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Get the look: Living green

Rachel Marsh

In this month’s get the look, interior designer, Rachel Marsh, captures the living green essence reflected in the sustainable style of Adam Hobill and Tina Mizgalski – see their beautiful home in our latest Her Interior article.

With a focus on green —Tina’s favourite colour — paired with a soft textural palette to link it all together, Rachel has trawled Canberra Outlet Centre and Designcraft to show you how to get the look, whether your budget is super cheap or super chic.


1 – ‘Splendour’ artwork

Always start with a piece that will help tie an entire look together. Whenever I create a concept for a client, I begin this way, whether in the form of a rug, fabric or, in this case, a piece of art. This stunning textured canvas entitled Splendour was found in Focus on Furniture. It measures 1520 x 1320 and will draw attention to any space.

The Bottom Line: $799.00

2 – Monier planter

Although concrete floors may not be an option for you, you can incorporate some of those elements into your home with something like this ‘Monier’ white and concrete planter from Freedom Furniture. Through the right placement of a few pots in the kitchen with fresh herbs, or even a cluster of planters in a few different sizes in your living room, you can achieve a sleek minimalist feel.

The Bottom Line: $34.99 (also available in yellow)

3 – Coco Pendant

Lighting is one of the most important things to consider when pulling a concept together. Adam and Tina had a pendant light suspended above their side table in the living room, which also worked as a key feature in the space. I have found the amazing ‘Coco Pendant’ by Coco Flip, which can be purchased through Designcraft. If your budget allows, why not put two or three above the island bench in your kitchen to create a real statement. The pendant is available in two different sizes.

The Bottom Line:  $1,500.00 (D: 600mm x H: 430mm) $1,350.00 (D: 400mm x H: 287mm)

4 – Trinity Stool

To ensure a cohesive feel throughout your home, I can’t stress enough the importance of texture. In order to link the dining area and kitchen, I have selected the ‘Trinity Stool’ in a gloss white metal frame and an Ashwood seat, from Early Settler Recollections. The link between the timber elements helps create a nice flow between the two areas.

The Bottom Line: $129.00 each (available in other colours)

5 – ‘This Way’ print

Throughout Adam and Tina’s home, I found quirky pieces of artwork. I have selected the ‘This Way’ print from Freedom Furniture to add a playful touch to a somewhat structured palette.

The Bottom Line: $249.00 ( W: 640 x H: 840 )

6 – ‘Lucky’ table lamp

Another great piece from Freedom Furniture’s Real Living collection is the ‘Lucky’ table lamp in Emerald. This could work as a cute lamp in the living room, or as a desk light in your study.

The Bottom Line: $169.00

I would like to pause here and note the importance of repeating key colours throughout your home, thus creating a nice flow from room to room. In Adam and Tina’s home, emerald is the colour that helps to tie everything together. It is found in the artwork, the throw rug and the lamp. Repeating a colour three times helps to ground a colour palette.

7 – Chunky Knit throw

Freedom Furniture and Real Living Magazine have recently teamed up to create a gorgeous collection of homewares, available only through Freedom Furniture. I couldn’t go past the gorgeous ‘Chunky Knit’ throw in emerald. The throw not only ties in tonally with the artwork, but it also adds a sense of texture to the living room, which is always nice coming into winter.

The Bottom Line: $179.00

8 – Napier Dining Table

Linking colour and materials between rooms is crucial when you are decorating an open plan space. The timber detail found in the pendant and the retro feel from the occasional chairs in the living room is reflected in my choice of table over in the dining room, the ‘Napier’ dining table from Early Settler Recollections. This retro inspired table is made out of solid American Oak and is an absolute bargain.

The Bottom Line: $999.00 (W: 2000mm x D:950mm x H:790mm)

9 – Tan Leather Cushion

The tan leather cushion from Freedom Furniture will add a sense of elegance to any lounge. I particularly like the idea of placing this on a fabric sofa, and pairing it with the chunky knitted throw.

The Bottom Line: $99.00 ( 55 x 55 )

10 –Retro Chair

Work with what you already have. When I met with Adam and Tina in their home, I was quite taken by the two retro chairs sitting comfortably in the corner window of their living room. I later found out the chairs once belonged to Adam’s grandfather. If you haven’t been lucky enough to have inherited such an item, never fear. I have found an equally delightful chair at Freedom Furniture. The ‘Retro Chair’ in essential black leather is a must have piece.

The Bottom Line: $1099.00

Rachel Marsh

Originally a Wollongong girl, Rachel Marsh the interior designer behind Inspired Interiors moved to Canberra in 2013 and has now made it her home. She loves nothing more than assisting her clients in creating spaces that are warm and inviting. Always keeping in mind that each client is different and every home should be a reflection of those who live in it. Email her at [email protected] More about the Author

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