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Rhiannon – Canterbury

We hired Key Piece Design in November to complete an extensive interior renovation in an 1890’s double brick house. We have renovated houses before, but never this smoothly. Having Key Piece on board made everything so much better and I’m incredibly grateful to have had them working on our project.

We interviewed multiple companies from the Houzz website, but really felt a connection with Jo-Anne from Key Piece. Jo-Anne was incredibly easy to communicate with and was very fast to grasp what our style and taste was. This made everything so much easier to move forward with.

The absolute bulk of our renovation (design, implementation, etc) was overseen by Key Piece due to the fact that we were overseas at the time. Jo-Anne and her team worked tirelessly to give us detailed plans, estimates and the information needed so we could proceed. Once we were overseas, we had regular calls and emails from Jo-Anne stating the progress and how everything was going.

I cannot stress enough how much work and effort Jo-Anne and her team of contractors put into our house and how immensely pleased we are with the results. Once the budget and timeline was confirmed everything was as they said it would be (the budget stayed to what was estimated as did the timeline). The end results were nothing short of amazing. We would not hesitate to recommend Key Piece Design to anyone looking to have a renovation done.

Labrini – Brighton

Our home was an 18 year old townhouse that we guttered and transformed into a modern day classic. The “Key Piece” to what we have achieved was because of Jo-Anne and Emma. They are knowledgeable, creative and seasoned professionals. We had ideas of what and how we wanted our home to be and in the initial meeting they listened and asked a lot of questions. From there they took it to the next level of design. We have our dream home, it is beautiful but also functional and everything has it’s place. We have referred Key Piece to our friends who have engaged their services, and would happily engage them again, but doubt we will because we are not ever going to move!

Emilie – South Yarra

Jo-Anne and her team were a pleasure to work with from start to finish. Somehow they got inside our heads sufficiently that they actually knew what we wanted and needed before we did. The attention to detail, professional and friendly manner and readiness to guide us in the right direction were critical. The trades people they recommended were reliable, detail oriented and straight forward to deal with. Our kitchen and storage is an unqualified aesthetic and ergonomic success which makes cooking and living with a family of 5 a pleasure and I know it will look just as good in 5-10 years time. We loved Key-piece so much we are already using them again on another home project!

Caroline – Mentone

I highly recommend Key Piece. Jo-Anne and Emma really understood the brief (and how time poor I was!) and were able to present plans that optimisied the space in our house. The interior design is sublime and timeless, and far exceeded my expectations. The team made the whole process so easy, they sourced absolutely everything, but still ensured I had the level of input I wanted. I can’t thank the Key Piece team enough for making our dream house a reality.

Julie – Ashburton

Key Piece were great to deal with. the attention to detail in completing the design brief was amazing . They incorporated all of our requests. They were incredibly creative and came up with a wonderful design which was beyond what we hoped for. They were very helpful throughout all stages of the project and happy to help with late changes. We used Key Piece referred tradespeople who were all professional and easy to deal with. Their advice was fantastic and we have a wonderful, colourful, unique space. I suppose the best recommendation is that we are back again to use Key Piece for our kitchen renovation.

Diana – Hawthorn

Jo-Anne and Emma have provided me and my family with impeccable, unique and reliable design, furnishing and architectural service through the last 8 years, throughout 4 houses, with increasing complexity and scopes. They have also designed and sourced a number of furnishings for my home on an “as needs” basis. On each occasion the results have been fresh, astounding and ambitious while maintaining essential and surprising practicality such as hidden storage, electrical supplies, data fittings, heck, even an ironing board in a drawer! Well, I asked for the impossible… but they actually made it happen.

I have a young family but I love beauty and opulent design therefore most recently I asked Jo-Anne to design my house renovation so that we were able to live in a house which was cutting edge, beautiful, homely, easy to maintain AND easy to run. They did. But I believe they are unique in their end-to-end service given that they interview and source appropriate builders, suggest all fittings, furnishings to as much or as little detail as I wished and then indulged me while I changed my mind once or twice… or a few times. On many occasions we would traipse through lighting and tiling shops together given that I wasn’t confident that I could choose on my own.

Now, Jo-Anne and Emma are in the middle of constructing a massive renovation of my Victorian 1887 house which includes the construction of a massive second storey parent’s retreat and the replacement of the rear of the house. Truth be known, only the first four original rooms remain while the other rooms now make up bathroom and laundry and then there is a completely new kitchen, living, butler’s pantry, staircase, storage, storage, storage – oh, and a little hidden toilet. I have been amazed that as my friends ask me how my renovation is progressing, I can reply – “Fine! We are having so much FUN!!” And we are. I’m going to miss their phone calls, messages and e-mails. Well, we might just have to sell up and move on once this project is done. Except that it looks so beautiful! I might just have to stay in it for a few years and luxuriate….

I would recommend Jo-Anne, Emma and the Key Piece business to anyone except that might mean they become too busy for my next renovation so shhh!


Jean & Allan – Mentone

Retiring, downsizing, moving State and in need of a new kitchen. Stressed? Oh yes! Where to start? Well, out walking our Dalmatian Bella, happenstance brought us to Key Piece Design Studio. We walked in unannounced and the rest as they say is history! Jo-Anne took pity on us, placed us firmly under her colourful Bird of Paradise wing and guided us seamlessly through what would have been a minefield for us. Imagine this poor lady visiting our home for the first time to be met with only one painting on the wall, little furniture and even less object d’art on show. No clues there then as to our lifestyle, likes and dislikes! She listened, engaged and actively encouraged our input. Jo-Anne’s vast design experience, calm determined demeanour, exciting and innovative ideas resonated with us and saw us eager and impatient to proceed.

Her relationship with Emma, Contractors, builders and suppliers alike was conducted with respect on both sides which saw the project move along swiftly. On paper the kitchen plans were inspiring. In reality the finished kitchen is my dream of stylish contemporary design. Everything and more that I could have hoped for. Soaring to ceiling wall cabinets with the most elegant sexy handles. A double butlers sink, my husbands only plea for inclusion. Being such a messy cook the huge double recycle pullout storage bins brings a self satisfied smile to my face every day they are used. The innovative graphite colour powder coated tin backsplash – Jo-Anne assured it was easy clean – and she was so right, is a triumph drawing the colours of the wall cabinets and bench tops together and a great talking point for guests. The black and white mosaic island bench ties in the kitchen and adds a dramatic pop of colour and interest.

The handsome spotted gum wooden flooring grounds (no pun intended) not only the kitchen but also the dining and sitting room creating a spacious open feel that flows.There were no nasty surprises or budget overruns with work dovetailing seamlessly.
Sometimes in life one just gets lucky. Luck was certainly involved in finding Jo-Anne but there was no luck involved in the design and implementation of our kitchen – that was due to sheer professionalism. Thank you Jo-Anne.