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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 favorites, Saša Antić, to create a living room from scratch.

A brightly colored, creative living room is furnished with a stand-alone wall and work station in the center of the room.
A brightly colored, creative living room is furnished with a stand-alone wall and work station in the center of the room.

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 says he’ll “listen to the room speak” to get an idea of what he feels would work best. Next, he sets a plan for the colors 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.”

Start by laying the foundation of your space with color. Don’t worry about choosing bold hues; if you stick within the same color 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 color 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. 

There really is no right or wrong. There’s just you and your instinct.

Saša Antić, Interior Stylist and Set Designer

“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, sleep 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 favorite 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, colorful side tables, and plant stands.

“I really don’t want to be remembered as a conventional guy.”

Saša Antić, Interior Stylist and Set Designer

”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 center 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 warranties and your right to return the products will be lost.

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Interior stylist: Saša Antić
Photographer: Andrea Papini
Writer: Vanessa Algotsson