Art Deco living with serious sophistication
Posted on February 06 2021
At home with… Caitlin Nicolas
Caitln's style is a little more edgier than our typical norsu pastel-pink look, which is why we were drawn to recruiting her in our norsuHOME team.
There's an instant feel of cohesion and consistency when you step into this home. Every single piece has been carefully selected, which makes a huge impact when it comes to the balance and flow of the space.
We were thrilled to sit down with Caitlin to hear all about her cosmetic renovation, and get her top tips on styling in her signature look - without an overload of blush - and a couple of her renovation secrets along the way...
Where to start when designing a room?
What renovations did you complete before moving in?
Are there any tips you can give when designing custom wardrobes?
My biggest priority when selecting the right wardrobe was the door profile. I wanted a style that looked contemporary, but also in keeping with the Art Deco style of the home. These shaker style doors work perfectly, but they can become extremely expensive when finished with 2pac or a vinyl wrap - so we opted for raw cabinetry doors and painted them ourselves to keep the costs down.
With Sam now working from home most of the time, we needed to convert the smaller second bedroom into a study. In order to maximise the footprint of the room, we made the controversial decision to completely remove the existing wardrobe to open up the space, and opted for a Mustard Made Midi Locker positioned in the void area behind the door for additional storage.
How did you create a space with so much cohesion?
Another tip I'd add is to think about cohesion beyond your furniture and accessories. One major area is your feature pieces/fittings especially lighting. All our light fittings are visible from the one vantage point in the home, therefore we paid particular attention to ensuring they all connect in some way to one another, and tell a story as you walk from room to room.
Caitlin's top design tips
Texture is so important to create interest. One of the most textual elements in the home is the Armadillo Paloma rug in the living room. I absolutely love this rug for the deeper pile. It's soft underfoot, and is super forgiving with stains and spillages, and I don't have to vacuum every time Sam drops crumbs on the floor!
We've used lots of contrasting pops of black against the vivid white in the space, as we love the impact it makes.
Don't be afraid to play with colour in your furniture. Opting for a mint coloured sofa is not something many would do, but if it's a considered purchase with reference to other objects in the home, it can definitely make an impact.
Really consider your lighting selection, think about how they all complement one another in the space. It is easy to fall into the trap of selecting individual pieces that you love but might not necessarily work together.
Look at your home as a whole - start with pieces that you love, and build from there in a cohesive and consistent way. Don't be afraid to put your own spin on your design, and have some fun along the way!
Thank you for inviting us into your home Caitlin. We’ve loved every moment and are wish you and Sam many happy years in here. xx
Want to chat with Caitlin?
If you’d like to get in touch with Caitlin to discuss any aspect of her apartment, or have her help style your own place, you can reach her at email@example.com or follow her on Instagram at @caitlinnicolas_designs