Whatever the size of your apartment, if it’s largely within a basement, it can suffer from a lack of light. Laura Marino, Creative Director of Studio L interior design agency shows, in this duplex, how a clever use of materials and furniture can make basement ideas feel glamorous, bright and charming. 

‘I wanted to draw out a sense of luxury for this apartment and make the decor surprising and exciting so that people want to journey through to see the entire home,’ says Laura. ‘So we graduated the décor’s impact along the way. Initially, I wanted to infuse a sense of ’80s nostalgia and pull from my childhood with references to Memphis Design, color blocking, pastels and neon with ditsy florals, oriental decor, and stylized graphics.

‘Then came the incorporation of another favourite era of mine: Hollywood Regency of the 50s and 60s. I was drawn to Slim Aarons’ photo of Joan Collins lounging in her monochromatic pastel pink bedroom from the late ’50s and was determined to recreate a version of that photo for today. We used a stunning moiré fabric in a similar powder pink in one of the duplex bedrooms, evoking the sense of  luxury seen in the original photo.’


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