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‘When you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.’ Donna White

A career in design was inevitable!

Born into a family with artistic and creative talents, I was no exception and from a very early age developed a passion for design.

Where it all started…

My career began with the establishment of a small company producing New Zealand manufactured high quality bed linen. This venture is what first sparked my interest in interior design and desire to learn more, and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend part time courses here in New Zealand.

These courses gave me a broad overview of the discipline, but more importantly allowed me to immerse myself into the creative world of interior design, thus cementing my decision for a professional design career. It was at this point in time that I knew if I was ever going to achieve my full potential as a professional interior designer, then I needed a formal qualification.

London calling!

In 2000 I left New Zealand and began studying full time at the Inchbald School of Architectural Interior Design in London which is affiliated with the University of Wales.

I’m proud to say I loved every minute of it and graduated with a post graduate diploma in Architectural Interior Design. I am one of the few New Zealanders to have received this qualification from this prestigious design school.

If I proceed to Dissertation, I am eligible for distinction.

Working in Europe…

I chose to stay in the UK and take advantage of the many diverse project opportunities on offer. During this time I gained immense experience and undertook a number of incredibly exciting commissions including a 50-room Spanish Hunting Lodge (formerly owned by the King of Spain, now owned by a member of British Aristocracy). I also undertook a conversion of a redundant 18th century church into a contemporary home, and a child’s playroom for the children of a Saudi Prince. My final project was the complete interior refurbishment, to a high specification, of a £5m country home in Surrey, working with leading British Architect, Colin Smith.

Back in New Zealand

Following my arrival in 2005, I quickly established myself as a designer with a difference my philosophy being ‘Classic Design with a Twist’.

In 2008 I was accepted as a Professional Member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand (PDINZ).

Acknowledgement for my work

For three consecutive years I have been a finalist in the Dulux colour awards in both commercial and residential categories in a competition open to both architects and designers throughout Australia and New Zealand.

I have also been a finalist in the New Zealand House and Garden Best Interior awards in the categories of Best Living Room and Best Bathroom.

Today, I am pleased to say that I continue to follow my passion and offer my clients a full service of interior design from my Auckland base. I am an active member of several design syndicates and a regular contributing columnist for the interior design magazine ‘Renovate’.

I hope you enjoy my website.

Kindest regards,