De­sign­ers James, Kara and Kyal re­vamp this muchused liv­ing room to suit a busy fam­ily of five

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Three de­sign­ers from The Liv­ing Room re­vamp a liv­ing area to suit a fam­ily of five.

LIKE MANY COU­PLES with young kids, Janet and Phil Hayes have al­ways put their fam­ily first, and dec­o­rat­ing their home has been low on the list of pri­or­i­ties – un­til now. En­ter The Liv­ing Room’s makeover guru Baz Du Bois, who has chal­lenged de­sign­ers James Tre­ble and reno power cou­ple Kyal and Kara to turn the Hayes’s liv­ing room into some­thing beau­ti­ful and prac­ti­cal.


Since pur­chas­ing their house in 2007, Janet and Phil sim­ply haven’t had the time to put their own stamp on the place. In par­tic­u­lar, their large, open­plan kitchen, liv­ing and din­ing room is look­ing tired and clut­tered with a mix of dif­fer­ent fur­ni­ture styles that they have had for years or found on the side of the road. With three boys in the house, Janet and Phil have al­ways held off on buy­ing any new fur­ni­ture, but now the kids are a bit older, it’s time to make the liv­ing space more invit­ing and com­fort­able for this fam­ily of five.

Baz has given both teams a theme. James has to cre­ate a “coastal” room de­sign and Kyal and Kara a “coun­try” look. Each team must adopt a dif­fer­ent lay­out and they must build a prac­ti­cal DIY fea­ture that in­cor­po­rates ex­tra stor­age space, which also has to be con­sis­tent with their as­signed themes.


James im­me­di­ately comes up with a plan to freshen up Janet and Phil’s space by bring­ing the out­doors in us­ing nat­u­ral tim­ber pieces and lighter, brighter fur­ni­ture. He also de­cides to flip the lay­out to make it more prac­ti­cal for en­ter­tain­ing.


Kyal and Kara de­cide on a French pro­vin­cial take on a coun­try look and they draw in­spi­ra­tion from some of the items al­ready in the room that pro­vide soul and per­son­al­ity.

The teams will head to Tem­ple & Web­ster for fur­ni­ture and styling pieces and Bun­nings for DIY ma­te­ri­als.

Cosy and snug A beau­ti­ful linen sofa adds com­fort fac­tor, while two rugs help zone the space. KARA & KYAL’S ROOM af­ter

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