Apartment Smart, NZ Herald, 16 February 2011

I have just bought an apartment with a huge living space which I needed because I will be living and working here. I am about to sort out furniture for the space but I wanted to consult a design person about how best to configure the pieces. I would like a big table to work at, and eat at, I would like some comfortable seating for when I’m taking a break and entertaining. I am just very concerned that I keep the various functions as separate as I can, so that I relax when in the sitting area and switch off. There is a huge wall I can put a screen in, if I want down time. I do have a...

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Apartment Smart, NZ Herald, 11 August 2010

I am a new bachelor and have found a beautiful character apartment in town to live in. This is going to be my bachelor pad.  I want a big screen and the odd leather armchair. But I don’t want a woman to come in here and think “I could never live here”, so I want there to be some touches which would appeal to them as well. What would you recommend? Here are some ideas to make your pad a little more welcoming for female guests. Try to avoid making your large screen the focal point of your lounge. If you can recess it into the wall do so and, when entertaining, hang a large mirror or...

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Apartment Smart, NZ Herald, 24 February 2010

I am tempted to buy an apartment after years of doing up houses and selling them. My only fear is that I would find an apartment too bland. Do you know anyone who completely changes their apartment’s look every couple of years? And what sort of changes can you make to give it a completely different feel? Have to fear apartments offer a great opportunity to be something way more than bland. There are plenty of options to create different spaces even without changing walls. While moving walls would be great fun body corporate rules and council regulations may not be. There is still much that...

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Modern…

“I wanted up to date colours to move me out of the 70′s and thought I could do it on my own but the choices didn’t seem to work. Karen’s training pointed me in the right direction so that carpet and paint colours in different areas work together. I have the more modern look I wanted and have moved the colours of my home into the present.”
– Colleen, Epsom

Elegant and classy…

“We started with a tired, worn apartment and with Karen’s knowledge and guidance on colour, product and placement, ended up with a very elegant and classy result that we are very proud of.”
– Character CBD apartment, Auckland

The result we wanted…

“Karen’s professional advice and approach produced exactly the result we wanted. Our 1960′s home now has a contemporary look and still feels like home. The new kitchen looks clean and modern. She sourced excellent choices of appliances and lights. Her advice on the whole design process produced an excellent result and all of our friends have commented on how great it looks.”
– Larraine and David, Northcote