01 Mar

Meet the Designers – Susan Chowne

At Creative by Design, our designers are what make the business and our work really shine. With years of experience under their belt and a perfectionist eye for interior design, our designers guide customers through the process from start to finish. The result? Beautifully finished, customised furniture for your home that brings a refreshing take to your space. Whether you’ve worked with Creative by Design in the past or you’re looking for a partner in your next home design project, our designers can help inspire you and bring your vision to life.

We caught up with one of our Canberra Designers, Susan, to ask her where she gets her inspiration, what’s the best part of what she does and much more. Using her extensive experience in the field and for over 13 years with Creative by Design, she values being able to see her clients smile from having their design needs understood and met. She has a diploma in Design.

What gets you up in the morning, Susan?

At the moment, my new puppy!

What motivates you as a designer?

New ideas, smart, innovative designs, refreshing the look and feel of a room and local artists.

What’s the best part of what you do?

I genuinely feel that it is meeting our clients and seeing how happy they are with the end results.

What keeps you inspired?

I take so much inspiration from everywhere, art, beautiful objects, lovely interiors, architecture, design blogs, Houzz. I am completely addicted to any home design websites and local artists – in particular, glass and furniture artists.

A recent project you’re really proud of?

There are more than one! I particularly love remodelling kitchens and creating beautiful units in living and lounge room spaces. A recent client, Gai Brodtmann, wanted to change the layout of a room in her home that got little use. We turned it into a much-loved space in her home. Another client wanted to refine their new space by creating a dedicated office space, in a small area of the home. We didn’t put a lot of cabinetry in the area to maximise space and enhance the living area for their young family. It’s becoming even more important in this current world.

What sets Creative by Design designers apart from the rest?

It can be a challenging job, as a designer for Creative by Design, to be involved from the initial consultation with our clients, design, right through to construction and installation in their home. A lot of other Designers are only involved in the initial design.  Being involved in all phases leads to a greater dedication to achieving the best result for our clients.

We work as a team and we are always inspired to learn and grow as designers, and we are backed up by a team across the company that is willing to evolve with design trends.

Your best design advice?

Enjoy the journey, and don’t underestimate the ability of a good design in being able to enhance your life in many ways. Love your home, and if you don’t, change it and tailor it to you!

If you’d like to get in contact with our Canberra location for your next home design project, contact us today.

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