A Look We Love

A com­pe­ti­tion opened fresh de­sign av­enues for a trio of stu­dents and a Mel­bourne fam­ily in need of guid­ance.

Australian House & Garden - - Contents - CARO­LINE HED­LEY, BRADLEY NEILSON & EL­YSE TIMOSHENKO In­te­rior de­sign stu­dents

This liv­ing room makeover by tal­ented de­sign stu­dents de­serves an A-plus!

The project

Af­ter mov­ing into a mid-cen­tury home in Mel­bourne’s east, the own­ers – a pro­fes­sional cou­ple and two chil­dren, now aged nine and seven – didn’t know what to do with this room. To solve their dilemma, they en­tered an Aus­tralian House & Gar­den com­pe­ti­tion of­fer­ing a room makeover by stu­dents at Mercer School of In­te­rior De­sign, un­der the tute­lage of in­te­rior de­signer Melissa Balzan. Caro­line Hed­ley (left), Bradley Neilson and El­yse Timoshenko pitched the win­ning con­cept. “As it’s not the main liv­ing area, the own­ers wanted this space to be more for­mal and act as an adult re­treat for their fam­ily and friends,” says Caro­line.

The stu­dents’ top tips

+ “A room should be in­jected with per­son­al­ity, colours and tex­tures that give you com­fort and a sense of be­long­ing,” says Bradley. Be­fore you be­gin, gather ideas in a scrap­book or on a mood board – and go with what you love, not what’s fash­ion­able. + Ev­ery room should have a fo­cal point, such as a fire­place, art­work, even a win­dow with a fab­u­lous view. Use it as the spring­board for colour pal­ettes, tex­tures and fur­ni­ture ar­range­ment. + In­clude per­sonal el­e­ments, such as heir­looms and sou­venirs. Group them on a man­tel or shelv­ing.

Mercer School of In­te­rior De­sign;

1300 226 743 or www.mercer.edu.au.

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