One word to describe the stunning and stylish Breust Residence in Australia: transparency. The house, flooded by light, is a gorgeous mix of sophisticated details, guarded by an infinity pool (also with a transparent structure) on a side and a marvelous garden on the other. The people responsible for accomplishing such a mesmerizing final result are the ones behind JUO, an Australian, Perth-based design studio. The living room is structured as a long (and transparent) corridor. The high ceilings and the glass walls create this perfect breezy atmosphere that enhances the feeling of freedom.
The Breust Residence is playful: striking shapes, contrasting materials were used in defining it. The two-story residence is spacious and luminous with incredible high ceilings, exhaling elegance (just take a look at the gorgeous copper-like circular bulbs hanging from the ceiling) but also piece of mind, due to the uncluttered décor. “The full height glazing not only maintains this main living area as an extension of the outdoors – with gardens and water on either side – but also allows for natural cross ventilation to cool the space efficiently and naturally without mechanical intervention or air conditioning. The view of water has been created through the use of glass to the side of the above ground lap pool, mimicking the extent of the volume between the two pavilions.”
Why pick just one coffee table when you can put two, three or even four more convenient alternatives in its place? Surprised? The trend of using smaller cocktail tables and side tables by clubbing two or more together is one that is quickly catching on. It is a look that works beautifully with golden pieces that seem to instantly infuse your home with an air of luxury and sophistication. The likes of the Gold Teardrop coffee table by Jonathan Adler is one of the many choices out there that perfectly captures this hip, classy style statement. Not very keen on putting together 3 or 4 smaller coffee tables together in the heart of the room? Fair enough, since not all of us have the space to spare and the cash to splurge. Instead you can invest in a captivating lone centerpiece like the Marble-Topped Pedestal Coffee Table from West Elm. It is simple, minimal and yet carries with it a timeless Midcentury modern appeal that is undeniably appealing.
The decor choices you make largely impact the appeal of your eclectic living room. More than the colors you use, it is furnishings and accessories that make the most impact. For rooms with bright colors, a couple of table lamps or floor lamps on either side of the room, twin chairs and a few lovely vases can make all the difference. Despite being drenched in contrasting colors and textures, this room suddenly seems a whole lot more curated thanks to the symmetry that the decor offers. While using completely contrasting pieces, look for subtler ways such as geometric print, accent color and a common style to combine them elegantly.