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Reasons to hire an interior designer (not just a builder) on your renovation

Recently, a client came to me who had already engaged a builder. Having never renovated before, the client wasn't clear on how it works when you hire both a designer and a builder. This gave me an opportunity to really think about the value that an interior designer provides to the renovation process, in collaboration with the builder, and I wanted to share my thoughts here.

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Before & After: Balgowlah Residence

Another before and after!! I *love* looking back at photos on my iPhone of my first visit to a client's home, and wanted to share them with you here to show the beautiful transformation of this “entertainer’s dream” (according to Inside Out).

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Alex Gourlay
3 Books That Changed How I think about Interiors

As an interior designer and stylist, I read a lot of content on design. I mean A LOT. It's part of my job to read blogs, newspaper articles, books and anything in between to make sure I stay in touch with what's happening in the industry, and basically anything to do with the home. Because I do read so much, it's not often I find something that truly inspires me, and catches my attention.

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Alex Gourlay
Questions to ask yourself before renovating

In this post, I want to share a couple of important questions to ask yourself before spending money updating your home. I often have clients who know they want to re-do some things — either renovation works or some new furniture — but have no idea what it will cost.

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Alex Gourlay
How to Prepare for a Renovation

Doing any works to your home can be daunting and overwhelming. While it’s not likely to be entirely problem-free, there are some things you can do to make that time enjoyable, and even fun! Making improvements to where you live is always an exciting time and I like to encourage my clients to enjoy the process as much as possible. It makes it all worth it at the end. Apart from enjoying yourself, here are my top 5 tips to prepare for a renovation. 

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Alex Gourlay
BEFORE & AFTER - Collaroy Basin Project

Today I’m sharing with you the before and after shots from our recent bathroom renovation project on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. While the professional shots are beautiful on their own, there’s nothing like a good before shot to put them into perspective!

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Alex Gourlay
3 Benefits of Working With An Interior Designer

If, like many of our clients, you don’t have the time (or want!) to manage your own renovation or decorating project, an interior designer will be a saving grace! There are obviously endless benefits of hiring a design professional (no bias here!), but I’ve drilled it down to 3 key benefits

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Alex Gourlay