Frequently asked questions
What’s the design process like?
When it comes to working with my clients, I involve you as much as possible. It’s a team effort. When you hire me as your designer, you can trust that I’m always working on and thinking about your project, and that I’ll include you in every phase. We’ll go to all the relevant showrooms together, and meet regularly.
I’ll show you the sample boards, computer-generated drawings, plans and elevations for your approval. I’ll also select all the fabrics and furniture for your approval too. At the same time, you can show me images of furniture or designs that you like, and I’ll guide you to make the best decisions.
At the start of the job, even before I have established the brief or begun the concept/design phase, I lovingly but firmly discourage “shopping” independently of me, as that can affect the design process.
As an interior designer my job includes designing the interiors, such as kitchens, bathrooms, all joinery, selection of finishes, such as tiles, flooring, furniture and lighting layouts, the selection of all lights, carpets, rugs and soft furnishings (upholstered furniture, other furniture, curtains, beds).
What kinds of projects do you work on?
I work on both residential and commercial projects, and I love working with a team of people.
I’m often engaged in interior design services for projects such as: large houses, kitchens, bathrooms, exteriors, concept design, furniture selection, artwork selection, window coverings, reupholstering and more.
If I am doing a whole house renovation or build I often work with an architect as I see our jobs as being complementary to each other, as we have different strengths. We are both needed to achieve a beautiful outcome.
For artwork selection, I often call in professional art dealers who are excellent at what they do, and know all about art and the artists, both locally in Australia and overseas.
What’s your style like?
My style is quite diverse, but the commonality is that I want the outcome to be one of luxury, sophistication, comfort, texture, good proportions, layering of textures and colour, through the use of fabrics, wallpaper, paint and more.
Ultimately, all of my work is about beauty, sophistication and comfort.
How long does it usually take to do a whole house?
This will depend on a few elements, such as how many rooms you engage me to design, or if it’s a whole home or office. To get started, we will meet, discuss your vision and needs, and then decide if we’d like to work together. Then we’ll go through the brief, move into the concept phase, then onto the designing phase for your approval, then council approval (if needed), the timing of which, we can’t control.
The timing of any building process varies… but on average the whole process from meeting new clients to installation is about 1-2 years, sometimes more and other times less, depending on the scale of the project.
To re-furnish a home from start to finish is usually about 5-8 months, as some furniture is bespoke and some is imported.