It’s not uncommon for my clients to come to me overwhelmed with inspiration and this week’s Pascoe Vale makeover was a typical example.
Homeowners Jamie and Loretta love nearly every interior style known to man (and woman). Retro, provincial, vintage, modern, deco, Moroccan and Cuban… And, while an eclectic interior that mixes different design styles, can work, Jamie and Loretta’s passion for different interior styles was paralyzing their decision making and undermining their confidence in their personal style.
This is a common problem with clients and, when they’re overloaded with inspiration, I try to find a common thread between the styles they love and take that as my lead.
In Jamie and Loretta’s case this is pattern and colour coupled with a love of nostalgia and the classics that have a sense of tradition to them, which funnily enough is how they live with their strong family values.
When I looked closely at the patterns of Moroccan and Cuban I found they have very similar lines to them, and that some retro patterns also have distinctive repeat patterns too.
These patterns came together with the wallpaper and lantern tiles in the kitchen, and in the bathroom tiles. Such strong statement patterns need what I call ‘breathing space’ and the classic lines of the traditional elements were the perfect partners to the eclectic vision I was creating.
I used art deco lights, panels and handles in the kitchen, and bold white on the remainder of the surfaces, to enable the traditional and bold to sit together in harmony.
I kept the colours in the kitchen very simple and classic, but took one colour from the wallpaper and sourced the most amazing oven in midnight blue as a true statement piece in the kitchen. Placing a single, bold, item in a classically-inspired kitchen infuses the space with Loretta’s personality, making it her personal statement. Rather like her bright red lipstick and stunning smile and laugh.