School project – Cert IV
Apartment project – Decoration
As our first project, we were briefed to decorate a brand new apartment in the CBD. We were to work around one of the color palette forecasted by Pantone and I came up with the following concept.
“The Boundless Escape”
Escape the ordinary, without limit, through the craziness of creativity, the magic of dream and the beauty of travel memories.
They are 3 boundless universes that can provide a place to go when we have to stay where we are. Running away without leaving home. Be somewhere but not here.
It’s all about creating a fantasy world, to escape reality and breath the smell of imaginary places.
This project challenge is to offer some kind of spiritual escape to Marla through the 3 the designated universes identified as boundless.
Along this project, a lot of colours and tints, textures and fabrics, shapes and forms are used in reference to creativity.
Mirrored, glassed and shiny surfaces are used a lot to bring in some reflection and depth to maximise the feeling of infinity.
It also brings some glamour and femininity in every room.
Vertical visual lines, such as feature walls, curtains and pendant lights are also used to intensify the heights.
Multitude of seatings to create a cosy and warm atmosphere and invite to rest and dream.
Atypical and vintage touches here and there to make the place extraordinary.
The Living area
The living room has been designed as a playground for Creativity. A large mixture of eclectic colours, geometrical shapes and textures are used to allow creativity to break free such as splashes of colour on a blank paper sheet.
A slightly shiny white stone floor has been selected for the all living dining area and it can literally represent that blank sheet.
Regarding the furniture choices, the strong contrast between the white floor and the highly-coloured seatings is deeply wanted. Most of the colour palette and various fabrics (cotton, velvet, leather, silk) have been used.
The angled sofa is wanted as the masterpiece of this room. These seatings are the splash of paint on the white canvas, all with different bold shapes and vivacious hues.
As the highlight has clearly been put on the seatings, the others furniture such as tables (dining table, coffee table, console…) are mostly made with glass. The transparency is used a lot here to minimize their visual impact, reduce their volume and allow the seatings to shine. It also suggests some boundless aspect to the room, as being able to see through it takes off the visual boundaries that could exist with plain wood furniture.
1. PLANT POTS - Pop & Scott 2. OSCAR CHAIR – Arro 3. NATURAL JUTE RUG - Temple & Webster 4. HONEY COFFEE TABLE - Canvas Interiors 5. ALOFT OTTOMAN – Arro 6. IC LIGHT – Flos 7. EVELYN SOFA - Brosa + Camo leather upholstery 8. PATTERNED CUSHIONS - Ferm Living 9. PAINTED PINK CIRLE - Dulux * Elusive Quarter 10.NEXUS CHAIR & CUSHION – Arro 11. TV CABINET - Looks like home 12. PAINTING - Tree Queens Interiors 13. PREMIUM MIRRODED TV - Mirror Image 14. BI COLOR CURTAINS 15. TERRACE CONSOLE - West Elm 16. BRASS CANDLE LANTERN – Artisanti
The Dining Room
To quickly focus on the kitchen/dining area, it has been designed to be discreet but singular and bring some romantic charm. That’s the soft touch that relates to dream with its dissolved colours.
Here again, to shut down any extra visual noise, the kitchen has been hidden through some very innovative pocket doors with Laminex finish.
However, the dining area is still delimitated by the feature mermaid tile wall and the natural round jute rug aligned under the round glass dining table.
Regarding the walls materials of the living/dining area, the main wall has been painted in Dulux Vivid white, which is the purest white of their range, perfect to create clean and elegant lines to modern spaces.
This wall has also been highlighted with a moulded blue stripe which goes from the dining area into the winter garden and brings unity to that level of the apartment. It shows that doors can be crossed, referring to the winter garden glass doors and that there are no solid boundaries in here.
Moreover, we’ve picked a high gloss painted ceiling.
They are viewed as glamorous, light catching, enlarging and energizing any room.
That brings a great sensation of height especially in the lower parts of the ceiling and gives it an unforgettable
shimmer and reflects the colours from the furniture blurred as watercolours.
Lastly, the extra-long curtains are meant to be useful and allow some darkness and privacy, but also to insanely
increase the sensation of height and link with the winter garden as they are visible from both sides of the glass doors.
1. PUSHPIN JUTE NATURAL RUG – Arro 2. PLANT POTS - Pop & Scott 3. STAY VELVET CHAIR - Se 4. SYMETRICAL GOLD GLASS TABLE – Brickell 5. LAMINATE DOORS - Laminex * fresh spring natural vanish 6. LAMINATE DOORS - Laminex * Crystal gloss metallic diamond 7. GLACIER FISH SCALE TILES - Perini 8. TRIPPLE ANGLE CEILING LAMP - Michael Anastassiades 9. FLAMINGO WALL HOOK – Knobbly 10. PAINTED SHAPE – Flower Pot, Taubmans 11. CERAMIC VASE- Mud Australia 12. GOLD CUTLERY - West Elm 13. CERAMIC LACE PLATES - Kim Wallace Ceramics 14. CERAMIC TEA CUP - Mud Australia 15. CERAMIC PLATES - Mud Australia
The Winter Garden
The winter garden is dedicated to Travel. A lot of plants have also been used to accentuate the exotic spirit and create a postcard effect.
