An award-winning Queensland kitchen and its amazing designer


Ashley Maddison is a name that pops up ever so often in kitchen design circles, and with good reason.

Her studio AM Interior Studio has been winning significant design awards of late, including the KBDi All Bathrooms Design Award for Queensland. AM Interior Studio is the result of many years of thoughtful, hard work, and the results are already beginning to show.

Ashley always wanted to be an interior designer and wanted to have her own studio. She completed her diploma in Interior Technology from Southbank TAFE with a high distinction in 2006, but went back to university to get a degree in Interior Design from QUT, which she completed with a first class honours in 2012.

“Uni showed me another way to approach a design and TAFE prepared me for the practical sides of the job, such as software programs and documenting,” she shares.

Subsequently, Ashley worked for architects and a bespoke joinery company before going out on her own nearly five years ago. She opened her new studio in Morningside late last year.

Ashley has an enviable work ethic. She says she puts 110 per cent into everything she does, no matter the size of the project. She works with the client/builder/architect at the floor plan stage, creating a custom design for each of her jobs. She loves to challenge the norm. “I question everything: ‘Does it need to be like that or can we change it?’ That really helps stop your designs looking stagnant,” she says.

She says she finds inspiration all around her, and is always researching. “A designer’s mind never shuts off at 5pm. I like finding a hidden beauty in something and applying it to an interior setting,” says Ashley of her process. Most of all, she wants to look back at her work and be inspired and proud of what she has achieved.

Photography Brock Beazley Photography

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