MAKING YOUR VISION A REALITY

DOWNTOWN CHATS TO INTERIOR DESIGNER, GEORGIE OATES FROM REDCHAIR INTERIORS.

WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL LINE OF WORK?
My work is a far cry from typical. The beauty of being based in a large rural town, every project throws a different style flavour, skill set, or budget! Often designers in larger cities are employed specifically for their unique flair and stamp. When the phone rings for me, it’s like a lucky dip, I never know what the next project is going to involve. From project managing an old farmhouse renovation, to designing a modern new home, from furniture sourcing to full colour selections, from decorating pubs to pre-styling homes for auction… oh, and even writing magazine articles for the infamous Downtown Magazine! So, my untypical day is never dull and yes my office is always chaos!

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Seeing a clients’ face light up when they see their vision become reality. It’s very much a collaborative effort with my clients to be involved and immersed in each stage. I’m there to advise and guide, but the decisions need to be theirs. This makes the whole experience so rewarding. It is fun and exciting exposing my clients to the world of beautiful product and new materials they have never heard of nor seen before. It is the best feeling seeing that smile on their face when they see the finished result, that is what makes me love what I do.

ARE THERE ANY FUN JOBS THAT YOU HAVE DONE LATELY?
I have just completed a multiple bathroom renovation in the New England and now I have severe bathroom envy! Getting rid of a daggy duckling whilst conducting a quick makeover on a local hotel here in Tamworth and I’m currently in design phase of an exciting, modern and fully sustainable residential project. I love scouring for hours over floorplan designs; in fact I am slightly obsessed!

WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS
TO CONSIDER WHEN STARTING A NEW PROJECT?
Listening to my clients and learning what is important to them, their wants, needs, living situations, priorities, direction and expectations. Forming a mutual trust is key and by opening up discussions in detail, it sets a foundation to then give recommendations. Also assessing the flow and function of space, whether it’s an existing premises or still on paper is crucial. Taking note of where windows and doors are situated, ceiling heights, electrical access, paint colours and ultimately what the space is used for.

THE LAST 10 YEARS HAVE BEEN BUSY,
HAVE YOU DEVELOPED YOUR OWN DESIGN PHILOSOPHY?
Absolutely – purpose, soul and longevity! A home is a place for happiness, family, security and comfort, not a showpiece. I am a believer in being trend aware, but not trend-centric. Mixing the current with old treasures to create layers and character, keeps spaces real. Some clients have their comfy zones and others want to be pushed creatively, so it is my job to fulfill their needs. I am designing for them not me.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
There is a mile long list of other Designers and Architects worldwide that inspire me. A few local faves being Fiona Lynch, Meryl Hare, Romy Alwill, Handelsmann & Khaw and Carr Design. I am also secretly obsessed with what New Zealand is bringing to the architectural and design table, Australia is starting to pay attention. There is an undeniable salute to the environment with their use of natural materials, play with textures and the earthy colour palettes. They tend to have a theme that brings honesty and a collected feel to their design approach, which is also very, very cool at the same time.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SECRET TIPS YOU WISH TO SHARE?
Surround yourself with things that make you feel good. Always design for your future as the years fly past quickly and so do your living needs. Classic and timelessness will grow with you. Don’t be matchy, matchy! Mixing old with the new is far more authentic and interesting.

WHY CHOOSE REDCHAIR INTERIORS?
It’s my priority to connect with the clients and present ideas that reflect their needs, lifestyle and brief. Redchair Interiors will help expand and develop your ideas, solve problems, save you time, money and effort, and offer exciting ideas that will help you to arrive at a result that will surprise and exceed your expectations.

* This article was written originally for DOWNTOWN MAGAZINE

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