Known as Marti to most, Martine Cooper is a passionate interior designer, wife and mum. Her interest in interiors started when she was 9. Explaining she and would regularly push furniture around her room to change things up.
“I totally appreciate how busy life can get. So, its been a big focus of mine to help people to transform and love their space. I pride myself on building strong relationships with my clients and getting a clear understanding of what they want to achieve. I have always loved working with people. Getting to know their stories, what’s important to them, understanding how they want to feel in their spaces.”
What does a typical day look like for you?
I work on a weekly plan, each day is different. Mondays are probably my only non-negotiable as this is where I do my admin and client updates. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays are a mix of design documentation, sourcing client and site meetings.
What has been the most memorable project you’ve work on and why?
My most memorable project would have to be my first large renovation. When I started with my clients they were a blended family, mum, dad and 4 children. Midway through the initial concept stage, they advised they would be separating and the project was shelved. While I was totally sympathetic to them and what they were going through, I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed not to be able to work on my first large project. I had developed a nice rapport with the wife and kept in contact to see how they were going as it was a difficult time.
A few months later, this client contacted me and advised it was just her and her 2 children in the home and she needed to make the space a reflection of her new life. She was also nervous about taking on a large reno so we decided to start with a small scope of works to decorate the kids and her bedrooms. A week after we completed this project, the client called again and let me know that they absolutely loved their rooms and wanted to do the whole house. The overall project took another year as we pretty much gutted the house which was dark and dated and turned it into a light-filled Hamptons inspired home complete with a beautiful outdoor room and spa.
My client wanted help with organisation and systems that would make life easier. So, I spent a lot of time working through how we set up wardrobe internals, pantries study spaces and how to provide clever storage throughout the home. The best compliment came at the end of the project when my client said she was able to see the impact good design could have on her quality of life. She had created new habits which helped keep the space clutter-free and even shopped differently. Such a satisfying moment!
What do you wish the public knew about design?
Good Design is often unnoticeable. It’s the ease in which a space functions or how it just feels right to be in. The comfort you feel in your living room. The buzz in your local cafe. The easy luxury of your hotel room is often good design at play.
How do you think interior design adds value to a project?
Interior design is similar to good storytelling. Working with an interior designer allows clients to create a connected and meaningful story throughout their design.
What design myth would you like to bust?
“My space is not worthy of an interior designer”. I have heard this so many times and it drives me crazy. I know I can make a difference to any space given the opportunity – it’s not about having the biggest home, the largest budget or something new.