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Steph Bond Shops SCMP – Living Room Makeover Ideas

By November 27, 2015INSPIRATION

I love that interiors don’t have a standard look anymore. If you’re loving the light-infused Scandinavian aesthetic, there are lots of pastels and light wood products to choose. If you prefer a moodier look there is the industrial vintage theme which was championed by cafes and warehouse conversion owners – lots of black metal, wire, brass, copper, and darker wood tones. Or if it’s all about simplicity for you, there is everlasting interest in mid-century modern design. And to suit your inner boho, there is an abundance of natural textiles, chunky knits and rugs with plenty of texture.

Dulux’s 2016 colour forecasts also echo these design styles, with names like BioFragility for their muddy pastels palette, Future Past for Steampunk influence, Retro Remix in post-modern tones, and Infinite Worlds reflecting dark, futuristic colours with flashes of bright.

My own style, like many of us, is a mixture of these themes, which is perfectly acceptable too. We have embraced the darker wood tones in our mid-century home, with a moodier feel, and I love the elegance of black metal – just a touch of industrial. But I also like to lighten it up a bit with some pale wood tones, and I just can’t resist hemp and natural texture for floor coverings.

I headed to Supa Centa Moore Park recently to take stock of the living room selections, choosing my top three items that suit my own style from a whole range of stores.  I was looking for striking lines in a table lamp, textural rugs, simple and well-considered shelves, show-stopping coffee tables and side tables, and artworks that I felt a connection with. Here are my top three choices for each product type, and the pieces that I took home with me for our own living room:

Favourite 3 Table Lamps

  1. BoConcept has the most amazing range of lamps including the very modern Sned Lamp with matte black lamp shade on a solid oak base. It’s a beautiful piece.
  2. BoConcept has the goods again – the angular Spring lamp has a few well-placed angles to elevate it from purely practical to useful plus stylish.
  3. The Tel Felipa table lamp from LightStyle ticks my boxes again for matte black plus oak wood base.

Favourite 3 Rugs

  1. The Boyd Rug from Freedom knit grey with yellow stripes has texture plus. Probably best kept to low traffic areas, you’ll want to spend lots of time just sitting on it. I’m partial to pops of yellow and it works so well with grey – neutral but won’t look dirty quickly.
  2. The Armadillo & Co. Daisy rug (150cm) from Contents Design International has my heart. It’s fair trade and the hemp is lovely and soft underfoot. I’ve ordered one for my own home and it’s going to look beautiful and provide plenty of texture on our warm-toned hardwood floors.
  3. Another beauty – the Twine Weave rug by Armadillo & Co. was sitting in the front window at Contents Design International where it worked perfectly grounding the lighter-toned furniture and light grey sofa.

Favourite 3 Coffee Tables

  1. The dark brown marble and brass Elle nesting coffee tables from Contents International Design that stopped me in my tracks. Totally stunning, different, and in keeping with the trend at the latest Milan furniture fair towards darker-toned marble.
  2. I was lucky enough to be greeted by the brand’s designer when I walked into the Winton’s Teak store. I’d normally associate Winton’s Teak with outdoor furniture but the designer showed me some beautiful indoor pieces, including this solid American white oak coffee table. The Scandinavian-inspired lines are beautiful and this piece comes with a three-year warranty.
  3. There are few pieces that I wouldn’t buy in Top3 by Design. This store is full of highly-regarded and beautifully-designed interiors products, including this Moon table by Universo Positivo. Positively lovely.

Favourite 3 Side Tables

  1. Metallics are not going away anytime soon in interiors, and the glass Astrid Table from OZ Design Furniture provides a golden glint and ever-so-sexy hairpin legs.
  2. My good friend has this NM Tablo table from Top3 By Design in her home and I covet it every time I see it. It’s the kind of table that makes everything look better on it. Pop this 50cm beauty beside your couch or occasional chair, or let it shine with its larger 78cm coffee table-sized buddy as a nesting duo.
  3. The Winton’s Teak Aren side table is a smaller version of the bigger brother coffee table and just as smart. You’re getting solid American white oak and a three-year warranty for your buck, as well as the good looks.

Favourite 3 Shelves

  1. BoConcept’s Kiel shelves look great as stand-alone pieces, or connected to create an interesting wall of shelving. The angled ends add stacks of interest.
  2. The String Pocket shelves by Nils Strinning for String, from Top3 by Design were designed in 1949 and are a classic. The shelves are part of a String system that can be configured to suit your needs. Simple and elegant.
  3. The Cage Shelf, designed by FUWL for Menu at Top3 by Design will suit modern spaces with its industrial feel and totally unique form. The shelf is made from steel with an Ash wood lid. Different and cool.

Favourite 3 Artworks

  1. CWM Galleries on Level One of Supa Centa Moore Park has more than 100 paintings and 100 sculptures on display including some affordable art, including this amazing piece ‘Suntan I’ by Australian artist Adora Kiss.
  2. I was so taken with this original artwork ‘Expose Yourself 2’ by Australian artist Carly Casey Hammond, who CWM Galleries has been representing since she first started out.
  3. ‘New Possibility 1’ caught my eye at BoConcept, and looks great with its partner artwork ‘New Possibility 2’.

My 3 Favourite Things

What did I snap up? I bought the stunning Armadillo & Co. Marigold rug from Contents International Design. It looks beautiful on our hardwood floors and brings natural tones to our living space. I also snapped up the very well-priced Tre side table by Duende from Top3 by Design. It’s compact, has great lines, and an easy-clean surface. I matched them with the good-looking vintage-influenced Metro Floor Lamp in black from Freedom. It has an industrial look and simple form. I also couldn’t go past the large clay Zola planter from Freedom; it’s a great price and pops against our grey wall colours.

So there you have it – a little industrial, a little Scandi, a little organic/natural, mixed in with mid-century; to suit all my interiors personalities.

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