This week’s Pascoevale makeover unearthed a very common issue I come across frequently in my line of work. style paralysis! Homeowners Jamie and Loretta love nearly every interior style known to man (and woman). Retro, provincial, vintage, modern, deco, Moroccan, Cuban… if you can name it, it had a place in their vision for their décor!
An Eclectic interior – mixing different design styles – is one thing, but far from providing Jamie and Loretta with inspiration for the direction they wanted to take their interior, their passion for so many different styles had the opposite effect: paralyzing their decision-making and leaving them unsure of what their style actually is.
When clients confront me with inspiration overload I try and see the common thread between the styles they love, and take this as my lead. With Jamie and Loretta it is pattern and colour. The more I delved into the different styles they’d earmarked, the more I realised there was a recurrent theme of strong patterns and a multitude of colours. On the flipside of this was their love of nostalgia and classic styles with 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 they had very similar lines to them and even some retro patterns have a distinct repeat pattern as well. These patterns came together with the wallpaper and Perini lantern tiles in the Freedom kitchen and the Perini tiles on the bathroom. Such strong statements need what I call ‘breathing space’ and the classic lines of the traditional were the perfect partner to the eclectic vision.
The use of the art deco lights, panels and handles in the kitchen and a bold white on the remainder of the surfaces allows traditional and bold sit in harmony. I kept 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. This one bold piece in a very classic inspired kitchen brings the personality of Loretta, making it her personal statement. A bit like her bright red lipstick and stunning smile and laugh.
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Images: Vanessa Hall, Lifestyl