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How to style your small living space

Our clients were looking to create a unique statement apartment that made their new two bedroom home stand out in this prestigious new development and to create a beautiful flexible interior.  We will show you how you can think outside of the box and how to style your small living space.

small space livingThe colour palette chosen for the project was soft and sophisticated using blues and taupe.  This was enhanced by the use of textured wallpapers, luxe drapery and bed linen.  High end furniture and custom upholstery was used throughout and striking accent mirrors in the living area increased the proportions of the room by reflecting light and opening the space.

Southbank aptA bookcase and an additional wardrobe were also custom made to provide extra storage options.  Furniture selections were designed to be flexible allowing it to be moved around as needed offering greater flexibility and layout options within the limited space.

designing a small spaceWhilst the building was designed with full length windows we have configured all rooms to maximise the penetration of natural daylight and allow views to the outdoors which opens the space up.

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The unique aspects of the project are the use of textured wallpaper to compliment and bring out the best in the paint colours of the apartment and to compliment the luxe drapery and soft furnishings along with the use of an ethanol fire in the custom designed and Australian made entertainment unit.

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Material, function and proportion were carefully considered throughout creating inviting areas that reflect the individual style and personality of the owners while carefully considering space and functionality in a small living space.

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View the project here, and contact me with enquiries on how to style your small living space.

Ellen Pompeo’s small trailer redesign

When it comes to small spaces, a trailer on set is not super roomy.  It is also a space that actors spend a lot of down time. Ellen Pompeo spends hours in her trailer on set of the ongoing popular TV drama, Greys Anatomy.  She made a decision to update her space with the help of designers at My Domain.  Join us as we discover Ellen Pompeo’s small trailer redesign and little details that open up the space dramatically.

This trailer started as dark and dingy with lots of wood and not a lot of storage.  The space looks very small and claustrophobic as you can see from the before picture here.  Scroll down to see the stunning after…

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Every inch of this space was thought out, using bright whites to open the space and metallics to add a sense of high-end luxury.

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A carefully placed mirror adds some depth to the space.  The black light fixtures pop against the white walls bringing the space together with a cohesive look.

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Adding a bold green couch and pops of greenery around the trailer bring some outside in which can also create a sense of space in a small area.  Images from here.

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Making The Most Of Your Small Living Room

Small living has become very popular over the years, there are even TV shows dedicated to tiny living.  Home is a calm sanctuary and a place to feel secure and protected.  We will walk you through how making the most of your small living room can create a calming space for you to unwind.

Small living rooms can look seriously stylish when you decorate well.  You don’t need to compromise on taste just because there is less space to work with.  Follow these decorating tips if you are looking for small living room ideas.

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Create a Focal Point

Assess what your rooms assets are and make those the focal point.  If it’s got great light, play that up with lighter colours to create a sense of expansiveness; if it has a stunning fireplace, draw attention to the fireplace.  This space in my clients home has amazing windows which I played up by drawing attention with a statement chandelier and light colours.

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Place Furniture Away From Walls

Place furniture away from the walls to add not only more walking space but also help give the illusion of a more roomy living room.  Adding low sofas, chairs and tables will help add to a more spacious looking room.  This is a great example from our clients small Toorak apartment

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Multi-use Furniture

In a small living room, multi-use furniture is key.  The more uses each piece of furniture can serve, the better.  Place a tray on an ottoman to turn it into a table when you aren’t using it as a seat.  Use a console as a desk.  Stylish seating can be placed beneath it to free up space.  It will work as a stylish place to stash your keys and a perfect place to sit and get work done.  Image from here

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Consider your Furniture

Less furniture is best when you have a small living room.  Instead, choose a sofa that’s proportional to the size of the space, and if you’re still in need of more seating, use stools.  Stools take up far less room than bulky armchairs, and can be easily moved around the space.  Look for stowaway furniture, such as cube stools (pictured) that can be tucked under a coffee table or into a corner when you don’t need them.

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Play With Scale

Don’t be afraid of making a big statement in a small space.  You don’t want to clutter your space but a well curated collection can create lots of drama.  We love how the over-the-top, formal chandelier in this space creates contrast and intrigue. 

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Free up Floor Space

Think furniture that takes up minimal space.  Create your own media centre.  A wall-mounted TV is always going to be the best option for small living rooms.  Floating shelves above and/or below the TV will allow for storage without taking up too much needed space. Utilise every inch of space by adding extra storage for items such as  drawer units or storage stools to make a difference as well. Image from here

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Wall Colour/Wallpaper

One of the most popular small living room ideas is the use of neutral colours throughout.  A palette of off-whites or beiges will expand the look of the space.  If the white-wash look isn’t your thing, add pops of colour through furnishings, accessories, and artwork.  If you can’t live without colour, you aren’t out of luck.  Dark bold colours in a small space can make a huge statement when done right.  This living room is a perfect example of dramatic dark colour that doesn’t close the space in.  The use of mirrors also opens up the space. 

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Take Advantage of High Ceilings

High ceilings can help make a small space feel large.  To take advantage of vertical space, accentuate tall windows with high curtains and a bold wallpaper.  When curtains are hung right they add height to a small room.  Keep the curtain design simple but use extra fabric for fullness. Image from here.

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Incorporate Mirrors

Mirrors are one of the best ways to make your tiny space feel open and airy.   Choose Glass Or Mirrored Furniture.  Use reflective surfaces to your advantage.  Hang large mirrors on the walls, ideally opposite a window or door to reflect the light.  A living room will feel brighter and bigger with the correct use of mirrors, reflecting all light available in the room.  The statement mirror in my clients living room creates the feeling of an extra window, creating an illusion of more space. 

Accessorise accordingly

Accessorise Accordingly

A few well-chosen accessories can complete the look and create a luxurious finish.  Invest in some metallic photo frames or a designer candle votive and the whole room will look high-end.  If you like more items and less of a minimalist look, group like items together to make the accessories more cohesive and less like clutter.  The metallic details in my own home add a high-end look to my living room. 

Some of my favourite projects have been designing small spaces to suit the needs of my clients, for assistance on making your small space work for you while looking chic contact me here.

Inside Meghan Markle’s former L.A. home

Meghan Markle is now best known around the world as the Duchess of Sussex, residing in Frogmore Cottage with her husband Prince Harry.

Before she became a Duchess she was living in L.A. and staring in well known TV dramas, best known for her role on Suits.

As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex start their journey as a “financially independent” couple splitting their time between North America and the UK we take a look inside Meghan Markle’s former L.A. home.

The home was recently listed at $1.8 million USD and has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

I’m sure we are all wondering what their new home in Canada will look like.

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