Como By Design will be opening to the public from 19-21 October in the historic Victorian Como House, with 23 top Victorian interior designers reimagining each room.

Como House History

Just after the European settlement, Edward Eyre Williams (lawyer and later Judge of the first Supreme Court of Victoria) purchased the land extending from the Yarra River to Toorak Road and built the Como House in 1847. The house is an intriguing mix of Australian Regency and classic Italianate architecture.

Twenty years later, the wealthy pastoralist Charles Armytage bought Como for his wife Caroline and himself. The ballroom wing was added just after and The Armytage family became famous amongst Melbourne high society for their many elegant dances, dinners and receptions for nearly a century. In 1959, Como and its contents were sold by their heirs Constance and Leila to the National Trust.

JAM Interiors have given us a sneak peek into what their bedroom will look like. With safari and jungle vibes, our IKSEL Wallpaper D-Dream will look amazing!

Words with Renee & Maggie – Jam Interiors

How would you describe your work in the room?

We wanted to use the amazing Iksel D-Dream tropical mural wallpaper so we pulled together all the elements that you might find in an interior in the tropics. Our use of hand blocked prints, ikats, colourful stripes, rattan, aged furniture, suede leather, bone, brass, sisal and a colour palette borrowed from Mother Nature come together to create a relaxed and timeless atmosphere.


Where did you find your inspiration to decorate this room?

We were inspired by the wonderful gardens the room overlooks and the opportunity to use the Iksel D-Dream mural wallpaper with palm trees, pineapples, parrots, coconuts and monkeys.


What was the most challenging part of this project?

Working within the constraints of the National Trust is very challenging when working on this historical home but the all the designers are in the same boat.

Inspired by Asian culture, Maine House Interiors chose to decorate the entry of Como with a navy, white & green colour palette, including our Thibaut Asian Scenic wallpaper.

For more information, see the event’s website: