Ask RiotACT: Interior designer recommendations

Thailand71 24 October 2016 6
Ask RiotACT

Hubby and I have a late-70s brick veneer house that was renovated about ten years ago, before we bought it. We like the house, location and neighbors and want to stay there.

Now we have paid a significant portion off the mortgage we are able to put some money into making the interior look a bit more ‘ours’ rather than a hodgepodge of two combined households.

We can handle painting and minor repairs ourselves but neither of us have any idea about best use of space. When we moved in we just plonked furniture wherever it landed!

We don’t want our house to look staged or like it isnt lived in. We don’t want to throw out 100% of our belongings to start again. We do need help using our space better and identifying the best places to invest our money in cosmetic touches and furniture.

Suggestions of helpful professionals would be much appreciated.

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6 Responses to Ask RiotACT: Interior designer recommendations
PollyKatie PollyKatie 7:12 pm 10 Dec 17

I would recommend Melinda Boag Interior Design without hesitation. Melinda is very experienced and great to deal with. We have used her services for two projects and have been totally happy with the results for both of them. This year she did the design work for a major renovation of our home which included two bathrooms and a large kitchen/family area. The results are stylish and practical and have given our house a huge lift. As well as designing the new rooms, Melinda also helped us choose all the appliances and finishes and drew plans for new furniture to make the most of the new layout. We couldn’t possibly have come up with anything so good by ourselves and are really glad we chose Melinda to do the job.

Postalgeek Postalgeek 9:10 pm 01 Nov 16

Depending on the style you’re after, we used Nadine of Journey Home Interior Design (we were after a classic/traditional style for an older building). Lovely person, great to deal with, meticulous attention to detail and a beautiful result for us. She can also curate your existing furniture, art and objects.

crackerpants crackerpants 12:07 pm 01 Nov 16

Another vote for Catherine Henderson. She also teaches an 8 week “interior design for everyone” course at CIT which might help you develop your own ideas, and understand some of the basic principles. Good luck!

Maryann Mussared Maryann Mussared 8:30 pm 31 Oct 16

Canberra actually has lots of really talented people who can probably help you, but it can be an expensive business, so make sure you are not bedazzled by the vision of someone you have only just met. Do your homework, cut out things you like from magazines and make up your own ‘story-board’ before you meet with designers – and you will need to talk to more than one.

canberra_INK canberra_INK 10:56 pm 29 Oct 16

Kylie Allan. She works at the ‘design and tilehouse’ in Fyshwick or u can find her on facebook.

Zan Zan 4:36 pm 29 Oct 16

You could try Catherine Henderson, a friend of mine. Does not have a website but you can see some info here

Hope that helps.

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