advice would you give to a client when choosing art for their home?

Choose something that speaks to you, or hits you emotionally. If you’ve paused to consider a piece, ask yourself, what is it that has made me stop and look, and why do I connect with it.

How important is art in a space? 

Art can stimulate thought and conversation and give an interior space a strong sense of meaning. Whether it is personal meaning, or something shared by a community, art has a way of setting intentions and bringing you back to a purpose or feeling, so for me it is a very important part of any interior.

What advice would you give to a client when choosing art for their home?

Choose something that speaks to you, or hits you emotionally. If you’ve paused to consider a piece, ask yourself, what is it that has made me stop and look, and why do I connect with it.

Which is your favourite One Fine Print and why? 

I love Paul Hoelen’s photography. His wild and abstract landscapes are images of beauty that capture the endless possibly of exploring the world and can take you somewhere far away without leaving the room.

Can you share a mood board including a One Fine Print and explain what/why you put together? 

I’m currently redesigning my own home. It’s a pared back palette of neutral and earthy tones, so I have selected prints that enhance and add to this mood.

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