D for Design, Interior Design, Kapiti Coast, Wellington, NZ




We live in a large house with wonderful views and a lot of sun, however, we lived in a house, not a home.

We thought we could try and make it a beautiful home, but we did not have a clue as to what we were doing, to the point that we seriously considered selling it.

Then we were referred to Sandy. We looked at her work online and decided to contact her as this was the direction we wanted to go within terms of design and style.

From the initial consultation, we felt very comfortable dealing with Sandy, whom we found to be very accommodating, professional and extremely talented.

Over the last 12 months, we have worked with Sandy to furnish and style our lounge and large open plan living areas.

We would highly recommend Sandy as she was a pleasure to work with and has successfully fulfilled our vision of creating a sophisticated yet warm and inviting home, where we can make the most of each living space.


Her choice of timeless furniture, fabrics and art, flow beautifully throughout the house and the shutters she suggested are perfect in so far as that one can regulate the heat coming into the house and they also look amazing!
We love the final outcome and recommend Sandy to anyone!

J & D


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Words cannot describe how wonderful Sandy has been.


She has helped me to create my dream home with her creative ideas, professionalism and ability to see and imagine things I didn't think were possible!


Sandy is easy to work with and made the whole process an enjoyable experience. I cannot thank her enough for her patience with our project and its changing demands. 


Thank you, Sandy, for your hugely appreciated honesty regarding design decisions, managing various demands all at once, and your constant willingness to go above and beyond.

Sasha Williams


We moved from an old villa into a much more modern house and found that a lot of our furniture and accessories didn’t suit the new home. As a couple, we also had quite different ideas about styles and colours. In addition, we are very time-poor and were struggling to find the right furniture pieces and create a coherent look.

Thankfully we found Sandy! She listened to what we wanted, created a consistent and thoughtful design that we both liked, and then searched far and wide for the right pieces. Some were made bespoke, and some were inexpensive. She also used the pieces we already had wherever possible.

Once all the major items were in place, Sandy then accessorised the spaces to make them beautiful but comfortable.


Apart from being the most stylish person on the planet, Sandy is also a warm, friendly person who lets you have as much input as you like into the process and doesn’t hesitate to gently disagree if she believes something won’t work.


Although we paid Sandy for her services, we actually saved so much in time, that it seems like we got a bargain. If you are thinking of working with an interior designer, don’t hesitate to hire Sandy if she is available – you won’t regret it.

Andrea and Ross Anuzis


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As soon as I started working with Sandy I knew she was someone I could trust completely.


She understood exactly what would appeal to me and came up with a design for my new beach house that I absolutely love.


Sandy has great attention to detail which ensures the look is consistent and everything works together. She goes the extra mile, even helping to unpack and assemble furniture and choose and hang pieces of art to bring the whole look together.

I have no hesitation in giving Sandy the highest recommendation.

Liz Koh






It is always a pleasure working with Sandy. She can turn a sketchy brief into something quite magical.

I have worked with Sandy over the past 12 months on the conceptualising and procurement of items for our new home build. Her input and styling ability has made our house a pleasure to be in. 

She is easy to work with has a wealth of wonderful ideas, enthusiasm and experience and continually goes the extra mile to ensure the best outcome

We have had fun together and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her. 

Sylvia Smith


Over the past 18 months, Sandy has worked with me to stage 3 newly renovated apartments for sale.  

On each occasion, the style Sandy created was the perfect blend of modern but relaxed, a very clever mix of affordable pieces combined with luxurious items.  Real estate agents and buyers alike were extremely complimentary of the end result and in all cases, the apartments sold quickly, often including the beautiful furniture and accessories! 

I am continually amazed at Sandy's ability to envisage the end product, sometimes without even seeing the space - Facetime is a brilliant invention!  Her time spent growing up in Europe provides a unique perspective on how to use small spaces in the most practical (and stylish!) way.  She has an abundance of energy and ideas and no problem is too big or too small.  

I am now working with Sandy to update my own home.  I love the way that she takes the time to really understand our personal tastes, preferences and price range.  Then she executes perfectly.

I would highly recommend Sandy for any interior design work - a large project or small space!

R. Chalmers, Auckland.


Sandy Aiken helped me with the interior of my new home at Raumati Beach.

She has great style and a wonderful sense of space and colour.

I particularly appreciated that she was sympathetic to all my ideas, 

especially my desire to reupholster my antique family furniture.

I really enjoyed working with her and wish her all the best for any future projects.


Susanna Grace



"Sandra Aiken has been engaged in styling two homes for me. One is a very highly specified home designed by a leading architect the other a late 1990's house. Both have different styles with different needs.

I struggled to complete the finishing touches of these homes even though the services of interior designers have been engaged on previous occasions. Until recently I have not been aware of any stylists in Wellington able to achieve the high level of finishing Sandra can achieve. 

Sandra works very well with items you already possess and wish to retain and adds a wonderful new dimension. Decisions are made easily and quickly. 

We now receive a great pleasure when we arrive in the finished room.


PS. I have always loved the work of Virginia Fisher creator of the interiors at Huka Lodge, Kauri Cliffs, and Millbrook and other lodges. I believe Sandra has similar abilities and I highly recommend Sandra for styling your home. Sandra is a pleasure to work with".

