LIVING ROOM REVEAL | Design Twins collaboration with ‘Not So Mumsy

Sooooo I had the pleasure of working on the most AMAZING house of Marcia Leone who has the AWARD WINNING blog notsomumsy and boy oh boy the results are incredible!!!


When I first visited Marcia’s family home, I felt that she was needing a bright, fresh and comfortable family home, especially because her personality and style is so relaxed and easy going (AKA the nicest woman alive..) There were hints of Mid century furniture (thanks husband) and some period features suggested a relaxed Parisian style and lastly we were slightly restricted with the shape of the home being an elongated terrace style overlooking a beautiful garden. Creating a stunning focal point was my goal!!!



ITS ALL ABOUT THE BRIEF | The space was both open plan but also quite small, so the challenge was to create a space that not only fits the brief, but also addressed her needs. So I needed to provide kid friendly pieces without sacrificing style, whilst also making the space feel homely and not too stark. EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEEEEEZYYYY! HAHAHA!!! With those elements in mind, we played with pattern, texture and balance to create this sophisticated style mixed with a bohemian beach pad!

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START SOMEWHERE | A great starting point was the sofa because we spend soooooo much time chillaxing on this baby! #didsomeonesaynetflix 😉 We chose the Vittoria Slip Cover Sofa in MILK!!! OH MY GOSH can I just say that this is the absolute PERFECT option if you have children but do not want to sacrifice having a sexy sofa. The covers SLIP OFF, completely removable and easy to wash! Like really easy…. not like those ones that shrink in the wash ahhhh, because I’ve had one of those before and they’re not cool 😦 But I can confidently say that your going to LOVE this couch #noregrets


RUGS ADD TEXTURE | Rugs are a fantastic way to add warmth, interest and personality into your home. Ensure its a rug that will remain fresh, bright, homely and has the child approved softness! like, so soft you can sleep on this one!

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ROOM WITH A VIEW | A space without windows can feel constrained, so why not add a view 😉 ok so maybe its just a photographic print but this is a little design trick and it works a treat!  By adding a print you create a view, making the space less constrained and more open.


CREATE MOVEMENT AND FLOW | Moving into the dining room you will notice the stunning glass doors that surround the space. A circular dining table was a must! This creates a natural flow throughout.

MAKE THE SPACE VISUALLY BIGGER | In order not to obstruct the view and close off the space we chose chairs that weren’t too bulky and in white. This gave a light and airy feeling and allowed the stunning marble table top to be the star, all in all the room felt much brighter and larger! VOILA!


OUTDOORS INSIDE | In this space I wanted to utilise the windows and bring the outdoors, in without closing the space off. The Flower Weave Dandelion Rug by Armadillo is the perfect shade to compliment the dining table, but also not create a distinct border, as this would have closed off the area. This is further enhanced by adding the big ass Fiddle Leaf Fig in the STUNNING white dip gold rim pot – by us of course! 😉


LIGHTING IS ERRYTHANG | A focal point to bring the two spaces together is the Swish Chandelier by Klaylife. The bohemian casual style of the chandelier is PERFECT for tall ceilings giving height and adding DRAMA ( the best kind of drama..) to the home.


Inspired by Marcia’s STUNNING family home? GET THE LOOK!!!

Below are some products to brighten, freshen and liven up your own home!!

baxter_5_1024x1024_379389d1-3b8c-4c9f-9061-b237419855e6_1024x1024The Baxter Berber Rug is one of these! its a rug that will remain fresh, bright, homely and has child approved softness! like, so soft you can sleep on this one!


The Rattan Dining Chair has the same effect, because of the natural materiality it creates a feeling of light and airiness!


Get this look with The Marly Dining Table! It has a stunning powder coated tulip frame which is complimented with an amazing marble top, making this piece such a centrepiece!


The Balthazar Beaded Large Pendant is sure to make a statement. The smokey soft colour and symmetry of the mud beads will pull an entire space like this together!


The Ocean Breeze ll framed print is perfect for above the lounge, above the bed or in the hallway, our Framed Print collection is curated to make your walls the feature of your home and create a view where there was not one before!


The Bella Brass Mirror is so versatile. With its subtle frame it adds a finished touch without competing with other furnishings. This minimalistic modern mirror is perfect to complete the look in any room – bathroom, above the bed, above the lounge or in a hallway to make the space feel brighter and bigger.


Last but definitely not least, The Design Twins hand painted Rim Pot! This simple and sleek design is the perfect option for a space which is bright and light. Bringing the outside in is not only good for you, but with the brief in mind it was a total MUST!!



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