Como by Design

The stunning wallpaper is from Christian Lacroix and was the starting point for the whole room. Caroline chose the abstract painting by Joan Blonde for the colours. The flower mirror in the small hallway leading off the bedroom is by Di Riddell who makes bespoke pieces in glass. There’s a peach colour on each of the petals and a clear glass centre.

Como by design is a showcase for Australian designers to delight the general public with their flair and creativity by designing a room at the historic Como House in South Yarra.

This year, Caroline was one of 26 designers invited to design a room and she created a whimsical and pretty young girl’s room.

The linen sheers with a tangerine stripe are by Harlequin – they have a traditional goblet heading attached to the existing rod. The chairs have a pink patterned wool felt from Tigger Hall, a favourite fabric house of Caroline’s.

Caroline’s concept –

Let us tell you the story we imagined as we created this young girl’s room. Historically, it belonged to a nanny – it had a narrow stairwell leading to the children’s bedrooms.

We could picture a young girl, fascinated by the emblems and flowers on her metallic wallpaper. She probably had her own scrapbook, where she cut and pasted similar flowers and birds while she sat cross-legged on her patterned rug.

Each night, her mother would read to her from a pink wool armchair while she stared at her feather friends in the rose-gold birdcage light fitting. Her father would bring her treasures from his business trips – an Italian butterfly lamp or handblown glass lamp from Syria.

Maybe our imaginary girl is very similar to your own little girl – full of whimsy and creativity.

The butterfly light is a treasure from Nyary, in Albert Park. It sits on a side table designed by Bethany Gray, from Living Edge. The table has extraordinary detail and a beautiful texture. Caroline had the antique bed reconditioned, painted and reupholstered. The bedlinen is a tactile blend with lots of textured cushions and pattern on pattern. A handmade cushion is the hero piece with a pink wool background with pom poms on the corners and woollen details – designed by Nathalie Lete and purchased again from Nyary.

The work involved is intense, with a three-day window to put together a room, complete with wallpaper, window treatments, furniture, flooring, lighting and decorative elements.

This gorgeous Parisian light with feathered friends came from South Pacific fabric house.

Como by Design was launched with an invitation-only cocktail party, complete with international guests and media personalities. A highlight was a young violinist, walking around the gardens with a translucent violin.

The patterned Turkish rug in pure new wool is a bespoke piece from Loom.

Over 4,000 visitors came through Como House and were delighted by the beautiful rooms, gorgeous flowers and inspiring displays. Caroline’s room received lots of visitors who exclaimed over the colours, patterns and textures in the wallpaper, mirror, chairs, cushions and lights.

A bespoke side table made by Di Riddell has a mirrored glass on the top and bottom – the lower section is perfect for holding Caroline’s flower arrangement. Caroline’s lamp is from a Melbourne ironmonger with Jim Jam glasses on either side which act as vases. The bubble light is handblown from Syria – it’s a bespoke piece from Peter and Jenny at Nyary. The pink vase is an older style from Kenzo. Caroline and Chrissie arranged the flowers.