Case Study Series – Rental Apartment

Apr 29, 2013 | Anoushka's Blog

This is my forth instalment of my case study series where I write about recently finished projects each with a different focus, brief, and style.

This is a project I finished just recently for a client moving into a rental property who was starting over and had nothing in the way of furniture, soft furnishings, artwork, lighting or even your basic kitchen utensils! Given this is a rare opportunity to start from the ground up with absolutely nothing, I took my inspiration from a piece of artwork that my client intended on investing in, a Charles Billich piece that featured a basic palette of white, black, grey and a minimal splash of red.  It is possible to achieve an amazing interior in a rental property, you just need to ensure that the pieces you choose could work in many different sized rooms so that furniture can move with you easily.

Charles Billich artwork. Furniture and decorative pieces sourced with artwork as inspiration.

My brief was to completely furnish, source artwork and lighting for the living and dining room, as well as to create a welcoming entryway and study nook. I also furnished the balcony and some pieces for the three bedrooms. For the purpose of this blog post I will focus on the main living area which included the study nook and entryway. Given the piece of artwork as inspiration, I worked from a basis of black, white and grey. This can be an amazingly flexible colour palette than can if used in the right way create a dramatic effect.

Whole room view from the balcony featuring Greg Natale Designer Rugs piece

The main concern was that we needed everything as quickly as possible as my client was moving in a matter of weeks. We secured the Coco Republic black leather sofa from a floor stock sale that they were holding as had it delivered within a few days. I used Beyond Furniture for the dining room table and chairs, buffet, and desk and ensured that what we chose was in stock so that it could be delivered within a week. I chose a darker dining table to balance the sofa but then lightened this with a lovely off white fabric for the stainless steel framed chairs. The Barcelona chairs were from Matt Blatt, these work beautifully to lift the heavy black leather on the sofa. I sourced a glass coffee table to make the most of the black and white rug from Designer Rugs (this rug was custom made for the space therefore took 8 weeks to deliver). I then had a media unit custom made my SydneySide again to lift out the white in the rug.

Barcelona chairs from Matt Blatt work well next to the outdoor balcony

For decoration I had a bevelled edged mirror custom made to size to sit against the wall next to the entryway console, this helps to reflect light around the darker corner of the room. The zebra print canvas carries through the black and white palette, but it’s textural nature keeps it interesting, this is from Canvas & Canvas. Floor and table lamps are strategically placed to ensure every corner is well lit.

Zebra print textural canvas adds interest

I also sourced all items to finish the room from vases, bowls and candle holders to photo frames, cushions and throws. The black and white cushions are the well renowned Marimekko Tuuli fabric.  I hope you agree this interior feels dramatic but at the same time balanced and interesting broght to life through pattern, splashes of red and textural elements such as the table lamp, cushions and the canvas.

View from the dining area. Dark glass top table balances the black leather sofa.

MaMaGreen outdoor furniture completes the look

Look out for my next case study in the coming weeks. Until then, if you have any thoughts on the above feel free to comment below.

Happy decorating.

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