Never good at drawing but always having an eye for color and pattern, Jon has always loved interior design but it wasn’t until the age of 45 that he really started to make one. career.
Born in Coventry, Jon has lived in Worthing for about four years and plans to make the city his long-term home.
For 25 years he has had a career in business and is currently Director of Learning, Quality and Engagement, coaching people to get the best of themselves.
But outside of office hours, it’s the patterns, colors and textures that are Jon’s passion and he starts his own business, Jonathan Scott Interiors, working on residential and commercial projects.
Jon said his first memory was given by his aunt to a Laura Ashley catalog when he was seven and read it like a book.
Life took him away from his love of interior design after a difficult time in school, but now, “with age and confidence”, he returns to pursue his dream.
“In art, I didn’t know how to draw and I still can’t,” he said. “My teacher told me that if I stick to colors and patterns, I will do well. Maybe I should have listened to him.
“It’s more about being so self-critical. It must be perfect in my mind. I don’t know how to draw, but I can make a model for you. I absolutely love it.
Jon said it was the BBC program that proved him to be the right thing to do. He came out in episode three of series two after his portrayal of Maximalism at Highley Manor in Balcombe was deemed too far.
Jon said: “What people don’t hear is what the customer thought and they loved it. It is now one of their most requested rooms.
It’s praise like that that gives Jon the confidence to keep going.
“I loved being on the show and it was a phenomenal experience, and it’s a game show. I stepped out of my comfort zone. I showed my vulnerability and my resilience.
“I learned a lot about myself and how good I am at what I do. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that if something is worth doing, it’s worth the wait.
Jon was praised for his courageous ideas and for taking risks. He said the show had helped him develop his skills, such as learning to upholster and working on a contract basis.
Interior Design Masters is still available on BBC iPlayer and will arrive on Netflix soon.
Jon said: “I’m not trained so I don’t have any rules to follow and I soak up information like a sponge which helps me learn quickly and adapt. My visions are what I feel and absorb from my clients.
“It’s not a manual, but it comes from the creative mind that I have, and everything is done with a huge heart and a pure love of design, interiors and people.”
In addition to building his business, Jon is working on a podcast, talking to people who are doing renovations.
He explained, “I want to tap into their courage and talk about not only the renovation of the building, but also their personal renovation. After 25 years, I have decided to change careers and I want to inspire others.