Custom Design at its Finest – The Verona Ottoman

Wills Furniture specialise in completing upholstered furniture pieces for interpretive interior designers. Recently we had the pleasure of creating a diamond buttoned Ottoman for a client of Leigh Ellwood Interior Design. Their client resides in a luxury high rise apartment in South Yarra.

Verona Ottoman

The Ottoman was upholstered and covered in leather from Contemporary Leathers. Called ‘Verona’, the colour selected is known as Tarragon. The Verona Ottoman [link] complements the contemporary design of the client’s apartment, located in a multi level block.


It’s always important that clients find the Interior Decorator or Designer that can comfortably reflect their own vision and style. Here are a few further tips from Houzz magazine…

Collect samples. Even if you have trouble articulating your desired look, pictures of rooms you love can instantly give the designer a sense of what you crave. He or she will ask you about specific points of the design that resonate with you and use those as guidelines. Fabric swatches, paint chips, furniture catalogs and your own Houzz ideabooks are other good sources for showing items you like. On the flip side, pull examples of colours, motifs and furniture styles that turn you off, which can be equally helpful.

Decide in advance which pieces must stay. Not willing to get rid of your Biedermeier sideboard or your majolica collection? The process will go more smoothly if you share that information with your designer during the initial site visit and consultation. That way, he or she can plan around the items that you don’t want to give up.

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Involve the designer as early as possible in the building process. If you’re remodelling or building from scratch, include the designer in the planning stages with your architect and contractor. This way, the pros involved will all be on the same page and can iron out any potential discrepancies — particularly those that involve the bones of a home, such as doorways, ceiling beams or interior columns. It’s one thing to reorient a window on paper; it’s another entirely to move it after installation.

Try to have all household members present at the outset. Having everyone’s input from the get-go helps to avoid potential conflicts down the road. If a spouse or loved one objects to a certain colour or reveals that he or she just can’t part with Granny’s antique dining table, it’s easiest to work out those issues right away.

Ask the designer to clarify billing procedures. Find out at the beginning when you’ll be charged and what for. In addition to the design itself, you may be billed for travel time, site visits, shopping, phone conversations and more. This way, you’ll be able to anticipate fairly closely what and when to pay.


Source: How to work with an Interior Designer

Contact us at Wills Furniture by phone on 03 9815 0111 and arrange an appointment to visit our showroom. By all means bring your Interior Designer and we are more than happy for you to review our Wills Furniture Collection at your leisure. We can also recommend a broad range of Interior Designers and Decorators to assist you with your project.

With Wills Furniture, Design Luxury and Comfort always come first. We look forward to hearing from you.

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