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.