MEET OUR TEAM

By Design Interiors' lead designers, Nicola and Lynley have a combined 30 plus years of interiors industry experience.

Alongside them and bringing a wealth of knowledge and impeccable service to our clients are Rebecca (assistant designer), Sarah (design and marketing coordinator), and Sheree (office administrator); with this team, you'll never be without someone to speak to at the By Design Interiors, Christchurch office.

At By Design Interiors, we tailor each project to your needs, so it's up to you how you want to work with us. We can spend a couple of hours focusing on some key points you can implement yourself, or we can arrange and oversee your home design project. Either way, we will create a package to suit you and your budget. 

Your next building or renovation project is in good hands with us as we cover a range of services, including bathroom planning, kitchen planning, wallpaper options, drapery, light shades, upholstery, and bespoke furniture. We're also interior, and exterior colour specialists and can help you make the right choice for your Canterbury-based home.

But we don't stop there. 

From the ready-made drapes and Venetian timber blinds of our windows' classic range to the custom made pinch pleated drapes, with thermal linings of our luxury range—and everything in between— we have all your window treatments covered. 

Ask our team for a window treatment quote today!


We believe an interior designer can bring your vision to life and keep you focused on the overall design ideas, and we're here to back that up.


LYNLEY HANSEN

Interior Designer

In the year 2000, Lynley moved from Gore (Southland) to Christchurch to study, but once she graduated, she realised the city had become her home.

Before starting a family and working for herself, Lynley spent ten years in the kitchen and bathroom industry, then more recently, she specialised in flooring.

Lynley believes designing a home's interior is the most challenging yet enjoyable task (besides motherhood) and that building and renovating is exciting. She focuses on keeping her clients on task and loves expressing her clients' unique tastes and personalities through color, texture, innovative use of wallpapers, lighting, and furnishings, bringing life to their home environments.

Her motto is: trust your instincts; you live there! She says, 'resale may be an important factor, but remember this is your home and sanctuary, and your comfort is essential.'

Lynley Hansen 

Phone: 021 712 699

Email: lynley@bydesigninteriors.co.nz

LYNLEY - Dip. Interior Design
LYNLEY

Dip. Interior Design

NICOLA - Dip. Interior Design
NICOLA

Dip. Interior Design

NICOLA ELSAKA

Interior Designer

Nicola's love of textiles and sewing lead her to the interior design industry 17 years ago, and she hasn't looked back.

After completing her Diploma of Interior Design in Christchurch, Nicola moved into soft furnishings, working at Millers Home for several years before moving into flooring at Next Dore. Although she loved her time at these leading Christchurch design companies, she looked outside the square for her next move when motherhood arrived.

Nicola met Lynley when they were studying for the same diploma, and both being farm girls who moved to the big smoke to advance their careers, they hit it off instantly. That's why when the opportunity arose for them to start their own design business, they jumped at the chance.

Now, Nicola enjoys working with contemporary styles but has a deep love for traditional features. She keeps up with interior design trends but believes in styling a home to suit her client's tastes and budget regardless of what is trending.

Nicola Elsaka 

Phone: 021 180 1137

Email: nicola@bydesigninteriors.co.nz

REBECCA HAYCOCK

Interior Designer

Rebecca's love for interior design spans years of experience in kitchen design, working directly with the products we recommend to our clients.

She holds a certificate of Interior D├ęcor from Christchurch Polytechnic and works at By Design Interiors alongside Lynley and Nicola to bring client dreams to life.  As a mum of five gorgeous children, Rebecca understands how space needs to function in a family setting.

Rebecca Haycock

Phone: 021 280 1505

Email: rebecca@bydesigninteriors.co.nz

REBECCA - Cert. Interior Design
REBECCA

Cert. Interior Design

SARAH - Dip. Graphic Design
SARAH

Dip. Graphic Design

SARAH VAN TUEL

Design and Marketing Co-ordinator

Our design and marketing coordinator, Sarah, holds a Dip. Of Graphic Design and is passionate about interior design, art, and design concepts. 

At By Design Interiors, Sarah is responsible for our marketing needs. Also, she coordinates our consultations, so you're likely to hear her friendly voice when you make a booking with us.

Sarah's a Cantabrian through and through and loves being part of her community.  Most excitingly, she enjoys seeing the home projects of By Design Interiors' clients evolve into beautiful homes, full of colour and warmth.

Sarah van Tuel 

Phone: 027 8500 167

Email: sarah@bydesigninteriors.co.nz

SHEREE TAYLOR

Office Administrator

Sheree is the office administrator at By Design Interiors.  She also runs her own business—'Taylored Bookkeeping', where she offers a range of services to small business owners and sole traders in the North Canterbury region. 

On top of that, she's a mum to a baby girl and twin boys, but her true passion is helping business owners to thrive by using her accounting and administrative skills.

Sheree Taylor 

Phone: 0274 707 898

Email: sheree@bydesigninteriors.co.nz

SHEREE - Office Administrator
SHEREE

Office Administrator