Stephanie Atanasovski – Interior Designer, World Of Style by Porter Davis
What attracted you to the industry (and when)?
As a child I always had a creative flair and interest in beautiful design. One of my favourite pastimes was going through display homes to see how they had been decorated and I would compile scrapbooks of inspiration that I loved. I would also analyse the decor and lighting of my favourite cafes and restaurants, along with keeping an eye out for different home designs and inspiring colour palettes. When I hit VCE and started having to think about my career, interior design was the natural pathway for me to work to my strengths and passion.
What do you love most about the industry?
I love working in an industry where I am always being creative and helping people realise their dreams for their own space. Being immersed in interior design every day also means I am constantly learning, creating new styles and ways of working, discovering new furniture and decor, and meeting lots of incredible, talented people along the way.
What do you consider your proudest moment or greatest achievement (in the industry)?
I am very proud to be working in ID Studio, which is a new boutique interior design service at World of Style but open to the public, not only those building with Porter Davis. It has been such a joy to help launch ID Studio and see the concept blossom.
I don’t have one as yet. So far everything in my career has been a good lesson and a great step in the right direction.
It would probably have to be the colours and finishes that were used in the 1980s and 1990s. Shocking!
Going from a colour consultant to an interior designer and focusing more on furniture and decor.
If you had the power, how would you improve the process of building?
I would love to have a 3D model of the home before commencing construction, so that clients have a clear visualisation of what their home will look like, as this can often be difficult.
What’s the biggest misconception people have when building a home?
People often think they are expected to make all of the decisions for their home on their own, which isn’t the case. World of Style by Porter Davis is equipped with an army of experienced interior designers, ready to make their clients’ dream homes come to fruition. Not many people realise that you can come into the showroom and see in person all of the fixtures and fittings next to each other, and then talk through with a skilled professional how it will all come together. They’re ready to help you with every decision, from the colours of your walls to where to place a light switch – all with a cohesive style to create a home that is the ultimate expression of you.
If building tomorrow, what feature would you most like incorporated in your home?
I would love different wallpapers or beautiful stone tiles on my entry wall. It’s lovely to emphasise the entrance to make the home so much more inviting and impressive right from the start. First impressions are everything.
What should prospective buyers look for when choosing a builder?
Choosing a builder is a huge decision and never an easy task. Prospective buyers should assess designs, quality, product range, suppliers, styles and functionality of the home to choose the right build for them. The reputation of the builder is also key as past work is a key indicator of future work.
What do you think building a home will be like in 2030?
I think building a home will become a very expensive process, as there will be so many different styles and designs that may be quite eclectic. The process of building will become faster with the rise of technology, meaning procedures can be executed more efficiently. I imagine we will be able to have a full visualisation of what our home will look like before it has been completed, which will take a lot of the guesswork out of it.