Modern art deco is how I would describe my original inspiration for the design of my main living room.

Having the banana leaf print curtains hung added some much needed colour, after my carpet fitter father-in-law took to calling that room 'The Bat Cave' each time he visited. I knew exactly the look I wanted after visiting the The Chamberlain Hotel in West Hollywood on my honeymoon. It was the penultimate stay of our three week West coast road trip and an absolute sanctuary to spend 7 days in after hotel-hopping for the week before.


I absolutely adored the monochromatic art deco, and clashing textures and metallics, and devoted the best part of my Pinterest board to it (See It Here).

Luckily for me, the hearth of the fireplace was already giving art deco vibes when we bought it, and I used it as a diving off point - the marble, the matte black guard, and the gold details were all going to work well with my vision. 

I decided to add some green -a colour that always bodes well for Art Deco styling, and looks amazing against gold. I found banana leaf fabric from Tommy Bahama, and had them made up by my wonderful curtain lady, Sue. 


I had my lovely father-in-law install the beautiful black parquet Karndean flooring, and had the black velvet sofa made to our specification at The Sofa Design company. 

The coffee table was one of the first pieces I pinned from Graham & Green, which we bought early on (when the budget was a lot more healthy). I have since found what a pain a brass tabletop can be, but it looks so frigging glamourous it's worth the hours spent elbow-deep in Brasso. 


Our sideboard is recognisably a six drawer MALM from Ikea (sausage dog not included), but fits perfectly in the space, also, it's nice and unfussy next to the ornate gold mirror, which was a gift from my mother-in-law when we moved into our first house. 

It's still a work in progress, and as it's the largest room in the house it's a little bare in places, but I'll keep you updated on how it's coming along. 

Cassie Durnell