A new restaurant, Fig, opens soon near the giant fig tree on Town Green. Interior design by Lisa Christie. Your new Adenbrook home, by award-winning local builders Matthew and Luke Morris? Free décor advice – by Lisa Christie. Ricardoes’ Café Red refurbishment? The versatile Lisa Christie again. Your Dulux paints colour advisor? Yep, it’s Lisa.
My work spans the disciplines of interior design, store design, visual merchandising, graphic design and product design. I started my career as a visual merchandiser and display artist with David Jones Sydney and also studied design formally while working on autonomous projects from small independent consultations to national marketing projects. I spent two years in Tokyo developing wide experience in high-profile store design and creating brand concepts for leading Japanese retailers. I grew up in Sydney in a big house full of people, the youngest of eight. My father was naturally creative and I and one of my brothers have similar creative tendencies and good lateral thinking we’ve nurtured and practised since childhood. Creativity’s genetic: formal qualifications are important but useless without natural creativity.
I moved to Port in 2001. My long-term partner Warrick Affleck is owner of Compass financial management, an amazing and dynamic planner and a loving partner too. We bought a home together just before Christmas, 11ha near the river at Blackmans Point, and we’re renovating. We’ve seven cattle munching on grass and making fertiliser for our huge garden and two Staffies, Pepper and Ginger. I’ve two home-based businesses: Visual Edge interior and graphic design, and Little Dinosaur, an internet shop selling fun products for kids’ rooms designed by me and manufactured here: personalised items to create instant theme rooms for babies-12yrs (and designs for teens and adults too). I’m a qualified trainer and teach visual merchandising & store design to retailers and staff. I speak at workshops and conferences on design and presentation.
Visual Edge offers professional interior design services for commercial and residential clients. I do ‘new builds’, renovations, colour selection, retail design & displays and 3D space-planning: 3D drawings, floor plans and elevations help a client visualise a space and samples of colours and finishes bring a project ‘to life’ before work starts. I help clients every step of the way, taking the worry out of building or renovating. I help select carpets, tiles, laminates, tiles, light fittings, soft furnishings, furniture, window coverings, artworks and so on. For shops and businesses my work creates the right image and feel to increase profit and productivity and provides a point of difference from competitors.
In typical colour consultations I create a scheme and provide clients with a report and samples to give to a painter or do the job themselves. I recommend reliable tradesmen. Clients can come shopping with me too! Interior designers spend many hours sourcing products and I’m happy to spend a morning showing a client my favourite finds or suggesting suppliers for specific products. I love and feel I have a special talent for colour consultation: it’s about good communication; I get to know clients and help them express their own style. I’ve worked on large-scale jobs like past consultancies for Settlement City, Port Central and Northpoint. Another project of huge proportions has been Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Club. Recently I’ve worked on the Hastings Alzheimer Care Centre, about to be built, and been involved with commercial renovators BDM Constructions on a project for Sundial Dental Surgery. I’ve also worked lately with 3D Inspirations Paint & Colour, a family-owned business providing top customer service, forming an alliance to develop their colour consultancy program with benefits like discounts, a colour-recording service and bonus vouchers. I’ve worked for some years on commercial designs for an entrepreneurial client, on the bar The Pier and the new restaurant- bar-café-function centre Fig, opening before Christmas. Other clients include The Observatory Hotel, Priest McCarron solicitors, Sea Acres Rainforest, Sandcastle Apartments, Colonial Arcade and Irvine’s Jewellers, Kempsey. Home owners and some astute real estate agents use my design service to prepare property for sale. I recommend ways to improve presentation within a budget, including de-cluttering, maybe a lick of paint here and there, increased kerb appeal, furniture placement and decorative finishes to improve the selling price. The variety of my work keeps me inspired and fresh. The big workload is the biggest challenge, but it’s not such a bad problem to have! I love skiing, art, gardening and water sports. I go diving whenever I can: it’s so visually inspiring. There’s no colour consultant like Mother Nature; it’s where I get most of my inspiration.