Augusta Margaret River Times - - Summer In And Around Your Home -

Bus­sel­ton’s Ebony Haythorn­th­waite, a renowned in­te­rior de­signer, is en­joy­ing her role as a colour con­sul­tant with the Ven­tura Homes team. Ebony be­came known in the de­sign in­dus­try in 2015 for her time on the Chan­nel 9 ren­o­va­tion se­ries The Block, which she com­pleted with her brother Luke. The se­ries re­sulted with the WA duo com­ing sec­ond in the com­pe­ti­tion. Ebony’s love for in­te­rior de­sign and ren­o­vat­ing started af­ter she com­pleted her high school ed­u­ca­tion. Af­ter work­ing in phar­macy for two years she de­cided to see where her pas­sion for colour, de­sign and tex­ture could take her, which led to her study­ing In­te­rior De­sign & Dec­o­ra­tion in Bun­bury. In 2011 she was awarded the In­te­rior De­sign Dux of her grad­u­at­ing year, ce­ment­ing her be­lief that in­te­rior de­sign was the ca­reer path for her. Af­ter com­plet­ing her stud­ies she worked lo­cally in the Bus­sel­ton area, hon­ing her skills and de­sign knowl­edge. Dur­ing her time work­ing in Bus­sel­ton she had many roles that in­cluded in­te­rior de­signer, colour con­sul­tant and vis­ual mer­chan­diser. Her pas­sion for de­sign and her thirst for knowl­edge led her to Perth, where she was em­ployed at a large fur­ni­ture and de­sign show­room and learnt new de­sign skills. Ebony was able to par­tic­i­pate in many styling for re-sale projects, com­mer­cial fitouts and large-scale res­i­den­tial projects; each with their own chal­lenges and re­wards. “In 2015 the op­por­tu­nity to be a con­tes­tant on The Block arose and my brother Luke and I were ju­bi­lant but ner­vous about the chal­lenge,” Ebony said. Their de­ter­mi­na­tion, team­work and ‘nev­er­give-up’ at­ti­tude was a piv­otal as­pect of their part­ner­ship. Dur­ing the 12-week project they were able to suc­cess­fully ren­o­vate an en­tire level of a run­down Mel­bourne ho­tel in South Yarra, cre­at­ing a lux­ury in­ner-city apart­ment with a 360 de­gree view of Mel­bourne. Their apart­ment sold for $2.2 mil­lion at auc­tion which was one of the most nail­bit­ing in the show’s his­tory. Com­plet­ing The Block gave both Ebony and Luke the con­fi­dence and op­por­tu­nity to start their own busi­nesses. Ebony moved to Mel­bourne for fur­ther de­sign ex­pe­ri­ence, be­fore be­ing lured back to pic­turesque Bus­sel­ton to launch her own de­sign com­pany The Vi­sion­ary Co, which has now been run­ning for over a year. Her time in Mel­bourne fur­thered her knowl­edge and pas­sion for de­sign and she was able to create solid re­la­tion­ships with like-minded in­te­rior lovers in the in­dus­try. Ven­tura Homes of­fers all clients a free colour con­sul­ta­tion with Ebony. Each client is able to meet with Ebony to talk through their ‘vi­sion’ for their dream home. To­gether they dis­cuss in­te­rior and ex­te­rior se­lec­tions, en­sur­ing that their unique voice and style is cap­tured within the de­sign. “The process of se­lect­ing tiles, floor­ing and cabi­netry can be over­whelm­ing for most peo­ple,” Ebony said. “The colour con­sul­ta­tion is of­fered to make the pre-start process easy and en­joy­able for ev­ery client. It’s so re­ward­ing be­ing able to as­sist in cre­at­ing a client’s per­fect home.”

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