Introducing Sophie from
My Beautiful Abode

Your home is an opportunity to let people know more about you. As a designer, I love to bring together the key elements for a cohesive interior – namely, how it feels, looks and is used. For almost thirty years, I’ve designed and styled homes across Melbourne, regional Victoria and further afield. My design philosophy is to ensure that each space I design is practical and attractive and blends its unique features with your style. 

As an interior designer and stylist, I’m engaged for my sense of style and my ability to express creative ideas, as well as for my expertise and experience. I appreciate that working with an interior designer is an investment in improving what’s often your most valuable asset, let alone the place you retreat to from the rest of the world. Based in Melbourne’s east, I work closely with a diverse range of clients to transform houses to beautiful homes. I work with architects and builders as well as homeowners. My services offer a flexible array of options from full design through to clarifying directions to support confident decision making. Sometimes, people are too busy to research and source the pieces that will elevate their home. Rightfully, people can be concerned about making expensive mistakes. I also have clients who really just aren’t that interested in interior design. They know their space doesn’t look or feel quite right, and they outsource the process of finding the solution. I’m more than happy to oblige! It’s my job to guide you in making your house your home.

Beyond interiors, I absolutely love being in nature, either the bracing winds of coastal Victoria or surrounded by the green of the Dandenongs on my ongoing quest to see a lyrebird in the wild. Speaking of quests, I’m making it my life’s mission to recreate my mother’s sponge cake and I don’t care how many eggs have to meet their demise for me to do so.

“Interior designers are engaged for our sense of style, our ability to express creative ideas, as well as our expertise and experience. Our professional service is an investment in the planning of improvements to what is often your most valuable asset. It is our job to guide you to fantastic solutions in the journey of making a house your home.”

I work with people across Melbourne, regional Victoria and further afield to create their sanctuary at home, the space where they’re comfortable and content, where they welcome their friends and family.

What People Say

Sophie was a delight to work with from the moment she first walked into my home. She has a warm, friendly manner as well as an extremely professional approach. After listening to and considering my preferences for interior designs, Sophie somehow found the most perfect pieces of furniture, fabulous floor covering, and absolutely amazing artwork that has transformed our house into the home we always dreamed about. I highly recommend the lovely Sophie Kost to anyone who needs advice and help with finding how to design their house in just the right way, so it becomes their forever home!


Sophie was very considerate and thoughtful in her ideas and recommendations. She took into account our budget and family lifestyle, which was great. It was time to ‘grow up’ and her ideas have helpful to progress our over crowded rooms into something more calming and mature.


I couldn’t recommend Sophie enough. As design novices with a fear of feeling overwhelmed and befuddled, we were put instantly at ease by Sophie’s demeanour. Her focus on how we wanted to use our space and how we wanted it to feel, as well as look, was really welcome and Sophie worked happily within our budget giving us a much, or as little guidance on looks and pieces as we wanted. As a result, we have a house that makes us happy every time we walk through the door and feels entirely ‘us’ but designed by someone who completely knows her stuff!


It has been an extremely positive experience working with Sophie over the last three months. I transitioned from a four bedroom family home to a two bedroom unit and her support and expertise during this period was invaluable.


We engaged Sophie early last year when we planned to move houses. We were stressed with the whole covid situation and restrictions meant we really couldn’t travel to assess what we needed. Sophie made the entire process easy and smooth. She gave us a lot of options, conceptualised the whole design, helped organise furnitures, art work, beautiful indoor plants and lots of creative ideas to make the home look open and beautiful. She is thorough, creative, and delivers on time with always a smile on her face. She is open to feedback and always keeps her clients in mind when she designs and makes decisions.


What can we say…. Sofie is an astute professional. She turned out cold Empty home into a beautiful space filled with so much personality. She listens and work so hard to make you dream a reality.


This is the third time we have used Sophie’s services. She did such a wonderful job helping us set up our living area when we moved house a few years ago, that we rang her again when we wanted to make over teenage boys rooms (one last year and the final room over the past few months). On all 3 occasions she has been such a pleasure to work with and it is the reason we keep coming back. For our latest project we had the added complexity of working through the COVID lockdown and Sophie was wonderful at arranging trades and deliveries and doing remote consultations when necessary. We have been so delighted with the outcome of all 3 projects and had such wonderful feedback from friends and family. I would not hesitate to recommend Sophie.


