Amanda Ayres has taken an unconventional path to the world of interior design and she doesn’t mind admitting that this type of work was not always part of the plan. With a natural aptitude for numbers and problem solving, she started out with an undergraduate degree in Commerce at the University of Melbourne which led to a corporate career in personal finance.
But there was always a desire for more learning, so when the opportunity presented itself to study Interior Design and Decoration at RMIT in Melbourne, she look a leap. This course became the pathway to establishing her own property styling and furniture hire business, which grew into a highly successful and sought-after service in inner Melbourne.
Property Styling proved to be the perfect training ground for learning and mastering the skills all interior designers need, but can rarely be taught in a classroom – hands on experience working on hundreds of spaces to really master the art of space planning, furniture layouts and learning how different colours and materials work together. These projects were often completed on tight deadlines with limited budgets, so intuitive design and resourcefulness became second nature and have become some of the most valuable skills in her business.
As a sole practitioner in her interior design business, Amanda has remained close to each and every project and this has fostered a strong connection with the clients and the experience of building and renovating. The problems and challenges that homeowners were faced with during the construction of their homes needed a new approach and a new solution, and this was the foundation for the Dream Build Studio project.
“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.