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.
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 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.
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.
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.