A fresh start

by Teresa Chow on Dec 14, 2010 in Interiors
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Ovolo teamed up with a local interior design director and stylist to enliven a degrading serviced apartment at 222 Hollywood Road into a cheerful, bright home


Interior design director Bun Ho and stylist Toland Sherriff were asked to revamp an apartment in which a monochromic palette had failed to make the best of its great layout. Ho and Sherriff tell PerspectiveGlobal how they set about conceiving a scheme to inject life and colour into the home. 

Bun Ho of su:b design: BH
Toland Sherriff of Domain: TS
What did you like or dislike about this apartment prior to the renovation?
TS: The apartment had a good layout, with an especially nice-sized bedroom. However, the space lacked almost any colour or variation in texture. This made the flat seem quite flat and unwelcoming.
BH: The apartment had every potential to look stylish if a careful plan was executed.
How would you describe the thinking behind the new look?
TS: I wanted to bring in a tactile and visual richness that was lacking in the previous design.
BH: My idea for the apartment was to be clever, coherent and cohesive via careful planning and doing run-throughs with various furniture placements.
What kind of opportunity did the size of the apartment offer?
BH: The apartment utilised its space extremely well. The modular design allows flexibility for the user to tailor the apartment to whichever style he or she may desire, from an all-open concept to one which sectionalises each area for a particular use.
Tell us about the use of colours and materials.
TS: The colour scheme of taupe, gray with shots of purple provided some interest and contrast to the white walls and black floors. In terms of material, we used ultrasuede, velvets and linens to provide warmth and comfort.
Where did you shop for the apartment?
TS: Cole and Son (Wallpapers) was the starting point to add interest to the walls. We also brought in some accent pieces from iconic textile designer Florence Broadhurst for pop and Ilsa Crawford for a fashion-forward feel to the space
What was the crowning touch to the design?
TS: We used tiled mirrored walls in both the bedroom and entrance way for a shot of modern glamour, while opening up the space visually.
Image 1: After (Living Room)
Image 2: Before (Living Room)
Image 3: After (Bedroom)
Image 4: Before (Bedroom)
Image 5: After (Bathroom)
Image 6: Before (Bathroom)

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