De­sign­ers James, Kyal and Kara com­pete to give a liv­ing and din­ing room full of hand-me-down fur­ni­ture a new lease of life.

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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.


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.

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