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Residential home in Ocean Grove / kitchen- dining area

Designing the kitchen & Interior Decorating

The kitchen of the house has done it’s duty throughout the years but was looking tired and needed to be more practical. My client has a big family and a large group of friends, so a nice big island bench where they could gather around was very welcome and looks inviting too. Whilst designing the kitchen I considered the daily use, required storage, more kitchen bench top and traffic flow. The outcome was a true ‘dream’ kitchen and a very happy client.

The beautiful cabinetry and black stone bench top really compliments the dining area and gives a modern feel to the house. The handmade Portuguese tiles add texture to the kitchen. 

Testimonial from the owners

It could have not been better timing when Maartje came into our lives,  when our beautiful but very tired looking home needed a huge lift.
There was no looking back and we couldn’t be happier. Maartje initially met our family, listened to our ideas, needs and generally sought to understand how we use our living spaces and the opportunities to make more of these areas.    Her thought process was inspirational with innovative ideas not just for the present but also looking towards our future lifestyle. Maartje is a listener and was very easy to communicate with, her bright and energetic personality meant we couldn’t help but feel very comfortable in working together with her.  More importantly she listened intently  to our thoughts and could see the vision of how to decorate this home to be a home that suited our family’s lifestyle.  The depth of Maartje’s knowledge, vision,  eye for colours, textures, creativity and passion was truly amazing.  Transforming a very weary looking home into such a bright, welcoming space which I am so proud to share with family and  friends.  We worked on a budget, and Maartje really could find amazing bargains that complimented our home. Maartje provided more than design and inspiration, she supervised the technical design and managed the precurement process for the complete transformation from full kitchen replacement, rejuvenating our living areas, heating and cooling, light fittings, floor coverings and furnishings.  Our entrance is so welcoming and bright. The kitchen is a dream come true, all that we wanted and more.  From a kitchen with limited functionality, now transformed to such a workable, light filled and spacious area, and beautifully decorated.  Our lounge is now the real heart of our home, making the most of the natural light, an area where you truly relax with a beautiful ambiance, soft colours and lighting, and so welcoming to all who visit.  Maartje working with us has transformed our lifestyles in an incredibly positive manner and we would have absolutely have no hesitation in recommending her services to anyone looking to modernise and enhance their existing or new home.
Thankyou Maartje for allowing this transformation to happen in such a caring and engaged manner and we look forward to our next stage in working together on our next exciting projects.
Belinda and Terry Demeo

Beautiful space

When I arrived home from a short trip away I couldn’t believe my eyes as I entered my room. It was if I had walked into a different home and instantly fell in love. Everything was so thought out and specialised to suit my needs. The colours and ornaments fit my personality perfectly and the extra space created a completely new and open feel. I look forward to spending time in my room these days and love the simplicity in cleaning it up and maintaining my new beautiful space.


Place to call my home

Thank you for all you have done to transform this home into a beautiful haven which I absolutely love!! Your work has lifted me and made this home bright, cheerful and beautiful. I now feel that I have a place to call my home.


Inspirational designer for the transformation

Maartje was not only the inspirational designer for the transformation but the practical support in undertaking furnishing and cost effective cosmetic treatments, including painting of tiles, re purposing furniture and establishing the Coastal theme utilising her own exceptional creativity. We would absolutely have no hesitation in recommending Maartje to anyone looking to undertake a refurbishment or refresh of the interior design of their home or apartment.

Belinda & Terry