A Look We Love
A competition opened fresh design avenues for a trio of students and a Melbourne family in need of guidance.
This living room makeover by talented design students deserves an A-plus!
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.