We create homes our clients are proud to live in
someone who appreciates a beautifully decorated home but just don’t have the time to dedicate to planning your new home?
Wanting to save money on furniture
Want to save on furniture purchases or have something custom made to suit a specific spot in the house? We pass on our trade discounts to clients and have plenty of contacts in the industry to make your furniture dreams happen!
Home reno show junkie
spend your evenings scrolling through Pinterest pinning your dream home while sitting on your tatty old sofa that’s seen better days?
A young family
dragging the kids all over the city looking at homewares and furniture stores on the weekends.
First Home Buyers
who have moved from a two bedroom rental into your first family home in the burbs and suddenly have so many extra rooms to furnish you just don’t know where to start?!
Empty Nesters Downsizing
the kid’s have flown the coup and you’re selling the family home to move into an easier to manage home but can’t bring the old furniture with you because it won’t work in the new place?
live alone and need a second opinion on your design and decorating ideas to make sure you’re on the right track before committing to your purchases?
Our sole focus when working with you to decorate your home is to create a home that is reflective of you (and whoever you live with). We offer one-on-one specialised advice specific to you and your needs.
You’ll receive access to professional know-how as well as being able to tap into a huge furniture supplier base that work specifically with interior decorators and designers only.
We’re there to hold your hand throughout the process and help you make decisions that will result in a beautiful home you’re proud to live in.
WORK SMARTER WITH US
Organising all the little nitty gritty details required for your home is no easy feat. Chances are you already know this and feel overwhelmed which is why you’ve found yourself on our website.
We’ve spent over a decade perfecting our systems and processes for our projects. Not just internally for our design team to work smoothly together but also for everyone involved in your project (your partner, your kids, your builder, your tradies, your architect etc). Efficient systems get the job done.
Our design team will work to incorporate as much of your personality as possible into your home. We involve you in all steps along the way to really draw our your interior design style.
We present you with an extensive interior design scheme document including the relevant info relating to your project which allows you to visualise your completed project. Depending on the scale of your project, this includes:
- Mood Boards
- Product Details & Descriptions
- Floor Plan Layouts
- Joinery Sketches
- Shopping List & Budget
Our design team uses customised software to deliver your project to you which means all your project information is housed in one place to track and trace throughout the project. No more hunting through your inbox for all your project information.
Our system allows you to approve purchases, see what’s been ordered, furniture delivery statuses, product pricing at a glance and even allows you to leave feedback and communicate all in one place.
We have carefully crafted our little black book of interior design suppliers and trade contacts.
We work hard on our supplier relationships to secure you the best product pricing and custom furniture options. Most designers won’t get the access to pricing and wide product ranges that we do. This means we will create a really unique design for your home you literally can’t get anywhere else.
Not only are we known for our design aesthetic but also our efficiency when it comes to working on your home.
Our smooth processes and systems mean we get to the end result in a timely fashion and as stress-free as possible.
We love to collaborate with our clients to create a beautiful space reflective of their personality with a signature EB Studio touch.
Our goal when working with all new clients is to create interiors for elevated everyday living.
We are known for being practical with our choices so they suits everyone who uses the space yet exude an elegance and beauty reflective of you.
We make the interior decorating process as stress-free and fun as possible with our tried and tested service systems and processes.
What our clients say about working with us
Thank you so much for everything and the support. You’ve been so amazing to work with and have made what’s usually a very dreaded situation (moving) a very exciting one!
“Setting up a new apartment for someone like me with very little experience in style and no knowledge of what is available seemed a difficult and uncomfortable task, and it was super important that the kids had a comfortable “home” to live in when they are with me. Mission accomplished … so thanks again!”
“Why should you hire the studio: go above and beyond, quick responses to emails, practical, chic and stylish design, overall lovely team to work with, warm, dedicated and engaging! I’m convinced they are actually a decorating wizards!”
“We received all of our furniture today, OMG it’s perfect! So in love with what you have done for us and can’t thank you enough!”
“Thank you very much for all your work on the design mood boards you created for me. I absolutely love the furniture and other designs you’ve chosen for me and can’t wait to see it all come together.”
Have a question?
How much does an interior designer cost?
The most commonly asked question we get would have to be this one. It’s a tricky one to answer with a definitive number because, just like the question “how long is a piece of string”, each house is different and each client’s needs and wants are different too.
A general guide is as follows:
Step 1: Initial Consult in your home
This is where you start off with an initial consultation where we each get to know each other and decipher your style and tastes. We chat about how you use the space, who else uses the space, what your hopes and dreams are for the house and any other important elements. We also run through any questions your tradespeople may have for you that you aren’t confident answering without a professional opinion. The initial consultation should last anywhere from an hour to two hours. It’s a nice little discovery session and you aren’t obligated to continue with the services after this meeting if you don’t feel it’s a good connection. If your designer or decorator is offering free initial consultations, I’d be pretty wary of this, they need to be valuing their time in order for you to feel like you are getting great, quality service and advice.
Step 2: Design Concepts
After that first meeting, you will be emailed a Scope of Work document. This is a few pages of information about how many hours are required to complete the design selections, draw up floor plans, source and specific design elements etc etc. Each decorator and designer will bill differently for this service, some price it based on square meterage of the rooms, others have a flat fee per room and then there’s hourly billing. We work by the hour and always quote up front so my client’s never receive any nasty surprises and we’re both on the same page. If you’re worried about how many hours your project is going to take, most decorators can give you a rough price outline to help you budget. Expect to pay between $130-$300 per hour for this. If you have existing furniture in your rooms and only need a few bits and pieces here and there then your decorator will only need a couple of hours to complete this. If you need an entire home from scratch, you’ll probably be looking at about 20+ hours.
