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Redecorating doesn’t have to mean giving up your favourite pieces
When it comes to interior design, you don’t have to throw the baby out with the bathwater, as Debbie Abercrombie’s recent project with Sue McAleese demonstrates.
“We worked with Debbie because she didn’t try and push all her ideas on us. She listened to us and she worked with the non-negotiables. She was good at listening to us,” says Sue McAleese, who retained Debbie after researching other designers who were available.
One of those non-negotiables was a classic rimu dinning table and a matching buffet.
“It is a plain table, but we have always liked natural timber. Our house itself was only 18 months old at the time, so some of our furniture was newer. There were also a couple of pieces of artwork that we did not want to get rid of. Somehow it all had to fit together, but still be separated into little areas.
“I don’t think you should have to throw everything out if you are redecorating. An interior designer who is good at her job should be able to work with that, and to fit it all in – whatever she has in mind for the client,” says Sue, who is thrilled with the outcome Debbie provided, particularly since Debbie was prepared to go to great lengths to source alternative options.
“Everybody who comes around loves the look because it’s such a natural fit. Debbie had to source newer timber that could work with the rimu, and she found some American oak that fitted nicely.”
Debbie worked with Sue and her husband to design the lounge suites, cushions and furniture – including overseeing the crafting of the several pieces of furniture – and was also responsible for developing some feature solutions, like a bookshelf unit for one of the lounges.
“I liked how Debbie came up with the whole package, and I liked the way she works with colour. She doesn't opt for just muted or plain or bright colours. She actually melds with a mix of colours and patterns that just work superbly together.
“We found her to be very professional, and she went out of her way to be available. If we had a problem, Debbie made sure she came around and checked it out. There were things she really didn’t have to do, but she did it anyway,” says Sue.
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