Interior designer and entrepreneur Tina Stephen has just launched Roomie, an affordable, web-based interior design service.
Roomie is pitched at people who may never have considered interior design because of a perception of how expensive it is. Similar services are “creeping into Australia” says Stephen, and Roomie is modeled on those, but with her own spin on how it would work in New Zealand.
Stephen has a background in interior and lighting design and is aware of how costs can spiral out of control for a client when you’re paying an interior designer by the hour, which is usually “around the hundred dollar mark,” she explains.
“With Roomie it’s very much client-led so the client does some of the leg-work. They can tap into my services and it’s a known cost,” says Stephen.
Roomie offers fixed-rate design kits that range in price from $79 to $475, depending on budget, room size and requirements. Stephen predicts the most popular kit will be the $325 Room Service, which includes a personalised design breakdown, mood board, scaled floor plan, shopping list, budget and designer discounts.
The cheaper Room Refresh is a pre-designed room, which changes every two months. Their current Room Refresh kit can be viewed on their Pinterest board.
“We're well-versed in a wide range of interior design approaches – from retro design to clean modernism, as well as the popular French industrial aesthetic you see around at the moment.”
And if you want more than just designs, such as having the decorating done for you, Stephen can provide that service in the greater Auckland area.
Stephen says they currently have four projects on the go, after launching the site two weeks ago. “It’s a slow-ish start, but I expected that,” she says. “I love doing it and it’s heaps of fun.”