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Photographer: Jay Drew

I was commissioned to revitalize the first-floor kitchen, dining and living area of this 1970s home. Despite being sound structurally this dwelling was outdated and the layout disjointed. By removing a wall between the kitchen and lounge the area became an open plan, and these two vital zones were connected. Next the existing kitchen was removed; Ceaserstone benchtops, new cabinetry, appliance’s and tapware transformed this hub. A beautiful Butlers sink is a stunning feature piece, and handle-free cabinetry gives a sleek, modern edge. The owners were thrilled by the engineered timber flooring and an acoustic underlay was installed to limit the noise transferred between floors. Fresh paint, shutters and gorgeous linen curtains and blinds complete the feel of beach luxe. Final touches lay in the lighting update: the amazing Muuto Ambit Rail pendant over the dining table, and pendant lighting in the stairwell, complete the transformation. 

Kathrine McDonald Design
Bay of Plenty
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Kathrine McDonald Design is a small intimate interior design company led by Kathrine herself. With both feet firmly in the interiors market, she has an excellent knowledge of the latest trends, and an insight into where they are going – add this to her belief in the merit of classic style, and you have a designer who can offer the entire remit. With this holistic view of design she is able to help guide her clients not only in their best approach to the project, but she will also reference the best medium for them to use. While some people will want up to the minute styles, others desire a space that simply reflects their personality or their family unit.

There are myriad ways to achieve an end result, and Kathrine believes her position as a designer is to tease out ideas, and realize the dreams of her clients. Whether it is a complete renovation or simply spritzing up a space, she approaches each project with the same vigour, enthusiasm and passion.

By allowing clients to take their projects step by step, Kathrine has found that the overall project becomes far less stressful for the client – indeed the design process becomes an enjoyable experience, and it is this peace of mind and belief in the end result that professional guidance can bring.