Recently, a client came to me with how he envisioned his new home: space for entertaining; no clutter and opulent lighting, all of which resembling a set from Mad Men. And all he was bringing with him from his previous home? A bed and a guitar. Well, challenge accepted.

Let's start with the colour. My client, Josh, did not want too much white in the interior. A striking wallpaper in the hallway was my first though, so I searched from something bold with warm colours. I discovered a design by Harlequin with rich cappuccino shades, which gave me the inspiration for the colour scheme.


Now to that Mad Men look. This can be overdone, so adding just the right amount of retro pieces is a balancing act, too much and the design can look too 'themed.'

To achieve this retro design in the kitchen, I incorporated accents of white tiles for subtle 1950s details. The concept behind the retro interior Josh wanted was all about opulence without being garish, so for the hallway I worked in two Chinese prints to be hung opposite a console and stool.

Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 13.23.47

Design icons would play a pivotal role in the space. Leather and wooden crafted design pieces were a key element to the living spaces. Other vintage pieces the client wanted included a Persian rug and photography from films of the 1950s and 1960s.

975871 A semi-antique Joshegan Persian carpet Central Persia

Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 13.31.22 Vivien and José Quintero during the filming of The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone, circa 1961

257267-2 Five CH24 'Wishbone' chairs

For the bedroom, we chose a geometric pattern wallpaper to be hung behind the bed. The walnut bedside tables and dark lamps extended the 1950s design styles. Finally, we placed a Hopper above the bed to pay homage to important art of the period.

9780714863092-us Wells, Walter, Silent Theater: The Art of Edward Hopper

That was the design. For the space, the brief was to create four connected areas that simultaneously had their own identity: kitchen, dining room, living area and an area for Josh to entertain guests with his guitar.

7f4190abc7f9f2931311e598fe1e10bb Jim Morrison by Joel Brodsky, 1967,

file Fender Concord model acoustic guitar

For the latter, we chose the space between the long balcony and terrace. The addition of an island between the kitchen and the living room increased the amount of storage space and we attached the dining table to it.

To discover more about Diego Correa's design, see here.