Contemporary Farm House – Highvale

lloyd-hodgkinson-interior-designerLloyd Hodgkinson

Interior designer Lloyd Hodgkinson has been with Brisbane based John Croft Design since 2006 when he completed his Diploma of Interior Technology. “From a young age, I was very aware of my surroundings. I was constantly rearranging furniture at home and became increasingly obsessed with detail, so for me making a career in interior design was a natural progression. I love being invited into a client’s home and being given the opportunity to create something that will affect their mood through beautiful surroundings”.

“I love being invited into a client’s home and being given the opportunity to create something that will affect their mood through beautiful surroundings”.

What was your clients’ brief for this project?

There were two main areas that I focused on for this home. The living and dining rooms and master bedroom. With my clients having three young children, they wanted the main living areas to be liveable and practical with a relaxed, comfortable feel. The master bedroom was a whole different story. My clients wanted this to be a comfortable and luxurious sanctuary where they could unwind at the end of the day.

What primary selection of colour combinations and surfaces was used in this project (and why were these selected)?

For the living areas I based my scheme around tones of charcoal, then added in hits of aqua and yellow for accents with key pieces in a variety of finishes. The master bedroom was a combination of duck-egg blue, taupe and charcoal. These colours were underpinned by dark stained timber bedsides, polished chrome and glass lamps and silver leaf round side table.

Did you buy the furniture off the shelf, have it custom made, or was it the clients existing furniture?

The furniture for this project was a combination of ready-made, custom made and existing furniture pieces my clients owned. Two custom made rugs in wool and viscose were used for the living room and master bedroom.

How would you best describe the design/decorating style of this project and how it reflects your client’s lifestyle?

The main living area has a modern, clean-lined approach with pieces reflecting a current interpretation on traditional ethnic design. This look is achieved by two stunning ‘adults only’ armchairs and ottomans upholstered in an over-sized Ikat fabric situated in front of an open fireplace. Other significant items include a lovely hexagonal bone inlay side table and large Turkish style mirror with beaten metal frame mounted on a textured grass weave wallpaper. The master bedroom has a sophisticated atmosphere which creates a soothing environment for these busy parents to retreat to.

Do you have a favourite design blog/website/source you go to find inspiration?

I am a devoted reader of Architectural Digest and Veranda magazines. I also love collecting books on international designers.

Do you have a design rule you always abide by (or love to break)?

There are many design rules I follow, but I truly believe that it comes down to one thing – scale, and that can often be the difference between good and great designs.

See this article as published in Queensland Homes, Winter 2014, Vol 29, No 121

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