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Living room of a stylist: Saša’s modern take on tradition

We love getting the inside scoop from our stylists, and this time we asked one of our favourites, Saša Antić, to create a living room from scratch.
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A portrait of interior stylist Sasa Antic.
Saša Antić is an interior stylist and set designer with “a burning love for all kinds of art. Since the beginning of my career I’ve avoided the word ‘trend.’ For me, interior design is all about inspiration and function. My job is to bring about curiosity in others, and hopefully encourage them to try something new.”
Before he begins his journey with any room, Saša “let’s the room speak” to get an idea of what he feels would work best. Next, he sets a plan for the colours of the walls, ceiling, and furniture, so they come together nicely. Lastly, he throws out the idea of compact living and goes in with an attitude of having “all the space in the world.”
“There really is no right or wrong. There’s just you and your instinct.”
Saša Antić, Interior Stylist and Set Designer
Start by laying the foundation of your space with colour. Don’t worry about choosing bold hues; if you stick within the same colour scheme, you’ll end up with a much more harmonious feeling.
Where did Saša find inspiration? “Madonna’s old house in Beverly Hills. It was once owned by Bugsy Malone,” he says. “Working with an ochre base feels very natural for me. I like to start there and build out with terracotta, green, and blue. The added stripes give a touch of Scandinavian influence: graphic and playful! And just because I love colour doesn’t mean I also don’t love neutrals like white, black, and gray. Mix it up!”
Saša even added a bit of his own artwork to the walls. Learn how to create your own canvas here.
A brightly coloured living room with ochre walls is burnished with a red sofa and ottomans.
A stand-alone wall with a workspace sits in teh middle of a living room.
“My living room is an all-in-one sort of space. It’s where I sketch new ideas, binge-watch shows on my laptop, read, slumber on the sofa, and entertain friends.” To meet all of his many needs, Saša created a freestanding wall to divide the space and create the feeling of several rooms in one.
One side functions as a creative workspace, with plenty of storage, while the other side is perfect for movie night with friends. Just pull down the roller blind, grab you popcorn, and start the flick.
Always show off your favourite things. Pedestals at different heights can give a more dramatic feel, plus they’re easily moved around the room and can be grouped together or apart to create beautiful still lives. Keep the displays going with shelves that can be arranged like puzzle pieces, colourful side tables, and plant stands.
A plant stand, a side table, pedestals, and wall cabinets display decorative items and plants.
“I really don’t want to be remembered as a conventional guy.”
Saša Antić, Interior Stylist and Set Designer
A brightly coloured living room with ochre walls is burnished with a red sofa and armchairs.
”Freedom has always been a word that I’ve carried with me since childhood. Maybe that’s why I don’t follow any rules except for my own.” Go with what feels organic. For Saša that means furniture that doesn’t necessarily line up straight with the walls. Why not place the sofa on an angle or in the centre of the room? Pick pieces of furniture, like lightweight armchairs, ottomans, side tables, and pedestals that can be easily moved around the space according to your mood and needs.
We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.
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Interior stylist: Saša Antić
Photographer: Andrea Papini
Writer: Vanessa Algotsson