Homes+ (Australia) - - BEFORE & AFTER - Kyal and Kara Demm­rich are The Liv­ing Room’s de­sign ex­perts. They’re known for gen­er­at­ing great ideas and solv­ing prob­lems.


Kyal and Kara’s first im­pres­sion of Ali­cia and Harry’s bed­room was that it des­per­ately needed colour and tex­ture, so they thought a Moroc­can theme would be the per­fect fit for bring­ing back ro­mance.

“As Harry and Ali­cia’s bed­room is so large, we de­cided to zone it,” says Kara. “We moved the bed closer to the win­dow and cre­ated a seat­ing area as you walk into the room.” The pair built an L-shaped box seat that also func­tions as stor­age (see box, right), us­ing sup­plies from Bun­nings.

Keep­ing Ali­cia’s al­ler­gies in mind, Kara and Kyal chose easy-to-clean wooden fur­ni­ture in neu­tral tones and added soft fur­nish­ings and ac­ces­sories to tell the Moroc­can tale. A va­ri­ety of cush­ions with dif­fer­ent tex­tures, pots, can­dles and lanterns, all from Zanui, help to cre­ate the ex­otic feel. Plants and flow­ers were also used to add a splash of colour.

“The main goal was to spice things up and bring back the ro­mance and I think we’ve done that with all the colour and tex­ture we brought into the room,” says Kyal. Ali­cia and Harry agree. “It’s re­ally invit­ing and warm,” says Ali­cia. “When you walk in, you feel like you can un­wind and re­lax straight­away. It feels like an es­cape.”

Flip it! It’s amaz­ing what mov­ing fur­ni­ture can do – with the bed po­si­tion changed, this room has re­ally opened up and now in­cludes a handy seat­ing area and a wall length of stor­age space. AF­TER BE­FORE

Touch of class The mir­rored glass and open de­sign of the bed­side ta­bles helps to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of space. AF­TER

(Clock­wise from top left) Valuca De­signs Moroc­can leather pouf cover in White, $129, from Valuca. J El­liot Home Lau­rent round jute rug in Black, $109.95, from Zanui. Bub­ble ham­mered alu­minium bul­let vase in Sil­ver, large, $119, from Liv­ing Styles. Baw Baw throw in In­digo, $49, from Ar­dour Wolf De­sign. Faux leather cush­ion in Tan, $29.99, from Spot­light.

Nice curves

A ba­sic bed can be glammed up with a bed­head – this shapely one is tim­ber and linen. AF­TER

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