MY DESIGN SOLUTION
James wanted to give Matt and Carla’s living room a cohesive retro style, so he chose furniture with a mid-century look, including a grey three-seater sofa and two orange armchairs. The seating area faces the only unobstructed wall, where he placed two open bookshelves on either side of an entertainment unit to frame the couple’s large television.
Colourful accessories provide visual points of interest. “A small item can make big impact, so mix up your shapes and colours,” says James. A bright orange Royal Doulton vase ties in with the armchairs; together they draw attention away from the television.
James chose a prominent spot to hang Matt’s family heirloom, a framed print of his grandmother’s 1932 photograph of the Sydney Harbour Bridge being built. Now it’s one of the first things people will see when they enter the room – instead of the television! To soften the whole look, James chose a few indoor plants, including a lily he placed beside the sliding doors, which he says helps to blur the line from outside to inside.
For Sir-Barks-A-Lot, James created a mid-century inspired doggy bed, raised on rounded legs with a soft cushion and the designer’s touch – shiny brass screws. “I wanted to give him a designer space as well,” says James.
Carla and Matt loved the final look.
“It makes the space feel bigger than it is,” says Matt. “I thought the television was going to be the focus point when you walk in, but to see my nanna’s photo, which is so personal, is even better.” Carla agrees: “The use of colour really spoke to me. I love the feel and touch of everything as well.”