“My partner and I purchased a two bed, two bath 80s apartment facing north looking across the harbour. We wanted a full renovation. Rodney and John-Eric took time to understand what we needed and designed in a contemporary comfortable style. We encouraged them to choose colour and texture, avoiding stark black and white, and to take chances. The lounge wallpaper is non-woven textured with glass beads that changes colour throughout the day and is a comforting blue green. Main bedroom wallpaper is black silver textured and the second bedroom is California red. The effect is stylish and inviting. The two bathrooms feature ceramic moss green, gold satin pebble tiles and honed terrazzo slabs. The flooring throughout is European handmade parquetry with a limewash finish giving the apartment a reflective lightness.

The whole project took nearly a year from commencing design to completion, including DA and body corporate approval. Rodney and John-Eric chose the best tradespeople and it really shows in the perfection of the detailing. We are happy to recommend this creative delightful team to anyone.

We have been living in the apartment for nine months now and everything works very well in terms of both function and style.”

K.O. & D.P.,  Darlinghurst

“From our few must-haves and many vague and often conflicting ideas, John-Eric & Rodney gave us a complete renovation that far exceeded our expectations and created a stylish, comfortable living, working and sleeping space that contributed immensely to our enjoyment of recent social restrictions. Their ability to attune to our needs and tastes was exceptional, as was their knowledge of materials – fabrics, and so on. And their relationships with suppliers and trades made the process remarkable smooth and timely. We were particularly impressed by the pride and obvious pleasure they took from the project – this showed up in their good humour, quick and enthusiastic responses to our queries and, on occasions, our change of plans! We are extremely grateful to John-Eric and Rodney and would love to use them again… unfortunately they did a perfect job of creating our “forever” home the first time around! We would not hesitate to recommend them to our closest friends and anyone looking to have the rare experience of an enjoyable and easy renovation project with a great finished product.”

M.L. & A.V., Potts Point

“We had seen the wonderful renovation that Rodney and John-Eric had done on our friends’ apartment and immediately knew they would be the right team to assist us in transforming our Art Deco apartment into a beautiful and relaxed family home.

Together they bring a wonderful combination of technical expertise, design integrity and aesthetic sensibility which enables them to take a brief and run with it. The attention to detail they brought to our project has resulted in some subtle and beautiful finishing touches that have brought light and energy into our home.

They chose excellent tradespeople to work with and liaised with them throughout the project to ensure that a quality outcome was achieved in all aspects of the project.

They are incredibly passionate and committed to delivering a quality outcome and we are very grateful for the way in which they were able to fully realise the vision for our home.”

J.G., Elizabeth Bay


“Having worked with Rodney on three other projects, Xavier Hinde was the obvious choice for decorating my new home. My partner and I want a fresh look which works with the bones of the apartment, whilst at the same time we want to keep pieces from our previous homes. We provided Xavier Hinde with images of homes from magazines to be used as a style guide. They completely meet the brief, achieving the fine balance required in melding our two lives whilst starting a new life afresh. A testament to their tenacity and patience.

They are happy to work with me at my pace. Their proposal sources furniture and design pieces from their vast network, the end result is an amazingly bespoke and beautiful home. Although their recommendations are always on brief, on the odd occasion we want to explore alternate options they are completely obliging. In particular their attention to detail is outstanding and as I have learnt from Rodney over the years, the smallest of things can make the biggest difference.

I would absolutely recommend Xavier Hinde to anyone wanting to decorate a single room or their entire home. I can’t wait to see the end result of our current project, and I’m already looking forward to my next project working with Xavier Hinde.”

S.K., Waterloo

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“We initially engaged Xavier Hinde Interiors to help with the lighting design and both interior and exterior colour choices for a major renovation and extension on our home.

The challenge was to integrate our existing Californian Bungalow style with a classical extension. The quality of their input exceeded anything we had experienced with other consultants. It was an overwhelming project if not for their help and initiative. Not only did they provide us with amazing and practical ideas, they also owned our problems as their own and extended their help to cover all aspects of interior design.

They followed us through to the end and ensured that everything we wanted got executed as planned. They liaised with our trades seamlessly and ensured the outcome we wanted.

We cannot thank them enough and we are already recommending John-Eric and Rodney to all our friends. A great outcome.”

W.E-K., Drummoyne

“I engaged Xavier Hinde interiors to style my apartment, I’m so pleased with the result!

