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Philip Mitchell - Collected Interiors

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I just finished reading Philip Mitchell’s ‘Collected Interiors: Rooms That Tell a Story’ and to put it simply, Philip is a decorating master. His use of colour and pattern, vintage pieces, antiques, amazing art and sculpture, beautiful fabrics, and architectural detailing fills his interiors with personality and warmth. When you stop and take in his interiors, you appreciate just how many layers of discovery are added to each room – there are rugs on rugs, trim on trim, always an assortment of beautifully crafted toss cushions and collections of personal items of precious finds that have a story to tell and all work in harmony. I admire his ability to mix periods and styles so seamlessly.

“Modern maximalist designer Philip Mitchell reveals his talent for blending collections, family heirlooms, contemporary art, and accessories in visually creative environments that are brimming with personality, colour, authenticity, and warmth.”

Within his book, brilliant photography displays his breadth of work ranging from a pied-à-terre in the Upper East Side in NYC, his classic maritime cottage on the water in Nova Scotia, many wonderful properties in Toronto and beyond.

2015 Kips Bay Showhouse. Photography Marco Ricca

I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing both of Philip’s incredible spaces at the Kips Bay Show House in New York. The energy and happiness that exudes from his spaces are so apparent, you immediately feel so connected to the space. My favourite being his exceptional staircase ‘Torridon Stair Gallery’ inside the 2015 Kips Bay Show House that quickly became an iconic space to envy. He transformed the show house’s elliptical staircase covering over three floors into an almost immersive experience with 300 pieces of various artwork expertly arranged. Amazingly, 95% of the art in the space is from Philip’s own collection with an eclectic mix of both contemporary and traditional pieces in an array of watercolours, sketches, photography, plaster work and wonderful collections of accessories.

Thank you, Philip, for this wonderful experience.