While it may be the beginning of June, yup I just said June(!), that doesn’t mean bright white or neutral interiors have to reign supreme. Life’s too short for same ole, same ole design. Enter the newly named 2019 winner of the Australian Interior Design Awards for Residential Decoration. This home, designed by my perpetual design crush Arent & Pyke, is sultry, layered, full of saturated color, amazing texture and unique style. I’m so loving every moment.
This home features a unique mix of hard materials that play a prominent role in the overall design. Stone, concrete, steel, terrazzo and dark hardwoods and play beautifully together, but it’s the design’s soft layers that keep the home from feeling overly austere. The living room’s vintage channel tufted sofa in that dusty teal blue is the anchor for the tonal palette that carries throughout this house. The oversized art carries color and your eye skyward. Art plays a big role throughout the house.
Directly across from the vintage sofa is a series of custom elements including a built-in sofa (swoon!) and a series of shelves suspended from the ceiling. The effect is light and airy even though the tones and textures of the materials are earthy and moody.
I’m really regretting selling my vintage travertine coffee table, especially after seeing how Arent & Pyke brilliantly paired the one in this living with a custom upholstered ottoman. Genius and truly unique move.
Hello cactus goals.
There are so many gorgeous components in this space and as you start to dig into the details it only gets better. From the fiddle leaf fig planted directly into the floor, to the marble block that serves as your final step off the gorgeous concrete staircase, every element here is elevated.
Dramatic modern art and velvet covered Gubi chairs are a match made in heaven.
The use of natural, industrial feeling materials continue in the home’s outer courtyard.
While the stone walls run through into the home’s bedrooms, the design team softened them with plush vintage rugs, shearling upholstered chairs and nubby throw blankets. Not to mention more bold art.
Obsessed with this bold headboard idea! It would be so fun in a kid’s room.
Another sophisticated kid;s room features a playful mix of materials and more lush colors. I always love a headboard mounted on a dowel. This is a great reminder that young spaces don’t have to be juvenile.
If you were ever looking for an excuse to make a bold choice, to think outside of the box, or buck the design trends you see saturating your social feeds, this should be the project to inspire you to go for it. I’m certainly looking for a bold idea to add to This Old Victorian.
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