Susan Templer

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Owner and principal of Templer Interiors, interior designer Susan Templer specialises in all aspects of residential interiors, with particular emphasis on kitchen and bathroom renovations and new build projects.

Good Kitchen Design is Universal

Proving that it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, a good kitchen crosses all international borders. As evidence of this, a photo from one of our projects was featured in an article on Houzz Denmark, here.

By |July 25th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Kitchen Trends features kitchen designed by Templer Interiors

Trends New Zealand will be featuring a beautiful kitchen designed by Susan Templer in their next Kitchen Trends magazine! But the full article is now available on their My Trends website! See the photos and read the article here:…/7622018…/photos/6907732821425298135

By |March 20th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Templer Interiors Wins Best of Houzz 2015


Over 25 million users in New Zealand and around the world select the best of Home Building, Renovation and Design

 Auckland, March 11, 2015 – Templer Interiors of Auckland, New Zealand has been awarded ‘Best of Houzz 2015’ for Kitchen and Bath Design Services and Customer Satisfaction by, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The “The 18-year old interior design firm” was chosen by the more than 25 million users that make up the Houzz community.  Templer Interiors was selected from among more than 500,000 home professionals worldwide!

The Best of Houzz awards fall under two categories: ‘Design’ and ‘Customer Satisfaction’. Design awards are granted to home professionals whose work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, affectionately known as ‘Houzzers’. Customer Satisfaction honours are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews received by a professional in 2014.

Jason Chuck, Managing Director of Houzz Australia and New Zealand, says: “It’s great to see Templer Interiors recognised as the Best of Houzz from across New Zealand and more than 500,000 businesses worldwide. It’s a genuine tribute to their expertise when the award is judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively building, renovating and decorating their homes.”

“For homeowners, Houzz provides them with everything they need to build, renovate or decorate their homes, connecting them with not only the best home professionals and ideas from New Zealand, but also from around the world.”


Remodeling and Home Design
By |March 12th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Local Design Magazines Love Templer Interiors!

This month two major New Zealand national publications are featuring Templer Interiors!

In the February issue of NZ House & Garden there is an article titled “Surface Paradise” which is all about wall and window treatments. Designer Susan Templer was interviewed for this article. Writer Clair McCall says, “How lucky we are to have such an extravaganza of choice when it comes to wall and window treatments. But such abundance often brings indecision in it’s wake: paint or paper ora bit of both; drapes or blinds or a combination of the two? It’s enough to cause a severe case of interior design inertia. Susan Templer of Templer Interiors has pondered such questions for several years and here shares her thoughts and ideas on the subject.”  There follows a page of tips and suggestions from Susan on “Ways with Walls.” On the next page, Claire writes, “Drapes, blinds or shutters? Full-length curtains or puddled on the floor? Susan Templer shares her thoughts on window treatments:” after which follows another page of tips and suggestions from Susan on “Ways with Windows.” We are very proud that our opinions and ideas on these very important aspects of Interior Design have been shared in New Zealand’s premier interior design magazine!

Also on newsstands now, the March issue of Your Home and Garden features our current favourite project in the 4-page article titled, “Then & Now: lisa + matt’s kitchen + bathroom.” Lisa was interviewed for this article, in which she says, “Susan Templer of Templer Interiors helped to bring our vision to life.” And there, in a nutshell, is the reason you want to hire a designer. Like Lisa, you will look at websites and magazines for ideas but a designer can really help make it a reality. As Lisa says in the article,” . . . we shared [our ideas] with our designer Susan Templer. She helped execute our vision.”

Watch for the full articles to be featured on this website soon, along with a couple of others that as they come out in publication. So watch this space!

By |February 25th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Templer Interiors in the news

We continue to get good press and recognition for our designs. This week, these photos from another colourful Templer Interiors designed Kitchen and Dining Room are featured in paint company Resene’s weekly newsletter:

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Read the full article on the Resene website here

By |August 28th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Newest Kitchen and Bathroom Project Sneak Peek

A recently completely kitchen and bathroom project, which includes dining room and scullery cabinets, will be coming live to this website soon. But if you just can’t wait. check it out on these websites:

In Residence kitchen gallery 

In Residence bathroom gallery 

Houzz Templer Interiors page 

Houzz Templer Interiors page 

By |July 24th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

A Few More Words About Colour

Resene, the foremost paint company in New Zealand, publishes a weekly email newsletter. As one would expect from a paint company, this newsletter features creative uses of colour. I have written previously, on this site, about my feelings about colour. How I love using it, and how I struggled with use of colour in the beautiful, but very different, light of New Zealand.

