Cameron Comer opts for the dark side with a moody backdrop that sets the scene for his fun decorating style, writes Louise Surette
IN STARK contrast to the surrounding modern high-rises that hover above, Cameron Comer’s cosy Art Deco apartment in Melbourne stands out as an ode to art and colour.
The interior designer wasn’t contemplating buying anything when he came across the 1930s two-bedroom apartment, which, although surrounded by hustle and bustle, is a surprisingly quiet and private space.
“It was my favourite building in the area and it was the style of apartment I liked,” Mr Comer said.
“I love the nearby parks and the high-rises. There is such an interesting mix here.”
Having always wanted to live in a black apartment, Mr Comer knew the look would suit the space and this was his chance. He transformed the plain, cream walls and added graphic black lines to the ceiling.
“No one was doing it at the time,” he said of the bold decorating decision he made when he moved in 12 years ago.
“What I love about it is that it makes the space quite warm and allows everything else to really stand out.”
Among the standouts is an impressive collection of art, custom-made furniture and decorative pieces, many of which are special gifts, childhood pieces and souvenirs collected over the years.
Touches of delightful whimsy are dotted around the space and include a doughnut stool, a collection of fastfood toys and the odd garden gnome, as well.
“I spend a lot of time and energy searching for things that are hard to get,” he said.
“I choose colours that are discontinued because they are the ones everyone isn’t using any more.”
An interior designer at Comer & King, which has a distinct hotel lux slant to many of its projects, Mr Comer said his home was where he could create his own individual style, which was hard to define.
“I’m certainly not trendy and, in fact, I go out of my way to make sure what I’m doing in my home isn’t fashionable,” he said. “I think my style is simply
decorative but also fun. Interiors should be fun and it shouldn’t be taken too seriously.”
His interiors work, as well as a few other design endeavours including The Giant Art Project, which sells affordable art in a range of formats, means Mr Comer’s work life and home life collide quite regularly. Case in point is his large main bedroom, which acts as a place to sleep and as an office.
As for the second bedroom, Mr Comer was able to turn this into his own dressing room. Complete with his signature black walls, the luxurious space allows him to showcase his organisational know-how.
“I’ve always wanted a dressing room and I love being able to have everything on show,” he said.
Mr Comer has plans to update the bathroom and kitchen but finding the time is tricky. “I do probably work too much but I love it,” he said. “It’s not saving lives but it really is nice to change people’s environment and how they live. It’s important to love where you live. Every day I still smile when I walk in my home.”