Step into a realm of boundless design possibilities, where each space transforms into a captivating energy hub, leaving you breathless and your surroundings timeless. As an passionate creative with over a decade of experience in interior design, styling and project management, I have successfully completed over 120,000m² of interior design projects, overseeing budgets that exceed a million dollars. My design world knows no limits, driven by an insatiable passion for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.
My expertise lies in revising, reshaping, reimaging, and recreating spaces of any scale, offering an array of residential renovation makeovers that will leave you awe-inspired. Moreover, I specialize in crafting virtual reality experiences that allow you to fully immerse yourself in your dream space long before it becomes a reality.
In my design approach, I embrace a whimsical style, adorning each space with delightful surprises that harmonize natural elements, cutting-edge technology, and inspiring concepts. Additionally, I’m deeply mindful of the ecological impact, having proudly completed one 5 Star and two 4 Star Green Rated buildings in South Africa, along with diverse healthcare, commercial, and residential projects in Victoria, Australia.
At the core of my design identity lies sensual design, where every space is carefully curated with your senses in mind. I firmly believe that your surroundings should be an extension of your lifestyle, reflecting your unique preferences and needs. Thus, my design philosophy revolves around creating spaces that perfectly align with your essence.
With my expertise at your service, you can rest assured that your design aspirations will not only be met but surpassed. Whether you’re embarking on a home renovation, conceptualizing a new commercial space, or seeking an immersive virtual reality experience, I guarantee your absolute satisfaction throughout our collaboration.
Not only is my design process enjoyable, but it also consistently delivers exceptional results. My utmost dedication is to ensure your complete contentment with the final outcome. Trust me to help you craft a space that you’ll cherish and adore for years to come. Take the first step in your design journey by reaching out to me today!
What We Do
Undoubtedly, your home holds unparalleled significance among all the places you encounter. It serves as the backdrop of your life—a space where you nurture your family, care for your beloved pets, and cultivate your cherished plants. At the end of each day, it becomes your sanctuary, offering solace and comfort. Moreover, it becomes a repository of treasured memories and the birthplace of aspirations and ambitions.
Having attentively understood your unique requirements and aspirations, we stand prepared to commence the creative journey of designing your ideal home.
Hospitality design encompasses a comprehensive array of meticulous services aimed at achieving a stylish and up-to-date ambiance. Every detail, from the floor plan and wall colors to the furniture’s style and functionality, as well as the artwork and decor accessories, is thoughtfully curated and integrated to create a cohesive and distinct atmosphere in the space. These decisions are carefully aligned with the establishment’s main objectives and core values, which prioritize offering exceptional amenities and services that go beyond merely providing a great night’s sleep.
In the face of numerous considerations, I am prepared to shape a world-class design that adapts to an ever-evolving future, setting the perfect atmosphere for an outstanding hospitality experience.
I am deeply passionate about the art of conceptualizing spaces that cater to various businesses. From hotels and lounges to restaurants, retail spaces, offices, banks, theaters, hospitals, examination rooms, libraries, schools, country clubs, spas, shopping malls, hair salons, and everything in between, I revel in creating unique and functional environments.
My extensive experience and training have equipped me with the ability to prioritize brand identity, functionality, and safety, all while ensuring a captivating sense of style and aesthetics. I take great pride in my skillful space planning, which is geared towards maximizing profits for businesses. Bringing together all these essential aspects, I specialize in crafting spaces that are not only usable but also visually stunning.
The innate ability to envision vast spaces that delight everyone, from clients and guests to customers, sets me apart in the field. My ultimate goal is to create spaces that are loved and appreciated by all who experience them.
Interior Styling Projects include work on editorial projects, making rooms or sets look amazing for beautiful photographs that appear in magazines and catalogs or even styling work for residential and commercial spaces.
I also work with real estate agents and property developers to achieve a certain look in a home, appealing to a target buyer to get the best possible price for homes for sale.
As much as there’s an art to making things look pretty, there’s a science to it, too. Equipped with the right rules and a healthy dose of creativity, you can make your home or business as beautiful as the spaces that you have seen in magazines or on TV. Just add me to your world of style.
MEET & AGREE
IDEA & CONCEPT
DESIGN & CREATE
BUILD & INSTALL
Step 1: Introductory Meeting
During the first meeting with my interior design clients, I typically request a tour of the property, whether it’s a retail, office, or home renovation project, to gain a better understanding of the client’s needs. For new development projects, I prioritize getting to know the client and their objectives for the project by reviewing the drawing pack and project details.