L. Lindsay


"We approached Sandra and her brief was to provide an elegant sophisticated interior for our home in the Wairarapa. She has worked with us over a period of eighteen months and we have found Sandy to be very accommodating with our requirements for the interior.

She has achieved a high level of interior design which included the design of the furniture, carpet selection, colours of interiors, rugs, and finishing pieces.

The project included the lounge, dining, kitchen, bedrooms, study and self-containedaccommodation.

We highly recommend Sandra Aiken".

L. McManaway


"Over a period of 5 months, Sandra and I completely furnished a large five bedroom house together. At times, I was amazed by her energy and motivation as it became clear that it was a much larger project than I had anticipated. Sandra was wonderful to work with.

She has a classical yet creative sense of style and is both practical and innovative in her approach and is always willing and open to considering another idea or approach. At times, she did not entirely agree with everything I chose but she encouraged me to create an environment that reflected us as a family and felt like home and was always happy to change direction to incorporate a new colour or object to make the room work. She is also very practical and was happy to look for inexpensive pieces to add in with designer pieces in keeping with a family home environment.

Sandra is a talented Designer and a person of warmth and integrity. I would not hesitate to recommend her as an Interior Designer for any project large or small and wish her all the very best for the future".

F. Jones


"I can't recommend Sandra highly enough to anyone looking to furnish and design the Interiors of their home. Sandra has vision, talent and excellent taste. Most importantly, she listened to our thoughts and incorporated them into the design and furnishing of our home. She's also very personable, very hardworking (always going the extra mile) and easy to work with.

I have worked with many Interior Designers in the past and none of them are at the level Sandra is. The final result exceeded our expectations and our house has been transformed into a beautiful home. We are thrilled!"

E. Crosset


"For my birthday,my husband promised me a cabinet I loved at Corso De Fiori. After getting it at home and deciding it went absolutely with nothing in our home, we worked with Sandra to create a fantastic look for our lounge. I loved 'Beachy' and I loved the 'french' look. Sandra helped us mix it all together to create the look we now have. She also helped with other rooms in our house. We are thrilled with the outcome and had loads of fun doing it.

Because we were so happy with what was achieved in our home we went back to Sandra to help us with our tiny dated office. another superb look was achieved and we have had nothing but incredible comments about how lovely our new office looks. I can thoroughly recommend Sandra to anyone wanting advice on achieving a certain look for their home; she is friendly, fun and easy to work with. We would never go to anyone else when wanting advice and would recommend her to absolutely everyone."

K. Clark


"Sandra visited our home, took photographs and listened to our thoughts, she returned a few days later with a selection of items and suggestions.

We have to say we are absolutely delighted with the end result, her skill, her ideas the several visits with other items, her suggestions on the rearrangement of items that we already owned gave us exactly the look we set out to achieve.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Sandra in assisting with home interior decoration, you will not be disappointed".

S. & E. Murrell


"Sandra Recently helped me to furnish my holiday house. It was quite an undertaking and Sandra and I worked together on it over a number of weeks.

During this time she was professional, listened very intently and interpreted ideas efficiently and exactly. She was enthusiastic, and above all, very talented at Interior Design. My house looks amazing, and I know that I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without her help.

I have recommended her to many of my friends with the knowledge that they will be as happy with the end product as I am".

L. Shackleton


"I was introduced to Sandra Aiken in August 2011 when I was required to furnish an apartment that we own in Mount Maunganui.

I have found Sandra to be vivacious,helpful, positive & fun loving woman in every respect.

Sandra was 100 percent professional and helpful, going out of her way to order, (if necessary) organise and coordinate the safe delivery of all pieces selected.

Without seeing the apartment or even photo's of the apartment, with only floorplans at hand, Sandra successfully selected pieces of furniture of the right proportion, style & colour. Sandra's talent and discerning taste took the stress out of purchasing the furniture, linen, china and object d'artrequired to turn the apartment into a beautiful and comfortable living space.

To any person in need of assistance in Interior Design, who is looking for an enjoyable experience with a thoroughly professional Designer, without reserve, I highly recommend Sandra Aiken."

D. Mear


"I called on Sandy when we needed to create a beautiful room in our clinic for our new hyperbaric chamber. The brief was to decorate a small space which included specific medical equipment. She was allowed only a limited budget however she worked miracles. 


Everyone who comes into the room comments on how timelessly stylish and calm it is to be in. Sandy was always professional and hard working, going the extra mile to research things which were tricky and sourcing lovely items for the room. I can highly recommend her work."


M. Young, City Osteopaths


"Sandra Aiken was our talented visual merchandiser and interior stylist for the Corso de’ Fiori store, Wellington.  Sandra kept the Corso de’ Fiori store looking fresh and attractive and inspired many customers with her innovative displays. 

Through Sandra’s sheer hard work and talent, Corso de’ Fiori successfully developed a specialist interior consultation service.  Sandra was able to listen to her clients’ needs and gain their trust and consequently project managed a variety of interior design & styling projects throughout New Zealand.

Sandra was a great team member and well respected for her dedication and work ethic, nothing was too much trouble and she would put in long hours to provide the ultimate interior design solutions for clients.  Highly reliable, conscientious and honest, at all times Sandra proved to be a person of integrity and an allround wonderful employee".

Margot Acland, DIRECTOR, Acland Holdings Limited