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Creating beautiful, functional interior spaces that respect the earth.

  • $ 48.00  / hr
  • Christchurch
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As an interior designer, I have worked on a number of projects, from small renovations to large-scale, high-end developments. I approach each design with a design process that considers the needs of my clients and minimises environmental impact without sacrificing aesthetics or functionality. I am based in Christchurch, however, I work remotely on projects across New Zealand and can travel to site for larger scale projects when required.

Overview of interior design services (read more):

Colour Consultancy

Selecting paint colours, wall treatments, flooring throughout, kitchen and bathroom cabinetry finishes and fitting specifications.

Kitchen Design

Complete kitchen design from spatial layout to cabinetry drawings, selecting cabinetry finishes, handles, benchtops and appliances.

Bathroom Design

Complete bathroom design from spatial layout to cabinetry drawings, selecting cabinetry finishes, handles, benchtops and plumbing fittings.

Furniture Package

Space planning and furniture selection and custom furniture design options, accessories and artwork for residential and commercial spaces.

Window Treatment Package

Selecting fabrics and finishes for drapes, blinds and shutters for residential and commercial spaces.

Retail Design Proposal

Translating brand identities into an interior design scheme, selecting finishes and fittings, visual merchandising and custom cabinetry displays.


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Window Treatment Package

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Intermediate Interior Designer

  •  Feb 2021 - Present

Intermediate Interior Designer: With over five years of experience as an interior designer, I handle the design experience from beginning to end, working closely with the client to determine their design solutions, dealing directly with contractors and suppliers and delivering detailed technical drawings for construction. I am skilled at selecting finishes and fittings and creating a complete interior scheme to suit the client's design budget in both residential and retail settings.

Interior Design Consultant

  •  Aug 2020 - Feb 2021

Soft Furnishings Consultant: This six-month contract involved meeting with clients onsite to conduct a site measure and discuss window treatment and/or furniture and accessory options. Following the consultation, I was responsible for quoting the client for the job and managing the production with a high level of communication to ensure the job ran smoothly and the client's brief was delivered. It required creative problem-solving and design flare to create a tailored service and provide them with a unique and statement space.

Junior Interior Designer

  •  Jun 2018 - Aug 2020

New Home Colour Consultant: This involved building a rapport with clients and helping them choose colour schemes, textures, finishes, and kitchen and bathroom finishes fixtures for their new home within a curated collection of options. After the client meeting, I translated my selection into a schedule of finishes for onsite tradespeople to use, including flooring markups, tile layouts, finishes plan and a schedule of fittings.

Junior Interior Designer: As a junior designer, I assisted senior designers with project presentations and created schedules and meeting notes. I also liaised directly with high-profile clients and worked closely with tradespeople and suppliers researching new products for the lead designers.


Master of Design (Spatial Design)

  •  Auckland University of Technology
  •  Feb 2021 - Sep 2022

This creative practice research project investigates the mortality, or the temporary nature, of our built environments and interior surfaces to understand how designing within a historical fabric grounds the spatial experience of time and place. By rethinking the temporal narratives of the hotel interior, we could reduce the need for them to be rebuilt so frequently and instead create a meaningful experience for hotel visitors.

The term mortal interior has come to define a practice-led methodology that likens the material temporality of the hotel interior to that of our own bodies. Conceptual methods of revealing the historical fabric of the host building, dressing an interior skin and wearing a material flesh are employed to challenge how a boutique hotel interior can respond to the historic fabric of an existing building and contextualise the ephemeral hotel space.

As a case study in the mortal interior, this research proposes the conversion of “The Windsor Castle,” a currently vacant heritage building dating from the 1850s in Parnell, Auckland, for a new boutique hotel.

View the full thesis design project here: https://openrepository.aut.ac.nz/items/904e3e2b-b318-4386-9b3b-b422463b0953

Bachelor of Design and Contemporary Arts

  •  Unitec
  •  Feb 2015 - Nov 2017

Diploma in Interior Design and Decorating

  •  The Interior Design Institute
  •  Feb 2019 - Nov 2019