New Zealand Home & Building, October-November 1998
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One of 30 finalists in the prestigious International Interior Designer of the Year Awards this year, Christchurch designer Susie Paynter offers an insight into what inspires her.
What is the best decorating advice you've ever heard?
Give clients an interior they can add to over the years.
what's the worst piece of decorating advice you've heard?
"This is the latest trend."
What is your design philosophy?
I work on achieving balance in a room by counter-balancing furniture and fabrics with a building's design. A well balanced room feels right.
What's your favourite look right now?
I don't have one. I have to like everything, as my design work covers everything from contemporary apartments to traditional homes.
What object in your home do you love the most?
My artworks, including works by my daughter Tess. My favourite pieces are two Picasso lithographs.
What's your favourite design medium?
I usually have input into the materials that are specified and I like to start with a floor that's consistent in colour to create an easy backdrop. I love timber and I enjoy designing carpets for specific jobs.
What's been your best buy?
I found two wonderful concrete plinths at a demolition yard on which I've placed two wonderful French urns. It's a nice look.
What's your favourite overseas shopping destination?
Los Angeles. Americans decorate their homes every three to five years so there is a wonderful variety of accessories, furniture and rugs to choose from. Melrose has the best design stores and showrooms of anywhere in the world.
What's your favourite way to spend a Sunday?
I love to get out and walk for hours on a Sunday. I hate doing lunch. Because my week is so busy, I like the freedom of walking - it allows you to really think.