“We had an excellent working professional relationship with Selena over a 5-month period. The works undertaken on our 20 year old home included a main entrance, 2 bathrooms, powder room and a family laundry. Plus extra advice and support for our kitchen.
Selena advised us, drew up plans to scale and remained accountable by managing the project in a timely, dignified, thoughtful and enabling manner.
Our builder complimented Selena on her vision, accurate measurements plus advice and support in regards to fittings as well as colour selection of tiles, walls and floor tiles.
The plans made quoting so much easier for the trades who often referred to the plans drawn by Selena. Because of the vast selection of choice out there, one can become confused and almost paralysed.
To simplify complex choices was not an easy one for my husband and myself; we lacked personal experience in such matters, not to mention our confusion with advice from other interested family members and well-meaning friends. We wanted the best result, not only for us to be comfortable, but also for later resale value.
In the end, expert advice from Selena actually saved us money on high end products and the whole experience was made more predictable.
“I employed Selena to help me come up with a design for renovating and modernising a ‘Federation style’ entryway to a brick house and integrating it into a larger landscape plan. She was very prompt, came up with detailed drawings for the builder, sourced an excellent, meticulous builder and worked with the landscaping company to help marry the two projects. Her advice on the new deck, the colour scheme and the door style were all excellent and I am delighted with the result.”
“In the infancy and for the duration of this project, everything requested and required was delivered promptly, easily and professionally. Selena was personable and agreeable throughout whilst being constructive, proactive, creative, and challenging where required. At the end of the project, it was natural to advise Selena of the completed result, as she was an invested part of our team.”
Jayson Ward – Warrnambool Eyecare
“Having no experience in the new home building game, I was becoming overwhelmed with all the decisions that needed to made, especially in regards to colour schemes. Our builder suggested using the interior design services of Simpatico Interior Design. At first, I thought it was being a bit extravagant using a “designer” but straight away Selena made me feel at ease. She was quick to recognise the style I preferred and suggested different options without pushing her own agenda. The samples of different materials and colours she was able to supply made the decision process much easier. I can thoroughly recommend Selena White and her design services.”
“I am a real estate developer in USA and wanted to get a complete set of drawings for my parents bathroom remodel, as I would not be in Australia to help with the construction. Being in the industry, I know the importance of having a good set of plans. This was the best investment we made in the project; it saved us a lot more than the cost of the plans and ensured a smooth project. The builder had a full set of plans to hand to all the subcontractors who worked on the project and everyone knew exactly what they were bidding on. Selena’s plans really helped with pricing and scheduling, as everyone knew the program. In my industry, I am always amused when people spend a lot of money on a project and don’t want to spend a small percent of the project cost on a proper set of plans and solid, educated advice. It always ends up costing more with change orders and time. Selena also met my parents at the bathroom store and helped them with all the picks that were outlined in absolute detail on the plans. The contractor was impressed with the level of detail on the plans and indicated that they really helped him. He commented that he rarely had a good set of plans to work off. Project completed on time and budget and looks amazing. Great job Selena – this would not have been possible without your professional help. We were very fortunate to have found you TN.”
Peter, Knoxville TN, USA
“We have used Simpatico on several houses. Selena is very professional and she listens to you, understanding your taste. She is then able to select external surfaces, windows, carpet, paint, tiles, blinds, curtains, pavers, bench tops, taps, lights, anything really – and it fits together, like they are made for each other. We highly recommend Simpatico – we have been really happy with the results.”
Annie & Stephen, Torquay
“WOW! One of the best decisions we made. Selena was amazing; she is a real natural with design flair and foresight oozing at every turn. She interpreted our tastes and needs, then with her technical skills, industry knowledge and visionary mind, she pumped out the most brilliant plan – perfect for us. She gave the best tips and tricks drawn from her great experience in the industry, she delivered on everything she promised, she was very professional and so easy going. Selena really saved our house from being drab. We both can’t sing her praises highly enough – definitely money well spent.”
Christina and Hans, Daylesford
“We love our home. A huge investment in every aspect of our lives: emotional, physical, time-wise, and more – it was a project of the heart. When so much of us was invested in such a dream, we needed the end result to be right. To help us achieve this dream, we had Selena on board. Not only is Selena excellent with colours and design, she has a knack of being able to speak ‘tradie’. Where we may have been lost and bamboozled, Selena could talk the talk and walk the walk. Her rapport with all those on site was not only helpful, but reassuring. Selena listens, never imposing her ideas or visions on a reluctant client, but really listens, takes on board, and helps mould an awesome outcome. We would recommend Selena for any task – big or small.”
Leah and Paul, Aireys Inlet
“Even though it’s been over 15 months, we still argue over who’s genius idea it was to engage Simpatico’s Selena White as our interior designer on our renovated ‘beach house’. With architect plans and little more than 2 ½ walls and the ground timber floor of the old house remaining, we suspected that we would need some assistance. And what a genius idea it turned out to be!
Selena’s brilliant eye for colour and her ability to visualise size gave both the finished interior and exterior that ‘wow’ factor that every home owner tries to obtain. Her attention to detail and follow-up was thorough. It gave us the assurance that things would happen as planned. We were never placed in a position of having to make decisions on the run that may have left us with results that we may have regretted.
Selena’s wealth of industry contacts provided us with many options from which to choose: tiles: carpets: furniture: lights: etc., and the use of her sophisticated computer graphic software proved invaluable in showing us exactly how these items would look in our renovated house. On a professional level, Selena’s ability to speak and understand ‘builder’ gave our construction team confidence in her ideas and recommendations.
So impressed are we with Selena, we have since engaged her to put her skills to work in renovating our Melbourne residence.”
Isobell and Geoffrey, Point Roadknight
“The aspect that pleased me the most was Selena’s willingness to take over a task which I felt would be overwhelming and time-consuming. I had to make decisions in a hurry for the builder regarding kitchen, dining room and living room storage. My husband and I had heard about Simpatico Interior Design from a colleague and asked Selena if this was something she would undertake. With great gusto and imagination she arrived punctually and very patiently went through all the things we wanted to store: CD’s and DVD’s, books, linen, vacuum cleaner, rubbish containers, ironing board etc. Her creativity was evident and she made several great suggestions for the kitchen. We were amazed and delighted at how easy this all became – by having a highly professional designer to take the responsibility for this task. She has style and elegance and most importantly, she’s a woman who listens to women! We are so delighted with the results, I would gladly recommend her to anyone.”
Stephen and Fran, Melbourne
“As a builder on the Surf Coast and in Geelong, I have used Selena’s services exclusively for the past 6 years. She finds solutions to my design challenges, and pushes me to think outside the box, whilst still being attentive to my requirements and practical about the constraints of each project. She goes out of her way to ensure my needs are met in a timely manner, and is very flexible in her approach. Selena has a friendly manner and always brightens up my job sites. She’s also got a really firm grasp on the construction industry, which helps me immensely by saving time and preventing potential pitfalls – we’re already starting off on the same page. She just knows what looks good! I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her for any project.”
Michael Russell, Doorton Pty Ltd