WORKING WITH AN INTERIOR DESIGNER
Kate’s main advice for engaging an interior designer is find someone you gel with. “Your interior designer needs to get inside your head and, without being extreme, your life,” says Kate, who hired Alexandra Ponting (Apdesignhouse.com.au) after spending some time getting to know her first. Alexandra, on the other hand, says the best results occur when a designer is given creative licence. “You’ll end up with a design that you didn’t know could exist, and that’s ultimately the reason for hiring a designer,” she says. “It’s also important to have a clear brief and a rough budget for each space.”
Sunny spot The outdoor area sits one level above the street making it a private space to entertain family and friends. Pattern play Subtle, clashing patterns in the custom-made bedhead and soft furnishings lift the master bedroom’s neutral palette. A sculptural bronze lamp from Studio Henry Wilson emits a warm glow at night.