Despite of being a totally different universe, we’ve kept continuity with the living room with some more symmetry within both rooms using twice the Lee Broom pendant lamps.
Change of scenery here means change of flooring. Handmade Moroccan style tiles have been used. The shades of blue links well to the colour palette and brings some medina vibes. In addition, we added a full height bespoke fountain wall made with brass mermaid tiles behind the chair. It brings us into some Riad atmosphere.
The great strength of the room is its incredible height. This advantage has been used to bring in an authentic rattan hanging chair, which is obviously the master piece of this room and offers Marla a great place to read as she often does.
Some vintage touches have been used to suggest travel through time and eras. The retro suitcases and the globe also strongly refers to proper travel, and the 3m antique French bamboo ladder highlights the concept of The Boundless Escape.
Moreover, creativity is still present here through the painted cork wall, meant to be a giant inspirational bloc note. It’s also visible through the various artwork hang on the adjacent wall which all refers to travel somehow here again.
The stairs have a little surprise with their mirrored steps that makes you feel you could just jump into a totally different universe.
1. VINTAGE SUITCASE - Moments in vintage 2. BESPOKE FOUNTAIN WALL - David Harber 3. ANTIQUE 30’S LADDER - 1STDIBS 4. BRASS CANDLE LANTERN – Artisanti 5. PLANT POTS - Pop & Scott 6. RATTAN 70’S HANGING LOVE SEAT - Byron Bay hanging chairs 7. AGADIR CEMENT TILES - Eco Tile Factory 8. CARRAWAY DINING TABLE - West Elm 9. EMMA ARMCHAIR – Brosa 10. INDUSTRIAL TASK TABLE LAMP - West Elm 11. VINTAGE GLOBE – Arcus 12. PAINTED CORK WALL - WestReady Cork Champagne, Premium floors 13. EXOTIC FRAMES - Lounge lovers 14. HALF MOON MIRROR - Pop & Scott 15. PENDANT BULB LAMP - Lee Broom
The bedroom strongly contrasts with the rest of the apartment as it’s less coloured than the other rooms. It has been wanted soft and peaceful as requested by the client and is meant to refer to the Dream dimension.
The stairs wall has been painted with a large pink circle shared between both floors and visible form the living and the bedroom.
It creates some link, some consistency and offers a pretty visual transition from bright to natural and pastel colours.
We have created here a sort of calm wonderland using natural and dissolving colours to bring sweetness and peace.
A white floorboard has been used to keep the room clear, and knitted rug has been selected to bring softness and warmness.
At first, when entering the room, you can see a make-up table area and its rattan petal chair that links with the hanging chair in the winter garden and the spirit of exoticism and travel.
The main part of the bedroom is obviously the bed area.
Indeed, it keeps a certain originality that refers to creativity through the clouds wallpaper. It’s all over the main wall and dominant in the room but also attenuated by the fluffy white sheer and tulle curtains all around the bed.
It creates a mysterious and delicate dimension dedicated to sleep and dream. Here again the bedside tables are made with glass and brass to allow the bedframe to highlight. The balloon wall lamps bring some fun and childhood spirit.
As it’s a spacious bedroom, a velvet daybed has been installed over the void to allow a cosy point of view over the void.
This modern chaise longue also links with the dining area as it’s from the same designer. Here again, the white curtains are used and bring intimacy.
1. KNITTED RUG - Ollie Ella 2. VINTAGE CHEST - Billy Tea 3. PLANT POTS - Pop & Scott 4. LARGE BRASS MIRROR – Loaf 5. PAINTED PINK CIRLE - Dulux * Elusive Quarter 6. GUIRLAND LAMP – Arreti 7. STAY DAY BED – Se 8. SHEER & ORGANZA CURTAINS - Materialised 9. CUDDLE CLOUDS WALLPAPER - Rebel Walls 10.LACE DREAM CATCHERS – Etsy 11. TERRACE BEDSIDE TABLE - West Elm 12. ANICA BEDFRAME – Brosa 13. BALLOON WALL LAMP - Mini Room 14. FLOORBOARD - Bleached white teak, Quick Step 15. LOVE CHAIR - Family love tree 16. BRASS CONSOLE - Abc home 17. BRASS MIRROR – Loaf 18. PLATE & SPHERE LAMP – Arreti 19. ALLURE WALLPAPER – Baresque