Two Birds Design is the result of a creative partnership between local ladies Kristie Peel and Kylie Mackay. Their boutique interior design studio has all the right solutions for transforming a dull room into something stylish and modern. We find out more …
Tell us about your background in the industry.
Kylie – Originally from Sydney, worked for Interiors & Vogue Living magazines while commuting back and forth to Coffs Harbour, before setting up house with my now husband, Ben.
I worked for Northern Rivers Ceramics (now Beaumont Tiles) and then Natural Habitat Interiors.
Kristie – As long as I can recall, I have had ‘interest’ for decorating, textures, fabrics and colour. The ‘interest’ quickly turned into a ‘passion’, after I was given an opportunity leading into the interior design industry. Taking this opportunity and running with it, I worked as an interior designer for Natural Habitat Interiors and gained over 13 years’ experience.
What are some of the challenges you face in your line of work?
We treat each client and project on an individual basis; therefore, each project brings its own set of challenges. Our years of experience enable us to deal with budgets, deadlines, product and trade availability and freight companies with minimal fuss – it’s all in a day’s work, really.
What’s the best thing about what you do?
Happy clients! There is nothing more satisfying then seeing a project come together and surpassing the client’s expectations. We love being able to give people beautiful, practical spaces in their homes that they never thought possible and creating visually interesting zones for people to enjoy.
You recently launched Two Bird Design. Tell us about this business venture.
We are two experienced designers who LOVE all things interior and design!
We offer people an affordable design service that challenges the client to think outside the square and have an enjoyable experience.
We supply products that are not necessarily mass produced in the market and wherever possible, are Australian made. We have a range of handmade pendant and table lamps from Tasmania called Grandeliers and a fabric/wallpaper range called Tinker by Printink from Melbourne.
What are some of the major projects you have in the pipeline?
We have been busy working on quite a number of residential projects, both new dwellings and renovations.
The major projects … a specialist medical practice within the specialist centre and the Y-knot Bistro @ Coffs Harbour Yacht Club. And a few surprises we can’t talk about yet!
What are you looking forward to most over the coming months?
Summer and colour!
Outdoor living is a big factor in our lifestyles, so creating comfortable outdoor areas with durable, bold fabrics is a must. We are also working with an Australian textile company to produce our own Two Birds Design colourway – we are so excited & cannot wait until it arrives. We’ll keep you posted!
What are some of the current trends?
Recycled products are still big – mixing the old with the new. Adding ‘worn’ selected furniture pieces that aren’t new and have a story, to a clean minimal space softens the hard surfaces. The eclectic mixed bag!
Lighting, pendant, floor and table lamps that are made from all things natural (cane, rattan, bamboo, timber). Lighting is no longer a last minute fixture; it’s a real feature.
Rugs – they’re not just something to put under the coffee table. Stripes and geometric patterns are back and bold. Pictured is Stratum ribbon stripe from Armadillo.
Cushions … can you really have enough! Team floral and graphic patterns together in the ‘now colours’: cobalt blue, citrine yellow and hot pink. Mix up the sizes … the bigger the better; put them on the floor.
They really are a practical, cost effective design favourite!
Occasional seating, upholstered armchairs in stand out colourful fabrics – pictured is the ‘Ami’ chair dressed in hot pink from Paprika & Lime.
Make a story with your accessories. Classic white is a design must as it never dates. Grouped together you can create a theme crossing all design periods.
Any tips for the DIY decorator?
A good plan = satisfaction.
Do your research; don’t be impatient or hasty to get things started/finished. Understand your task, the products you will be using and price your budget.
Remember: DIY does not mean you cannot ask for professional advice – it can help you save on costly mistakes.
How can our readers learn more about Two Birds Design?
You can find out about Two Birds Design via our website – www.twobirdsdesign.com.au, follow us on Facebook or call us on 6652 9154.
We are listed in the Yellow Pages and Local Directories, and welcome any opportunity to ‘chat’ to you about any queries you may have.
Also, keep an eye out for our signs on current or recently completed projects.