Design on James, Tauranga

Are you building? Thinking of renovating? Looking for design ideas and practical advice for your home? Looking for an interior designer with a furniture showroom who can help you collaborate your project from one room to the whole house? Design on James can work with you to achieve the best possible outcome for your project. We make inspirational interiors happen.

What is Design on James?

Design on James is a professional retail Interior & Furniture Showroom based in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty. An amazing range of beautiful furniture and accessories for the home are on display and available to purchase. We take great pride in sourcing stunning, high quality products for the home from around New Zealand and abroad.

Where is Design on James?

The Showroom is located on an orange, kiwifruit and avocado orchard with beautiful surrounding gardens 15 minutes north of Tauranga, Bay of Plenty.

What do you do?

Design on James is a haven of inspiration for anyone who appreciates quality and style and who is looking for design ideas and inspiration, whether it be for one room or the whole house.

The following can be covered in our hourly fees or whole project consultation fee: exterior colour consultation; interior colour consultation - walls, ceilings and flooring; sourcing of hard flooring, carpets, tiles, natural timber, cork and concrete to make your project work together; lighting support - with your lighting supplier; liaison with your kitchen / bathroom designer and product specification; furniture specification; whole room co-ordination; complete project specification; sourcing and hanging of art; furniture placement on site; window treatments with the whole room in mind; rugs - hand knotted, artificial silk, nylon, wool, silk and linen blends; soft furnishings - eg. headboards, custom made bedspreads, linen and cushions; recovering of existing couches and chairs; making of ottomans in fantastic fabrics; accessories e.g. candles, vases, floral and arrangements.

We cover and co-ordinate all aspects of the interior and exterior finishing of your home. We also run interior design and industry related workshops several times throughout the year which we promote on our website www.designonjames.co.nz.

I would like to know more about what happens at Design on James, what do I do?

Feel free to come and visit us at the Showroom. We are open Tuesday through to Friday, 10 - 3pm and no appointment is necessary. Or if you wish to book a consultation with Interior Designer Lynette Lochhead, please call the showroom on 07 5524-060 to make an appointment. We look forward to meeting you.


We are pleased to acknowledge and recommend the service of Design on James.

Her expertise in design, colour, textures and exquisite fabric suggestions made the whole experience enjoyable.
ElWe are pleased to acknowledge and recommend the services of Design on James.

We found Lynette to be extremely skilled and talented with all aspects of interior and exterior design. She went to a lot of trouble to listen to our likes and dislikes as well as being sensitive to costings. We have a contemporary style home with special thought going into the colour scheme that blends in to the landscape of our coastal location.

Her expertise in design, colour, textures and exquisite fabric suggestions made the whole experience enjoyable.

Elaine & Peter Gavin, Omokoroa

We have recently undertaken an update of our office premises and were delighted with Lynette's professionalism, and in her understanding of our vision and needs. She delivered a superb integrated result.

Along with Carolyn Prier, Lynette managed and coordinated the project within tight timeframes, but at the same time ensured that the demands of a busy legal practice and our professional responsibilities were not compromised.
We recommend Lynette and her team very highly.
Fiona Mackenzie, Tauranga

Along with Carolyn Prier, Lynette managed and coordinated the project within tight timeframes, but at the same time ensured that the demands of a busy legal practice and our professional responsibilities were not compromised.

We recommend Lynette and her team very highly.

Fiona Mackenzie, Tauranga

Landmark Homes' new showhome at 174 15th Ave has broken new ground in creating a modern Kiwi classic that is ahead of it's time. This is a home that should come with a warning: "You will FALL in love with it." It's bold use of dark and light, from the near-black Linea (Dulux Taihape) weatherboards and the off-white contrasts in window achitecture, picket fence and pergola, makes a real statement." Lynette Lochhead of Design on James worked with Debbie Clarke of Landmark Homes to create a home that oozes style, opulence and comfort and one that showcases interesting textural combinations of metallics, glossy fabrics, warm colours and sophisticated accessories and lighting. "We wanted a modern look that utilised a lot of the modern products in a classical way, to give the home permanence and its own unique original charm," says Lynette. The Temuka showhome will appeal to a wide variety of people and the play on dark and light is accentuated throughout the home.

Bay of Plenty Times, 2007

Lynette of Design on James has brought together in the loveliest way my dreams for a warm and welcoming home at Wrights Farm. Lynette's flair and ability to source furniture, fabrics and home accents, removed the stress and time committment it would take the non-professional to achieve this result. I am more than happy with the results and would love to work with Lynette and Paula in the future.

Chloe Wright

We are finally all settled in our lovely new home and we are thoroughly enjoying it! When we began the process of building this house we recognized the need for a professional approach as far as architecture, landscape and interior design. We saw some of your work in a show home and liked it so much we asked if you could give us some help and guidance! We where not disappointed, we love the way our 'Home' feels it's got everything we wanted to achieve some of those things were to have a warm and inviting feeling and to have that wow factor! We would not hesitate to recommend Design on James to any prospective client.

Fintan and Carol Downes

We were eager to make our home look modern and yet at the same time hold onto the uniqueness that it has as a stucco house built in 1948. The look had to blend with the sea views and remain light and bright to maximize the outdoor indoor feel. Design on James worked closely with us to achieve the look and feel we desired. It is simply fantastic, everything fits together just so well - colour, textures, and simplicity. All comes together to create an environment that draws us home. Design on James are great to work with and willingly look for the point of difference that you desire.

Sheryl & Gary, Tauranga

We had worked long and hard to design the home that expressed our lifestyle, highlighting a relaxed, yet vibrant ambiance complementing work/leisure balance and it was just so refreshing as it came time to consider aspects of colour, light and texture that Design on James listened so well to what we were saying. This made all the difference and the results were exactly what we had imagined. A warm, welcoming home with that "x" factor our friends comment on, making it a pleasure to entertain and a relaxed haven to live in.

Wendy Matthews

Lynette has played a vital role in assisting us with the redecorating of our home. As we have slowly worked through the house room by room, Lynette has been able to envisage the overall look we are aiming to achieve. She has a great eye for detail and has introduced some fantastic ideas which we would not have normally considered.

Gail Newland, Te Puna

After seeing what Lynette had helped create at Matahui Lodge, we knew we did not have to look further. Lynette looked after the whole package, right down to even the plants at the entrance way. The value Lynette has given to the overall project is one of style, yet individuality. Lynette gave me the confidence to choose colours and textures that I probably would not have been brave enough to choose on my own. My ideas were never discounted or discouraged and were usually incorporated successfully in the design...but always with an extra bit of "Lynette flair" that gave it that "coomph" it needed. Together we have created a family home that is stunning, yet harmonious and not merely one that an interior designer has stamped their style on. A job very well done!

Pat & Nicky Seuren, Matahui Road, Kati Kati

As owners of an exclusive lodge, the interior of our home was extremely important. Lynette looked after the whole package for us. The value of using Lynette's services has been immense. One of the most remarked upon facets of our home is the dcor. The end result is stunning, without being in the least contrived, it's so very easy to live with.

Trevor & Kay Mitchell

Contact Details

Lynette Lochhead

Lynette Lochhead, Design on James

07 5524 060
07 5524 069
24a James Road,  Te Puna