Testimonials

Relationship: Client
Project: Online design service for two bathrooms and general advice
Project Date: 2016
Project Price: NFP

Hi Kate,

After a flurry of rather quick decision making we are now on a well-timed  holiday.

Your guidance for our project was absolutely invaluable.

I will certainly send photos through as we see them from the builder. There may well be a time where I send an s.o.s.

Love to have you down to look at finished bathrooms and take photos.

Margaret & Greg

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Relationship: Client  

Project Date: 2016
Project Price: $5,000

Matt the Resene painter is finishing up today. He’s done the bedroom, hall, dining and living room.

The fossil colour is absolutely beautiful.

I’m very happy and also the low odour has been a relief this time of year with the gas
heater on.

So it’s all go at my place.

Many thanks again for your ideas and professionalism.

Mary Searson

Haberfield

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Relationship: Client  
Project Date: 1988 – current
Project Price: $100,000 – $1,000,000

28 years ago I contacted Kate St James to completely renovate and furnish my home in Queensland. That first project was such a resounding success that I subsequently asked her to redesign and fit out my company’s offices. The success of this work led to further projects for my company, my business colleagues and my personal requirements including office design and fit out, residential housing, aged care and retirement living and unit living.

I have always been extremely happy with the quality and standard of Kate’s work and it is always a pleasure to work with her as she is the consummate professional; always delivering projects that have style and flair, are well considered for their purpose, functional and practical. Kate is always on hand with suggestions to do things more efficiently and creatively and I have always relied on her knowledge and professionalism to resolve our design dilemmas on budget and on time. Kate has an amazing ability to visualize a space and realise its full potential as well as communicating with builders and trades to ensure each project is perfectly resolved.

I am about to embark on another project with Kate and I know that this will receive the same skill, expertise, flair and attention to detail that she brings to all of her work. I have no hesitation in recommending Kate St James and I encourage anyone seeking the services of a professional designer to contact Kate; it will be the best decision you ever make.

Ron Hopkins-Managing Director/CEO
Futurecare Pty Ltd
Glenvale Villas Pty Ltd
Retirement Plus Pty Ltd
TLF Developments Pty Ltd


Relationship: Worked with Kate St James
Project Date: 2000 –  current
Project Price: $10,000 – $49,999

Kate St. James, interior designer and editor-in-chief of some of Australia’s leading home design titles, including Grand Designs Australia, has a philosophy which is simple; showcase the very latest in design demonstrating a better way to create and implement the latest looks in an environmentally sustainable, eco-friendly way.

I have worked with Kate on both design projects and magazine content where lifestyle is an essential part of the modern day. Through her design work and magazines Kate definitely has her hand on the creative pulse, always delivering design solutions and publications far ahead of the rest of the pack; always at the forefront with design concepts, architecture, colour and furniture trends.

Barbara Bromley, MDIA
Bromely & Tate Interiors
National Sales for The House of Light and Design


 

Relationship: Worked with Kate St James
Project Date: 2006 – current
Project Price: more than $100,000

After so many years working together in the writing and editing of material for the design industry, it was so stimulating to have you and your architect and design colleagues in Italy. Thanks so much for your tremendous input to this highly successful international study program. It was not only your ability to assess and discuss complex design issues with your colleagues, all of whom work at a high level of expertise, that contributed so greatly to the whole experience, but that you were able to captivate their minds and encourage their thought process through your commanding presence at the lectern, a unique skill when working with a group of highly creative and free thinking people. Your ability as an Editor is well known, appreciated and frequently called upon in the design industry, but I am so impressed with the uncommon skill you show when you address and work with professionals at such a high level. Your success is evidence of your ability.

Isabella M. Dusi
Director, Project Travel International Italy


 

Relationship: Worked with Kate St James
Project Date: Since 1982
Project Price: more than $1,000,000

Kate St James’ involvement in building and interior design spans more than 30 years, during which time I have worked with her on projects from home renovations and new builds, and commercial projects including health, aged care, and hospitality in Australia and Singapore.

Not one to follow trends, Kate takes each project and considers clients’ work and lifestyle requirements, always tailoring solutions to individual tastes and needs. Her grasp of spatial planning, colour, balance, scale and proportion ensures that projects are always well considered and that spaces are used in the most practical way. Kate’s belief that all interiors should enhance the health and wellbeing of occupants, specifying only the most environmentally sustainable, eco-friendly products and practices, ensures interiors not only look great but also enhance the health and wellbeing of occupants.

