Aug 25, 2021
Welcome to our In Residence Video Series.
In this series, Interior Designer Jono Fleming and GlobeWest Head of Creative Keti Lytras explore recent changes to the interiors landscape.
Our homes have evolved in ways we've never expected, serving multiple functions - a workplace, a classroom, a yoga studio and more, so how can we ensure they retain their primary purpose as a sanctuary and an escape?
In four short videos, Jono & Keti deliver usable insights for ensuring your interior remains a place for physical and mental calm and comfort.
And as a bonus, Jono, a former Inside Out Magazine Style Editor, summarises the design response for each key topic in practical tips.
"The design industry is a problem-solving industry and we know ultimately the intention of any response to brief is to enable a better lifestyle." Jono Fleming.
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Series One Topics Include:
Sensory Reignition - Expressing yourself through bolder choices.
Grand Comfort - Bringing simplified luxury into the home without the fuss.
Zoning - Creating separation in your space both physically and mentally.
Wellbeing - Embracing nature and wellness for when you need it most.
Episode 01 - Sensory Reignition
View Time: 7 Minutes
Sensory Reignition stems from expressing yourself through bolder choices. This doesn’t mean you have to overload your space with colour and objects, rather, it's about making decisions that will bring personality and vibrancy to your space.
Australians can be a bit cautious when it comes to colour in the home. We are told to keep the walls white for resale but adding colour to your space isn’t doesn’t have to be as bold as painting all the walls in every room. Pick on an accent colour from a rug, an artwork, or even furniture to base a palette and let that seep through the room with different shades, tones and complimentary colours. It’s all about finding balance.
Mix your personal moments into your space, sit these items next to designer pieces, this will help bring depth, layers and personality to a home. The key here is not to clutter a space but to create moments that will guide your eye through a room, little vignettes that can tell stories or bring joy. Personal pieces will make the space your own, not cookie cutter.
Don’t be afraid to make these bolder choices, but if you’re cautious there are a few places to start. Art is a great way to express your style through colour and on a smaller scale. Introducing colour into a home can be explored on a smaller scale through cushions and decor but consider larger pieces like sofas or a statement armchair. Also consider different materiality, velvets, corduroys, fossil stone, to add layers to your space. This retro revival in materials really adds to a space and can give a new sense of self expression when used thoughtfully.
The Design Response
Quick tips to reignite the senses at home:
- Be bold but make thoughtful choices when selecting pieces
- Add personal mementos to a space to give a sense of individuality
- Introduce colour in shades and tones rather than one identical hue to create balance
- Use texture and materiality to create visual difference and layers to a space
Ready to be bold? Browse Eclectic furniture here.
Episode 02 - Grand Comfort
View Time: 5 Minutes
Grand Comfort is all about bringing simplified luxury into the home without fuss, it’s all about form and texture! Recent lifestyle changes have made us all want to live for the day and make every day special, so comfort at home has never been more crucial.
We want to live and surround ourselves with beautiful things, so there’s no longer a good room, or good crockery locked away.
As we spend more time at home, we feel the need for cocooning and comfortable furniture. Pieces that have exaggerated forms help bring a ‘hug to your home’ and the shapes add an elegance and refinement to a space.
Oversized chairs, chunky legs and textured boucle fabric all bring a sense of luxury and opulence without over-the-top ornamentation. These solid forms help the furniture act as grounding pieces in any room.
Pictured: Natadora Morocco 1 Seater Left Arm Sofa, Natadora Morocco Right Chaise, Natadora Morocco 1 Seater Centre Sofa, Linea Chubby Coffee Table, Sketch Nysse Occasional Chair, Bondi Round Terazzo Stool, Easton Canopy Floor Lamp, Kennedy Ridge Ottoman, Artie Buffet & Tepih Dune Rug in Oatmeal
It’s all about exaggerated pieces but with simplified, legacy detailing. With a European touch, there’s a classical resurgence through column shapes inspired by Romanesque forms and luxurious fabrics.
Pictured: Bogart Stitch 3 Seater Sofa, Verona Step Coffee Table, Amelie Curve Console, Penelope Quilted Occasional Chair, Elle Legacy Side Table, Kennedy Ribbed Ottoman, Easton Marble Table Lamp & Tepih Neptune Rug in Dove Grey
Softer materials such as bouclé, velvets and quilting add depth and detail and are extremely tactile, adding to the sense of simplified luxury only Grand Comfort can offer.
