About Pauline Ribbans Design
I have always been passionate about design. I have travelled the world and been exposed to many different cultures and design styles.
I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial Design at RMIT in 1992.
Whilst raising my two children I ran a small design consultancy from home. I mainly advised on interior colour schemes and gave decoration advice. I have renovated several homes and designed kitchens for all of them. One was featured in the kitchens and bathroom magazine. Upon moving to Ballarat I began to specialise in kitchen and joinery design. Again working from home I ran a small design consultancy still advising on colour and décor but now with the added knowledge of kitchen and cabinetry design as an extra string to my bow. I began consulting for two of the larger kitchen manufacturers in Ballarat being Advanced Cabinetry and Matthews Joinery and Kitchen Centre.
Eventually I took on a design position with Advanced Cabinetry and really began to hone my skills in the kitchen and joinery fields. At was at this time that I learned to draw kitchen designs using computer software. This enabled client’s to see their new kitchen and joinery in 3D and know exactly how it was going to look before it was installed. I designed a new showroom for Advanced Cabinetry and won a design award for best showroom with the CDMA.
After 5 years with Advanced Cabinetry it was time to move on and I became the designer at Matthews Joinery and Kitchen Centre. They needed a new showroom too and so I set to and created a new layout and display for Matthews Joinery.
After many years with Matthews Joinery and kitchen centre I have decided to start an online design consultancy. I hope that my insightful design skills will be of great help to people needing more service and expertise than they can get from sales consultants and joiners that are usually encountered at kitchen showrooms.
I work with my clients to achieve their vision. I am not influenced by fashion or fads but by truly great design. I understand that your new kitchen or joinery needs to function fabulously but also needs to create the ambiance you crave for your home. I also understands that your joinery needs to reflect your personality and way of living. The combination of function and form is very powerful and will result in you really achieving your vision.
"Pauline did an excellent job designing my kitchen.
The end result was really beautiful. I'd certainly recommend her. She was great to work with."
- Jeremy O'Carroll
"Pauline assisted us to design our new kitchen. We found Pauline to very skilled and knowledgeable and she was able to take our rough sketched and ideas and turn them into a set of beautiful, functional plans. Pauline was great at listening to what we wanted, which was important to us. But what was really helpful, was that she also suggested design features we hadn't thought of. Her ideas on placement and layout were excellent- something I only really appreciated after our beautiful kitchen was completed and we were using it."
- Deb Greenslade
"Pauline has come up with an amazing renovation/design for a restricted space that has confounded others. A highly professional person, who has given us design options as well as good advice. We are now proceeding and looking forward to a new kitchen."
"Pauline was easy to talk to and accommodated our wishes whenever it was possible.
Overall, we were very happy with the service provided by Pauline."
"We had quite definite ideas of the style of kitchen we wanted when we approached Pauline. The process we went through to make sure we achieved the feel and look we wanted, combined with the practicalities for work flow, of our fabulous kitchen was meticulous. We absolutely love our kitchen!"
- C Reid
"Pauline has a remarkable gift for being able to visualise a space and work with it
- in our case without even actually seeing the room as it hadn't yet been built!"
- Emily Astburyhead
We had been wanting to renovate our kitchen for some time but couldn't come up with a suitable design. Pauline listened to what we were after and had many great suggestions to make our kitchen an attractive, practical and functional workspace. I would recommend Pauline to anyone who is considering renovating or designing a kitchen.
"A huge Thank You to Pauline Ribbans for guiding us through our first foray into renovating! We sent Pauline a photo of the type of bathroom we liked, which she then skilfully adapted to suit our space and style. We have ended up with an abundance of storage and the layout functions extremely well for our family."
"We moved on to the kitchen, which I thought would be quite a design challenge given our list of non-negotiable inclusions to be fitted into the existing space. Pauline presented us with 3 excellent options that had everything we asked for, plus extras. The design we chose considered space, making working in the kitchen so much more efficient."
"We are currently waiting for some built-in shelving units to be completed for our lounge. This project seemed to be so easy now that we have been through the design process a couple of times with Pauline. She quickly determined the look and design of the units to suit the room and sent through a design that we agreed was right, first time.
We will soon be putting Pauline through her paces again when we do a re-build of our laundry and new powder room.
Pauline's understanding of our needs has produced very functional, quality areas in our home that we love living with every single day."
"Pauline came up with a cheap solution to a problem that I hadn't been able to work out in 6 months.
The end result turned a small kitchen into a great looking, extremely functional kitchen with larger floor space."
- Peter J Cowie
"For the price we paid the design was very thought out, functional and perfect for us.
I would highly recommend Pauline as she goes out of her way to make sure your every need is met."
- Tom Edmondson
Pauline assisted us with the design process for our kitchen re-design and study. From the beginning when she met us, she listened to our needs and wishes in both designs. Pauline was always really thorough with her drawings and outlines and took the time to go through the ins and outs of the plans.
Ultimately we are so happy with the finished projects -they are so functional and workable for our family. We love it and would highly recommend Paulines services.
- Renee & Steve
Pauline came up with a brilliant design for our new kitchen, pantry and laundry. We would never have thought to lay it out that way. The sense of space and light she was able to create was just amazing considering the awkward space we had to work with.
Pauline had great advice on materials, colours and fittings.
Our study design ia also amazing. The layout makes the best of the views and the natural light. It was a bit of a challenge to design a desk to within the bay windows, but it turned out beautifully.
I would not design a space without her!