But I did work my way through my struggles with colour during the renovation of my home. I am happy with the results, and it would seem, Resene agrees. Have a look at this article, posted today, on Resene’s website, for some peeks at how I used paint throughout my home.


By |July 17th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Templer Interiors wins Best of Houzz!

Remodeling and Home Design

Templer Interiors of Auckland Receives

Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

 Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly UsersReveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in New Zealand

 Auckland, New Zealand, February 4, 2014 – Templer Interiors of Auckland has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Reseidential Interior Design company, which specialises in kitchen and bathroom design, was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

 The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site.

 “Houzz is a fantastic resource for design ideas. I direct all of my clients to Houzz for inspiration during the design process”. – Susan Templer, Templer Interiors

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Templer Interiors among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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Specialising in kitchens, bathrooms and renovations for residential interiors. Susan Templer helps you design a look that is truly your own. With her international background, she has experience with a wide range of products and design choices. From small renovation to complete new build, Susan offers design, product selection and project management for kitchens, bathrooms and interiors.




By |April 28th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

The interior designer’s knack for cushions

I like to think that I am really good at what I do, that I have a real instinct for this whole interior design thing. And I do, for the most part. But I must admit to one major failing, which is that I often feel defeated by cushions! It’s one of those secret little tricks at which all interior designers are meant to be experts. But they never had that class at design school. And while I have an instinct and a knack for many other important details of design, laying out cushions is not one of them.

While renovating, I also planned some new soft furnishing aspects of our décor. There are now new cushions in several areas around the house. But the bed layout was the really critical one.

I have always loved the look of a bed piled with more pillows and cushions and bolsters than almost anyone could reasonably expect to use! In San Francisco, I would wander the bedding sections of the high end department stores, just to swoon and drool over their lush and amazing displays. So now that I have a walk in closet not only big enough to house all of mine and my husband’s clothing and shoes, but also room to store the multitude of cushions when not in use, it was time to finally get that bed looking right!

This is my basic set up and just one option using about half of my cushions and pillows. There is another set that goes with different coloured sheets, and a big bolster that matches the bench at the end of the bed.

Cushions layout on bed


A key to finally getting it looking right was to store most of the pillows that we sleep on in the closet when not in use. Unless you like a very hard, firm pillow, and most people don’t, they just never stand up right when making the bed for show.

In the next photo, you can see the paint treatment on the back wall. Generally a very difficult thing to capture in a photo, the wall and doors have been painted with Porters Paints Duchess Satin. This a very luxurious, very glam finish that is not only high gloss but has a lovely satin finish when hand painted with a brush so that the brush strokes are visible. Everyone thinks it’s wallpaper, it looks that great!

Satin paint treatment


For more photos of this bedroom, check out the Templer Interiors Facebook page. And please like us to get automatic notifications of new blog posts.

The renovation and design is complete. Check back soon for more photos, including Before and Afters, and how we survived the process!


By |June 5th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Jorrit’s Chocolate Fudge

This is the easiest, most delicious and most versatile recipe. You can use any kind of chocolate. You can swirl in caramel if you like. And you can add anything that you think will taste good. I’m a purist so I always use Whittaker’s 62% Dark Cacao. But I like to play around with what I add in, changing it around each year for the Christmas treats. This year I added dried strawberries and pistachios. Last year was dried cherries and almonds, another time dried cranberries and walnuts. But just about anything will work. And if you come up with some great combos, please share!


500 g chocolate of your choice
1 can sweetened condensed milk
50 g butter (add more if using dark chocolate – I use 65 g with the 65% dark cacao – less if using white chocolate)
Nuts, dried fruits, etc of your choice, chopped – I generally add two items, ¾ – 1 cup of each

1. Melt chocolate slowly in a bain marie (a bowl over a pot of simmering water), stirring until there are no lumps
2. Remove the bowl from the heat, add butter and stir until melted
3. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir until there are no white streaks
4. Add nuts and/or dried fruit and stir to combine evenly
5. Pour the mixture into a baking pan – I use a 20cm x 20cm x 50 cm deep Pyrex baking dish (*see tip below)
6. Refrigerate and store at least overnight
7. The fudge will be a hard block – remove and cut into serving pieces

Tip: To easily remove the block for cutting, line the dish or pan with baking paper or aluminium foil. If you run the paper or foil up the sides (use two sheets, overlapping on the bottom) you will have “handles” for lifting out. If you line just the bottom of the tray, use a knife repeatedly dipped in hot water to separate the fudge from the sides, then tip upside down to remove the block

By |January 7th, 2013|Susan's Recipes|0 Comments