With a deep love for architecture and interior design, Humphrey Homes Interior Designer Katie Bossong recently spoke with New Homes about her profession and what inspired her to pursue it.
Growing up in the South West region of Western Australia, Ms Bossong said her parents were keen renovators who frequently transformed old rundown beach shacks into beautiful, liveable homes before selling the properties and doing it all over again.
“I swear I lived half my childhood with a tarpaulin covering the gaping hole in the side of the house where a kitchen once sat,” she said.
“My mum and dad were constantly dragging my brothers and I around salvage restoration yards in Perth looking for the perfect timber doors and windows for their latest project – and looking back now, this really was my destiny.”
While her parents still reside in the South West, Ms Bossong said she ended up moving to Perth as a 20-year-old to study a degree in interior architecture at Curtin University.
Upon graduating, Ms Bossong went on to run her own interior design studio for six years.
“Over the years, I have made some great industry contacts and was exposed to a range of influences across residential and commercial spaces,” she said.
Last year, Ms Bossong became part of the Humphrey Homes team, working as an in-house interior designer for the luxury custom homebuilder.
Ms Bossong said she essentially helped clients create homes that they loved.
“This involves face-to-face meetings, listening and understanding their tastes and how they like to live,” she said.
“It also involves a close working relationship with our in-house architect, as the interior palette and styling is really an extension of the architecture.”
As an interior designer, Ms Bossong said collaborating with others was a key part of her work.
“Collaboration can only occur if there is a level of trust, transparency and teamwork,” she said.
“Our projects wouldn’t be what they are if we didn’t collaborate with a huge list of people, in particular our in-house architect Helen, who brings our clients’ visions to life.
“The way I see it is all our suppliers and trades are experts in their field, and I truly appreciate their opinion and expert advice – it’s this sort of input that can really elevate a project to the next level.
“It really does take an army of experts to build the perfect home.”
When asked what inspired her work, Ms Bossong said having deep conversations with clients and colleagues was a key motivator.
“I love when we are all on the same page and appreciate the same things,” she said.
“We get excited about the beautiful details in architecture, the new materials that make their way into our sample room and then how these conversations translate over time into our clients’ dream homes.”
Ms Bossong said it was important for her to get to know clients on a personal level.
“Building homes is personal, and there is a huge amount of trust that is placed in a team of people to create that,” she said.
“Custom homes take this to another level, as these designs are completely bespoke.
“The design is really an extension of the owner’s personality, so to be able to deliver an accurate aesthetic requires you to really get to know them, how they think, what they like and dislike, what motivates them and how they like to live.
“The relationship building and friendships are some of the most rewarding parts of my job.”
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This story first appeared in The West Australian's New Homes liftout on March 20, 2021.