The Process

Meet and Agree

The meeting phase is crucial for getting to know the personalities of the clients. It is SHI’s main goal to fully envision what the client has in mind and to develop a good working relationship to ensure the perfect result is met.

Idea and Concept

The information from the first meeting, the clients brief and the expert eye of Sonia Hayes is the perfect basis for the project. Sonia Hayes plans the project to utilise the space to its full potential, this is presented to the client in the form of a 3-D drawing, samples of the specific materials, a computer generated storyboard or a selection of researched photos.

Design and Create

Once the final decisions are made SHI begins the process of sourcing the relevant and available fabrics, furniture, floor and wall treatments. The floor space and customised furniture is then designed.

Implementation and Installation

Finally, after the quotation has been accepted and agreed in writing and a deposit has been paid, I will engage in the implementation, ordering, making up, installation and delivery of all design angles/aspects.

Janine Player

Thanks you for being so professional and for all the great ideas. There are glasses of wine to drink and we can move into phase two of the transformation.

Sam is the daughter of a client whom I met when her mother treated to her to a consultation as a birthday present. We have been updating her home over the past few years.

Sam Heynes

Private client

I called on Sonia from Sonia Hayes Interiors to assist me in my TV Lounge, from the first meeting, to the presentation of the concept I knew I was in good hands. It is worth contacting an interior designer as you can make expensive mistakes, she is professional but on the other hand relaxed and makes you feel special and becomes your friend as you go along the journey. I LOVE LOVE my lounge and feel blessed that I was guided and opened up to different ideas.”my lounge is now my happy place surrounded by beautifully selected fabrics and items of interest. Thank you Sonia!!!
Jayne Stalhut

Jayne is a well known figure in the Interior Decorating community.

The lounge and dining room Sonia decorated tells the story of the most professional, creative and delightful result that has changed our living area into a most attractive place to be.

Patricia Caldwell

Private client in Hilton.

Sonia transformed our home to one we are now proud of and love. The colours and choice of funiture and materials all worked so well together. She is professional, innovative and creative with an excellent eye for detail and quality. Sonia brings with her an infectious passion and excitement. She has a high work ethic and reliability and is such a pleasure to work with.

Cheryne Scott

Private client in Howick.

Sonia recently decorated my home. Her colour co-ordination was out of this world and she seemed to know just what style and colours would suit me. She also did some purchasing of Persian carpets afterwards for me at no personal gain. Her bubbly nature was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her as a designer.

Tracey Wilhelm

Private Client in Drummond

Sonia is the best designer. I have worked with Sonia for the past 15 years. I am very happy. And I have had the most amazing results. Sonia always goes the extra mile for me and I  would recommend her for sure.


Carol Oosthuizen

Carol and her husband run a successful provincial business from their home and relocated to a Spanish style mansion in Hilton. Over the past 15 years, I have furnished and styled many of their homes (including offices and holiday homes) as well as their children's homes during our history together.