If you think that good interior design simply means filling a home with designer sofas, think again.
"Interior design is about improving a lifestyle, how the space makes you feel is more important than how it looks," says Nikki Hunt, principal at Design Intervention.
She would know.
The former economist left her job 16 years ago to be a freelance interior designer, and started her own firm nearly 10 years ago.
Her works are often featured in magazines, and the permanent resident who has lived in Singapore for 20 years recently added another feather to her cap.
She is a finalist this year in the annual Andrew Martin Interior Design of the Year award, which has been dubbed "the Oscars for the interior design world".
Only a handful of Singapore designers have made it to the list. Past winners include English designer Kelly Hoppen and American Thomas Pheasant.
"For interior designers, winning this award is the pinnacle," says Ms Hunt.
Her works will be published in a book of finalists in September. As a first-time participant, Ms Hunt says that she is unlikely to take home the award, as "winners are usually finalists a few times over".
Still, you don't expect any less of her home, which she designed. Pictures of her home off Bukit Timah were submitted as part of the competition.
She lives with her English husband who works in the finance industry and their two teenage children.