Pictured: Juno Josephine 4 Seater Sofa, Wyatt Cross Console, Verona Etch Coffee Table, Verona Etch Marble Side Table, Rufus Block Asymmetrical Marble Side Table, Easton Dome Table Lamp & Tepih Neptune Rug in Dove Grey
The same goes for marbles with large format patterns, or warm timbers in solid shapes. These add texture, depth and personality to furniture - classic materials but applied in a modern setting. These are pieces are to be cherished, held on to, and are legacy pieces born from elements of classism. Made for long term investment and to stand the test of time, in quality and style.
The Design Response
Quick tips to create Grand Comfort in the home:
- Create a sense of luxury in the home with exaggerated, oversized forms
- Materials such as marble with large patterns or chunky solid timbers act as complementary accents to entice a sense of grandeur
- Choose statement pieces for the long term, they’re worth the investment!
- Soft, textural fabrics like bouclé and velvet help add warmth and homeliness to pieces
Ready to embrace Grand Comfort? Browse Classic furniture here.
EPISODE 3 - ZONING
View Time: 6 Minutes
Zoning is about creating distinct zones and areas in the home when your life intersects in the space. With working from home becoming normalised and more of a long term solution for so many, you need to make sure there is a separation in your space both physically and mentally.
The idea of ritual and activating sensory experiences can help zone your space. Lighting a candle, using music to set a tone, using different sources of lighting can all be used to change a mood and mindset when approaching your daily life.
The use of double duty pieces is a way to maximise function in minimal space. Consoles can double as work desks and still remain on display without encroaching on precious floor space. It’s a way to create a home office without the utilitarian aesthetic of work. Make the most of your space by using every nook and corner, whether it be to set up a meditation or down zone with an armchair or to create the WFH space.
Whilst Australians love open plan spaces, to allow flow of movement and light to pass, it can sometimes help to zone areas through easy solutions, to help contain spaces. Rugs are a great way to create boundaries on a space. Bookshelves can double up as room dividers, allowing light to pass but also for the divider to be functional storage.
Having gratitude for every corner of the home is so important and to find ways to make it as functional as possible will be extremely rewarding!
The Design Response
Quick tips to help create separation in your space both physically and mentally:
- Use sensory markers to create a sense of ritual in the home, through scent, sound and sight
- Double duty pieces create functional spaces without sacrificing aesthetics
- Create boundaries using rugs, sideboards, shelves, to help create zones in a larger space
- Maximise your space by activating unused nooks and corners with smaller pieces
EPISODE 4 - WELLBEING
View Time: 6 Minutes
The home acting as our sanctuary has never been more prevalent, but there is also a need for escapism more than ever. For many, our outdoor spaces were our escape, and more emphasis is now being put onto these parts of the home.
The blending of indoor and outdoor has increasingly become more noticeable as we look at these spaces as a whole rather than separates. The colours of the natural world are seeping into our rooms with dusty neutrals, olives, eucalypts and natural timbers becoming more and more popular.
Pictured: Maxwell Modern Buffet, Artie Large Coffee Table, Felix Round 2 Seater Right Arm, Felix Round Corner Sofa, Sketch Cantaloupe Occasional Chair, Ethnicraft Geometric Side Table & Tepih Folk Rug
The outdoor space is also getting a new life with softer materiality. The presence of weaving and rattans help transport you to a more relaxed retreat. The idea of escaping to the coast or country is also overlapping and the two styles intersect through materials, form and colour. With the boom in local tourism, people are wanting to bring this escapist lifestyle back with them.
Slouchy linens and oversized cushions on sofas help create a comfortable, modern farmhouse aesthetic. The practicality of linen slip covers also have the added benefit of style with convenience. Raw timbers, the aforementioned dusty colour palette and soft fabrics all help the home act as both retreat and a healing space.
The Design Response
Quick tips to help embrace nature and wellness in the home:
- Blend your indoor and outdoor spaces through colour and materiality
- Look for comfortable furniture with convenience like slip covers or double duty pieces
- A muted colour palette creates a sense of wellness and calm in the home
- Slouchy, relaxed forms enhance the notion of retreat and escapism
Get to know our series one hosts Jono Fleming & Keti Lytras in our House of Style Podcast Library.
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