LUXURY RURAL HOMESTEAD
Our expansive but extremely tired property suited our needs in years gone by. But with the kids out of home, a change in pace + use of the property, we decided to engage an interior designer to transform our home into the new era.
We were gratefully introduced to Kylie by a friend who had previously used Belle Abode Interiors.
The project was managed from DA to concept right through to completion. Belle Abode arranged a builder, site manager + all affiliated trades + services.
Initially we discussed concept ideas with Kylie, giving her a vague idea of what we wanted overall. We didn't specifically know how we wanted our home to look + actually found it quite difficult to conceptualise anything concrete. However, Kylie had some wonderful suggestions + managed to satisfy both mine + my husband's tastes + needs.
We were merely required to authorise some quick decisions along the way, leaving us to carry on with our usual daily routine with little disruption.
We found the whole process hassle free + well organised. Kylie's builder + sub contractors were very polite, considerate, systematic, thorough + the results speak for themselves.
Kylie has a wonderful eye for detail + conveys a passion + enthusiasm when working with her clients. She's also very practical + incredibly tenacious, knowing when to insist on certain elements that she knows will enhance the project for best results. We knew almost immediately we could trust Kylie with our project.
Works carried out included a complete renovation inside + out (new floors, walls, furniture, new kitchen + bathrooms etc... as well as a facelift on the exterior + pool house).
We're absolutely delighted with our new homestead, now an elegant contemporary home that should remain in Vogue for years to come.
Thank you to Kylie + the team at Belle Abode Interiors.
- P + A, Victoria (2014)
My partner + I needed storage in our urban terrace. We considered reconfiguring + doing a full renovation, but we weren't dissatisfied with the finishes + with a baby on the way, we wanted minimal hassle so that completion was before our new arrival.
Kylie worked with what we had + came up with a solution that perfectly suits our needs! The design blends flawlessly with our existing joinery + style. We now have robes in all rooms, a built-in fireplace + book shelf, tv unit, desk, entry comode + molding downstairs to enhance the character of our home.
We're really pleased with the quality of work + level of detail from Kylie + would absolutely recommend using Belle Abode Interiors to anyone.
- Katherine, East Sydney (2013)
BLUE MOUNTAIN'S COTTAGE
I'm a homeowner + property investor from Sydney Australia. I recently purchased a lovely old worker's cottage in the Blue Mountains... However it was in desperate need of a makeover. It had beautiful 'original features' + character (furnishings stuck in the 1950's) but needed to reach its full potential + made suitable for luxury holiday letting.
The cottage required cosmetic enhancements as well as furnishing. Kylie cleverly used local antiques + salvaged vintage pieces then gave them a new lease on life to fit into the interior scheme on a relatively modest budget. However, the outcome looks a million dollars + as such I've now been able to charge a premium for holiday stays, doubling my investment income! The value add to the property was absolutely worth the investment by getting a designer on board.
Kylie suggested using tradespeople that she'd previously worked with because they were meticulously careful + reliable. And I'm so glad she did... The team were very professional + the quality of work outstanding.
My brief to Kylie was,
"Original, tasteful, rustic chic, timeless, cosy, luxurious weekender with romantic, nostalgic elements to enhance atmosphere + tranquil leafy setting."
Rather than common 'run of the mill' pieces, I wanted unique pieces to really distinguish this cottage from anything else, on a limited budget. Kylie did an exceptional job + met the brief to a tee.
Kylie is a very talented designer who is passionate about her work. I'd recommend Belle Abode Interiors to anyone wanting to capitalise on their home or increase their return on investment.
- Sally, Blue Mountains (2015)
WATERFRONT HOME OFFICE
It is with pleasure that I offer this testimonial for Belle Abode Interiors.
We had procrastinated several times over a number of years about refurbishing our home office and had decided we could no longer work in its state of disarray and clutter so we consulted Kylie Watson, Principal Designer at Belle Abode Interiors to help us.
It was an absolute pleasure dealing with Kylie as we found her easy friendly manner and her responsiveness to the project so refreshing and she worked in a timely manner to have final drawings for us within weeks after our first consultation.
We are so thrilled with the end result. Our new home office configuration and library has transformed our use of the space to a highly efficient, organized and tidy one and is a pleasure to work in.
Kylie’s professionalism throughout the process meant that there was transparency at every aspect of the design, build and installation of the joinery. All the small detail in the finished product could only have come about as a result of her listening to our needs and wants.
- S + R, Sydney (2016)
NORTH SHORE RESIDENCE
We are a couple with a 1940s two storey apartment that we love. Our goal was to use our space more effectively + we really, really wanted somewhere that we'd enjoy coming home to at the end of a long day.
I wanted a walk-in-robe but couldn't work out where we'd find the space + my husband wanted a study + a quiet area to relax. The classic conundrum! Aesthetically, we both wanted an elegant, soothing + luxurious home with modern functions yet stylistically sympathetic to the 1940s soul of our house.
After years contemplating a renovation + then about 6 months searching for the right designer once we decided to renovate, we noticed we kept admiring work done by one designer, which was Kylie (from Belle Abode Interiors). With experience that included luxury boat interiors and people's homes, Kylie was the ideal professional with the combination of style + expertise that we were looking for.
Kylie designed a beautiful 'whole of home' feel for us that addressed all of our requests + which included some terrific interior design innovations that cleverly fixed the little problems that every house has.
18 months later we still love coming home + would do nothing differently.
- K + A, North Shore (2014)
CITY CAFE CONCEPT
We employed Belle Abode Interiors to develop a concept for our proposed café in Sydney city for the purpose of a Development Application.
We were pleased with the efficiency + professionalism of Kylie Watson at BAI. Her proposed ideas + sketches were well received + are currently being reviewed by council.
We look forward to working further with Kylie + her team at BAI.
- Peter S. Sydney (2015)
Kylie is a pleasure to work with. She listened to my "fashion boutique vision" + enthusiastically went about creating it.
She was quick to identify opportunities to better use the small space + her eclectic style meant any problems were easily solved.
She has a good eye for detail + that shows in the beautiful furniture pieces she designed for me. I still get customers saying where did you get that dresser, that desk, that ottoman? Belle Abode Interiors of course!
Kylie has a strong work ethic, is kind + is passionate about achieving the outcome you dreamed of.
- Gail Fraser (repeat client)
Raspberry Beret Fashion Boutique
Neutral Bay + Mosman, Sydney
(2012 + 2016)
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