KBDI Member Profile: Dawn Powell | Designing Interiors


While working as an interior designer for a build and design company, Dawn Powell saw a gap in the design process.

Taking clients from one showroom to the next would leave them feeling tired, overwhelmed and confused. This was the catalyst that drove Dawn to come up with a service that would be the ultimate stress-free experience for her clients.

Recently celebrating its fifth-year anniversary, Designing Interiors continues its growth in the building and design industry. The team prides itself on getting to know each client, understanding their brief and doing the hard work to present them with the design of their dreams. Dawn and her team now design and facilitate hundreds of projects each year through successful renovations, new builds and commercial fit-outs.

The brief for the project stipulated industrial and timeless, combining warm timbers and concrete features with black fixtures and fittings. “Our client was nervous to trust people with what was to be her dream home,” explains Dawn. “Our job can be very intimate; we have to understand how our clients live, function and what they value as it’s different for every project.”
Through Zoom calls with the client during the pandemic, the team were able to bring together a unique design for the Sunshine Coast home and ultimately achieve the client’s vision. When finally meeting face-to-face on completion of the newly built home, the client expressed her delight with and love for the space, calling it her “sanctuary”.

Amazing additions to the kitchen include the internal pantry, which creates a place to store and plug in small appliances in an easy-to-access location, and retractable doors so the client can continue working with or without the doors open. Key standout features include the thick concrete benchtop coupled with the striking black bar-height bench. “Our client loves to entertain, so she wanted to combine her island bench with a bar to host guests,” says Dawn.

“We wanted a head turner for the back bench, so we coupled Stone Ambassador’s Vasari porcelain on the top and splashback with a feature rangehood from Whispair in matt black.”
A striking barn door encloses a vast butler’s pantry, which leads on to the client’s garage. A built-in wine spot feature has also been included as an additional showstopper to the entertainer’s retreat. The entire home has been designed with function and aesthetics in mind.


Design: Dawn Powell
Finishes: Designing Interiors
Build: Adam Mason Homes

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