"I first discovered Di Baker and her wonderful interior design company when I was buying a brand new townhouse in Wellington and was searching for an interior designer who could help me furnish it, from top to toe, in a style that I could best describe as "informal elegance". I knew broadly the look I wanted, but had no idea how to get there and knew I could make a lot of expensive mistakes along the way if I tried to do it myself.
I looked at many websites but was immediately attracted to Di Baker Interiors', not only because of the photos of her lovely interior designs for a wide range of homes, but also because of the way she described her approach to her work - showing a real empathy for her clients' needs and styles, listening to what they wanted and being mindful of budgets.
Having given Di a rather vague description of what I had in mind, she quickly translated this into what would transform a very modern house into a stylish but comfortable home. For each room she presented me with several concepts, drawing on the incredible range of suppliers - furniture, fabrics, and lightening - with whom she has close relationships. Di was also very willing to be flexible, accommodating a couple of sentimental antiques I had into a very modern house, combining classical with contemporary styles.
Di gives a very personal, very professional service, prompt and efficient at all times. I was absolutely thrilled with the end result and still say to friends that it was the best decision I ever made!" Tricia
"My partner and I enlisted Di Baker’s help after being overwhelmed with decisions for opening our small business. In our initial consultation with Di she began asking us questions about our vision for the space and sharing her vast knowledge, we knew that her professional skills were needed.
Di and her team were brilliant in helping us, even being a small scale job, they provided us with a lot of their time and effort. They helped us select colours and materials to be used to match the old Décor of our building, the James Smith building. They provided us with information on what areas should be lit properly, how to match flooring with fabrics, best colour/ finishes for our rooms that allowed ease of maintenance and so much more! Di has great established relationships with a range of suppliers that made it easy with the fit out for our business.
Needless to say, having DBI come on board to make our vision a reality was the best decision we made. We are so very happy with the outcome and highly recommended Di Baker Interior designs. We very much look forward to using them again in any future endeavours." Samantha and Kevin
"We engaged Di Baker of Di Baker Design when we extensively renovated our family home in Waikanae in 2002. The transformation from a traditional rural home into a modern family home was made all the more exceptional with Di Baker’s excellent selection of colours and fabric which enhanced the spaciousness of the living areas and added a subtle touch of class - without being ostentatious. That was one of the features of the house which helped to sell it earlier this year..
Seven years later, with our three boys grown up and away from home, we downsized into a modern property in Wellington city with unusual but appealing dimensions and panoramic harbour views. What it was lacking however was interior character. We chose Di Baker again for the transformation, which was more extensive than the work done in Waikanae - and she did not disappoint! The choice of furniture for the living area (all custom made), fabrics, colour and surrounding fixtures were magic which complemented our character, lifestyle and blended perfectly with the extensive glass surrounds and magnificent harbour view and exterior light. We liked it so much we have retained Di to transform the bedrooms as well.
Di Baker’s strength is her ability to blend and balance colours, fittings and furniture with the shape, size and character of the interior of the house, keeping them in context with the exterior and creating a ‘home’ that not only has ambience and aura that is a joy to live in but also reflects the client’s expectations and character. Di Baker Design helped us to create our own slice of heaven, a place we enjoy, at peace with and look forward to waking up to!" Sue and Mike