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Chic and edgy interior decoration and design

Interior Decorator delivering solutions as unique as Port Stephens



Your interior decorator should be making it all about Port Stephens

Julie Evans is a residential and commercial interior decorator servicing the Port Stephens area. Port Stephens is a beautiful New South Wales coastal area, approximately three hours north of Sydney and sits within the state's second most populated region, capturing itself within it along with Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.

Interior decorating styles that are unique for you, your space and Port Stephens

Our approach is different to most. Just like you are unique, and so is your space - so too is our interior decorating approach and our interior decorator services. We don't roll out the same style for every job and we don't make our work about us. We don't have a shop full of stock that we need to sell so we push it all onto our customers whether it's right for them or not. We don't have a cookie cutter approach to our work where every outcome is the same.


My job is to bring together the potential of your space with its inherent residential or commercial function and combine with that your personal style preferences into a harmonious solution that makes your heart sing.

Home interior Nelson Bay & Port Stephens

The beautiful coastal scenes that dominate Nelson Bay and the greater Port Stephens area drives classic coastal living and lifestyle, which is also reflected in home interiors and decor. Coastal interior design styling, along with other interior design styles like Hamptons, Country along with Contemporary and Modern are all timeless and executed well in keeping with the coastal lifestyle that defines living in Port Stephens. 

Top 5 classic interior decor sign styles for Port Stephens

Some interior decorating styles lend themselves naturally to the Port Stephens coastal lifestyle, environment and building style. 

  1. Modern Coastal (Hamptons). Learn more

  2. ​Contemporary​​​​​. ​​Learn more​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  3. ​Transitional. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Learn more​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  4. ​Hygge. ​​Learn more​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  5. ​Modern​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​. ​​​​​​Learn more​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

How do you choose and know it's right? Here's my top tip: you have to love it. It has to make your heart sing. Here's how to make that happen. Check out my interior decorator services, look at my interior decorator process then reach out and get it touch so we can discuss.  

Choosing the interior decoration style for your Port Stephens home and knowing it's right

Port Stephens kitchens and bathrooms

It's no wonder that kitchens and bathrooms receive such focus and priority from Port Stephens new home builders and renovators alike, There are no two areas of your home where function and aesthetics MUST be in harmonious synchronicity for your heart to sing in those spaces.

Kitchen designer Port Stephens

We deliver well thought out, planned and executed kitchen designs for Port Stephens with all the drawings and documentation that your builder needs to make it happen. Take a look at my project portfolio.

Bathroom designer Port Stephens

We deliver well thought out, planned and executed bathroom designs for Port Stephens with all the drawings and documentation that your builder needs to make it happen. Take a look at my project portfolio.

Nelson Bay  homewares

No matter where you are in Nelson Bay, Salamander Bay or anywhere else in Port Stephens, where do you source your homewares, art, furnishings and interior decoration pieces? 

Buy locally in Port Stephens but beware the risks

You can buy local, but there can be risks. Do the stores carry stock that match your interior design style? Can you buy what you want, or only what they sell? Will you end up with what everyone else has in Port Stephens?

Want to lower your risk? Try my Let's Shop service where I ride-along with you on a shopping trip and you can buy with confidence with the support of a Professional.

Buy outside of Port Stephens from my suppliers and bank the savings

The better option is to buy through my Furniture and Art Finder service. I have access to many incredible suppliers, many of whom only sell wholesale to trade and do not sell to retail, so you won’t find their products in any store. Your homewares won't be the same as everyone else in Nelson Bay or Port Stephens.

Your budget will go further, because I pass 100% of my trade discount to you, meaning your dollar goes further.

Port Stephens commercial interior decorator

Commercial interior decorating needs to deliver on more fronts than just function and aesthetics. Julie Evans Design are experienced in delivering commercial decorating  solutions that deliver the business outcomes our clients seek, while also delighting their customers and staff.

At Julie Evans Design, we're experienced with commercial interior decorating for new builds and refits or refurbishments of existing premises. We know that commercial interior decorating needs to deliver on productivity requirements and sales and revenue fronts for hospitality and restaurants. We know that commercial spaces need to be functional, deliver on their style aesthetic, do their job, be long lasting and cost effective.  

Commercial interior decorator Port Stephens

Office interior decorator Port Stephens

Office interiors, like commercial interiors need to do their job as well as meet functional aesthetic objectives. Office spaces need to deliver on productivity objectives, support job satisfaction and provide the right environment to deliver on business objectives. Julie Evans Design has years of experience delivering office interior decorating solutions for commercial clients.

