I am now accepting private bookings for May and June for my one-off 2 hr interior design and decorating consultations here in Bowral.
IMG_4236If you don’t live in the Highlands and are happy to travel here for a day trip for the appointment you can still book. Enjoy lunch in Bowral after the consult or a spot of shopping and make a day or weekend of it. Autumn is a beautiful time in the Highlands. I even have clients traveling from interstate.IMG_4398IMG_3863Ideal for those worried about the cost of hiring an interior designer, because you can enjoy the benefits of an interior designer getting as much advice, recommendations, expertise, suggestions and information as possible in the 2 hr consultation, knowing the price is set.IMG_4455IMG_4460If you live locally we can meet at your house or onsite, and work through all the decisions, problems and ideas. I you are visiting from out of town, then bring your folders, plans, Pinterest, magazine tear sheets, ideas and lists of questions, and we can accomplish a lot in 2 hrs.
IMG_4507 IMG_4524 2Then if you feel you need more help at a later date, or wish to order products, fabrics, wallpapers, cushions and other soft furnishings, accessories or anything else, we can go from there.IMG_4806 2 IMG_4835 IMG_4842 IMG_4861 IMG_4879This consultation is ideal for those wanting advice on paint colours, decorating schemes, furniture layout, lighting, help and decisions with renovations/new builds, kitchen and bathroom design, fixtures and finishes, flooring, fabrics and wallpapers and much more. There is no commitment to further design required unless you want it.IMG_4881 IMG_4897This consultation is designed to give you as much help and advice as possible for your home project with a capped time and cost, and then allow you to go ahead at your own pace. It can be overwhelming trying to make decisions and choices, finalise colours, fixtures, finishes, often with a husband or builder breathing down your neck (!), so having someone as a sounding board and to help you make decisions and move forward can be very useful and cost efficient.IMG_4898

There are two times available, 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm. Weekdays only. Although if you are traveling a distance then I am flexible with times.

Here are some testimonials from happy clients who have enjoyed the benefits of the 2 hr consultation.

Although I had a rough idea of what I wanted, it was good to have a professional come along and point me in the right direction. Melinda offered great advice about colour, design and finishes- and suggested things I would never have considered! Definitely a worthwhile, time-saving investment. ” Alison Clark, Bowral

“My husband and I bought an ugly duckling of a house. Having no interior design qualifications, I had lots of ideas but was not sure how to put them into action. I was also overwhelmed with what we needed to do. I organised with Mel to come to our house for a 2 hour consultation. I had a list of what I wanted to ask Mel, but she also gave me so many other things to consider which I had not thought of.  It was such a great way of getting advice, recommendations and ideas. I would highly recommend Mel’s services for anyone wanting some guidance. “ Alice Campbell-Jones, Burradoo

“Pinterest, Instagram….I was full of ideas, but overcome by indecision.  Mel was able to focus me and provide me with the clarity I needed about my home.  With her innate style, instinctive eye and years of experience, Mel provided me with beautiful recommendations and expert guidance on all of my decorating dilemmas.  I absolutely loved meeting Mel, showing her through my home and incorporating all of her gorgeous advice.  The results have been really beautiful.” Alice McDonough, Mosman

“Mel helped us to identify the key spaces, dimensions for furniture, artwork, and lighting. We found the use a mood board particularly useful as it enabled us to visualize the configuration of each area as well as providing examples of suitable pieces. The mood board also allowed us to go online and discuss the pieces. We actually managed to purchase almost all of the items in Sydney in a single trip.
Mel helped us develop a layout that would maintain a cohesive feel and flow as we moved through the house. We are so happy with the outcome and have the functional and stylish spaces we hoped for.
From our experience, Mel adds value to couples who reach road blocks on design aspects. It’s is a lot cheaper than marriage counselling! Ben & Ana Smedley, Bowral

Such a lovely experience spending 2 hours with Mel in her beautiful home.  I arrived on Mel’s doorstep with a vision of what I wanted my home to look like.  I had recently moved house and was focussed on redecorating a couple of rooms for a complete and fresh look.  Mel listened to everything I wanted to achieve and patiently kept me focussed (I’m easily distracted when it comes to discussing homewares and sitting in her gorgeous home didn’t help – yes it is as beautiful as we see on her blog!) We chatted easily about my wants, needs and Mel’s suggestions throughout the consultation. Mel then followed up our meeting with a detailed list of suggestions that had been discussed on the day, including pictures and where to look for particular items.  I especially liked that Mel didn’t want me to start from scratch, she was more than happy to work with what I already have (even suggesting moving things to different positions or rooms for better effect/use) and her ideas simply adding to enhance the look.  Thank you Mel for pointing me in the right decorating direction!
Karen, Mosman
Email mel@melindahartwright.com for more details. The cost of the consultation is $250.


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12 Responses to Private Interior Design consultations in Bowral

  1. Sara says:

    Hi Melinda, what can I say, your amazing and what a beautiful home you have created. I love your work, last year I was hoping you would come and give me a consultation, but I’m out of the area, what a shame, so I guess you will only be working in the Bowral area, any way so good to hear your back. Regards Sara

    • Melinda says:

      Yes I’m sorry I haven’t been up your way for a while, I didn’t disappear anywhere just busy with work and life down here. If you are still keen for my input you are welcome to book in a consultation if you are happy to come down to Bowral.

  2. Jean Rowland says:

    You are an inspiration to me – I wish I were not on the other side of the world!

  3. Gabrielle says:

    Dear Mel,

    How wonderful it must be to walk into your home- so beautifully done! Thank you so much for providing such inspiration. I pour over you posts- and they give me many hours of pleasure! I wish I did not live so far away (in Brisbane). I would be in Bowral for a day of hands on inspiration! Hamptons style is my absolute favourite way to live.

  4. Gail Storti says:

    Melinda, Your home is perfection and I could move right in without changing one thing. I’m even tempted to move from Los Angeles to Bawral just so I can have a consultation with you!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home and giving us all some inspiration!
    xoxo Gail

  5. Lisa Stribl says:

    Hi Mel,
    Your home is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us what you have done. I started reading your blog when you were renovating your last house and while I always loved cladded houses you inspired us to finally do it. So happy that you have shared with us the magic you have created in Bowral.

    Could you possibly tell me what wall panelling you used in the bathroom. We are starting the process of a bathroom renovation and each time I mention wall panelling I am told it can’t be done in the bathroom!! Very frustrating as I have always loved that look and am told in Australia we haven’t got the product or they only recommend tiling everywhere. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks, Lisa

    • Melinda says:

      Hi Lisa, that’s rubbish and I have had that response from builders before, generally because they are either lazy or ignorant. You can use a number of products in my experience, but not plain pine or MDF due to the moisture. Some cedar paneling products are ideal for bathrooms and some of the concrete panels from Hardies are good too. http://www.jameshardie.com.au/products/internal-lining/hardiegroove/

      And you can also use a timber skirting in a bathroom, instead of a tile one, so don’t let them turn you off that. Some builders just don’t like anything that is outside what they usually do, and don’t like anything that might risk their insurance or warranty.If you do your research and are confident in the product choices, then you can have what you want.

      • Lisa Stribl says:

        Thanks so much for your reply Mel. I found it very helpful and will definitely stand my ground and not just go for the easier and standard option.
        Your latest post is wonderful and very helpful. Thank you.

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