Ren­o­va­tors Ka­t­rina and Gary wanted a bed­room with a re­lax­ing, hol­i­day feel. James Tre­ble went up against Kyal and Kara to cre­ate their dream des­ti­na­tion.

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It’s Kyal and Kara ver­sus James Tre­ble in this bat­tle to revamp a bor­ing bed­room.

AL­THOUGH THEY’D REDECORATED most of their Kel­lyville, NSW, home, young par­ents Ka­t­rina and Gary hadn’t touched the mas­ter bed­room. It was the home’s least-seen room and they’d given other ar­eas pri­or­ity. They weren’t sure how to tackle the un­usual shape of the room or con­fi­dent about choosing colours. So The Liv­ing Room team set a chal­lenge to de­sign ex­perts James Tre­ble and duo Kyal and Kara to cre­ate a lux­ury ho­tel-style suite, each with a DIY mir­ror and in a dif­fer­ent theme.


James quite liked the lay­out of space in the room, which has seven walls, but was less keen on the ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture, which he thought was dark, heavy, lack­ing in per­son­al­ity and not co­he­sive.

Work­ing to his theme of “City Chic”, James de­cided to give the room a New York ho­tel feel that they could ac­tu­ally live with. To cre­ate sym­me­try, he placed match­ing tall­boys ei­ther side of the large sliding glass doors, along with two arm­chairs. The bed was re­placed with a less-mas­cu­line ver­sion to match the tall­boys, but its po­si­tion re­tained. At­ten­tion is shifted away from the now wall-mounted tele­vi­sion to the writ­ing desk be­low, adding to the ex­ec­u­tive feel. Punches of green and yel­low give colour to the warm tim­ber tones and black of the tele­vi­sion. The iden­ti­cal gold-framed mirrors above the tall­boys and match­ing wall mir­ror fur­ther el­e­vate the look and re­flect lovely nat­u­ral light. “The colours are amaz­ing,” says Ka­t­rina. “We love it.”


“Is­land Par­adise” was the in­spi­ra­tion for the look Kyal and Kara chose. To start with, they coun­tered the is­sue of the oddly shaped room by build­ing a dwarf wall for the bed to rest against. This re­ori­ented the space and gave it a fresh feel. The bed be­came a real fea­ture and the cur­tains fram­ing it brought much-needed wow fac­tor. Run­ning the sheers wall to wall and around the cor­ners of the room cre­ated the look of a grand bay win­dow, with light stream­ing in the full length.

An­other bril­liant idea of Kyal and Kara’s was con­ceal­ing the TV. To do this they re­lo­cated it to an­other wall and dis­guised it us­ing a mir­ror and tim­ber frame (for how to make one, see box, right). Now the TV isn’t the first thing you see when you walk in the door and it works much bet­ter in the space.

The duo’s co­he­sive de­sign was backed up with paint colours and ac­ces­sories in cool blues, bleached tim­ber fur­ni­ture and trop­i­cal plants. Al­though they re­ally loved James’s chic ur­ban ho­tel de­sign, Ka­t­rina and Gary de­cided to go with Kyal and Kara’s more mel­low, coastal look. “It’s amaz­ing,” says Gary. “Now we’ve got a space to call our own and re­ally en­joy.”


James Tre­ble is a qual­i­fied colour con­sul­tant/in­te­rior de­signer with over 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence within the build­ing and de­sign in­dus­tries. Catch

7:30pm Fri­day on af­ter Su­perb suite With smart styling James has cre­ated a look of lux­ury.

be­fore Bits and bobs The ex­ist­ing room had no real style.

af­ter Easy does it Bleached tim­ber tones and soft blues trans­form the space.

DE­SIGN EX­PERTS#2 Kyal and Kara Demm­rich are

The Liv­ing Room’s de­sign ex­perts. They’re known for gen­er­at­ing great ideas and solv­ing prob­lems. be­fore No fo­cus Many walls and cor­ners caused con­fu­sion.

af­ter Turn around Re­lo­cat­ing the bed to the cen­tre of the room gives it a grown-up el­e­gance.

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