Presented: Sitting room
Gifted item: Rug in orange
Larry: Thank you.
It's a tricky shape to make work…
Larry: It is.
And the rug is a real statement…
Jessie: Because it’s a huge rug and the room is pretty small, we thought, 'It’s too small for a bedroom, and too small for a lounge-room/family living room,' so we thought, in a big grand house like this, it could be a sitting/reading room. Somewhere where you could have a glass of wine in front of the fire and read a book. We wanted it to feel like a relaxing place, with fresh flowers and candles. I wanted everything to bring the rug out.
Where was the art from?
Jessie: The art, that was from French and English. They are both from there.
You were talking about the curtains – tell us about that…
Jessie: They do work. I think they look really good. I wasn’t sure, but we got them up, so that’s the main thing.
How much time did you have to spare?
Jessie: No time.
What were you doing in the final few moments?
Jessie: I was trying to wipe off the finger marks on the coffee tables. I picked it up from the shop just before and we JUST got it here.
Where is the side cabinet from?
Jessie: That is from Urban Home Design. I loved it. It had model aeroplanes and black trays all over it, but we ran out of money and I couldn’t afford to get them. I wanted the room to have stuff in it – I didn’t want it to look empty. But oh well.
What about the furnishings – where are they from?
From Urban Home Design. And these two chairs are from French and English.
Did you have an idea about what you wanted to do before you got started?
Jessie: I had done research. It was very hard when we got the rug though, because I had never used this colour palate before. It’s a really tricky one. The mustard yellows…it’s really been a big challenge. I love classic palates, like Duck Egg Blues and white; very vintage American, that big ‘lodge’ feeling. And to get mustard rug…I had never used a black piece of furniture. I was really worried it was going to look too heavy. But I think the idea that it’s a cosy room; that helps.
Where is the light from?
Jessie: That’s from Urban Home Design. I loved it.
You really have achieved what you wanted – it is very snug…
Jessie: I think so. I can imagine sitting here reading.
Larry: Come in for a read and a wine.
Jessie: We wanted it to be an adult room, somewhere to get away from the kids; nice and relaxing.
Larry: Our plan was to have a glass of wine, half drunk on the table.
Jessie: We wanted a little cheese platter to. But there was no time. And we wanted to have more time to do the fire place properly. I would have liked to piece things together a little bit better – but what can you do? I wanted to make the carpet one of the main features...
Larry: I think we were lucky because it was a small room, but also lucky because the carpet nearly fills up the whole room.
Did you have any moments where you thought it wouldn’t all come together?
Jessie: Yes, yesterday. Because I have never worked with these colours before, I really struggled to make it feel really, sort of Mediterranean…
Larry: Yeah, but the house doesn’t lend itself to that.
Jessie: But we weren’t supposed to focus on what the room was like. They said that.
Larry: But the fire place makes it a certain type of room.
Jessie: That’s right, the fire places, we couldn’t change that. And the colours of the rug. But with that black, it really shows…
Larry: I am so glad we changed the wall colour…
What was it going to be?
Jessie: It was white.
Larry: It looked a bit grey. We went back and changed it to China White, which has got a lovely soft cosy feeling to it. It brought out the colours in the rug perfectly.
How did you divvy up the duties?
Jessie: Dad was here painting and I was shopping all day yesterday.
Larry: She took my phone, for Google Maps, and the battery died – we had no communication for a while there.
Jessie: Meanwhile Dad just told me he thinks the paint on the wall is too white.
L- I had just said, ‘I think the colour is wrong, we should have gone stronger.’ And then the phone died.
Jessie: Huge dramas. And I wasn’t near Mitre Ten. And the lady who was serving me at Urban Home, she offered to call Mitre Ten and ask them when they closed. And she said, ‘They don’t close until 5.30, and I thought, ‘Great.’ So I thought I’d run there, which I did, at about ten past five. I got in the car, and I got there, and they shut at 5o’clock. So I didn’t have any more paint. I was about to get into the car, and I was about to burst into tears, and this guys was coming out the back, locking up the last door, and I managed to run over to him, and he let me in. I was so lucky.
Larry: She got back here at quarter to seven, and we had to have tools down soon. So we got this room painted in just under an hour.
It’s a great job!
How did you go as a father/daughter team?
Larry: It was stressful.
Jessie: We had stern words.
Larry: I was really paranoid about Jessie’s time management. And she’s saying, ‘Will you stop being so negative!’
Jessie: I was like, ‘Don’t you understand, you have to positive. We will do this.’
Did you have fun?
Any favourite things in the room?
Jessie: I really wanted a glass coffee table, so you could see the rug.
L –We went back to get the glass table today and it wasn’t there. It had already gone. So we got the top off one table, bought the bottom and got the base from someone else.
And no flat-packs!
Larry: That was the number one rule – no flat-packs. Except for the curtains. But we did that in ten minutes.
Have you seen the other room?
Larry: Yes we have, and it’s lovely.
Jessie: It was a big room, and they had a beautiful red carpet. I would have loved that room and that carpet. But that’s OK – it was a challenge, and I liked that. It was something new and different and I think we pulled it off. We got it all going together.