I’m Amanda, interior designer, coach and all-round problem solver.
When I’m not working with families to create their new homes, you can usually find me curled up on the couch with a Hendricks on one side and one of my three kids tucked up next to me on the other.
As a kid of the 80’s, I grew up in a home with floral wallpaper and puffy curtains. My Dad had a thing for cut crystal and Louis XV furniture (all replica of course) but hey, it was the 80s! Needless to say, my interest in interior design didn’t come until much later in life.
As a teenager, I had a thirst for learning and was good with numbers, so when I finished high school, I jumped straight into a commerce degree at the University of Melbourne and went on to further post grad studies to qualify as a financial planning expert working with major banks and advice firms.
Now, while I can’t say my initial career path led me to my dream job, it definitely gave me a keen eye for budgeting and understanding the importance of sound processes. This has been a lifesaver when it comes to designing for real-life clients and managing complex projects, and not something they taught me when I studied interiors at RMIT.
I launched my first business in 2007, styling houses for clients in Melbourne’s inner suburbs. And, if styling hundreds of spaces for some of Australia’s most trendy homeowners taught me anything, it’s that hands-on experience is the only way to truly understand the art of space planning, furniture layouts and styling.
The projects I took on as a property stylist were often completed on tight deadlines with limited budgets. This meant intuitive design and resourcefulness became second nature and are now some of the most valuable skills in my businesses.
Since expanding my services into interior design 10 years ago, I’ve been able to work on a broad portfolio of projects (including a few of my own) and learnt a whole lot about the process of building and renovating. The work I now do is all about sharing these experiences with my clients to help them build the kind of home that they’ve always dreamt of.
I know your house is personal, which is why I take a client focused approach to design, so you can be confident your house will feel like a home and a place you’re going to love living in.
To learn more about my services and find out how we can work together, get in touch here.
“Knowledge is wealth..
Lets share it”
Form and Function cannot exist without the other
It’s like a meat pie and sauce… they should only ever be together.
When working on a tight budget, always invest in the structure of the home first
Nice furniture can be bought later, but nobody wants to be re-building a house because it wasn’t done right in the first place.
Always buy the best quality you can afford
Low quality purchases can be one of the most expensive mistakes you make – you’ll end up spending more time, money and resources in the long run. Look for quality products with a long lifespan, that are good for your health and good for the planet.
Buy less things with bigger impact
Don’t get drawn into the cycle of buying more things to fix a space that was never designed right to start with. A well designed space won’t need you to be constantly buying “more”. Be thoughtful with your purchases and you will need less of them.
Don’t underestimate the importance of scale in a room.
You’ve really got to nail the right room sizes and furniture proportions in order to make the room look and function right… and yes, I have slight OCD tendencies around undersized sofas and artwork…
Mix masculine with feminine, straight lines with curves and hard surfaces with soft fabrics. Balance in a space will make everything feel cohesive and easy on the eye.
If you love colour, then embrace it…
but please don’t add one red cushion or one red feature wall and call it a day. Colour needs to be a considered element in the room scheme and sit comfortably with the other colours and materials in the space. If colours are not your thing, then texture is going to be your friend.
Don’t seek approval from friends and family about your choices
If you don’t consult with them in the morning about what jeans you should put on, then don’t ask their opinion about what colour you should paint your bedroom… unless your friend is an interior designer… and you love what they do… and they offer free advice… if that’s the case, then bleed them dry and get as much free advice as you can.
Get rid of stuff that is no longer serving you
Clutter is not only a visual distraction that can get in the way of you creating your ideal space, but it can also prevent you from moving forward in your life.
Don’t be influenced by trends
Stick with what you love and what reflects your own personality and lifestyle.