Bare Necessities

Where to start with furnishing a room? Shannon says there are five essential items you have to get right and then the rest will fall into place.

  1. The Sofa
    Shannon recommends spending a large portion of your budget on a sofa. It's a big investment and so you want it to last a lifetime, and, if you're anything like me you spend a lot of time on it.
  2. The Coffee Table
    Think of your coffee table as a functional accessory and the main thing to consider is size. You don't want it to be so big that it dominates or so small that it recedes. And the shape that you go for really depends on the space that it's going into. However, a circular table always looks interesting and the smooth edges are great if you've got small children.
  3. The Chair
    The chair is all about making an impact and it's your opportunity to have a little bit of fun with your interior. This one is really stylish and its fluid lines contrast beautifully with the angular shape of the sofa. And look around, because you can find great chairs in unusual places, like at auctions or even on the side of the road, which are easy to re-upholster.
  4. The Light
    Without a decent light you're either stuck in the dark or it's too bright, and what a good light will do is create a great mood in your interior.

    Which light you go for very much depends on your needs, but it's worth spending some money on a signature piece, because from a design perspective the right light's not just practical but can create a focal point in your room.

  5. The Rug
    The rug works to tie the whole look together and for me a rug needs to be cosy, so steer clear of synthetic fibres... natural is the only way to go.

Products and suppliers

Orson and Blake
83 – 85 Queen Street,
Woollahra 2025
(02) 9326 1155
  • Biarritz Sofa @ $7,412

  • Black & White Cow Hide Rug @ $800

  • Campfire Table (Designed by Tomek Archer) @ $1,495

Funk Me Furniture and Interiors
Shop 4/185 Campbell Street
Surry Hills 2010
(02) 9356 8844
  • Black & White Bucket Armchair @ $1,295 (the pair)
  • Ferlea Lamp @ $1500

Spence & Lyda
  • Missoni Dioniso Throw @ $790

  • Missoni Dioniso Cushions @ $210 each

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