Project R | The Living Room


It’s always exciting to reach the end of a project but to see it published in print makes it that much more rewarding. When our client enlisted us to help her with her home at the end of 2016, the main agenda was to apply a fresh layer of style, personality, function and a overall sense of cohesion to her newly renovated abode which she shares with her husband and two children. The results are a characteristic and layered residence that blends modest sophistication with a muted but joyful palette, with an overarching family atmosphere. Today we are thrilled to see this home featured in a huge 16 page spread in the Dutch title vtwonen magazine and thought it would be fun for those of you who read this blog but don’t have access to vtwonen, to walk you through each space over the coming week. We’ll be sharing the living area, kitchen, play room, kids bedroom and guest bedroom plus a ton of resources so you can shop the tour yourselves. Let’s start today with the living room!

Renovator and project manager by profession, our client had already tackled the structural aspects of her spacious home, with the goal of creating a sense of comfort in what was otherwise a large and uninviting living space on the ground floor. When we stepped in, the starting point was clear with various interesting areas and a host of furniture to work with. While we like to work from the base upwards, the leg work had already been put, our client having already reworked the layout to maximise the functionality of each area. In the living room, what was initially a very large open space had been divided into various rooms and created an interesting yet functional home for her family of four. All  that was missing the finishing touch and a sense of cohesiveness throughout, and that’s where we come in!

Having spent many years living in Hong Kong where small space living is the norm, what was clear when starting the project was the client’s penchant for warm and inviting spaces. Our approach was to layer in texture through accessories and textiles as well as tonal hues to create a sense of warmth, while designing various functional elements such as built-in storage and clever room dividers (more on that soon). Architecture often leads the way with our interior design direction. As this house was built in the 90s and lacked period detailing, our approach was to layer in warm tonal shades, texture and interesting art and accessories to create the warmth our client was missing.

Though the primary living room furniture were already in place (sofa, coffee table, side chair and storage system), we felt a bit of texture would go a long way to unite all the pieces and create the cosiness we knew she wanted. We introduced a large wool area rug we had custom made, offering a beautifully textured backdrop for the clients furniture pieces, while linen curtains softened the glass facade on the rear side of the property. A gallery arrangement of art blending various disciplines and design lighting from FLOS were installed, adding a playful but polished nook for the family to relax in.

We applied Farrow and Ball’s Elephant’s Breath on the living room walls and Off Black surrounding the fireplace. This bold shade of black instantly elevates the fireplace, adding contrast and creating a striking divide between the living room and play room next door.

We also introduced a beautiful rosewood vintage credenza and striking organic vintage textile artwork, placing them in the walkway between the kitchen and living room, while a modern Vitsoe shelving system hosts a relaxed collection of accessories from all corners of the globe. You might spot some baskets from our friends at Artha and ceramics from one of our favourite stores Pantoufle.

So that’s the Project R living room! What do you guys think? If you spotted something you love, we’ve made a Shop The Look below and resource list so you can source the same or similar items as we used in this space, or drop us a message in the comments section below if you’d like to know something specific.

Living Room | Your Shopping List: 1. Art Abstract | 2. Art Abstract Face | 3. Art Woman in Moebe Frame | 4. Art Abstract | 5. Waves Blonde | 6. Art Men and Woman | 7. Curtains | 8. Cowhide chair similar | 9. Brass Lamp | 10. White Ceramic Bowl | 11. Vintage Rosewood Credenza (similar) | 12. Floor Lamp | 13. Pillow | 14. Linen Pillow | | 15. Pillow | 16. Pillow | 17. Pillow | 18. White Pot | 19. Vintage Vase | 20. Vase | 21. Hanging Hurricane Cactus | 22. Woven basket

Hope you enjoyed today’s tour! We can’t wait to show you the playroom on Wednesday, so make sure you stop by to take a peek.

H & H

|| Interior design, styling and photography: Avenue Design Studio | As seen in vtwonen magazine

3 Responses to “Project R | The Living Room”

  1. Gorgeous Ladies! It looks natural, inviting and extremely elegant! Bravo …

  2. JorgeVal says:

    Thank you! ? I know, it makes dressing so much more fun!

  3. Nancy says:

    Complimenten, ontzettend mooi, hele fijne sfeer door t hele huis! Ik zit nu met de vtwonen op mijn schoot jullie project te bekijken. Warm, gezellig en het ademt rust uit, precies wat ik zoek voor ons thuis. Dank voor de inspiratie! Vraagje, waar hebben jullie het grijze tapijt vandaan? Alvast dank.
    Hartelijke groet, Nancy van de Rijke

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