Vikki Montalban from VMDesign, March 2014

Saturday, March 01, 2014

You may have noticed we’ve had a little break from our Designer of the Month, but now that we are back full swing into 2014 we thought it was time you met another of the talented designers we are fortunate enough to partner with.

For March our Designer of the Month is Vikki Montalban from VMDesign Studio in Oakleigh, Melbourne. We love her thoughtful, modern interiors and incredible attention to detail. Browsing through her portfolio of work you can’t help but notice how liveable her designs really are and, of course, her clever use of BQ Design soft furnishings.

Scroll down to check out our interview with Vikki and see some of VMDesign's enchanting interior design further down the page.

Introducing VMDesign

We caught up with Vikki to find out more about VMDesign Studio and their design philosophy.

Tell us a little about VMDesign Studio

We’re a boutique interior design studio specialising in personalised affordable solutions. Whether it be a renovation, new build, furniture/furnishings or styling and decorating, we pay mindful attention to space, style and function. For each and every project, we work closely with our clients to ensure we craft interiors that are truly reflective of them.

What’s a typical working day in your life like?

Every day is different. Being a full service design studio, my days vary depending on the projects I am working on. I might have a design meeting at my Oakleigh studio before heading off to a site to discuss a renovation or supervise a delivery, then it’s back to the studio to work on selections or a design drawing.

What do you love about being an Interior Designer?

I am inspired by the joy of design, textiles and colour. It is my passion to create beautiful homes for our clients with interiors that are finely detailed and truly reflective of their personalities.

It’s often the small elements in a project that give the most joy to my clients - whether it’s a mini hub for mobile phones, computers, and school newsletter storage, a really well organised laundry with lots of highly functional areas hidden behind the cupboards, or a special place to read such as a little nook near a window with a built-in window seat, cushions and a bookshelf.

I'm not just there to design the layout and choose finishes, there’s always room for extra intimate details that can really turn the space into a home for the person that’s living there.

It may not be the same thing that’s special to each person, however everyone wants to love where they live, and that’s where I can help.

What is the most challenging part of your industry?

Having a budget to work with, no matter how big or small, is a challenge I embrace. Being able to create a perfect design solution and representing the best interests of my clients, while sticking to a budget is something that I’m always very conscious of.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your industry?

To produce a successful outcome for a client you really need to have the right information at hand. So research is incredibly important. I highly recommend staying up-to-date on the latest interior design, decorating and technology trends as this is a great way to source inspiration for current and future projects.

What’s on the horizon for you and your company?

We have some exciting developments within VMDesign Studio at the moment. We’re thrilled to be launching our new website and we’ve also just brought on a new design team member, Bridget Ryan. Of course, we will continue to provide the high level of personalised service that our clients have come to expect.

What is it like to partner with BQ Design?

To compliment our design philosophy, we have carefully selected a network of workrooms, craftspeople and tradespeople to ensure the successful outcome of our projects. BQ Design match our business ethics by offering excellent quality and customer service with every project.

Find out more about VMDesign Studio

To view more of the beautiful designs Vikki and her team have created, you can check out the VMDesign Studio website or visit their Pinterest or Houzz pages.

Alternatively, contact VMDesign Studio directly via the details below:

Vikki Montalban - 0425740673

VMDesign Studio - 0395040521


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