About NM Design, Interior Designers in Auckland2018-05-26T02:07:12+00:00

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.

Nicola Manning – Head 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.

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.

Nicola Manning Auckland Interior Designer and company director
Best of Houzz 2018 Service

Katherine Lightfoot – Interior Designer

My love and passion for all aspects of interior, kitchen and bathroom design is fueled by the fulfilment of seeing the progression and transformation that any space can undergo.

Graduating from Auckland University of Technology in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Spatial Design gave me the base, capabilities and hunger to thrive in the design industry. Over the last 2 years after graduating from my degree I was able to build upon base knowledge of the design industry, now acquiring a great level of industry and product knowledge.

Whether it be a new build, a large scale renovation or a simple change of paint colour, some new accessories and everything in between. No project is too big of too small. From historical mansions, lavish penthouse apartments and multi level housing to standard residential homes and commercial projects I am always interested in being involved. Every project I work on receives my full capabilities and attention to detail. I use Vectorworks CAD programme to draw up detailed plans of the spaces we are working on and I love sourcing new products and finishes for our client projects.

I see the importance in the relationship between the clients and their designer. Pairing this with professional design practice, understandable processes and an eye for great design we can work together collaboratively to create a fresh, cohesive and personalised spaces.

I love working with colour, texture, structure, materials, layout, and have great understanding of how we bring these together to create exciting and innovative spatial environments. I have an intuitive instinct for design aesthetics and functionality therefore I find enjoyment in spatial planning and layout to create fresh, vibrant spaces and clever solutions. I take pride in utilizing all of my capabilities to help any space reach its full potential.

Katherine Lightfoot interior designer at Nicola Manning Design


Guiding you through the design process and helping you make the right choices from the start – saving you time and money.


  • Enquiry made

  • Initial consultation booked


  • Initial briefing meeting

  • Design brief from client to designer

  • Design fee quote emailed to client detailing the scope of work discussed , the fees involved and the terms and conditions
  • Initial consultation fee invoiced

  • Quote accepted by client

  • Work confirmed and scheduled


  • Initial concepts developed

  • Meeting with client for review

  • Revisions made

  • Products, colours and finishes confirmed

  • Final drawings and specifications presented to client

  • Design stage completed and invoiced


  • Site check measures

  • Quotes

  • Delivery/installation

  • Implementation stage completed



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.