This is how I take you from loose ideas and pipe dreams to a crystal clear vision and set of instructions for your builder - so you can get your home priced accurately, get contracts signed and finally start building.

...because the sooner you make some decisions about what you want, the sooner you’ll be able to start and hopefully be able to move in and start enjoying it before you’re thinking about a retirement home !

How to design the home you really want

signature program

 ...but it’s also the only way that you know that you’re going to get exactly what you want at the end of this process.
After working with hundreds of clients over the last 10 years, I can tell you that the biggest reason why people get stuck in the planning phase and can’t get their projects moving forward (even if they’ve invested big money in having professional designs produced for them) is because they just don’t know what they want…

I know it sounds a little crazy to say that…
(what a great problem to have, right?)
but I see people asking for too many outside opinions; wasting too many hours on the internet looking for the perfect house and getting completely overwhelmed with all the options out there
(trust me, you can get lost in the Pinterest vortex for months).

Meanwhile, they’re not spending enough time thinking about the things that they like and the things that make them happy and they start second guessing themselves and doubting their ability to make simple decisions. When in actual fact, they're not bad at making decisions at all, they just don’t place enough value on their own opinions.

At the end of the day, surely your opinions are the only ones that really matter, right?
 If we’re trying to design our homes to be "perfect" or to please other people, then you can see how projects stall and get put on the backburner for far too long, because you're never going to be able to tick all those boxes.

Trust me, if you don’t know what you want and what will make you happy, I don’t care how much money you’re willing to throw at this project and whether you’ve got access to the best designers in the country, you’re not going to get what you want.

 I’ve seen this happen more times than I’d like to admit and it’s heartbreaking.

Understanding what you want and being able to communicate that clearly to your team of trades is hands-down the most effective way to keep your project on budget and on schedule...

Avoid spending your evenings mindlessly scrolling the internet for house ideas and get back to mindlessly scrolling Facebook and stalking old boyfriends, or whatever it was that you used to do before you started planning this house.

so you can :

Become the kind of client that builders love to work with - because you know exactly what you’re asking for. 

Make confident, well informed decisions that don't feel rushed.

Pull together all your ideas into a cohesive vision that you can communicate.

I'm going to take you through everything you need to know about how to...

in just 6 weeks

This program has been specifically designed to put you at the centre of your project…

so you can take control and move forward confidently knowing that you’re not making mistakes that you’re going to regret later on, even if you don't know exactly what you want yet.

Reclaim your weekends and start spending your precious time doing things you actually want to do - instead of going around in circles trying to figure out how to pull it all together.

FYI - Tile shops on a Saturday with a couple of kids in tow is not fun... I can tell you from previous experience, the novelty wears off pretty quick.

Our Signature program is a 6 module, step by step framework that allows me to walk you through the process of designing your dream home.

Here’s what we cover...

01. pulling together all the ideas

Creating a clear vision for your home, setting up the design process and sharing our project management and budgeting tools.


Reviewing your floorplans and making sure that each of the spaces are going to work for you, so that we know if any tweaks need to be made before you start construction.


Translating your vision and personal preferences into a palette of materials and finishes that work cohesively together.


Creating a beautiful, practical kitchen that you'll love cooking in.


Planning highly functional spaces that work well, but also help you to enjoy the routines and rituals of everyday life.


All the other details - decorative lighting, architraves, cornices, internal doors, handles, window coverings, paint.


You know… a little try before you buy.
 You see if you’d be happy working with me...
I see if I’d be willing to work with you...

The first step to getting started is to schedule a free call with me. 

If you’re already feeling overwhelmed about the amount of decisions that need to be made, I can assure you that they’re only going to get worse if you start heading down the wrong path.  This program has been designed to give you a clear path to what you want so that all the little decisions become so much easier to make.

I know that renovation shows on TV make it look so easy, but don’t be fooled. I’ve watched someone make a croquembouche on Masterchef before but I wouldn’t attempt to do it myself without a bloody good recipe and some basic techniques up my sleeve - and I wouldn't bet my house on getting it right first time around. 

If you think you can just get free advice from every showroom you walk into, every friend that has ever built and every tradesperson that walks on to your building site, you’re going to find yourself more confused than ever.
 Design by committee is never a good idea.

You don’t have be a “creative person” (whatever that means) to design your own home - you just need to be willing to ask yourself the big questions, understand the basic principles and follow a simple process so that you can make really good decisions.

You can definitely just jump to signing a contract with a builder and figure it out as you go, but you need to be prepared for delays when the builder doesn’t have what they want when they need it; to pay big premiums for variances that you could have avoided and to compromise on what you really want because it wasn’t planned for early enough in the process.

You don’t need a professional designer to tell you what you should have in your home - you already know what you like, you just don’t have a clear vision for it yet. That’s what I help you do.

Ok, let me just put a few things out there...

Co-host of "Love it or List it Australia" Foxtel
Former editor of Belle Magazine, Judge of "The Block" Channel 9

It's always a pleasure working with Amanda on "Love it or List it" Australia. 
She is able to seamlessly combine the demands of lifestyle TV with the real needs of the show's homeowners.
 Amanda is as creative as she is adept at problem solving. 

The mistake that many people make is that they think they can do it cheaper by themselves, but what they don't take into account is how slow and ineffective that can be... and when mistakes are made or delays are caused on a building site, they can cost big bucks to fix...

or worse... your lack of experience may mean that you need to make big compromises to your design and fail to execute exactly what you're trying to create.
You usually only get one shot at getting it right.

...and I'm not convinced that investing in professional design services is always the solution - because if you don't know how to communicate what you want, how do you know they're going to "get it" ?

...of course, you could get lucky and find an incredibly patient, experienced designer who is a skilled listener and is willing to spend the time required to help you figure it out. 

But if you're paying professional fees by the hour, that is going to escalate pretty quickly.... and there's no guarantee you're going to like what you're left with at the end.

This program is a way for you to get the best of both worlds - the experience and guidance of a professional interior designer, with the flexibility and framework to allow you to create something that you know you're going to love.

PLUS you get to book a free call with me before you decide if this is right for you, so if you think we're not a good match, you've only lost 30 minutes of your time.

Let's just talk about money for a little bit...



4 x 1hr video consultations with Amanda Ayres 

Weekly tasks to focus on so you can work on one thing at a time

Topic guides to help you make informed decisions

Full email support throughout your program

All the tools, resources and tips that you'll need to save you time and avoid expensive mistakes


I approach my work like I approach most things in my life... I'm curious about people, about new ideas and about how to make stuff happen.

Building things just happens to be one of the most satisfying things you can do in life -
I love it and I'm here to help you do it too.

Meet your guide



all sounding good?

There’s only so much stalking you can do on someone’s website and social media...

There comes a time when you need to suss them out properly.

Ok. lets book a calL

spending all your spare time scrolling for inspiration but you don’t yet have a clear vision for what you’re wanting to achieve.

YES, IF YOU'Re sick of...

like you might need some help from a design professional, but want to ensure that you maintain control over the direction so that it matches your objectives and personal preferences

Is this right for me?

reasonably confident in what you’re doing but would feel better having someone there to guide you through the process

YES, IF You ARE...

YES, IF YOU feel...

spending all your spare time thinking about your project and not ready to move it forward

no, IF you enjoy...

confident that you already know exactly what to do, when to do it and where to go

no, IF YOU feel...

somebody else to design your home for you, without having to be involved in the process

NO, IF You want...


Amanda, thank you for all your help, guidance, patience and effort over the past few months. It is safe to say that we wouldn’t have been able to get to this stage without you, and we will be big advocates of you and your business moving forward!