In the formal living room, items from different eras create an impression of organic evolution over time. “When the house was originally furnished, the main room would have held a collection of the owners’ best pieces,” says designer Brett Mickan. “My aim was to emulate that and create a collection of mismatched pieces to form a beautiful whole.” It’s now a favourite relaxation spot for Melissa and Darren.
FORMAL LIVING this page and opposite top “The impressive scale of this space, the ample light and water view allowed me to wash the walls in deep blue,” says Brett. Vintage chairs from Our Space Interiors covered in textiles from South Pacific Fabrics and leather from Pelle Leathers. ‘Tribute’ coffee table, Zuster. Custom rug, Tappeti Fine Handcrafted Rugs+Carpets. Artworks over mantel by Michael Danner. Brett describes the dog portrait, which he found in an antiques centre, as “the perfect mix of tradition and humour”. Floor lamp, Hub Furniture. Design classic: Eichholtz ‘La Perla’ curved sofa, $6065, James Said. STUDY Traditional cabinetry and Louis XV-style chairs are juxtaposed with a modern smoked-glass desk and Missoni Home textiles. Lamp, HG Furniture.