Interior designer James Treble goes head to head with Kyal and Kara to create an intimate retreat for busy parents. Which transformation did the owners choose?
James Treble and Kyal and Kara put their spin on two dreamy bedroom looks.
LIKE MANY PARENTS, Alicia and Harry put their kids first, so while little Oscar and Evie had nice bedrooms, their own room was severely lacking. They realised their relationship had been put on the backburner and they needed to do something about it. “I’d love a room with a sense of romance and escape, that makes you feel happy in it,” Alicia says. So The Living Room team set a challenge to design experts James Treble and duo Kyal and Kara to create a warm and inviting place to escape the kids, unwind and spark some romance. Both teams needed to include a king-size bed to fit tall Harry, an allergy-friendly design for Alicia – as she is very allergic to dust mites – and custom-build a piece of furniture.
DESIGN 1: JAMES TREBLE
James wanted to give Alicia and Harry a room that had a sense of being on holiday, so he chose a global traveller theme evoking exotic parts of the world. First the room was repainted in an allergy-sensitive interior paint and the dusty carpet replaced with timber-look laminate flooring. Then James moved the bed closer to the window, creating a cosy seating space for reading and relaxing. In respect to Alicia’s allergies, James used timber furnishings that are easy to wipe clean, and lamps without shades to reduce the areas that will attract dust.
The centrepiece of the room is a custom-built Tasmanian oak bed frame that James built (see box, right), fitted with a king-size bed base from Zanui. “Tongue-and-groove on a backing board is a cost-effective way to get great looking timber,” he says of the stylish bedhead.
To bring in the well-travelled feel, James sourced accessories from Zanui representing cultures around the world, including candle holders, canisters, vases and a jute rug. “I wanted an eclectic mix of things, so scoured the house and added a few personal items, and they can add to the room as they travel further,” he says.
Alicia and Harry were thrilled with the result. “It’s incredible how James has incorporated space where we can unwind and relax into the room. There’s so much to love in here,” says Alicia.
Tribal love With clever use of space and themed accessories, the room is now far more practical and has real character. Walls painted in Taubmans Iron Age. AFTER