Living Room

Renovation inspiration: A french-inspired living room

With an eye for detail, and a few coats of paint, HB's Creative Director, Imogene has transformed her old living space into a charming haven

This Southern Highlands country charmer is now a serene and soulful family haven, thanks to Home Beautiful’s Creative Director Imogene’s decorative prowess. Red walls have disappeared behind several coats of Dulux Wash & Wear paint in Pearl Ash. The dark ‘Scenic Walk’ carpet in Pepper by Carpet Court was a must, while chairs from French Dressing and La Maison chime well with the white Ikea ‘Ektorp’ sofa.

While the 1980s detached house had been designed in the style of a Georgian cottage and had a charming, rustic appeal from the outside, the interior wasn’t quite so fine. “There was lots of dark red everywhere and it made the house feel quite oppressive,” recalls Imogene.

Before (Credit: CHRIS WARNES)

Imogene hired a local carpenter to construct shelves in the alcoves to match the height of the fireplace and painted them a crisp white for a seamless look. An ‘Arlec’ chrome floor lamp from Bunnings makes for a cosy reading nook by the bookshelves.


A favourite framed mirror offers a glam touch above the sofa – get the look with the ‘Champagne’ mirror from Mirror Mirror. For an equally chic sofa, try Ikea’s ‘Ektorp’ sofa cover, and Linum cushions from French Dressing.

(Credit: Chris Warnes)

Imogene’s collection of maps are given a sense of unity thanks to identical ‘Ribba’ frames from Ikea. An elegant bergere chair (try La Maison for similar) was rescued from oblivion with a new seat cushion crafted in traditional ticking fabric.


For more French inspiration, take a look at this striking Victorian home.

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