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?

Homes+ (Australia) - - CONTENTS - James Tre­ble is a qual­i­fied colour con­sul­tant/in­te­rior de­signer with over 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence within the build­ing and de­sign in­dus­tries.

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.


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

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