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Home renovator interior decorator services for Port Stephens

The other category of project that Julie Evans Design sees as an interior decorator in the Port Stephens area are the renovators who are extending parts of their home to accommodate a growing family. In these instances, Julie can help with the selection of fixtures and finishes as with a new build. She can also work with you to ensure a cohesive design look and feel across both the old and new parts of the home. This can be through paint colours, flooring and complementary furniture and decor selections. These types of projects are quite flexible for clients and Julie can be as involved as you need her to be.

New home interior decorator services for Port Stephens

Julie Evans Design will work with you prior to commencing your new home build to choose all the materials and fixtures and finishes for your new home. Including items like flooring, paint colours, lighting, benchtops, cabinetry, tiles and even exterior finishes like bricks and pavers. This helps to streamline the process with your builder and ensure that decisions are not made on the fly. When your new home is complete, Julie can also assist with sourcing furniture and decor to compliment your new spaces, and if you buy through her with her suppliers, you'll receive 100% of the trade discount or wholesale pricing making your budget go that little bit further.

Newcastle interior decorator

Julie Evans Design is a Newcastle based interior decorator, servicing Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens areas. At different times in her adult life she has lived and worked in each of those areas, or a stones throw from Lake Macquarie. Having lived and worked in each community, she knows the lifestyle, environment and style of each region intimately. 

Interior decorating for Port Stephens

Homes in Port Stephens fall into two categories. Julie Evans Design has rich experience working with both.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How much does a interior decorator cost?

Interior decorator costs can vary depending on the size and number of spaces you want to work on, the extent or scope of work to be conducted and the speed at which you wish the work to be done. As a rule, it’s best to allocate a percentage of overall project budget to interior decorating, to create the plan on which your execution will be based. Julie Evans Design is one of the few interior decorators who passes on the full trade discount to her clients, so that her fees are frequently recouped – often at a multiple – by the savings her clients make allowing them to stretch or save their budget as they like.

Question: Why hire a Newcastle interior decorator when I live in Port Stephens?

As you would know living in Port Stephens, Newcastle is just down the road. There are suburbs that are further away from each other in Sydney, so the distance isn't really a big deal. Julie Evans Design services a large area encompassing Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens. In population terms, it's the second largest area in New South Wales. Being Newcastle based means Julie Evans Design gets to work on a broad variety of jobs across residential and commercial sectors, markets, styles, geographies - you name it. That variety keeps us fresh, broadens our supplier base and keeps us in tune with the very latest in building, interior architecture, design, decoration and style.

Question: Why hire an interior decorator?

An interior decorator is an expert on your side, working for you. They’re a professional, trained in their field with knowledge specific to their profession that others don’t have. An interior decorator should save you money, or at least not cost your budget more. Their expertise extends to knowing where you can save with value options, to free up your budget to focus on areas or pieces that matter most. An interior decorator will save you time through their project management skills, and because they work on projects like yours all day, every day. An interior decorator knows how to bring the wow factor to your space if that’s what you’re looking for, and have resources and contacts to call on to bring your project to completion.

Question: How well does Julie Evans Design know Port Stephens?

I know Port Stephens really well. I've lived there. In my younger years I bought a house in Port Stephens and worked within the community. I know it like a local because I was a local. As an interior decorator my job is to bring the function and design aesthetic of your space(s) together in harmony, to reflect your lifestyle and the very special and unique coastal environment that Port Stephens is famous for.

Question: How do you make your money as an interior decorator?

I charge a fee for service that's clear and presented upfront and totally transparent. From the very beginning of working with me you'll know my costs. You won't find surprises along the way and I don't make hidden commissions anywhere. I don’t have a homewares shop with stock that I’m trying to sell to you at a profit. I don’t make a commission from my suppliers and their prices aren't marked up to you when you buy from them. Your happiness, satisfaction and delight is my only goal.

Question: Can I work with you on interior design but buy my furnishings and decor items locally?

Yes of course you can. Buying locally makes sense - it keeps money in the economy, it keeps people employed and it supports local business. But here's the thing and I know this because I've lived in Port Stephens... choice and range aren't great and because of that, you can end up with the same pieces that everyone else has and is that what you really want? Also do you want to buy what you can get in Port Stephens or do you want to buy what you love? When you buy through me from my suppliers you can be pretty sure it will be unique to you, and I pass on 100% of the wholesale price or trade discount to you. That means I'm impartial - I don't make anything off what you buy, and you bank the savings. It's totally up to you. 

Question: What’s the difference between an interior designer and interior decorator?

Interior design is the art and science of understanding human behaviour and how it applies in a spatial context to maximise the form and function of that space. Interior decoration is the styling, or furnishing of a space with functional and decorative pieces to achieve a design aesthetic. While there is some overlap between the two, the difference between the two is that interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.

Find out more about what Julie Evans Design offers and how they can help you by checking out their suite of interior decorator services or stop by their instagram or pinterest pages for more idea and inspiration. Talk to Julie about how she can transform your space(s) and help them reach their full potential.

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