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Shaynna's Design Notes: Eclectic/Cuban Theme

Find out more about Shaynna's makeover and how to get the Cuban look as seen on Deadline Design! 

The key to eclectic design is methodical mismatching, rather than a total free-for-all. An underlying theme is usually a good idea to ensure an almost unnoticeable sense of flow between seemingly jumbled design features. In this case, the theme is Cuban style: bold prints and lush colour palettes, with patterned ceramics a must.

Jamie and Loretta’s bungalow had a suitable layout but its design was wildly outdated. They wanted a home to raise their new family in, with space for entertaining and a formal library. The couple share fond memories of a trip to Cuba, and hoped to evoke that style in their home in a colourful, quirky manner.


Loretta has always dreamed of her own library, somewhere to spend lazy weekend afternoons reading in the sunshine, so Yas set about bringing it to life. She installed a rail and ladder to echo the grand libraries you’d see in a stately country house and used a dramatic teal and white colour combination. Ornamental pieces add personality to the bookcase, while houseplants bring a sense of natural tranquility into the space.

The Art Deco fireplace couldn’t be replaced on Loretta and Jamie’s budget, which threatened to throw off the cohesion of the room. Yas has painted a deep teal colour around it to unify the stonework with the rest of the library and it’s come to life as a fun and stately centrepiece.


The old kitchen desperately needed a facelift to bring it out of the 1970s.   Shaynna wanted to bring texture and vibrancy to the space, with touches like a ceramic sink and lantern tiling for a bit of old school whimsy. White cabinets help the statement pieces really stand out. Against it, the vibrant patterned wallpaper adds a Cuban flavour to the space and the blue oven really makes an impact.

With its functional layout and flourishes of personality, this combined kitchen and living area becomes an inviting space perfect for entertaining extended family. The two areas are tied together by their shared hints of retro design. A blue palette runs through the house and the living area is no exception, with a beautiful textured sofa and plenty of ornamental splashes of colour.

A Moroccan style ottoman was paired with two contemporary pieces for a mismatched feeling but the furniture is united by shape. The roundness is carried over with the tables and furnishings. Small groupings of patterns, textures or colours bring a cohesive style to this eclectic family room.


The green tiled bathroom was perhaps the most outdated thing in the house and demanded a complete overhaul to bring it into the 21st century. The patterned tiles used on the floor and shower walls play against clean white tiling for the rest of the space, adding depth and life without overwhelming the senses.

Design Option

The kitchen is definitely the hub of this home and Shaynna wanted to make an impact with the bold blue stove. Loretta loved it from the get go but it did push Jamie to his limits. But Shaynna always has a backup. The alternative was a stainless steel oven, complemented by blue cabinets. The sleek steel finish would stand out in that sea of rich colour.

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Posted by Mary1142Report
You are a genius Shaynna .....and your respect and kindness for your 'clients" makes the whole experience of watching you even more enjoyable ...I wish you would come to my home in scarborough in Queensland husband won't sell so we will stay but I desperately need ideas to make me stay more happily
Posted by Eileen116Report
The colour used behind the library shelves and around the fireplace, was Blue not Teal