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Mid-Century Renovation

Interior decorating: Clair Wayman

Photographer: Dan Magree

Location: Mentone house, Victoria, Australia

Category: Residential

 

'I slowly renovated and decorated our mid-century beach house in Mentone, Bayside Melbourne, in-between styling work.

 

My style has become more eclectic and flamboyant over the years. The great thing about renovating my own house is I can experiment and try new things.

 

I was inspired to do a cornflower blue and white kitchen when I saw something similar in American 'Domino' magazine. I had a few raised eyebrows when the fitters came to install the kitchen, but I was pleased with my decision. I chose simple white glass for the splash back and large neutral ceramic tiles for the floor. I love big oversized pendant lights, especially in kitchens. I decided to have two huge drum shades made from the Vivienne Westwood 'Squiggle' wallpaper to add bold pattern and drama to the space.

 

The Osbourne and Little tulip wallpaper is the main focal point in the living room - I love how it ties in with the greenery outside. Even though the pattern is oversized, it isn't over-powering.

 

I up-cycled some vintage retro armchairs, that I found in a garage sale and had them upholstered in a fresh lime fabric for a splash of colour. A cow hide and round woven coffee table add texture, while a graceful arch lamp grounds the space and completes the look. I collect resin and plywood deer heads as they add a playful touch to an interior - the plywood moose is a favourite.

 

It's handy having an artistic partner - I have the pick of Nicks whimsical paintings to decorate our walls. His style is loose and dynamic - they always make me smile.

 

It took me a long time to find the perfect dining table, but as soon as I saw the sleek Arne Jacobsen elliptical oval table, I knew it was the one. I paired it with some classic green and blue wishbone dining chairs. One of my favourite pieces is my wooden David Trubridge light which hangs over the dining table - in the evening it casts magical patterns around the room.

 

I chose a wall mounted cabinet and integrated sink to free up floor space in the bathroom. A round mirror breaks up all the straight lines, while white subway tiles run from floor to ceiling for a stream-lined feel. Typically I bought the new freestanding, egg shaped bath in a sale, long before we started the bathroom reno, so it had sat in our living room, looking forlorn, for quite a few months.

 

Being obsessed with wallpaper, I couldn't resist putting the Cole & Sons flamingo wallpaper in our bedroom. Previously a dull yellow colour, we painted the Ikea four poster bed white, which looks so fresh against the blue wallpaper. The retro cane bedside table was another op shop find, which I painted turquoise and added a mirrored top.'

 

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