Case Study – Sydney Townhouse

Jan 14, 2013 | Anoushka's Blog

This year I’m going to write a series of case studies outlining projects that I have completed as they happen. In this series I want to give you an insight into each project, the brief, issues that had to be overcome and show you the finished result with before and after images where possible. I hope that you find these both informative and inspiring to try something new in your own homes.

I’m starting with a project I finished earlier in 2012. It was a project of two parts. Firstly the client’s entryway was being used as a storage space. He wanted this space to feel a little more welcoming. We were also trying to work in a study nook somewhere into the home and as this space was a good size it made sense to use the area behind the door for a desk and home office storage. Secondly he wanted a focal point for the living area as well as needing more seating space. He already had an idea to upholster a wall, I just needed to make this happen.

Entryway and study

In addition to turning this area into a welcoming space and somewhere that my client could work he wanted this room to have a French provincial feel to it. To achieve this I sourced a light reflective Damask wallpaper and a French Provincial style mirror to help lighten the space and create a focal point. My client had already found a cabinet and so I got this treated and painted natural white to continue to lift the light in this dark space. I added a sisal rug, ornate coat stand and rope chandelier that creates the French Provincial style.

So that the study didn’t look out of place I carried the French provincial style through to these pieces and sourced a desk and Louis chair. We had custom storage mounted above the desk and my client had a personal photograph from an overseas trip that was perfect for this style so we had it blown up onto canvas to hang next to the desk. This completed the overall design and as you can see below the before and after pictures show quite a difference in terms of how the space both presents and feels.

BEFORE: Entryway before we started work. The space was being used as a storage room.

AFTER: French Provincial design to create welcoming entrway and study nook.

Damask wallpaper, painted drinks cabinet, french provincial style mirror and coat stand all create a light and welcoming entryway.

Custom storage, French Provincial style desk and chair and clients own photograph create a lovely area to work.

Living room feature wall

For the upholstered wall we chose a fabric that was both neutral in colour but also that added an element of interest. The wide stripe is a good option as it’s not too busy or distracting. My client already had two ottomans that fitted perfectly into this space. We worked on a solution to mount the TV onto the upholstered wall and created custom storage above the TV for all devices and other items that needed storing, keeping this as slim as possible so it didn’t feel too intrusive into the already narrow room. By adding a few simple cushions this becomes another area to sit when entertaining in addition to creating a focal point for the room. This is a great use of space in a narrow room and helps to soften the décor.

Upholstered feature wall with custom storage, mounted TV and seating.

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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