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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 (Apde­sign­ 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.

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