Homes+ (Australia) - - BEFORE & AFTER - JAMES TRE­BLE

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.”

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