Design studio mixes exclusivity with the unexpected

2012-10-26 00:00

A PROFESSIONAL interior decorator and designer has established a new interior décor and design studio in Chasedene, Pietermaritzburg.

Tracy Kelly, who boasts a wealth of experience in the industry, told The Witness that her new studio, known as Nom de Plume, is aimed at both corporate and domestic clients.

She will be assisted by another experienced colleague, Meryl Edwards.

Kelly is a well-known professional who operated from the city landmark, The Little White House (on 10 Gough Road), and later from other venues in the city.

She told The Witness that the latest investment completed her business offering, as it gave her the ability to showcase products to clients and prospective clients.

“Our studio … has been tastefully decorated to give one a home-from-home ambience and a space that feels comfortable and professional to be in while creating and brain storming concepts of design.

“All decor objets d’art and furniture within the studio are for sale. My intention was to give an added exclusivity to our clients and visitors.

“All items sourced are done so on a small scale, therefore remaining uniquely exclusive to those who purchase them,” explained Kelly.

She added that the establishment is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm.

Kelly, who has a talent for sourcing exclusive and unique items, said her sense of design revolves around being creative, adding that she is inspired by Africa.

“I love all elements of design and enjoy putting pieces that may be unexpected together.

“I am English by birth, but have lived in Africa all my life and so the two have become intertwined into my being. I think that’s possibly why my designs are so adaptable and tend to evolve.

“I desire for my clients homes to be exactly that: a home which is an extension of them, not me, equally so with my corporate projects each company is unique and is treated so in the design process,” Kelly said.

Edwards began her decorating career with former Pietermaritzburg designer Helen Mundy.

She then managed Biggie Best before joining her husband Richard at Edwards and Daly.

“Meryl loves working with fabrics and helping her clients work through the maze of decorating,” Kelly said.

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