Fiona Drennan

Interior Designer

 

I come to interior design with a strong formation in Fine Art, history, and antiques: I have a Diploma in Decorative Arts from Glasgow University and originally an MA in English Literature and History of Art from Edinburgh University, but I also harbor a passion for the contemporary. I live in Edinburgh’s New Town, am happily married to an antique dealer, and I’m the mother of three active and busy children.


I have been working in interior design for the last 16 years, both as a maker and a designer, and last year graduated with Merit from the prestigious Inchbald School of Design in London.
Having previously been the manager of Bourne Fine Art and Atelier Books in the Dundas St Gallery as well as other galleries, I left the world of fine art to fit work around my children. I am also a director of Drennan & Sturrock dealing in fine antiques. 
Clearly with a passion for history and the traditional I enjoy respecting the features and character of a property while giving it a new lease of life and bringing it up to date for modern living. Over the years I have worked on a wide variety of interior design projects both traditional and contemporary.

 


Inspiration 

What are your greatest influences?

My husband, Alistair! He’s an antiques furniture dealer with a fantastic, wide academic knowledge. 
The Inchbald School and their wonderful tutors including Jill Georgalakis, James Kingston Stewart and Principal Alan Hughes. 


Juliet Kinchin at Glasgow University, who taught me the history of the Decorative Arts and in doing so the history of interior design – this post grad year sparked my passion for interiors. Juliet is now Curator of Architecture and Design at MOMA, New York.

 

What is the most challenging project you have worked on and why?

I like to be challenged as I’m easily bored! The variety of projects we deal with at Jeffreys Interiors for such a broad range of clients gives me this diversity. I’m currently enjoying working on an architect designed new build in the Highlands, with a wonderful client using contemporary Scottish craftsmen and materials. 

What is your favourite icon, image, or object?

This is probably always changing. At the moment it would be a dramatic shell mirror by the artist Tess Morley.  Tess has adopted the Victorian tradition of using found shells and minerals to create decorative objects and art works.  I love her work. 


I also happen to have a passion for sailing – and enjoy teaching it. I find the beautiful Scottish coast line, the scenery and serenity when sailing an inspiration for some of my work.

 

Do share with us your favourite restaurant, bar or hotel

You think I have time to get out?! Monachyle Mhor Hotel, Balquidder in Perthshire for its beautiful setting, interesting interiors, comfort, fabulous food and good memories!