To begin the project, we will complete a project questionnaire to establish the project charter, estimated budgets, and project timelines. If necessary, we will schedule separate meetings to accommodate multiple stakeholders or site inspections required for the proposal.
Following this, we will schedule a presentation meeting to present the client proposal. If the proposal is approved, we will move forward with subsequent engagement meetings.
The “Idea and Concept” phase is a crucial stage in the interior design process that lays the foundation for the rest of the project. It is during this phase that the Interior designer works with the client to understand their vision, gather inspiration, and develop a design concept that will guide the entire project. To ensure a good and sensible process, the following steps should be followed:
Step 2: Consultation and Site Analysis
We will meet with you to discuss your vision, budget, and any specific requirements you may have. We will conduct a thorough site analysis to take measurements, identify any structural limitations or features that may impact the design, and consider the overall functionality of the space.
Step 3: Inspiration and Research
Based on the site analysis, we will gather inspiration and conduct research to develop a design concept that reflects your vision and meets your needs. The Interior Designer will also consider the client’s personal style and preferences, as well as any existing furniture or décor that will be incorporated into the design. This may involve developing a design style or theme, choosing a color palette, and selecting materials and finishes.
Step 4: Concept Development
We will present the design concept to you and make any necessary revisions based on your feedback. Once the concept is finalized, we will move on to the next step.
Step 5: Mood Board Presentation
We will create a mood board that visually represents the design concept. This will help you visualize the overall look and feel of the design and provide a clear direction for the rest of the project. This may include images of furniture, color swatches, fabric samples, and other design elements.
Before proceeding with the next design phase, it’s important to review the project goals, requirements, and any other relevant information to ensure that the design meets the client’s expectations.
Step 6: Detailed Design
Finally, we will move on to the detailed design phase, during which we will create floor plans, select specific furniture pieces and décor items, and choose lighting and accessories. We will work closely with you to ensure that the design meets your needs and stays within your budget. At this stage every detail and specification of the project is documented and presented for final approval.
Step 7: Create Detailed Floor Plans
A detailed floor plan will be created that accurately reflects the space’s size and dimensions. The floor plans will indicate the placement of furniture, fixtures, and other elements, as well as any necessary modifications to the space, such as wall or door removal, as well as other bespoke design elements.
Step 8: Select Finishes and Materials
Based on the design concept, select finishes and materials for the space, such as flooring, wall coverings, lighting fixtures, and window treatments. We will ensure to consider factors such as durability, maintenance requirements, and cost.
Step 9: Develop Detailed Preliminary Drawings and Elevations:
Develop detailed drawings and elevations that illustrate the design concept and provide a clear understanding of how the space will look and function. These drawings may include furniture plans, lighting plans, electrical plans, and 3D renders and virtual reality experience.
Step 10: Create a Detailed Specification Schedule:
We will generate a comprehensive specification schedule which details the chosen finishes, furniture, materials, and accessories for the interior space. Our proprietary software, FFEDOC, is used to create this document. The relevant stakeholders will be granted access to all pertinent specifications, brochures, technical data, installation instructions, and maintenance guides.
Step 11: Present Detailed Designs and Corresponding FFE Schedules to the client:
Once the detailed design is complete, the Interior Designer will present it to the client for review and final approval. Any necessary revisions can be made at this stage.
Step 12: Final Approval of the Detailed Design:
Once the client approves the detailed design, finalize all drawings, specifications, and documentation necessary to begin the construction phase of the project, which we call the “Build & Install” phase.
Step 13: Develop Detailed Bespoke Furniture, Fixtures and Material Designs:
We will identify all bespoke requirements for your project, including drapery, custom furniture, lighting, rugs, digital solutions, signage, sculptural art, etc. We will consult with a bespoke joiner, artisan, or furniture maker to discuss your project and requirements. They will work alongside the team to understand the overall design vision, requirements, and style preferences of the client. We will provide them with sketches, renders, photos, or any other details that will help them understand what you want. Based on this consultation, the joiner, artisan, or furniture maker will create a design concept for your approval. Once the design is agreed upon, the joiner, artisan, or furniture maker will help you select the materials to be used and discuss the lead-times. This could include different types of wood, metal, glass, or any other materials required for the project.