Kate is currently working with me on a zero carbon urban development in Lismore. This project will be a better than 8-Star Green Star project, approaching Passive House Certification.

Ian Cleland
Director SUCH Developments

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Relationship: Client  

Project Date: 2006
Project Price: $10,000,000

10 MILLION DOLLARS IN SALES IN 8 WEEKS
– 25 Sales from the display unit

“These represent 25 sales, or 70% of the development sold in only 8 weeks and 10 million dollars in sales when other developments in the area remain unsold.”

…Catherine Whitting’s interior styling techniques made the unit seen like something of a much higher price bracket.

This is the second time I have used your company’s services and both times the end result for the client has been fantastic and has made my job much easier…the development consisted of some 35 brand new townhouses. The town homes had been for sale through construction with only five being sold prior to your help… We got your team in to help decorate a unit. This enabled us to sell the remaining 30 units, showing off the young, hip lifestyle that this complex had to offer – and what a result…The completed unit had brilliant feature walls, ultra modern furniture and a true sense of style brought about by the coordinating of the existing, somewhat bland interior, with a colour scheme, art and furniture collection that worked within this existing scheme to enhance and make the unit seem like something of a much higher price bracket. But the bottom line is, now eight weeks later, there are only five units remaining to be sold. These represent 25 sales, or 70% of the development sold in only eight weeks and 10 million dollars in sales when other developments in the area remain unsold.
Congratulations on another success story, I will be working with you again in the future.

Daniel Goodwin
Principal Century 21 Pro wealth Investments


Relationship: Client
Project Date: 2013
Project Price: $20,000

Hi Catherine,
I just rang to say a huge Thank You!!
The furniture arrived yesterday & the place just looks unbelievable. I can’t believe it’s the same place. It is so amazing !

Thanks again,

Simone Donovan
Director – Quay Technology


Relationship: Client
Project Date: 2007
Project Price: $750,000

enhanced the sale price by at least $100,000
– Property Styling

I found  Catherine Whitting to be very professional and helpful at all times. She let me know exactly what was happening at all times. The end product was nothing short of amazing, with the transformation that was made to the property. I can honestly say that the price achieved for the property would have been considerably harder to obtain, if not impossible. I believe that it enhanced the sale price by at least $100,000.

Randall Kemp
C, 21 Coastline properties


Relationship: Client
Project Date: 2008
Project Price: $10,000

enhanced the sale price by at least $120,000

– Property Styling

After many months on the market with very little sales, I called in Cath’s team. They completely fitted out 1 of the 4 properties with beautiful furnishings and within eight weeks. I have sold all four homes. Thank you for seeing the potential of our properties.

Mark Cormack
Hunterford Homes Australia


Relationship: Client
Project Date: 2007
Project Price: $50,000

I bit the bullet and spent 50K transforming an old red brick 1950’s house into something incredible and amazing with Catherine Whitting and her team at Décor InStyle. Catherine’s advice and ideas enabled me to get a very profitable sale. I made an extra $150,000.00 when I sold it. What a success. They are now decorating my business and an investment property I own.;

My business has grown to a ridiculous level and I now LOVE coming to work

Cameron Bullus
Hillsborough Physio April 2007


Relationship: Design Education Partnership
Project Date: 2010
Project : Cockatoo Island Sydney Harbour Trust

Catherine,

Thanks so much for last night on behalf of everyone from the Trust – we enjoyed ourselves tremendously and were blown away by the quality of the work of the students. The organisation was also great and the pride of everyone involved in the evening was clear
to see.

Andrew Woodmansey


Relationship: Design Education students TAFENSW SWSi
Project Date: 2007- present day

“Catherine thank you for helping me to discover my love of design, after 17 Years working in a day job that I did not enjoy I now know what I want to do and who I am.
I was lost before and have found myself, thank you for making this happen”
Sri Etkat 2011 Lidcombe Design Student

“ I started the course to gain skills in my trade to take over my Father’s business. I never knew that I would discover my talents so quickly. Thank you Catherine for making
me realise that I have what it takes, exhibiting at THE BLOCK LIVE was one of my proudest moments, I am sure that Dad is watching and proud of me”
Peter La Maison Interiors

“Catherine your classes are inspirational and always have me running back for more, you make everything seem exciting and possible you should write a book we just love
listening to you talk about design …its just not the same without you One lesson with you and my confidence is back and I know I can achieve anything”
Louise Barbuto Residential Styling Lidcombe Design


 

 

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