In person with Canterbury interior designer
“I’ve always been interested in art and design. When I left school I studied textile design at Wellington Design School. From there I began painting and owned a gallery which held both my own works, as well as other well know New Zealand artists. I had completed a few personal projects and design had always interested me but it wasn’t until my children were a bit older that I had time to go back to Design and Arts College to study Interior Architectural Design.”
Tell us about Christchurch and how it has inspired you:
In recent times Christchurch has needed more designers and builders to be able to keep up with the post- earthquake demand. This happened to coincide with the completion of my diploma and the launch of Armstrong Interiors. For me, it just happened at the right time of my life. I’m inspired by the people of Christchurch who come to me wanting my design services to rebuild their beloved homes (both new builds and renovations) to a modern and functional 2015 standard.
Do you use your home as a testing ground for your ideas?
I can’t stop using my home as a testing ground... I love interiors.
Describe your interior style at home:
My home is a little eclectic, I have things that I bought 15 years ago, a few ￼antiques and then also modern pieces of furniture. Just like my furniture, my artworks are modern pieces alongside classics such as Stoddard and Ralph Hoteres. My home is