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Caufield decorating project



Clients: Stephen Mendel, owner of Globewest, Melbourne, Australia (globewest.com)

and Real Living magazine, Sydney, Australia.

Photographer: James Braund

Interior decorating and styling: Clair Wayman

Assistant stylist: Nick Young

Location: Stephen's house, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia

Category: Interior decorating / residential + editorial styling / home magazine


'Stephen Mendel, owner of well-known Australian furniture wholesaler Globewest, asked me to decorate his newly renovated home and select furniture from his own collection. Also in the pipeline was a Real Living photo shoot at his house, so he wanted it to look its best.


He also hired me to re-decorate his two teenage daughters bedrooms and inject some fun, stylish touches. Having been firm fans of the Australian renovation show, The Block they had quite a few ideas of their own.


The main space needing help was Stephens living area, so I used Stephen's huge abstract painting as a starting point for a colour palette of rusty orange, taupes and black. I chose a sleek, taupe sofa with a contemporary side and coffee table in Globewest's classic, bentwood style. I incorporated our own Curio & Curio hand printed Zig Zag and Parrot cushions in black and orange. As Stephen is originally from South African I added a few African touches to hint at his former life, such as the colour-clashing, woven wire bowls from Tractor Home.


Throughout the rest of the house I worked with the existing furniture and added any extra pieces that were needed, such as coffee tables, armchairs, side tables and lamps.


In the kids rumpus room upstairs, I chose a selection of our hot pink and turquoise Curio & Curio cushions and accessories to echo the colours in the artwork. This room was completely empty, so I pulled all the furniture from the Globewest showroom, and chose a playful white wire floor lamp and woven armchairs for a contrasting texture.


I selected Rachel Castle bed linen, throws and yellow velvet cushions to work with the big graphic art work in Stephens main bedroom. An orange and white striped rug echoed the orange in the print.


I also was commissioned to style the Real Living shoot, which was shot by James Brand. So I gathered together a large selection of smaller props to use in the dining area, kitchen, living rooms, and bedrooms.


I created a mood board and a list of ideas for Stephens two teenage daughters bedrooms. I opted for crisp white bedlinen for his youngest girl, teamed with a bright emerald green throw and cushions. One of our Curio & Curio herringbone horse ottomans and a hand printed swallow wall art added a playful touch. A curvy white wire side table is a cute alternative to a standard bedside. I added fun wooden letters and some other colourful accessories to complete the stylish scheme that any teenager would be proud of.'


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