Case Study 2 – Contemporary home

Jan 20, 2013 | Anoushka's Blog

Hi Guys, I had some really great feedback from the case study series last week that I decided to post the next instalment a little early.

The case study for this week is a contemporary home based on the lower north shore in Sydney. I finished this project just before Christmas. In this project I focussed on two main living spaces a family room and a living room for entertaining.

The client had moved from a more traditional property and so started over in terms of furnishings, artwork, floor coverings, lighting and decorative items selling almost all furniture before moving in. Therefore the brief was to design a concept and source furnishings and decorative items for these living spaces as well as an outdoor eating area and pool side space. We needed to add warmth and comfort into these spaces and create character and interest. The client wanted to use red throughout so this was the jumping off point for both rooms.

Family room

This is a long room (just over seven meters in length and over three and a half meters wide) which can be problematic. So we separated the space into two defined seating areas. One positioned around a wall mounted TV and the other nearer the patio doors looking out onto the garden and pool. We chose two textured area rugs (Designer Rugs) to assist with the separation of the two areas, and then I sourced a long rectangular ottoman (Villa Interiors) that helped to define to two spaces. We chose a vibrant patterned fabric (Warwick) and applied this to the cushions and ottoman, these really lifted the room. Then we brought in a long 4 seater sofa (Jardan) in a warm grey fabric, timber coffee tables for warmth and used two existing chairs for the second area, this space will be added to over time.

BEFORE - Family room with very little character or style

AFTER - interesting fabrics, rug and warmth with timber coffee tables make the space feel lighter and brighter.

AFTER - second area near patio doors carry through the use of the same fabric sourced from Warwick

Living room

The client really wanted to use a tan leather for the two sofa’s (Jardan) which looks fantastic with the red colour palette that is carried through into this room. We had an Akira rug from Designer Rugs custom made to our colour palette, this is the piece that brings the space together and adds pattern to an otherwise flat scheme. The marble top table also from Jardan and the two glass and stainless steel side tables (Coco Republic) contrast nicely due to the use of different materials to finish the space off. I also used two floor lamps from Taste that are simple and functional and work well with the two side tables.

BEFORE - space feels dark and uninteresting

AFTER - tan leather sofas add warmth and character, Akira rug brings interest and colour to the space.

AFTER - Marble coffee table from Jardan keeps the space feeling light.

Look out for my next case study series instalment in February, a mid-century project in Erskineville.

Happy decorating.

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