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About Us

Who are we & how can we help you?

Locally owned, Encompass Ideas Interior Design and Architecture was formed in 1998 by Simone and David van der Plas. Principal Designer, Simone has a background in design having previously trained and worked in the Display/Exhibition field she then moved into Interior design and small architectural projects in both the Commercial and Residential sectors. This experience (gained over 20 years) ensures that all designs from conceptualisation through to installation is not only unique to the customer but is innovative and meets functional needs. Simone is an award winning designer having won prestigious NZ awards and international awards in particular for her kitchen designs and is a Professional member of the NZ Designer’s Institute and National Kitchen and Bathroom Assoc.

Encompass Ideas Interior Design & Architecture is dedicated to bringing all of your ideas to life with not only stylish but practical, affordable design, ensuring that you, the client, has full involvement in all aspects of the project from the outset to completion.

Simone and her small Wellington-based team of interior designers and architects will communicate closely with you every step of the process to ensure that your requirements are met and you are completely satisfied. Being Wellington based does not hold us back from taking on projects located elsewhere – with today’s online technology enabling us to communicate clearly and effectively with our out of town clients.

As a matter of course Encompass Ideas provides 3D Perspective renderings and floorplans so that you can envisage the size and scale of your commercial or residential interior designs. .

Utilising Simone’s innovative and out-of-the-box approach (in one case she engaged a UK based graphic designer to create a custom designed wallpaper) , Encompass Ideas is dedicated to bringing all of your ideas to life with stylish, unique and affordable design. Our personalised service will ensure that you, our client, has full involvement in all aspects of the project from the outset to completion.

Specialist design and hands-on service

Simone and her team aim to provide her clients with effective and practical solutions when it comes to the layout of your home, office or factory. Encompass Ideas can provide a full service in Wellington from initial concept, design and planning, to tender/project management and construction. With years of in-depth experience Simone and her team specialise in delivering consultancy services to commercial customers such as Boulcott Suites Hotel Apartments and residential customers such as the owners of the 2007 House of the year award winners. Able to meet projects both large and small, we believe that no idea is too ambitious and are dedicated to bringing your plans and ideas to life. Please see some of our case study images to see some of our award winning projects.

Call Simone today to discuss what Encompass Ideas can do for you.

Complete Solutions

In order to complete your project to the highest possible industry standards, Simone and her team from Encompass Ideas work in partnership with other trusted professionals (such as structural engineers and landscape architects) to provide an independent service that delivers successful outcomes in collaboration with our clients. This hands-on approach allows us to provide you with a unique interior or architectural design for your home or office.


Alternatively, we understand that you may have been working with your own architect over a long period of time to create a design that gets your ideas on paper. Bringing your plans to us for an interior design assessment within the concept phase ensures that our review will bring a fresh approach and thoughtful consideration to your project.

Offering our customers quality services at affordable prices, Encompass Ideas can supply a wide range of products, including:

  • Interior and Architectural Design, floor plans, lighting design and space planning
  • CAD design and 3D rendering for all projects such as kitchen design, house extensions, furniture placement planning.
  • Colour schemes and textiles such as curtains (our quotes are competitive with retail soft furnishing suppliers)
  • Furniture and fittings – supply and installation
  • Decorator artworks and soft furnishings such as sofas/cushions (our quotes are competitive with retail soft furnishing suppliers)
  • Custom designed furniture, joinery items e.g: bookshelves, home office, furniture
  • Council consents and documentation
  • Project management
Whether you’re looking to improve the look of your business operations or want to renovate your home Encompass Ideas Interior Design & Architecture has the interior design solutions for you in Wellington. We offer a wide range of design services to suit what you’re looking for. Our interior designers specialise in various areas including:

  • Colour Schemes
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Furnishings – curtains, sofas, kitchen joinery
  • All Residential/Commercial projects including Architectural design and project management or alternatively we can review plans that you supply from your own architects
“Simone presents fresh ideas to her customers and pays attention to detail, maintaining a harmony throughout the home or project regardless of being a partial or complete refit. I have witnessed the lengths Simone goes to in order to ensure authenticity in the era, design or particular theme of her job at hand. Being a Designer of complete integrity, Simone uses products and finishes fit for purpose, that not only are aesthetically pleasing but give longevity and durability. Simone is most professional in her dealings and is always a great pleasure to deal with” J Grange