Here are a selection of lovely comments from some of our happy clients.


“Thank you so much for putting on such a fantastic workshop. I could see you had put loads of effort into it, that really was greatly appreciated. The cottage was as gorgeous as expected and I do hope all goes well with the sale. Also it was truly lovely of you to open up your home to us in the afternoon. It was certainly more lovely in person – if thats at all possible! Your notes and information were exactly what I required, they will be treasured bits of info. On a personal note I want to thank you for giving me the courage to continue to go in this direction. I too am all self taught and I think the biggest thing I got out of your workshop is that I do know what to do I just have to back myself. Firstly I will try and complete our new home, and then see where I go from there. Your honesty and forthcoming of information is one reason I have continued to follow your path all these years. Your style is just gorgeous, so well done to you!”  Jodie McPherson, Brisbane
“Thanks so much for a fabulous day – it was great to be surrounded by like minded ladies (loving the classic American/Hamptons decorating style)…I am indeed inspired to get moving again on my home…  just to pick a room to start…Cant wait to see your next “flip”Karen Smith, Mosman
“Thank YOU!!! It was such a wonderful day and such a treat. So well organised & well paced. Thank you for opening up your home/s & your bag of tricks for us rookies. I’ve been a long time reader of your blog and you and your projects have been so inspiring- the latest ones are no exception. It was a lovely group of girls too. Thank you for sending the docs- I’m excited to go through them & my notes from today if I can decipher my excited hieroglyphics.” Lara McGuire, Northern Beaches
“I did want to say what a brilliant day I had at the decorating workshop – everything about it exceeded expectation and It was lovely to be invited to your home to see how you have decorated it and what you would do differently – always nice to know what has worked and what possibly could be better choices. The photographs though beautiful, don’t do your home full justice. The small group of ladies worked well and it was nice to chat with like minded people.” Maree Mathie
“Thank you so much for an enjoyable and informative day. I had a wonderful time and learnt a lot.” Anna Von Reibnitz, Canberra
 “It was so helpful to see your ideas put into reality. I have taken away so many concepts of things I can adapt for the new house that I have gone from despairing to enthused in just one day!! Having this resource list is now the icing on the cake; so many, many thanks!” Kate Wegmuller, Narraweena

“I had a fabulous day on Friday! It was lovely to finally meet you, and especially to see both your homes in real life. The colours are even better than in the photos. I personally came away with a much clearer vision for what I want to do with our home. (Pete just groaned when I told him of all the moulding we’ll be putting up!!). I’m especially thrilled with the materials list you have sent, absolutely priceless information for me to have at my fingertips! Thank you so much for your generosity in providing us all with this, it is very much appreciated!” Sally Kessell, Beacon Hill

“Just a quick note to thank you so much for opening up your lovely cottage and beautiful home to us yesterday.  I really enjoyed the day and appreciated all of your knowledge that you so generously shared with us.” Nicole Morrison, Sherwood Qld

“I really enjoyed the day and felt that I got a lot out of it and have renewed impetus to get on with my place in 2018!” Alexandra Lamb, Bowral

“Thanks for a wonderful day!  It was an invaluable experience hearing from someone in the industry, cementing knowledge I had taught myself and learnt in my course, and learning new things too.  I am certainly very glad I booked myself in, although nervous at the time because I knew no one else going. Ha!” Tracey Oates, Campbelltown

“I loved the workshop, I left with so many fabulous tips. Thank you for inviting us into your beautiful home.” Genevieve Brandman, Caringbah
“Well – what a wonderfully fun, visually-splendid and inspiring day that was yesterday! Jam-packed with information and tips aplenty, combined with convivial company in two breathtaking settings – complete with caffeine and sugar hits. Heaven!! I drove home to all my boys on such an estrogen high – and didn’t get lost once 😉 I’ll be digesting everything I saw and heard in your workshop for a long time to come. How lovely were all the women? And you’re even more fabulous in person. Your home is a stunning oasis of warmth and welcome and it was very kind of you to show us what’s behind the (perfectly hung and meticulously-chosen) front door!” Suzanne Mostyn, Canberra
“Thanks once again for our day last Thursday. It really was so inspiring to be amongst others who appreciate classic design and of course hear about how you go about decorating and designing spaces. I have found myself recommending the workshop since last Thursday, including last night at a wedding, so no doubt if you run the course again it will be another success!” Katie Moses, Concord
“Thank you so much for having me at the workshop on Thursday. I gained a great deal from your advice and tips and have come away from the workshop feeling inspired and invigorated! The information you have provided is really generous and enormously beneficial to those wanting to create their own beautiful home.” Lauren Green, Erskineville

“To say Melinda Hartwright is an incredibly talented interior designer is an understatement. I could tell from the moment that I met Melinda that she was passionate about interior design, especially the Hamptons style. During all my communications with Melinda I have found her to be friendly, approachable and knowledgeable with impeccable taste. I engaged Melinda for an in-home Consultation at our home in Cremorne and she provided me with wonderful styling suggestions, working with pieces I already had as well as suggesting items I could acquire.  After the consultation Melinda put together a summary of these suggestions with photos. Melinda has an incredible eye for finding pieces that are classic, elegant and timeless that work within the client’s budget, style and lifestyle. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Melinda”.  Belinda Ryman, Cremorne NSW

“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

“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

“I met with Melinda just prior to construction commencing on our renovation, and our consultation session with Melinda has proven to be incredibly valuable. Several suggestions Melinda made during the session have really made a significant difference to the end product we were looking for. Melinda’s style and expertise are second to none!Karla Spencer, Little Bay

“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

“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
My husband and I have recently renovated an old home and opened up the floor plan to create several living areas. We were struggling with how to furnish and decorate the space. We wanted to create separate zones, namely a formal sitting area, a family friendly lounge room and a 12 seat dining room all centered around a central fire place. We needed to acquire new furniture but also wanted to incorporate our family’s antique pieces.
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


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