Women we love Napier in­te­ri­orde­sign duo Bibby + Brady

In­te­rior de­sign duo Bibby + Brady have al­ready made a name for them­selves with their in­spi­ra­tional ap­proach to decor

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - In­ter­view by Fiona Ralph. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Florence Charvin.

Hawke’s Bay-based in­te­rior de­sign­ers Vic Bibby and Dael Brady of Bibby + Brady have gone from ca­reers in graphic de­sign and event man­age­ment to run­ning a suc­cess­ful in­te­rior de­sign firm that trans­forms homes and busi­nesses into beau­ti­ful spaces for a range of clients. We asked Vic about the story be­hind their brand.

How did you two meet and why did you de­cide to go into busi­ness to­gether? We met in 2010 when our daugh­ters started pri­mary school to­gether. A cou­ple of years later, when Dael had just fin­ished study­ing in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing, she in­vited me out for cof­fee and sug­gested we start a busi­ness to­gether.

When did you start the busi­ness? It was late 2012 when we caught up for that event­ful cof­fee and started plan­ning the busi­ness. In Jan­u­ary 2013 we

got our first client, a fam­ily home in Tama­here. This is still a favourite project of ours. We worked with the client room by room through­out most of their house, and have re­cently started work­ing with them again as they com­plete a ma­jor ex­ten­sion to the house.

What were you do­ing be­fore you started the busi­ness? I had a di­ploma in vis­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­sign and had worked for over 10 years as a graphic de­signer in ad­ver­tis­ing. After the pur­chase of our sec­ond home I be­came quite pas­sion­ate about in­te­rior de­sign and be­gan an in­te­ri­ors blog, Cush & Nooks, purely as a cre­ative out­let. I spent my evenings and week­ends writ­ing the blog and, al­though it wasn’t my ini­tial in­ten­tion, steady re­quests for me to pro­mote and ad­ver­tise other busi­nesses meant I was able to turn the blog into a busi­ness.

And what about Dael? Dael had spent many years trav­el­ling and had worked in the UK in event man­age­ment. She thrived in a role that allowed her to li­aise with many dif­fer­ent peo­ple and fol­low strict time­lines and bud­gets. With the birth of their first child im­mi­nent, Dael and her hus­band de­cided to re­turn to New Zealand. Dael found her­self in a po­si­tion to re­train and, after own­ing and ren­o­vat­ing sev­eral houses in Hawke’s Bay, de­cided to study in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing.

Was it hard to make the move from your pre­vi­ous role? In­te­rior de­sign and graphic de­sign have a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties so the move be­tween the two was quite a nat­u­ral step for me. Al­though I am much hap­pier in the world of in­te­ri­ors (it truly is my pas­sion), I wouldn’t change the ca­reer start I had, as hav­ing a back­ground in graph­ics has been in­valu­able for our busi­ness. Dael’s skills in event man­age­ment and in­te­rior de­sign com­ple­ment each other re­ally well. Armed with great com­mu­ni­ca­tion, time man­age­ment and bud­get­ing skills, to­gether with the knowl­edge gleaned from her in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing stud­ies, Dael has be­come an awe­some in­te­rior de­signer.

How do the two of you work to­gether? Dael and I make a great team. She has a tal­ent for mak­ing peo­ple feel at ease and she’s bril­liant at man­ag­ing all of our projects. We have the same de­sign aes­thetic but think quite dif­fer­ently, which is great for bounc­ing ideas around and mak­ing sure we come up with the best de­sign so­lu­tions.

What projects do you most en­joy work­ing on?

Our favourite projects are full house ren­o­va­tions or new-builds, as it’s im­por­tant that the de­sign flows co­he­sively through­out the house rather than just a sin­gle room. We also com­pleted our first restau­rant de­sign at the end of last year, tak­ing it from an empty, crum­bling shell to the fin­ished, fully de­signed fit-out. We re­ally en­joyed the chal­lenge of project man­ag­ing such a big job and would love to take on sim­i­lar

com­mer­cial projects in the fu­ture. Bou­tique Airbnb rentals have be­come an­other of our spe­cial­i­ties.

Do you have any plans for your busi­ness in the com­ing year? This is a big year for us. As we’re grow­ing, it’s im­por­tant that we can of­fer a full de­sign ser­vice, so we’re ex­cited to have a fan­tas­tic in­te­rior ar­chi­tect now work­ing with us. This means we can of­fer 3D ren­der­ing, CAD draw­ings, draft­ing and we can sub­mit plans to coun­cil. We re­ally can take your job from start to fin­ish. With the risk of sound­ing cliche, we’re your in­te­rior de­sign one-stop-shop!

We hear you are mov­ing into the re­tail space? We’ll be adding a small re­tail di­vi­sion to our busi­ness and of­fer­ing some of our favourite pieces. There will be a beau­ti­ful New Zealand-made sofa avail­able in a range of colours, cus­tom-made cush­ions, some beau­ti­ful lights that we’ve cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a lo­cal ar­ti­san, wall­pa­per, and a range of art. What is in­spir­ing you in in­te­ri­ors at the mo­ment? After years of ‘less is more’, we’re lov­ing the drama and luxe de­tails com­ing through in fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories. Fring­ing on the bot­tom of vel­vet ot­tomans, con­trast­ing trims on cush­ions, beau­ti­ful rich colours and pat­terned wall­pa­pers.

What do you love about your job? We get to do some­thing we love ev­ery day! We eat, live and breathe in­te­rior de­sign. It doesn’t stop when we walk out of the of­fice at the end of the day, and that’s the way we like it. I am con­stantly in­spired by what I see, read and ex­pe­ri­ence and am al­ways look­ing for ways to trans­late this in­spi­ra­tion into our projects.

What does an or­di­nary day look like for you? Each day is dif­fer­ent, which keeps our job in­ter­est­ing. We usu­ally start with a meet­ing to dis­cuss the day ahead and what each of us have on. Some­times we might be vis­it­ing a client’s home or a sup­plier, or out on a photo shoot; we of­ten have reps vis­it­ing us to show us the lat­est fab­rics, wall­pa­pers, floor­ing etc; and, of course, long hours are spent at our desks de­sign­ing spaces, sourc­ing the per­fect fur­ni­ture piece or prod­uct, and man­ag­ing all of our projects.

De­scribe your ap­proach to in­te­rior de­sign. Our ap­proach is to treat each job as dif­fer­ently as the peo­ple they be­long to. We strive to cre­ate in­di­vid­ual spaces that truly re­flect each client’s life­style and as­pi­ra­tions. We want our de­signs to be beau­ti­ful and in­spi­ra­tional, but also re­laxed and thor­oughly en­joy­able. Al­though each project is dif­fer­ent, we aim for the same end re­sult – a space that makes you want to stay a while.

Vic Bibby (left) and Dael Brady (right) of in­te­rior de­sign firm Bibby + Brady ren­o­vated the kitchen of this Napier char­ac­ter home. “The V-groove cab­i­netry and mar­ble sub­way tiles give a nod to the era of the cot­tage, but in a con­tem­po­rary way,” says Vic.

Vic and Dael worked their magic on Cham­bourcin Cot­tage, an Airbnb in Hau­moana, Hawke’s Bay.

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