stylist & decorator
Aside from the thrill of finding the perfect buffet or cushion, I get a great sense of accomplishment from developing and maintaining relationships with my clients. My clients quickly learn that I am casual in nature and can roll with whatever's thrown at me. I am fastidious and love seeing a project through to completion right down to the placement of that last decorative bowl, the console styling and final flourish of a cushion.
While a healthy decorating budget is music to my ears, I love the challenge of a limited budget to really get creative and use what my clients already own. I enjoy understanding my clients’ sense of what it means to create a home. I am careful to understand a family’s needs before we start selecting pieces - white sofas are not a toddler’s friend! It's important to me to make the home functional and beautiful, they do not have to be mutually exclusive.
I would love to work with you on your space whether it's choosing a powder room wallpaper or a completely new look for your home.
What is the difference between a designer and a decorator?
An interior designer’s role is to create functional, safe, efficient, comfortable and beautiful interior spaces that are fit for their purpose, this includes the ability to make structural changes to a space. An Interior Decorator functions to dress a space, we are the aesthetic specialists advising on lighting, paint colours, fixtures and finishes, furniture selection and final styling elements.
where are you based and will you travel?
I am Sydney based and cover all areas in Sydney, for those areas more than an hour from my base (2065) a travel fee applies.
how long will it take to decorate my home?
How long is a piece of string! If your budget allows for a higher price point then generally these items have lead times anywhere from 6 to 16 weeks. If instant gratification is your thing then just let me know and we can shop exclusively from suppliers who are ready to ship. It usually takes a few weeks to get firm decisions made then a few weeks to order and receive goods. The quicker we can make decisions the quicker you will have an end result!
Claudia had great interior ideas and totally understood my aesthetic and what I like. Claudia had lots of great contacts in the industry and a big knowledge of what was available in different price ranges. I would recommend Claudia to anyone looking for an interior decorator with great knowledge, style and ideas. Rachel, Bondi
Claudia Stephenson is a naturally talented stylist and interior decorator, with a real knack for layering textures, patterns and colour. In the time she has styled for Adore Home magazine, she has shown a great deal of diversity in the styles of homes decorated and styled for photoshoots. As well as having a professional attitude towards her job, she's always friendly and easy to get along with. Loni Parker, editor Adore Magazine
Claudia Stephenson has designed and styled both my bedroom and living room so far and I couldn't be happier with the results. She has not only grasped the look and feel of what I wanted but her suggestions have worked out perfectly and created new dimensions to these spaces. I especially love my new bedroom and feel as though she has designed a space where I am excited to go to bed and wake up in the morning happy when I look around. She is also a pleasure to deal with and very professional. Nikki, Potts Point
I can’t recommend Claudia highly enough. She is down to earth, listens to what you want and has a real knack for design. She is efficient, open to feedback and goes above and beyond to make sure you are happy with the end result. Wonderful service, great ideas and overall a fun, happy person to work with. I wouldn’t hesitate to use her again. Kimberley, Lane Cove
Claudia has an amazing knack of knowing what works and pulling together all the different elements. She was brilliant with narrowing down the style we wanted, and even better at getting us to make (relatively quick) decisions! Once we knew what style we wanted, everything she presented was pretty spot on so the process was quite simple. She is extremely prompt with her communication and the speed that she delivered ideas and concepts & sourced items, kept the project right on track. Highly recommend her services. Edwina, Castlecove
Claudia is a life saver. I had wasted so much time looking for a new dining table, chairs and something for our wall and could never decide. Claudia quickly came up with some beautiful options, professionally presented, and was more than happy to adjust them based on changes in my thinking. We now have a living / dining room I love! Claudia also helped with little questions like exactly where to position a mirror and it took the stress away for me. I’m won’t be buying furniture ever again without Claudia’s help! Thank you, Claudia! Lisa, Bondi
I used Claudia to style our newly purchased home and I am still in awe of the results! Claudia listened to my brief and any feedback I had along the way. She was incredibly patient throughout the entire process and I could always trust her to give me her honest opinion. The quick turnaround on mood boards and shopping lists was also amazing, it made everything seem so seamless and she was such a pleasure to deal with. I have recommended Claudia to my friends and colleagues and they have also been blown away. She easily collaborates with clients and has impeccable style! Kath, Turramurra