The team at NM Design are passionate about interior design and are committed to providing design solutions tailored specifically for each client.

We will:

  • Listen to you and understand what you are wanting to achieve and help you make it a reality.

  • Present you with a couple of options for you to choose from, rather than having to face the overwhelm of all the choices available on the market.

  • Source product for you that you may not have even realised was available or would be suitable.

  • Be available to answer questions that you or your builder or other tradespeople will have, in a very timely way.

  • Be fully committed to your project and to delivering you the best interior design solutions.

I never would have thought to work with an interior designer. My husband suggested it and boy am I glad we did! Nicola is amazing as you will see from the before and after’s below.

She has such vision and thinks outside the box, but also works in with your vision making the process a fun and high value one. Nicola is well connected in terms of tradies and she is very fussy with their work (which I love by the way) as the workmanship is just beautiful.

We love our new home! Full paint, carpet through out – wardrobe systems, air conditioning and 3 sparkly designer bathrooms – and our black ensuite with the wet room……out of this world! Hire Nicola – she is amazing!

Nicola Manning – Principal Designer

I am a qualified interior designer with professional membership of the Designers Institute of New Zealand.  Professional members are designers who have gained experience as a practising designer and attained a high level of professional competency in their design sector.

Nicola Manning - NM Design

I am also a member of the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association of New Zealand (NKBA), striving to recognise and promote excellence and set industry standards in kitchen and bathroom design.

I have always loved design, working with colour, fabrics and layout. I also have a strong interest in the business world, so after leaving school, completed a commerce degree at Victoria University in Wellington. After eight years in the financial and banking sector I decided to return to my real love of design.

After studying interior design via correspondence with Rhodec International in the UK I completed the kitchen design course with the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association in New Zealand before launching Nicola Manning Design in 2002.

I feel so grateful to work with a range of wonderful clients on their homes, apartments, beach houses and commercial properties. After more than a decade in the interior design business, I know great design can not only lift the value of your home, but also enhance the quality and enjoyment of your life. Many people find it difficult to verbalise or explain exactly what they are visualising. My clients really appreciate that I can take their ideas and help them bring them to fruition.

I am very experienced working with architects, architectural designers, engineers and builders to ensure the best quality design is achieved. I have also built a strong network of suppliers and tradespeople to deliver my clients quality designs and products.

We believe that it is important to be up to date with the latest design trends, new products, materials and finishes.  To achieve this I attend international design exhibitions, such as Milan Design Week; attending monthly designer group meetings; attending NKBA annual conference; and regular new product launches.  While our designs don’t always strictly follow the latest trends, this enables us to present clients with a complete set of design solutions and to provide us with continual inspiration.

Katherine Lightfoot – Interior Designer

The appreciation and passion for all aspects of interior, kitchen and bathroom design I have, is fuelled by the fulfilment of seeing the progression and transformation that any space can undergo. I enjoy working with colour, texture, structure, materials, layout and have great understanding of how we bring these together to create exciting and innovative spatial environments.

Graduating from Auckland University of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Spatial Design gave me the base, capabilities and hunger to thrive in the design industry. Over the last few years I have gained experience and have built upon base knowledge, now acquiring a great level of design, industry and product knowledge. I am proficient in Vectorworks CAD programme where I draw up detailed plans and renders of the spaces we are working on, this can bring our designs to life for clients.

Katherine Lightfoot

To further extend my knowledge of kitchen design I am currently studying the Level 4, National Certificate in Kitchen Design through the NKBA. In 2018 I won the BCITO National Office Kitchen Design Competition Award. Kitchen design is a true love of mine, I enjoy working on both the functional aspects of kitchen design, creating clever solutions and a space that works in seamlessly for every individual client. Also bringing to life clients’ visions, loves and needs to design a beautiful, fresh and striking centre of the home.

I see the importance in the relationship between the client and their designer. Pairing this with professional design practice, understandable processes and an eye for great design, we can work together collaboratively to create stunning, cohesive and personalised spaces. I take pride in utilising all of my capabilities to help any space reach its’ full potential and exceed clients’ expectations.


NM Design Interior Design Process



I would love to help you with your project. The next step is to give me a call or send me an email.  We can discuss any questions you have, how working with NM Design will help you with your renovation, new home, furniture and furnishings, and cabinetry design.