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Tommy Smythe is known for his incredible sense of style, his passion for design and his signature look complete with an envious collection of bowties. With over 125 hours of design television under his (Hermes belt, Tommy is as comfortable in auction houses, antique markets, city lofts, million dollar homes and just about any store on Fifth Avenue. As one of Canada's most beloved design personalities, Tommy is not afraid to tell it-how-it-is and viewers appreciate his frank, delightfully acerbic approach to interior design.
Tommy has worked alongside Sarah Richardson as an integral member of her design team for over 10 years, through several award-winning HGTV series including design inc., Sarah's House, Sarah's Cottage and Sarah 101. He has proven himself to be Sarah's indispensable confidant, friend and design sidekick and is set to return this spring with Sarah 101.
Tommy's quick wit and larger-than-life personality are the perfect foil to Sarah, who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to ask for it. His reactive personality creates a magnetic chemistry when combined with Sarah's unwavering focus. Viewers love the "he said/she said" tension of these two headstrong creative individuals battling out their ideas on screen. Tommy is the traditional to Sarah's contemporary, the high to her low, the storm to her calm, his yin to her yang.
Tommy, born and raised in Toronto, has spent the past 15 years honing his appreciation of fine art and antiques, and managing numerous entire home renovations. With Sarah's influence, he has come to appreciate the more contemporary approach to design and has even begun to embrace the notion of hunting for a bargain now and then! When not working from dawn until dusk managing dozens of tradespeople and racking up his Blackberry bill, Tommy can be found spending his few spare moments of down time scouring antique markets in New York and Palm Beach or augmenting his impeccable designer wardrobe.
In addition to his off-camera decorating work in Canada, the US and the UK, Tommy is a monthly contributor to Canadian House and Home magazine and has been featured on numerous design blogs including Habitually Chic, Apartment Therapy and Coco & Kelley. He is a regular presenter at design shows across North America.