"I asked Home Creative to work with me to create a home office space in a converted shed.
I probably wasn’t the easiest client – I had some fixed ideas, like wanting to use up a tin of old navy blue paint on the walls – but Penny was amazing, catering to my requirements and coming up with a design that was full of the fresh colour and ‘imperfect’ vintage look that I love, staying true to the origins of the shed.
She was organised, proactive, and very cost-effective. I love my space, and can’t wait to work with Penny again."
"Penny is incredible. I can’t rate her highly enough for her professionalism and incredible eye for detail in the interior design of our new home.
She was so easy to work with and after providing a design board she worked closely with me to obtain the look we were trying to achieve with the selection of paint colours, curtaining and furniture. Her design and advice fit our brief for our new build perfectly.
From hunting down that one piece of furniture to styling the whole home, Penny knew where to look and had access to a large range of suppliers in New Zealand as well as local and overseas.
Thank you, Penny, for your insight and experience, and excellent service."
"We renovated our 1890’s cottage six years ago, which we love layout-wise, but for me it never felt quite finished ... I couldn’t completely relax in the open plan living area, as I felt the area didn’t reflect me and my personality.
Penny understood this straight away, and from a brief telephone conversation (between Auckland and Hawkes Bay), a few photos and a couple of emails she magically pulled together a mood board that beautifully summarised everything I wanted - it was incredible.
I was excited and so grateful that someone had been able to interpret my musings and clearly show me what it was that I wanted and that it would work in my home!
Penny is amazing to work with. She is empathetic, passionate, professional and always super prompt. But, for me (an accountant with little creativity) Penny’s two greatest strengths are:
(1) her sixth sense: her ability to understand what you want without fully being able to articulate it yourself is incredible; and ...
(2) her tenacity to turn the vision into reality! Nothing gets in Penny’s way - she fast, thorough and inspirational. She is great at sending through ideas, researching products, getting quotes and chasing me for decisions.
We could never have achieved what we have without Penny - from a design, efficiency or cost perspective!
I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Penny to friends and family."
"My husband and I recently bought our first house and given its style, had no idea how to decorate it or where to start. We are so grateful we found Penny and enlisted her to help us!
She quickly understood our general sense of style, what we did and didn’t like and came back to us with some great ideas. We ended up getting our biggest furniture pieces through her - hallway table, couches, tv console, dining table & chairs.
Our place looks fantastic, I love it and everyone who comes over comments how homely it is, despite us still working on it & doing the finishing touches. Penny is very passionate about what she does, gets excited for new ideas and to find lovely things.
She was always quick to respond to us & once we had put orders in, everything actually arrived earlier than expected which was nice. I would definitely recommend working with her."
"Penny played a key role in a significant project to reinvent our heating showrooms in Hamilton, Hastings and Palmerston North.
Because we sell quality products, it was important to us that the styling reinforced this message. We wanted to create environments within our stores that really showed people just how fabulous our gas and wood fires could look and feel in a range of beautiful home settings.
Penny immediately understood this and presented her concepts and selections clearly, creatively and quickly. Her professionalism and innate sense of our needs combined with her very obvious flair for design have created something really special which we couldn't have done ourselves."
"Without a doubt the best value for money during our recent renovation was engaging Penny from Home Creative. We knew that the task at hand was going to be stressful, blending an old villa with a modern extension and with two little children in tow.
Initially we wanted to engage an interior designer to help with paint colours but it quickly became obvious we would need Penny’s input in so many other areas. From paint colours, bathroom design, tiling, lighting, window dressings, flooring and furniture Penny nailed it every time.
Penny gave us the confidence to step outside our comfort zone and the end result is truly amazing. Penny provided much needed positivity and momentum when the renovation was stalling at times and made the entire process so much more enjoyable (maybe even fun).
We would not hesitate to recommend Home Creative especially to a busy family who is time poor and has difficulty making decisions. Having Penny narrow down the option saved us so much time and stress which was invaluable during our renovation."