A dash of glamor, an inspiring choice in rugs, colors lighting up the atmosphere – this is how I can describe Melissa Collison‘s portfolio of unique interiors. Mixing different decorative and functional items from all over the world into an unforgettable cluster of spaces, the Sydney-based interior designer creates luxurious modern spaces where her clients feel safe, comfortable and inspired. In order to tend to every customer’s needs and wishes, she also designs bespoke furniture pieces and decor pieces that meld the wonderful selection of carefully chosen materials, textures and shapes. See how colors, forms and patterns intertwine to form exquisite living spaces and find out how she does it all – enjoy!
Tell us a bit about yourself – how did your personal experiences influence the choice of becoming an interior designer?
How does Sydney – the city you live and work in – inspire you professionally?
What was the most challenging bespoke piece of furniture you designed and created to complete an interior project you were working on?
How do you find the pieces of furniture and décor accessories you use to beautify a space?
Your blog is filled with inspiration and finds – how much time do you spend online?
In one of your blog posts, you speak about renovations as seen from the designer’s point of view. How do you deal with clients who exceed their budget?
You have a descriptive portfolio showing your love for color and form. What are your plans for 2013?
Companies such as West Elm and CB2 have developed a whole range of apartment-size sofas and seating for small-space dwellers, and for good reason: The sofa is usually the most space-consuming furniture piece in a home. Opt for sofas that have a shallower depth, 37 inches or less. Skip oversized, rolled arms — which can waste a foot or more of floor space — and pick a modern, streamlined style with thinner arms. Less arm space also means more seating; in fact, an armless sofa or a one-armed chaise is the ultimate space-saving seating solution.
A small apartment can easily look cluttered. Storage is often limited, and items without a home end up in piles on the floor and every other surface. Visible storage solutions like boxes, jars and baskets often add to the clutter problem. The solution is hidden storage. Hiding life’s necessities behind doors or other clever cover-ups gives your apartment a clean, minimalist feel. It also lets your favorite design elements — a sofa, a piece of art, a great view — be the star of the show.