Five Minutes with Fella;

Tamsin Johnson

Interior designer Tamsin Johnson is renowned for her laid-back, lived-in, timeless interiors that ooze a certain “je ne sais quoi” — her style is a strong Fella favourite. We were lucky enough to speak with Tamsin to learn a little more about her behind the scenes.

Where are you based? Where are you from?

Based in Sydney but I am a Melburnian.

What does the notion of ‘home’ mean to you?

Home is a place where you come together with family and friends. Home is where you feel safe.

Where in the world is your favourite spot to swim?

Harbour Island, Bahamas.

If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

Tokyo, Japan.

To me, Summer feels like ...

A good tan and sandy feet.

We have all been spending more time at home than ever. Have you perfected any recipes of late, and if so, would you please share your favourite with us?

Mescuia, a traditional Italian bean soup that’s been perfect for winter lockdown in Sydney.

How did you find yourself working in your industry?

I grew up in it … My parents are antique + art dealers so I guess it was inevitable.

Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere — but I’m currently stuck at home, so more books and old films.


A book called “Boom”, by Michael Shnayerson, it’s about the rise of contemporary art in 1950s New York.

Favourite local spot?

McKell Park in Darling Point. In summer, we swim off the rocks.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Be original.

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