'Kate Thode has assisted us with interior design of our home over the past few years. Luckily for us. Kate is diligent, efficient and professional. She has an exceptional skill as an interior designer and quickly understands the requirement, tailors her design to the client’s tastes, develops a plan and clearly communicates it. I have no hesitation in recommending Kate as she is head and shoulders above other interior designers I have worked with through my business and personally. For any further information please do not hesitate to contact the writer.' - Mark Anderson
Upgrade of a beautiful home on waterfront with new finishers, rugs, furniture and full master bedroom scheme.
'We have known Kate for a few years now and recently commissioned her to totally refurbish the interior of a 10-year-old house in a Contemporary style.
From start to finish, Kate showed tremendous creativity in design and her use of colours and textures of the fabrics, furniture, flooring etc. was exactly what we were wishing for. Her procurement skills in sourcing products and services were excellent, and her knowledge of what looks right, and where to get it, is exemplary, as we were taken to places we didn’t know existed. We were impressed by the professionalism of Kate’s Terms of Engagement, and the rules that she applied to her governance of the project, not forgetting of course, her infectious enthusiasm. We would thoroughly recommend Kate for any Interior design project, large or small.' - Tim and Marianne Gibson
Full fitout and renovation of a large family home with mostly new furniture or recovered and new finishers throughout.
'We have worked with Kate over the past few years on projects involving major refurbishment, reconstruction and the furnishing of a complete new build. Kate has the rare ability of working with both contractors and builders, interior suppliers and the client to ensure a smooth outcome. Her commitment to managing the project while maintaining the integrity of the design has been paramount in our continuing selection of her for our work. Kate is always concerned to ensure her understanding of the clients requirements and on no occasion has forced her views on us. Yet, we have found in the majority of instances, that her suggestions and her creativity have extended our thinking and worked together to establish an excellent brief - one that has caused us to be delighted with the results. While Kate is always clear and decisive about her recommendations and input, she has also exhibited a flexibility in order to make changes or take up opportunities as they may have arisen. She has been open to other views that may have been contrary to her own and yet has continued to ensure that the ultimate outcome is not compromised.
Kate has an excellent relationship with all suppliers and because of her diligent hard work and expertise, is able to source product that is not readily available elsewhere. This has provided us with some unique solutions and some items that are not readily seen in New Zealand. Her general understanding and knowledge of the construction industry, architectural plans and trades has been most helpful in working with our Contracts Manager and ensuring a good outcome at the building stage. An example of this has been in the situation with regard to window treatments where curtain track and electrical wiring have been installed prior to the final ceiling finish to ensure an excellent visual outcome and a a seamless result for us. Kate has an excellent understanding of the use of colour and textures and a thorough knowledge of contemporary themes and traditional styles. All of these qualities, together with Kates’ professionalism as a business owner and manager and her experience in the design industry would unhesitatingly commend her for any residential or commercial interiors project.' - W and K Subritzky
4 homes over 6 years - 1 large family home and beach house fully renovation and project managed with all new furniture and finishings. Full fit-out of new luxurious waterfront apartment including all new furniture and finishings, along with the refit of an apartment with new furniture and finishings.