As we move into the Build and Install phase of your interior design project, the following is an overview of the process that we will follow to ensure that you know what to expect and are confident in our ability to deliver a successful project.
Step 14: Manufacturing and Assembly of Bespoke Furniture and other Custom Fixtures:
The next step is the manufacturing process. The joiner, artisan or furniture maker will create a detailed plan and start manufacturing the bespoke pieces or art. This will involve cutting, shaping, and finishing the pieces to the exact specifications required. Once the pieces are complete, they will be assembled, glued, and finished. The final step is the delivery and installation of the bespoke joinery or furniture. The joiner, artisan or furniture maker will work with the project team to coordinate the delivery and installation, ensuring that the pieces are carefully transported and installed into your space.
Step 15: Develop a Detailed Installation Plan and Finalise Styling Requirements:
Our team will develop a detailed installation plan that includes all necessary tasks, timelines, and resources required for the installation process, including furniture placement and decor styling.
Step 16: Coordinate with contractors and suppliers:
We will work closely with contractors and suppliers to ensure that they have everything they need to complete their tasks on time and within budget. We will maintain regular communication with them to ensure that everything is going according to plan, including the placement of furniture and decor items.
Step 17: Supervise the Installation Process:
We will supervise the installation process to ensure that everything is being installed according to the design plans, including the placement of furniture and decor items. We will be available to answer any questions that may arise and make sure that any issues are resolved quickly.
Step 18: Test and inspect all installations:
We will test and inspect all installations, including the placement of furniture and decor items, to ensure that everything is functioning correctly and meets the design specifications. This will help avoid any problems down the road and ensure that you are satisfied with the final product.
Step 19: Final walkthrough:
Once the installation is complete, we will conduct a final walkthrough with you to ensure that everything has been installed according to your specifications and that you are happy with the final result, including the placement of furniture and decor items. This is an opportunity to make any final adjustments and ensure that the project is complete. We understand that furniture placement and decor styling are crucial elements of your interior design project, and we are committed to delivering a seamless and successful installation process. Our team is experienced and dedicated to ensuring that every detail is taken care of, and the end result meets your expectations.
Step 20: Photography and Videography
As a final step in an interior design project, we take photographs and videography of the renovated or newly built space. This allows us to showcase the final result of the design project to potential clients, display the design process and highlight the features of the newly designed space. We may also use the photographs and videos for marketing and advertising purposes. To capture the best images, we ensure that the lighting is appropriate and that the space is clean and well-staged. We work with professional photographers and videographers to ensure that we capture the essence of the space and convey the intended message. We encourage our clients to review the final images and videos, as they may want to use them for their own marketing purposes. This final step is a crucial element in showcasing the final product of an interior design project and allows the client to share their beautiful new space with others.
Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns about the Build and Install phase of your project. We are here to support you throughout the entire process.
I am writing to express my highest level of satisfaction with the services provided by you for the renovation of our family home. Your ability to manage all design deliverables, innovative design concepts, and professionalism exceeded our expectations. You truly invested more of yourself in the project than what the overall project fee was worth.
I highly recommend your services and can attest to the fact that you are a reliable, trustworthy, and creative individual. Your ability to connect psychologically with the interiors and our family values is truly unique. Your unique ability to do interiors differently from the norm is evident in your design identity, which was demonstrated through the use of multi-layered finishes, introducing sculptural art, and using quality finishes. Finally, your designs also considered the need of our pets, making you stand out from other designers we met.
Thank you for creating a beautiful space for our family to enjoy for years to come.Dr. Bharat Saluja, Island Point Home Renovation Project
Shanza and her team were great. They really took the time to understand my style and helped me express myself in my home. The team’s attention to detail was phenomenal. They did an amazing job blending my old and new furniture and decor. I’d definitely recommend them.Ainsley Moore, New Redruth Home Renovation Project
Shanza has an amazing ability to transform the bland and ordinary into tastefully extraordinary. Referring to her as a truly gifted interior designer does not come close to describing her talent. I recommend Shanza’s acute eye for color and organizational skills to anyone who wants to improve the image of their home or business.Steven Cohen, E-design Customer
Shanza has a beautiful eye. She was able to help me see existing pieces of furniture in a new light – helping me keep family heirlooms – making them work in my new home. She kept in mind my husband’s very sensible nature and made fantastic recommendations that have enhanced the enjoyment of our home.Lisah Maupin, E-design Customer