Homes+ (Australia) - - BEFORE & AFTER - KYAL & KARA

Kyal and Kara took a min­i­mal­ist ap­proach with just a touch of mid-cen­tury style. Cen­tral to their de­sign is a cus­tom-built seat with stor­age (see box, be­low right) and a plush dog bed for Sir-Barks-A-Lot hid­den in a drawer. “I’m stoked with our cus­tom build – it makes that awk­ward lit­tle nook the per­fect place to sit under the win­dow,” says Kyal.


A blue three-seater sofa po­si­tioned along the un­ob­structed wall means the room is now ori­en­tated to­wards the court­yard and sun­light. Two small arm­chairs fac­ing in­wards cre­ate a space for con­ver­sa­tion and en­ter­tain­ing. “We’ve added quite a lot of seat­ing to a very small space,” says Kara.

“I’ve cho­sen some big, bright cush­ions, be­cause we want peo­ple to walk in and be in­stantly drawn to these spa­ces.”


Kyal wall-mounted the tele­vi­sion on a swivel bracket, so it can be kept out of the way when not in use. Tak­ing the spot­light now is a large framed art­work above the sofa, which bright­ens the room with pas­tel colours. “I’m re­ally happy with how the room has come to­gether – it’s bright, colour­ful and feels so much big­ger with the way we’ve ori­en­tated the couch,” says Kara.

Matt and Carla truly loved this de­sign. “It matches us per­fectly,” says Matt. “The cus­tom-made cab­i­net is re­ally cool – a great touch.” He was par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about the wall mount Kyal in­stalled. “We love that the tele­vi­sion is on the wall and you can swing it out!” Carla likes the colours Kara chose: “It feels nice and calm with the blues.” 1. Vox con­crete planter in Cop­per, large, $23, from Matt Blatt.

2. Gul­lk­locka cush­ion cover in Blue/ Grey, $10, from Ikea. 3. Jas­mine vel­vet cush­ion in Pink, $8, from Kmart. 4. Denby Her­itage Ter­race stor­age jar, $69, from Peter’s of Kens­ing­ton. 5. Es­tu­dio Fur­ni­ture Vi­enna cof­fee ta­ble, $279, from Tem­ple & Web­ster.

Stow here This stylish oak shelf unit matches the en­ter­tain­ment cab­i­net.

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