Mid and South Canterbury Design Directions - Maree Hynes


 In person with leading Timaru interior consultant

Maree Hynes

“When I left secondary school I went straight into working in the drapes industry. After several years working for someone else I went out on my own and never looked back. Six years ago I opened my showroom after finding it difficult to source the kind of pieces my clientele wanted. It has proven so successful that I added an extension in 2013, doubling our floor space, and we now have nine staff. We stock furniture, lighting, rugs and designer homewares, with a focus on every piece having a point of difference. A large part of the business continues to be the consulting side and I am still as passionate as ever, travelling to projects all over New Zealand. Timaru is a great place to live, full of dynamic people who are open to new ideas but have a respect for the tried and true. As a smaller provincial town I need to be aware of value for money as we are a community of hard workers who know dollar value.”


Tell us about Timaru and how it has inspired your work.

“Situated between the mountains and the sea, Timaru has a diverse range of homes, from new to older, established houses. It is always thrilling to either bring a stunning older building back to her best, or design an interior space for a new build the owners can be proud of.” Maree has the Harlequin 'Jardin Boheme' range in her Timaru showroom. 


What’s your favourite recent work by another designer?

“I love the design work of the UK brand Andrew Martin, which was established by Martin Waller in 1978. He is still chairman today. They design the most stunning materials and wallpapers and lead the way with their interior design. They also collate great interiors into an annual book, Andrew Martin Interior Design Review and it is full of dynamic designers, amazing interiors and is a great reference for ideas.”


What’s the most satisfying design project you’ve worked on?

“My favourite project that I have worked on recently was Doug and Lorraine Gibb’s new build just outside of Timaru. It is so nice to get to work with lovely people and they were receptive to my ideas, while having input themselves. We created a stunning home in soft colours incorporating new furniture and favourite existing pieces.”


Which living designer do you most admire?

”Rachel Ashwell is the vintage queen. She combines flea market finds with antique treasures and the look is effortless elegance that is also homely. I love a home to feel warm and inviting. Vintage pieces are well made and have that lived-in look that needs less maintenance and can handle the wear and tear a family brings.”


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