Down to earth

Earthy tones and a rich, varied collection of furnishings bring the spirit of Morocco to this entertaining space
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How many times have you wished you could transport yourself to another time and place? With a little imagination and some clever design skills, this has been made possible for the owners of this Queensland home.

Interior designer Cathy Cowell was asked to convert a 66m² room off the swimming pool and barbecue area into a self-sufficient retreat separate from the house that would provide shelter from the tropical climate.

She says the owners' down to earth approach to life and eclectic style is reflected in the design.

"The clients wanted the space to have a resort feel. They like a fairly casual decorating style, using big pieces of furniture for lounging and relaxing on," she says.

The earthy colour scheme of ochres and sandy Moroccan tones offers a warm, welcoming ambience, enhanced by the use of woven textures and natural fibres.


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This can be seen in furnishings such as the water hyacinth chairs, and the woven reed blinds in the kitchen.

The rugs on the floor a woven paper rug from Scandinavia and a leather rug from Belgium add to the natural theme.

A pair of antique, hand-carved Indian teak doors on the side entrance bring a rustic charm to the room. A modern edge is achieved through the straight lines of the burnt orange faux emu leather ottomans and a large modular sofa that converts to a double bed.

The view out to the pool is framed by rich ochre drapes, hung from custom-made wrought iron rods.

Guests step out of the room into an open-air pagoda featuring thick wooden beams and a gable roof. Outdoor drapes made from hemp enclose the pagoda, protecting the seating area from the sun.

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A fully-equipped kitchen allows the owners to prepare meals for their guests.

Cowell says a sense of unity is created in the room's rich and varied collection of furnishings.

"It is warm and receptive, while still managing to be cool, practical and versatile."

Dec 07, 2004

Credit list

Window/door joinery
Antique hand-carved solid teak
Flooring
Selwyn leather weave rug from Contemporary Leathers; Woodnote woven paper rug
Lighting
Dogi floor lamp from MCI Duno; recessed ceiling lights
Other furnishings, accessories and artworks
Antique beechwood Chinese day bed (coffee table); original art by Tony Grainger; hand-woven African mud cloths; hand-made Zulu ceramic lamp base with raw silk lamp shade; terracotta urn lamp base and shade, woven water hyacinth mirror from Equator Furniture; pots, vases, urns and woven rattan side table by Inspirational Living/Cathy Cowell Designs
Splashback
Hand-made glass wall tiles by Studio 13
Dishwasher
Linea
Window/door joinery
Antique hand-carved solid teak
Flooring
Selwyn leather weave rug from Contemporary Leathers; Woodnote woven paper rug
Lighting
Dogi floor lamp from MCI Duno; recessed ceiling lights
Other furnishings, accessories and artworks
Antique beechwood Chinese day bed (coffee table); original art by Tony Grainger; hand-woven African mud cloths; hand-made Zulu ceramic lamp base with raw silk lamp shade; terracotta urn lamp base and shade, woven water hyacinth mirror from Equator Furniture; pots, vases, urns and woven rattan side table by Inspirational Living/Cathy Cowell Designs
Splashback
Hand-made glass wall tiles by Studio 13
Dishwasher
Linea
Window/door joinery
Antique hand-carved solid teak
Flooring
Selwyn leather weave rug from Contemporary Leathers; Woodnote woven paper rug
Lighting
Dogi floor lamp from MCI Duno; recessed ceiling lights
Other furnishings, accessories and artworks
Antique beechwood Chinese day bed (coffee table); original art by Tony Grainger; hand-woven African mud cloths; hand-made Zulu ceramic lamp base with raw silk lamp shade; terracotta urn lamp base and shade, woven water hyacinth mirror from Equator Furniture; pots, vases, urns and woven rattan side table by Inspirational Living/Cathy Cowell Designs
Splashback
Hand-made glass wall tiles by Studio 13
Dishwasher
Linea
Window treatments
Woven reed blinds from Blinds by Peter Meyer; inverted pleat headed drapes in Malabar fabric; Hemptech Ht4 heavy canvas drapes; custom made wrought iron rods; tie backs from Riedel
Paints
Dulux
Furniture
Custom made jarrah cabinetry and custom made leather ottomans by Cathy Cowell; French Nomad modular sofa from Ligne Roset; Sacha armchair in checkweave from Equator Furniture
Kitchen cabinets
Custom made jarrah
Cooktop and oven
Baumatic
Interior designer
Cathy Cowell DIA, Cathy Cowell Designs and Inspirational Living (Queensland)
Window treatments
Woven reed blinds from Blinds by Peter Meyer; inverted pleat headed drapes in Malabar fabric; Hemptech Ht4 heavy canvas drapes; custom made wrought iron rods; tie backs from Riedel
Paints
Dulux
Furniture
Custom made jarrah cabinetry and custom made leather ottomans by Cathy Cowell; French Nomad modular sofa from Ligne Roset; Sacha armchair in checkweave from Equator Furniture
Kitchen cabinets
Custom made jarrah
Cooktop and oven
Baumatic
Interior designer
Cathy Cowell DIA, Cathy Cowell Designs and Inspirational Living (Queensland)
Window treatments
Woven reed blinds from Blinds by Peter Meyer; inverted pleat headed drapes in Malabar fabric; Hemptech Ht4 heavy canvas drapes; custom made wrought iron rods; tie backs from Riedel
Paints
Dulux
Furniture
Custom made jarrah cabinetry and custom made leather ottomans by Cathy Cowell; French Nomad modular sofa from Ligne Roset; Sacha armchair in checkweave from Equator Furniture
Kitchen cabinets
Custom made jarrah
Cooktop and oven
Baumatic
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