To live, laugh and share, a living room is for Living and not a sterile museum of untouched furniture.
Not wishing to compete with the stunning and expansive view of the River Derwent from this Battery Point apartment the interior scheme was kept purposefully neutral. Furniture was chosen to be equally comfortable for sitting or napping ... or facilitating gazing at yachts sailing past outside.
Large living spaces can easily feel unwelcoming. This living space, housed in a 1872 stone church, avoids this pitfall with the injection of bright colours, fun objects and very comfortable furnishings.
The original design of this house had this space set aside for a Pool table and included a very basic bar in the alcove to the right. My Clients, who had just purchased the house, wanted to use the space as a library and quiet living space. I designed new bookshelves and a mini-kitchen, for guest use, to replace the bar.
My clients had downsized from a large, long-term, family home into this apartment in a brand new building. The finishes were all of excellent quality but were bland … with the exception of extensive burgundy exterior shutters. Rather than being deterred by this unusual building-wide colour choice we worked at tying this in to interior colours from the same spectrum. Furniture and art were a mix of existing pieces, antiques, second-hand and new.
Less is more
The clients had very little furniture as they had only recently relocated from overseas. The addition of comfortable seating, lush floor rugs, cushions and window treatments transformed this room into the preferredhub for all members of this home.
This stairway, which leads to the lower level on this house used to be fully enclosed completely separating the formal and informal living areas and blocking light and outlook from both spaces. I removed the wall, door and balustrade and designed new steps to match in the the existing ones. People who first visit the house now cannot believe it didn't always look, and function, like this.
This stairway, which leads to the lower level on this house used to be fully enclosed completing separating the formal and informal living areas and blocking light and outlook from both spaces. I removed the wall, door and balustrade and designed new steps to match in the the existing ones. People who first visit the house now cannot believe it didn't always look, and function, like this.
Furniture and function
The design work on this room incorporated changing furniture and its placement, moving artwork, and repainting. This room, the front room of a row cottage, was not a welcoming room with its non-matching furniture and confused functionality. The use of mainly existing furniture and furnishings combined with the new paint scheme transformed this space to a much more elegant and useful lounge room.
Use of objects
This grouping of objects is adjacent to the entry door of this apartment and is a focal point in itself. The classic black leather and chrome Barcelona chair and black and chrome side table are given an injection of colour with the yellows of the Kartel magazine rack, ceramic lamp and the large painting by Belinda Wilson.
Colour and design
While this apartment featured a fantastic outlook, the original 70s layout with lots of tiny separate rooms did little to address this. Total renovation was required and most of the internal walls and all existing fixtures and fittings were removed in the process. The previous residents' grey and cream colour scheme was replaced with dramatic white and charcoal, the concrete floors were ground and polished and the windows left uncovered to appreciate the views both day and night. The furniture and furnishings selected reflect the client's love of modern design and colour.
White on white on white
This living room was transformed from drab and smelly to fabulous and clean. The existing carpet and ‘wood-panelled’ wallpaper were removed and everything painted white. The use of classic modern black or white leather furniture combines with bold colours of accessories to create a dramatic and stylish living space.