“LIVEN UP OUR LOUNGE!”
Designers James, Kyal and Kara compete to give a living and dining room full of hand-me-down furniture a new lease of life.
Designers James Treble and duo Kyal and Kara go head to head in this challenge to give a dark living room full of second-hand furniture a light and modern new look.
THE HOME OWNERS
Sydneysiders Mel and Steve have a mishmash of a living room. The problem? “Everything we have is second-hand or stuff other people didn’t want,” says Steve. They needed expert help.
Mel and Steve bought their southern Sydney apartment nearly three years ago, and face a common problem: how to make the most of the living and dining room. It’s a good size but its long shape isn’t working with the odd collection of second-hand furniture from family.
They’ve also been stumped in achieving a look they love because they have very different tastes. “We both have an idea of what we want to do, but when we compromise, neither of us gets what we want,” says Steve. The Living Room team asked designers James Treble and duo Kyal and Kara to create a cohesive room, plus build a piece of furniture incorporating the couple’s festival tickets from their travels.
Matching tones Painting the brick wall white and adding pale furniture work to lighten up the space. AFTER
Uncluttered simplicity The Attica sofa from Freedom has a mid-century feel.