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20 questions with Tommy Smythe

Designer and TV personality Tommy Smythe joins in on our 20 Questions series, sharing how Michael Jackson's Thriller jacket inspired a kitchen makeover.

We've all seen Tommy Smythe rock as Sarah Richardson's main sidekick on Design inc. and Sarah's House, so we wanted to get to know the fabulous -- and funny! -- designer a bit better. Tommy joins us to answer 20 questions about his design inspirations, favourite movie interior and why we should avoid buying knock-offs.

1 If you could shadow any designer for a day, who would it be?

Tommy Smythe I get to shadow my favorite designer every day (Sarah), but besides her I would say Rose Tarlow -- I'm in awe of her! Also, Thomas O’Brien because we’re friends and he is just so talented and fun to hang out with.

2 Where do you look for an obscure source of inspiration?
TS It looks for me! I find inspiration everywhere -- I really do. Recently during the relentless Michael Jackson retrospective, I became inspired by the jacket he wore in the Thriller video. I'm doing a red and black kitchen based loosely on that.

3 Favourite restaurant?
TS I have one in every city I’ve ever been to! I tend to lump them into two categories; ‘old school’ and ‘new and exciting’. The dining room at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC designed by Mark Hampton is an all-time favourite. In Toronto, I love Scaramouche and Splendido – they never disappoint. Deluxe on Toronto's Ossington Ave. is a new-ish favourite too -- just don’t try to order bottled water there, because you'll get a major lecture!

4 What’s your favourite room to decorate?

TS I love to design hall spaces. Passageways are often neglected, yet we spend a great deal of time in them. These areas offer interesting opportunities for art and lighting and are great places to experiment with architectural embellishment. 

The ultra luxe dining room at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC, one of Tommy's favourite places to eat.



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