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Words spoken to describe Tanya

Hue's Design Director

Hi! My name is Tanya Cheary, and I was born into a family of engineers, musicians, photographers and artists, in the winery regions of McLaren Vale and Reynella (though, it wasn't until I experienced a Margaret River Cab Sav, moving to Perth in 2003, that I finally attuned to what the big deal with wine is) 

Not so with architecture and landscape. Adelaide was conceptualised into a reality of world renown architecture, by greats such as Edmund Wright, Lloyd Tayler, E. J. Woods, Walter Bagot, Latham A. Withall, Alfred Wells, and Henry Butterfield.

Taking a daytrip into such a city in 1979, meant Mum dressing you in your best ribbons, knee-high, frilly socks, and a tartan dress. The dark pavements left black scuffs on Mary Janes, but gold glints reflecting in the concrete of the high-rise carparks had me forgetting my feet, as I spun in captivated circles, wondering at the detail. Warm chandeliers over Axminster carpets, and marble staircases leading to bronze mirror, velvets, and leathers within smoky timbers, informed you were in for a memorable experience. Cinema furnished glamour. David Jones furnished live performance on a grand piano.

The city landscape combined Classic Renaissance, Victorian, and Gothic Revival architecture, incorporating parks and gardens as equal components, creating a space that espoused the gift of combining disciplines, of planning with heart and purpose. 

Fast forward to 1991, I was witnessing the construction of the most exciting shopping mall ever built in the southern hemisphere. Glass elevators, with verde trim, rode you all the way to the top, for a ride on an indoor rollercoaster. (If you were brave!) This splash of colour careened 9 and 10 stories high, under a massive skylight, surrounded by a ‘penthouse’ amusement arcade that included a free Legoland. The view below encompassed terraced stories, filled with specialty shops, a multi-level Myer, and gourmet food courts expanding into the underground terraces. Visibility all the way from the skylight, to the basement terrace, was unimpeded from all escalators, glass elevators ..and from the rollercoaster. It took getting used to, and it was worth it. Even for a 16-year-old with small change in her pockets, it was consistently somewhere to go, somewhere to be.

A performing Darryl Braithewaite opened the multi-level Virgin Mega-Store. The centre hosted surprise aerial performances, and cooking of the world's largest pavlova. Master Chefs in the food terraces introduced you to new gourmet experiences.  An italian smallgoods store housed a famous $600 Parmigiano Reggiano, [eq.$1300] prompting a curious investigation into how a wheel of cheese becomes so expensive in the first place (with age comes beauty) and instilling further appreciation for the arts people have engineered over time.

Visiting the centre 22 years later, the colour and personality within the interiors had left the building. Despite the pillars and the glass, it had become simply a devoid ghost of fun past. In 2023, facade upgrades have been planned to revive the centre. Hopefully, this invites renewed enthusiasm, to keep the interiors filled with what made it a destination in the first place. A superficial veneer without purpose will inspire plenty of photos, but no lingering visitors. The visual representation, and functional accommodation of all the things we love to do in a space, creates the destination. Our senses desire a conversation with our environment. 

In 2023 the premium industry is regaining a strength that would make William Morris proud. The world’s renewed focus on the human experience has brought us back to really thinking about how we live. Spending more time within our homes, means creating experiences within our own walls, tailored to accommodate the activities we love to do, and the aesthetics that make it our space. This style lasts forever, because the stuff we love, makes us who we are.

Tanya Cheary


About Hue

Developing processes that manage flawless implementation of luxury design without compromise, has earned Tanya client and industry respect since 2009. Hue, Designer Interiors is a formidable team of specialist, premium trades and professional services, with creative courage. Projects are headed by the design director to ensure a network of cohesion between elements, maintaining the nuance of detail crucial to how the project will translate.

"To me, perfection is when functional components inspire aesthetic ingenuity, to include the person in the equation. How it encourages movement, and makes us feel. Characteristics that dance with our individuality serve a fundamentally, functional purpose.

Following her design studies (and making her tech studies  highschool teacher proud) Tanya sought out to learn from the remaining master-craftsmen in Perth, & later from Europe, how to design furniture & joinery with them, to maximise design potential and purpose for longevity, and the human experience.

"I don't do 'home beautiful.' We want people to say 'That is so cool.'"

For a decade, Tanya's unwavering integrity gained her industry roles with both local, artisanal craftsmen, and the top-end arena of luxury European design and sales, including bespoke furniture and joinery, designer furniture, and architectural hard surfaces, until Tanya grew to realise that just like the cakes she bakes, creative potential is more malleable when you bake from scratch.. and Hue, Designer Interiors was born. 

Tanya's unique experiences in hyper-custom nurtures an expertise in defining exactly what directs and influences how we feel and behave in a space, and why. Tanya's unique perceptions honed in on details that make a person who they are, in order to create spaces for people to feel they belong in.  Further discoveries reside within the scenario where neither seems to like what the other likes. "In this scenario, an 'our picture' emerges, revealing where they connect" 


These unique skills leave clients feeling pretty bad-ass.

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