Steal This Look: A Laid-Back Living Room with Spirit

December 16, 2014 10:00 AM

BY Izabella Simmons

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 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 re-creating the look. 

Above: The Tuckey’s light-filled living room, 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.


Above: The Mark Tuckey Box Day Bed comes in a recycled hardwood that Tuckey calls Oregon or an oak finish and can be upholstered in any fabric. Contact Mark Tuckey for pricing.


Above: The Mark Tuckey Oxo Coffee Table is available is American oak, ash, and Oregon. 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 Oregon and is also available in a lighter 25-millimeter plywood with lacquered or white-painted panels. Contact Mark Tuckey for pricing. 

Above: Bí¸rge Mogensen’s Spanish Chair in oak and natural leather, a classic designed in 1958 after a trip to Spain, is $3,852 from the Danish Design Store. It’s also available in black leather and natural oak, and black leather and ebonized wood.


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

Above: The Red Glass, a print by Australian artist David Band, is one of an edition of 12; inquire about availability. Another Band print of a trumpet, A Night in Tunisia, hangs on the living room wall.

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 ($90.34 USD) each via Mark Tuckey’s online shop.


Above: For a third sofa texture, the Tuckeys introduce a single furry pillow. The Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover in pebble is $169 from West Elm. The cover measures 14 by 36 inches and is also available in white and platinum.


Above: Cowhides make durable, low-maintenance throw rugs. This example, a Cowhide Rug from Argentina, is $549 at West Elm.


Above: The Tuckeys use a basket to hold throw blankets and as a side table. This Knitting Basket handwoven in Senegal, is $55 from Connected Artisans, which offers baskets in a range of sizes and styles.

Above: Wooden bunting hangs casually around the living room’s French doors. Consider making your own: Learn how at Hank & Hunt, whose DIY Wood Bunting is shown here.

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

This post is an update; the original ran on March 25, 2014, as part of our Spring Forward issue.