Designer Angela Gray of Design One has always been obsessed with interior design, so it’s no surprise that her lifetime love turned into a business. Having long been involved with the building industry in the Bay and immersed in all things design (including earning a diploma in interior design), she’s built up quite the little black book of suppliers, and even built her own home along the way.

“Interior designers are changing,” says Angela. “We’re not just the preserve
of the wealthy – I create packages that are affordable for everyone. It just needs a slightly different approach, and that’s what I love doing for my clients. I’ve done some really varied projects in the Bay of Plenty: Baycourt theatre, Certified Builders’ head office, big commercial projects, and intimate and high-end residential homes. My designs have a real sustainability slant, and think creatively to reuse and recycle many of the fantastic materials that are out there.”

Here are a few of the great businesses Angela has worked with on some of her favourite projects.


Social Light Lights set the mood, there’s no doubt about it, and Cambridge-based lighting planner and electrician Laura Mitchell has every skill covered, from technical to aesthetic, to create the desired ambiance in your home.

Mr Ralph Mr Ralph’s small but dedicated team offers free one-hour lighting consultations. Just go online to book your slot and benefit from years of knowledge and experience. These lighting specialists are genuinely excited about innovation and design, and it really shows in their ranges.



HK Kitchens With a 30-year history in joinery, Heirloom Kitchens design and build high-quality spaces. Their style and service has earned them a reputation as builders’ preferred choice. They also make custom-designed joinery, including storage, wardrobes, cabinetry and laundry units.


The Little Curtain Co Experts in helping your windows make a big impression,
Little Curtain Co custom-make all their curtains and drapes. The team can ensure your windows make a statement or blend in with their range of colours, textures and fabrics to suit every budget.


Coast NZ This family-owned building business has won Master Builders awards, and they pride themselves on their integrity and transparency, from their labour-only contracts, to their full project-management services. Jimmy and Charlie Dow are a husband-and-wife team who value every person involved in the building of a home. Extra touches such as custom-made vanities, bunk beds and bookshelves often feature in Coast NZ-built homes.


Torlys Thanks to the new finishes and colours now available, cork is making a comeback,
and it’s a remarkably warm option for interiors. Torlys is all about flooring with imagination
and craftsmanship, and never at the expense of the environment. Based in Mt Maunganui,
its one of the country’s leading flooring distributors.

European Ceramic Tiles & Carpet Mike and Elspeth Stobie’s business has supplied and installed tiles in virtually every possible location. Whether small domestic renovations, or hotels and large commercial premises, all have benefited from their quality tiles, which are installed by the experienced in-house team.


Le Forge Since 1996, Le Forge has sourced the world’s best furniture for New Zealand retailers, interior designers and home stagers, with an emphasis on superior quality. The skilled in-house team travels the country to help you select the right pieces, both contemporary and traditional.

CC Interiors High style at affordable prices has always been the underlying principle at CC Interiors. Elizabeth Wilkinson has been importing furniture, lighting and home accessories since 1989, to supply exclusively to retailers and designers.


Warwick Fabrics One of the world’s most respected names in interior textiles, Warwick Fabrics is forever at the cutting edge of fabric trends. Exceptional customer service and innovative design keep them at the top of their game.

Small updates go a long way when you choose the right pieces If you don’t know where to start and need guidance to realise your vision for your dream living space, contact Angela for a free consultation.