Steal This Look: The Laid-Back Living Room, Aussie-Style by

Issue 12 · Spring Forward · March 25, 2014

Steal This Look: The Laid-Back Living Room, Aussie-Style

Issue 12 · Spring Forward · March 25, 2014

Furniture maker Mark Tuckey and his wife, stylist Louella Tuckey, are known for pulling together rooms that are at once perfectly composed and enviably laid-back. Case in point, their beach house located off Sydney's northern coastline and its simple living room with white walls, wood furniture, and just the right number of red and orange accents that have us wanting to try the same mix at home. Here's a look at the design, followed by all of the essentials for recreating the look. 

Mark and Louella Tuckey in Australia | Remodelista

Above: The light-filled living room of Mark and Louella Tuckey, spotted on Design Files. The couple have a well-known shop, Mark Tuckey Home, with locations in Sydney and Melbourne, and their living room features Mark's own pieces mingled with design classics and a few well-chosen objects. Photograph by Sean Fennessy via Design Files.

Mark Tuckey Box Day Bed I Remodelista  

Above: The Mark Tuckey Box Day Bed comes in an oregon or oak finish and can be upholstered in any fabric. Contact Mark Tuckey for pricing.

Mark Tuckey Oxo Coffee Table I Remodelista  

Above: The Mark Tuckey Oxo Coffee Table is available is American oak, ash, and recycled Oregon hardwood. Contact Mark Tuckey for pricing. 


Above: The Pigeon Holes bookshelf is freestanding and can be used on its own or stacked (as shown here) and works well as a room divider. It's made of a hardwood Tuckey calls oregon and is also available in a lighter 25 mm plywood with lacquered or white-painted panels. Contact Mark Tuckey for pricing. 

Borge Mogensen Spanish Chairs in Oak and Natural Leather I Remodelista

Above: Borge Mogensen's Spanish Chair in oak and natural leather, a classic designed in 1958 after a trip to Spain, is $4,899 from the Danish Design Store. It's also available in black leather and natural oak, and black leather and ebonized wood.

Tolomeo Mega White-Floor Lamp I Remodelista  

Above: The Tolomeo Mega Terra White Floor Lamp by Artemide is $937.50 from Ambiente Direct. 

Australian Artist David Band Red Glass Silkscreen Print | Remodelista

Above:  A Night in Tunisia, a print of a trumpet by Australian artist David Band, hangs on the living room wall. Shown here, another of Band's prints, the Red Glass, one of an edition of 12, available online for $1,600 AUD.

Felt Chakati Cushions from Mark Tuckey I Remodelista

Above: The Tuckey sofa is layered with Megan Park's cushions, along with Felt Chakati Cushions, shown here, that are handmade in Nepal; $110 AUD each via Mark Tuckey's online shop.

Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover in Pebble from West Elm I Remodelista  

Above: For a third sofa texture, the Tuckeys introduce a single furry pillow. The Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover in pebble is $129 from West Elm. The cover measures 14 inches by 36 inches and is also available in white and platinum.

Cow Hide Rug from West Elm I Remodelista  

Above: Cow hides make durable, low maintenance throw rugs. This example, a Cow Hide Rug from Argentina, is at West Elm for $549.


Above: The Tuckeys use a basket to hold throw blankets and as a side table. This Senegalese Knitting Basket, 18 inches tall and 10 inches wide, is $55 from Mille; additional sizes and patterns also available.

Explore more of Mark Tuckey's designs in our post A Surfer Set Up Shop. Curious to see what the rest of the Tuckeys' place looks like? Visit The Design Files. And see more Steal This Looks on Gardenista and Remodelista.

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