Rustic Casual Country Vibes

Here at LivingStyles, we absolutely adore decorating with rustic and casual country chic inspired furniture. This relaxed yet stylish look works well with so many other interior styles. You might have a completely new modern build with a very simplistic white base interior but adding imperfect, reclaimed timber decor finishes can instantly bring character – it’s so versatile!A highlight of working with such accents and furnishings is that you can mix and match and nothing has to look uniformed. This articulates a warm, comfortable and welcoming setting. Celebrate this trending style by incorporating galvanised metals through lighting designs, aged looking timber furniture pieces, earthy braided rugs, neutral colour schemes and warm fabric accessories. Remember to keep it minimal-everything should have a purpose. 

A Bunk To Fit The Brief

We recently assisted the fabulous Hayley Berlingeri from Adelaide in creating a dream sleeping space for her son Romeo. Romeo was transitioning out of his cot and into his ‘big’ bed and we had just the bunk for him. Hayley required a Bunk that would complement the beautiful surrounding Cacti wallpaper, low hanging jute pendant and natural cane decor. The Samson Lowline Bunk was set to be a great addition as it would keep the room light being white in colour, provided a spare bed for Romeos sleepovers and all without taking away from the floor space (no play space was interfered with in the making of this delightful room).

This sturdy and stylish Bunk seemed just the idealistic incorporation and since been in use has worked a treat. We wish Romeo many great night sleeps in the Samson Lowline Bunk and it was an absolute privilege to be apart of this process. We are thrilled we could fit the brief. 

The ‘Samson Lowline Bunk Bed, Single, Arctic White, SKU: LSPR-ID6210866‘ can be found on our website ( and is a favorite amongst our LivingStyles customers.


Trending In 2020

We are well into the new year and summer is officially over, so what can we expect to see trending in the world of interiors, furniture and homewares for the rest of 2020?  Well for interior wall paints, natural light colours are in vogue, with furniture pieces such as velvet sofas in blush pinks, olive greens and bold blues. Rattan plants stands, bedheads and armchairs provide a strong connection back to the sought after natural essence.  Earthy coloured ceramics, handwoven jute rugs and beaded pendants are a must and we can’t forget to top off these calm and natural themed rooms with our favorite indoor plants scattered throughout the home. When visualising the trending key features, think organic, relaxing and light.

Gold But Not Bold

Decorating with touches of gold can really lift a room and add subtle glamour. For those who like to keep it simple and are quite overwhelmed at the thought of introducing gold, purchasing pieces with slight amounts of gold will give you a chic look without having to go overboard with big bold statement pieces. If this is the case, present the gold subtly through furniture legs, vase designs, cushion fabrics or lamp bases. You would be amazed at the opportunities there are to slightly drop this edgy element into your home decor to achieve this impressive trend. 

Cowhide And Go Seek

Love or hate them the cowhide rug is here to stay. Real or faux? Whatever your decision, the cowhide is such a versatile rug choice that compliments all interior styles. That’s right, you can utilise these natural eye catchers throughout. Imperfections are all part of the charm. Organic textures and natural colours enhance the true beauty and uniqueness of these underfoot gems. Aesthetics aside, a real selling point to cowhides is that they are absolutely brilliant for high traffic areas (and easy to keep clean). Therefore they work stupendously in all rooms of the house (even bathrooms if kept dry). By Inheriting these fascinating natural patterns and biotic shapes, these notable creations present themselves as their own show stopping pieces of art. 

Natural Components

Natural fibre rugs are the perfect accompaniment to the majority of interior styles. Jute natural coloured rugs are a favorite amongst homes as they compliment any surrounding coloured walls, flooring options and furniture choices. Not only does this intricate weaved rug look great, it is incredibly durable, so perfect for interiors with frequently used spaces. A jute rug is a great way to add texture and character to a room (versatility is it’s middle name). It can be subtle or be a statement piece with the right surrounding staging. We commonly think to purchase a rectangular rug as this is the most customary shape, but the ever so stunning round jute boho influenced styled rugs are definitely worth exploring as they can be found in an array of patterns and are a great choice for smaller spaced rooms. 

Lounging On Leather

The benefit of lounging on leather is that this material is quite easy to care for and as it wears, this only adds character. Leather seating options are a timeless look, a popular choice amongst today’s homes and often a great investment if it is made with high grade leather as this will past the test of time. Although most colour schemes go with leather seating, you can modernise the space with warm neutral walls surrounded by timber or metal furniture pieces accompanied by a natural jute rug. The perks of leather seating gives you limitless decorating options and nothing is stopping you from mixing and matching materials to finalise the overall appearance of your interior. 

Inspired By Parquetry

Parquetry inspired furniture is commonly showcased through the French Provincial style and is typically hand carved, rustic in appearance and exhibits a natural timber grain. The face of the piece, or the furniture’s largest surface area generally flaunts a design such as a contrasting textured layout as the focus, with the herringbone style being at the forefront of design popularity. This character filled decorative effect displays natural charm that will reflect sophistication into your interior.

Recycled Timber Insertion

Mixing assorted recycled wood furniture finishes is a popular and timeless trend that brings warmth to an interior. Create impact within your bedroom by sourcing a mixed timber or recycled wood furniture piece such as a bed frame or bedhead and surround this with a light wall paint colour. You’ll find your eye being drawn to this as a focus piece when entering the room. Layer the space with similar wood tones to create balance. This could be through practical furnishings like bedsides, tallboys or dressers. If you don’t have the space for these extra furniture pieces, a wall clock, photo frames or lamps will also do the trick. Keep the bedding neutral and splash colour through cushions and a throw. Incorporating these key features into your space will apply a raw and ageless style. 

Commercial But Not Common

A work space should really be an environment that makes you feel good and energetic seeing as though a lot of people can spend the majority of the day working away in an office. Whether it be a commercial building or home office, there are now so many stylish furniture options on the market to create a comfortable and visually appealing abode. It’s now time to steer away from the typical drab commercial office furniture and branch out into bold fabrics, fashionable furniture styles and colourful decor pieces. Wow clients in your boardroom with aesthetically pleasing commercial grade chairs and keep staff feeling productive with contemporary designed surrounds. It really is amazing the impact these small changes to an interior can have on a person.