Design Spec - Interior Design Auckland

Interior Design Auckland - Design Spec



Soft Furnishings Interior Design Auckland - Design Spec



Window Treatments Interior Design Auckland - Design Spec



Interior Colours Interior Design Auckland - Design Spec



Exterior Colours Interior Design Auckland - Design Spec



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Helen Wilcock

Helen Wilcock - Interior Designer Auckland - Design Spec


About Design Spec

Founded in 2003 by Auckland based Interior Designer, Helen Wilcock, Design Spec is a full service Interior Design company with an exceptional reputation for creating beautiful, enduring interiors.

Our work has been recognised in both NZ and Australia, receiving multiple industry commendations, including finalist nominations from several prestigious design competitions, and featuring in leading industry publications and consumer magazines.

We understand that designing a home is an intimate and personal experience that transforms our clients' homes and, ultimately, their lives. That is why our clients' desires, needs and goals sit at the heart of our design process. Given the scale, size and scope of the project we collaborate to achieve a stunning result that's true to brief and within budgetary and style frameworks.

We know that good quality design is timeless and this is the standard we bring to every project we undertake. We draw on our extensive experience, industry knowledge and network to provide you with a home that is tailored to your vision, with comfort and elegance.

About Helen

Each project I undertake is very personal to me. I welcome the process of discovering the inherent possibilities with each new space and client brief offer.

I find that the brief is given body by an organic creative process which can often be exceeded by simply remaining true to the full potential of the space I am re-imagining with my client.

One example of the many tools I find can bring new life to this space is wallpaper. I find the possibilities of it in creating mood, texture and decorative solutions, endless. With all the design tools I use, however, I look for creative, customised solutions to work within each space, creating a highly personalised environment.

Please view my portfolio for examples of my work



Full Service Interior Design

Design Spec can deliver on all your interior design requirements. Including new builds and renovations; full service or assistance & advice on specific projects.
  • Spacial Layout of the interior
  • Kitchen/Bathroom & cabinetry designs and drawings & specification
  • Lighting design and fittings
  • Wall coverings inclusive of specialist paint and wallpaper treatments
  • Selection of architravings, skirting boards, mouldings and door/window hardware
  • Furniture sourcing and room layout
  • Window dressings
  • Project management of associated trades to complete the design
All Design Spec projects utilise the best quality products and expert workmanship from our trade professional partners.

Professional Colour Consultation

Should you be painting the interior or exterior of your home we offer a full colour consultation. The colour consultation will assist you to achieve a professional colour scheme and avoid costly mistakes.

We meet you on site and photograph the home or building if existing or alternatively we will work the scheme from your house plans.

In our studio we determine the best colour combinations, colour effects and textures in accordance with your brief.

We supply you with colour card samples and a full specification for your painter.

Window Dressings

Fabrics are my favourite of all the sampling I use for interior design. A fabric can transform a room, bring softness and introduce a certain style. From simple understated but elegant, to the sumptuous, sublime and glamorous is a vast range of stunning fabrics available to dress your windows.

We determine with you the best treatment for each window be it drapes, blinds or shutters then source the fabrics taking into consideration your practical requirements, style of room and add the linings, pleat and track/rod systems that complete the dressing. We work within your financial requirement and provide an obligation free quote for your approval.

Exterior Colour Specification

Design Spec will specify the colours for the roofing, cladding, aluminium or timber joinery, garage doors and can work in conjunction with the landscapers and pool installers in the selection of tiles, paving, etc to ensure a pleasing and harmonious result.


We place emphasis on furnishings, as these are the dressings of your home. The correct size, shape and colours and textures of fabrics are essential to bring the room alive and finalise the overall effect of the design. We customise furniture to suit your requirements and enhance your interior. Headboards, sofas, chairs, bedding, mirrors, tables, as well as unique items of furniture are sourced through our trade showrooms.



View our work

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Blog | Latest Posts

Classic Blue - Pantone colour of the year 2020
Helen Wilcock Interior Design Blog Posted:

Classic Blue - Pantone colour of the year 2020

Pantone announced colour of the year 2020 is Classic Blue. Described as a shade reminiscent of the sky at dusk. Blue is the colour of both.

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Bathroom Tile Schemes
Helen Wilcock Interior Design Blog Posted:

Bathroom Tile Schemes

Before you renovate or complete building your bathroom consider the aesthetic impact that tiles will add. With a vast array of tiles, stone and mosaics on.

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Cushions: The icing on the cake for your interior design
Helen Wilcock Interior Design Blog Posted:

Cushions: The icing on the cake for your interior design

Not many interior furnishing schemes are complete without the addition of cushions. These small items make a big impact and significantly transform a room. With winter.