Prior to engaging Xavier Hinde, my apartment was presenting fine however I wanted it to be more sophisticated. I had visited a few furniture stores but it was somewhat overwhelming to achieve a look that I would be happy with. I found the experience with Xavier Hinde enjoyable. They listened to my loose brief and within a short while, presented different options to me and clear pricing on each ….. and took me to furniture stores I didn’t know even existed! On some things it took a bit of convincing but I’m so pleased that I put my faith in them.

I remember coming home when most of the project was completed and saying “Wow, I never would have achieved this on my own!” It was more than just furniture selection …. it was the way it was brought together with changed colours, technology and lighting.

The coordination of their trusted trades when necessary to measure up, upgrade lighting, install furniture, carpentry work and the like made the experience seamless.I look forward to using Rodney and John-Eric from Xavier again soon, most likely on my second bedroom. I highly recommend them.”

E.P., Potts Point

“We are so pleased to have found Rodney and John-Eric! From the very first meeting they were fantastic to work with – personable, professional and full of energy and ideas. The whole process of renovating the inside of our house was made enjoyable and achievable by hiring Xavier Hinde Interiors.

Because of the large scale of the project (including total kitchen and bathroom renos) we moved out of our house for 8 weeks but once we were able to move back in we haven’t had to do a thing! All the decisions and negotiations were made professionally and expertly by John-Eric and Rodney; we never had to talk to a tradesperson, as they were so well supervised.

We are in love with our new house and the overall concept is one that we have wanted for years. Our lives have since become more enjoyable and simple due to Xavier Hinde and the renovation they gave us. We now plan to overhaul our backyard and laundry to complete the project! Who would we call on to do this but Xavier Hinde Interiors!”

D.M., Ramsgate Beach

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“A friend of mine had raved about John-Eric and Rodney and then I saw their work at her place and knew I just had to use them for my place.

When I met them they were so lovely, and I just hit it off with both of them immediately.

I needed new joinery, furniture, rugs, curtains, colours – the whole thing – and I was feeling a little overwhelmed.
I said that I wanted something really over the top, and they took that quite literally. But I loved almost everything they suggested, and although there were a few ideas I found a little controversial, I just took a deep breath and told them to go for it.
And I’m so glad I did, I just love everything! And we had an absolute ball along the way.

I would use their services every time, and would highly recommend them to anybody looking for a fabulous interior decorator and designer.”

S.P., Milsons Point

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“My husband and I were first introduced to Xavier Hinde Interiors when we visited their apartment with a mutual friend. We were so impressed that we asked them if they would help us choose colours for our new apartment. We had recently down-sized into a very different style apartment to our previous home and were finding it difficult to make everything work. We didn’t want to have to get rid of any more pieces, nor purchase any more.

They presented a range of options, all of which we liked, but we were able to choose a scheme very quickly and easily. They also re-arranged everything, gave us some good ‘tricks’ to use, and persuaded us that some of our pieces just had to go.
John-Eric and Rodney were easy to work with, quick to respond and gave us a great result.
We would happily use them again and recommend them to our friends.”

L.P. & T.P., Darlinghurst

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“I’d seen what Xavier Hinde Interiors had done for my friend and thought they’d be able to help me – I had recently moved from a very large old house into a smaller more modern house, and I had pieces collected over a lifetime that I wanted to keep.

John-Eric and Rodney were very sensitive to my needs, and respectful towards the pieces that I loved. But they were also very frank about what needed to be done to give my new house the much loved atmosphere of my old house, in a way that was sympathetic to the new house, and without making it feel small and cramped.

They recommended I sell a lot of furniture and rugs, sourced some new furniture and rugs, as well as lamps and other accessories and painted the whole house in a range of colours I wasn’t sure about, but they convinced me they would work. And they did. The new colours brought everything together beautifully.

Everyone who visits remarks on what a lovely house it is.
I tell everybody how much I love it, and how wonderful John-Eric and Rodney are.”

M.T., Hunters Hill

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“I was introduced to Rodney through a friend, who said he was easy to work with and that his aesthetic would be in line with mine. Over the years Rodney has helped me with two apartments, and most recently John-Eric and Rodney have helped me with a third. One project included improving my apartment for sale, and the estimate increased substantially between valuations. I achieved a much-higher price than anticipated.
They are definitely easy to work with, and a lot of fun. Both of them really understand what I like, but they push the boundaries, introducing me to ideas I hadn’t considered, but still giving me an apartment that feels like me.
I love their approach that is both big picture and very detailed; they really are a dynamic duo – Rodney is a visionary and John-Eric is a perfectionist. I particularly love their ability to create a beautiful layered look.
I am always really happy with the result, and would continue to use them for future projects.”

H.B., Coogee