OUR DESIGN SOLUTION
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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