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Dulux Colour Awards

2016 Commendation
2016 Dulux Colour Awards Commendation Design Spec Interior Design Auckland

Interior of the Year

2015 Commended
2015 NZ House and Garden Interior of the Year Commendation Design Spec Interior Design Auckland

Interior of the Year

2014 Finalist
2014 NZ House and Garden Interior of the Year Finalist Design Spec Interior Design Auckland

Dulux Colour Awards

2012 Commendation
2012 Dulux Colour Awards Commendation Design Spec Interior Design Auckland

Dulux Colour Awards

2012 Finalist
2012 Dulux Colour Awards Finalist Design Spec Interior Design Auckland

Dulux Colour Awards

2010 Finalist
2010 Dulux Colour Awards Finalist Design Spec Interior Design Auckland

Dulux Colour Awards

Award winning interior design.



NZ House & Garden

March 2016


Design Spec Interior Design in the media 2016 NZ House & Garden Magazine

NZ House & Garden

November 2015


Design Spec Interior Design in the media 2015 NZ House & Garden Magazine


Aug/Sep 2013


Design Spec Interior Design in the media 2013 HOMESTYLE NZ Magazine

NZ House & Garden

June 2012


Design Spec Interior Design in the media 2012 NZ House & Garden Magazine




Design Spec Interior Design in the media INFONEWS.CO.NZ Online News

Your Home & Garden

Home Comforts


Design Spec Interior Design in the media 2010 Your Home & Garden Magazine


I have worked with Helen since 2014 with projects ranging from residential developments to high end holiday homes. Helen has indeed become not only my company's "Chief Designer" but also my "Personal Design Adviser". She was engaged for all of our high end residential developments and all of my holiday homes in Auckland, Rotorua and Queenstown. Helen was able to help me as a single point of responsibility with initial concept designs, material and colour selections, right through to implementation and build; all within a set budget and timescale. 

I gained two fundamental benefits from employing Helen: One is the design itself. Helen was able to take a few basic and rather uncertain ideas of mine and show how they could be realised to their best effect. She put forward the most incredible ideas for wall papers, colours, light fittings, furniture, and kitchens. She was particularly amazing at coming up with solutions, and improvising, for the areas I hadn't considered. Sourcing everything would have taken me weeks, (or never at all). I have to say that Helen has a wonderful & trendy taste of design ideas. She always gives you choice, and adds in some interesting things that you just wouldn't have thought of, but that work beautifully. 

Second is the commercial benefit. Our clients were all extremely happy with the design solution in our developments, and they believe our end result is different from those by other developers, and I believe Helen's design had an influence here. Speaking of my own holiday houses, while I've only got to enjoy them for some days in a year; most other times they have been rented out short term and the return has been amazing. The stylish houses that Helen created has generated huge interest and made my houses especially popular. 

It has been great working with Helen for the past many years!

– Frank Li –

"We established contact with Helen after seeing her website.  We had built an off-the-grid, rustic industrial barn home - with a bit of glamour - in rural south Auckland.  Helens brief involved choosing colours for both the exterior and interior of the building; developing the lighting plan; establishing the kitchen design, including choosing the materials for the cabinetry and stone benchtops. As well as fitting out the bathrooms and the guest loo.  We are now in the process of working with Helen again to fit out soft furnishings. Helen has been wonderful to work with and I couldn't recommend her more highly. She understood my taste and slightly eclectic nature perfectly. Nothing was ever too much trouble, and everything was delivered ahead of time with her attention to detail always spot on.

I absolutely love the solutions Helen has provided us and we are looking forward to working with her again."

– Miranda Marsh –

Helen's guidance has helped transform our tired bungalow into a stylish, gorgeous home.  With her extraordinary design sensibility, Helen has translated the vaguest of briefs... (e.g. "I like colour") ... into a soft, modern blend of beautiful wall coverings, drapes, tiles and fittings.

We love what Helen has done for our house, and cannot recommend her highly enough.

– Ramari Young –

"We enlisted Helen's help at the planning stage of a kitchen renovation. We also wanted her help with refreshing our living areas and entrance. Working with Helen was, without a doubt, one of the best decision we made. We asked her to add some wow factor to our home and she has done it with such style and finesse and has made the entire process look so effortless. She carefully listened to what we wanted, made suggestions, gave options, but never forced her ideas upon us. She has helped us choose everything, from curtains, couches, side tables to cushions, lamps, throws, paint colours. Whilst our renovation is complete, we still find ourselves enlisting her help in other small projects.

Helen is such a delight to work with. She is an utmost professional and I couldn't recommend her more highly".

– Samantha and Louis Nel –

"Helen managed and delivered an incredible home renovation for us whilst we were based overseas. Helen's flair, vision and enthusiasm helped me push outside my own boundaries to create the most amazing home that's modern, edgy, warm and homely all at the same time. Helen not only completed the entire interior & exterior design and furniture supply, she also managed the subcontractors effectively on our behalf and made sure they worked within scope, budget & schedule. The results speak for themselves. Helen was a delight to work with. Her communication skills were awesome, giving us confidence from overseas that she was on the ball.

I strongly recommend Helen's design talent and project management skills. She has created a wonderful space that we now call home."

– Sam Ingham and Dave Byrne –



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