We engaged Sophie based on her past reviews. We asked her to help furnish and style the entire home and time it so that it was done within a week of us moving in. She nailed it. Made it easy for us and was super helpful and receptive to all feedback whilst being candid if something would not work. Would 100% use her again. We love our new home and visitors have also been delighted with it. Thank you Sophie!


We are so grateful to Sophie for all the work she did in helping us to furnish our new house. She listened intently to learn about our lifestyles and desires for our spaces and was then able to come up with a design that suited us perfectly. We absolutely love every space Sophie imagined for us and look forward to getting further help with other rooms in the house now. When I was first seeking out help from an interior designer I was worried that they might prioritise looks over comfort, but that was not the case- we now have the right balance between both. I would highly recommend Sophie’s services to others.


My father and I cannot thank Sophie enough for her incredible work designing and then helping us achieve such a beautiful look for my father’s new apartment. I rang Sophie on a Friday from interstate with an impossibly short time frame to help my father create a new and inviting space to move into. Within 10 seconds I knew I’d found the right person to help.

First and foremost, Sophie really listened to Dad’s requirements so he just loved the beautiful design she created for him. Sophie is both talented and experienced. At the same time she provides the most efficient and professional service. I’ve read reviews before of people saying they ‘don’t know what they’d have done without someone’s service’. In this case it’s true. Thank you so much Sophie.


Sophie has helped to transform our home from run down, cluttered, dated and mismatched into a bright, character-filled, cohesive living space that we enjoy every day. Without Sophie’s guidance, we would have been paralysed by indecision and would never have achieved the dramatic makeover that she has overseen. I appreciated Sophie’s practical and commonsense approach to choosing affordable items that would not only look the part and be comfortable, but also be durable for heavy use in a family with 2 boys. Thank you Sophie for all your help.


Sophie was brilliant. She contacted us almost straight away and came to our house on a public holiday. Her ideas were amazing and she was very patient with us as we went back and forward over decisions. What was really appreciated was the understanding that we could explore different finishes for different rooms at a pace that suited us. Would highly recommend and use Sophie again.


From day 1, Sophie was amazing. As two non-creative professionals, we engaged Sophie to initially help us with colour selections for our new house build. That selection process was seamless thanks to Sophie. From tile, backsplash, benchtop, curtains, flooring, Sophie’s ability to understand our likes and wants ensured we ended up with a product that to this day we are so excited about. After engaging Sophie for our initial colour selections we chose to decorate our new home and asked Sophie again to help us with this process. From her contacts in the furniture industry we have ended up with an amazing array of furniture and wooden pieces that we love. Thank you so much Sophie, you have made this process so seamless!


I would recommend Sophie without hesitation. I have engaged Sophie’s services twice in the last 3 years. The first time was for interior design advice and help selecting quite a few furniture pieces and furnishings for a revamp to a hallway, two bedrooms and a lounge room. The end result was beautiful and a look that I would not have been able to achieve on my own.

A few months ago after moving into a new home, preparing for a renovation and requiring assistance with the selection of furnishings, I again engaged Sophie and her renovation package. My husband and I spent a day visiting showrooms and stores with Sophie and we selected everything from the kitchen sink to light switches to tiles, honestly you name it we chose it.

Before the selections day Sophie and I met to run through my vision and wish list. A mood board from Sophie quickly followed which proved she was spot on with the look and feel I want to achieve. This made the selections day so organised and efficient. Sophie also opened my eyes to certain combinations of colours and textures and looks that I would never have been able to achieve on my own and that I know will look amazing once our reno is done.

Once the reno is complete I will be hiring Sophie again to help with finishing touches such as window furnishings.


Sophie has done some amazing work with our front room. She has transformed it from a seldom used area into a beautiful and highly functional additional family space. Her knowledge of colour and texture is exceptional and I really enjoyed the entire process. Sophie is very warm and engaging and works in a collaborative manner, so I felt very involved and comfortable at all times. Her budgeting and timing are spot on, and we even managed to save a few dollars here and there! I highly recommend Sophie and would not hesitate to call on her expertise for future projects.