Interior designer Simone Van Der Plas answers the phone from her “poxy” little house on a lifestyle block in Te Horo, north of Wellington. She’s lambing at the moment and has kept two as pets.
Van Der Plas started out designing exhibition spaces and displays for her family’s business. She learned to build and do architectural drawings and developed a keen eye for colour, textiles and graphics.
When she had her two children, who are now adults, she started renovating an old cottage and people started asking her to look at their interiors. She retrained, opened up shop and, “it grew exponentially from there”.
Encompass Ideas Interior Design and Architecture is now in its third decade of operation.
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