What is a design concept you ask…? It’s a mood board (also known as a design concept board), a floor plan layout and a design action plan (like a to do list) to show you how the whole process is going to be executed. You’re paying for the decorators time to create these magical documents for you. The decorator has spent countless hours crafting and honing their skills in order to do this for you in the time that they are charging so you’re getting all that expertise rolled into one price.
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Step 3: Furniture Purchasing
Once you have finalised the overall design concepts and you’re happy to proceed with the furniture purchases, your decorator or designer will facilitate this process for you and you can sit back and wait for all the goodies to arrive at your doorstep. Some decorators will pass on their trade discounts to their clients saving you on average about 30% off the recommended retail price. Not all decorators do this (we do).
Step 4: Final Once Over
If you’re confident placing the furniture around the rooms you’re welcome to skip this step, however it’s advised that you have your decorator or designer pop out again to put all the furniture in the right place, fluff up the cushions the right way (yes, there’s a wrong way) and make your home look fabulous! Many of our clients watch us do this step and say “I’ve learnt so much from watching you put the room together today!”. You can expect to pay between $90 - $150 per hour for this service. Oh and if you work with us, we ALWAYS bring flowers to add that lovely fresh finishing touch!
So, all in all, hiring a decorator or designer…….
- Saves you time…..and money – outsourcing to someone who already knows where to shop and what the products look like means you don’t have to spend countless weekends at the Supa Centa trying to figure out what lamp shade works with your lounge room.
Saves your marriage/relationship….. – don’t tell us you’ve never fought with your partner about sofa fabric choices, paint colours or how many cushions should be allowed on the bed. Having a professional guide you with your decorating choices can save a lot of deliberation time (code for arguing about kitchen tiles).
- Gives you access to quality trades – decorators usually have a whole list of trades they can recommend for jobs you don’t have time to research and hire for.
- Gives you access to quality products – that you wouldn’t ordinarily have access too as decorators work with a lot of furniture wholesalers who won’t deal with the general public.
- Gives you a finished product you’ll absolutely love – our job at the end of the day is to create a beautiful, real and functional home for you and your family so that walking in the door each day makes you smile.
What can an interior decorator help me do?
We often joke that we come into a clients house and wave my magic wand and leave. While it’s not really magic, our clients always tell us they could never have done it on their own.
We are your sounding board throughout the project, however long that might be! Some clients we work with for 4 weeks to speedily set up their home, others we've been working with for 3+ years across various rooms & renovations or new homes.
The general services an interior decorator can help with is furniture planning, ie. working out what items should go where. That could be with the furniture you already have, buying entirely new items or both. We also help source the right pieces to fit with the overall vision for the space. If you’ve been hunting for the perfect navy blue velvet armchair for years with no luck, chances are your interior designer can make it happen for you. We can coordinate custom pieces of furniture like bedheads with specific detailing or fabric or help you purchase off the shelf items from retail stores. A good interior designer will use your budget wisely!
Interior designers can also help work out colour schemes for your wall paint, exterior walls and design schemes for your bathrooms and kitchens. We also have access to a range of tradespeople to make it all happen too so it’s a wise idea to get a designer on board for their contacts as well as their brains!
Can interior designers give better discounts than retail stores?
Yes, in many instances interior designers get better rates on furniture, decor, art and soft furnishings than you can. That’s because we tap into a large network of suppliers who don’t sell to the general public so you’d never be able to purchase at those prices yourself.
Most interior designers will pass on their trade discounts to their clients which you can expect will save you anywhere from 10-40% off the recommended retail price. That goes a long way to covering the cost of your designers fees too. (We pass on trade pricing wherever possible).
I think I’m on the right path but need a professional opinion. Can you just consult and then I go shopping myself?
Yes absolutely you can! The initial consultation is your chance to pick our brains for any design decisions you might be pondering, then if you feel confident enough to go out and make the selections yourself then you’re most welcome to or we can quote to complete the sourcing for you.
What questions should I ask my builder before they start work?
We work with clients at various stages of the renovation and building process so we're often liaising with the builder on design decisions but if you’re keen to project manage the process yourself after we’ve worked together on the finishes and fixtures (bath taps, wall colours, kitchen benchtops etc) then you could consider asking the following questions of your builder:
- When do you need all design decisions by?
- How do you prefer we communicate all design elements?
- How long will the process take?
- Do you order the fixtures and finishes or do you prefer the client to?
I’ve never renovated before, can you come tile and paint shopping with me?
I can’t work out how to furnish certain rooms. Can you just work on a few rooms and not the entire house?
Sure! We typically work on lounge rooms, bedrooms, outdoor areas and entryways when it comes to decorating but every client has different things bugging them so the order or priority is always different for each client. You can choose as many or as little rooms as you like.
Can you work with different ranges of budgets?
Yes! We work to a wide variety of budgets. We have access to a very expansive network of suppliers who offer products at a range of prices so we work with you to plan out your budget and select accordingly. We provide you with a budget spreadsheet tool we've custom made to help take the guess work out of budgeting.
What if I don’t know my budget?
That’s a-okay! We have a budgeting template we can share with you to help you identify where to spend and where to save when purchasing new furniture. Or if there are certain stores you’ve shopped at in the past (West Elm, Freedom, Domayne, Coco Republic etc) then we can work to those prices.
Do I need to do my entire house or can you just help with bits and pieces per room?
We often help clients with one or two rooms rather than designing the entire house. Sometimes our clients have already purchased a number of big ticket items and just need help bringing it together so if that’s the case we work on an hourly basis to pick out those final pieces for you.
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