Interior designer and Winton Resene Shop owner Julie Dyer has been rushed off her feet as more and more Southlanders build or renovate their homes.
The workload has increased to the point where Mrs Dyer has had to move her business to bigger premises and now has one of her staff, Lara Simpson who studying to be an interior designer, to support the workload.
''There's just not enough hours in the day - we're very short of interior designers.
''I could work fulltime in Queenstown alone but I prefer to stay local and serve my clients,'' Ms Dyer said.
''I'm working on a lot of beautiful projects in some very flash houses at the moment. I'm lucky I can source whatever people want.''
Her work was Southland-wide and involved many new homes but also renovations as people added value to their properties.
''The market is definitely improving but people can do beautiful interiors on a small or a large budget - it's not all about the money.''
She has also employed an upholsterer to meet the growing demand in that area.
''A lot of people are wanting pieces of furniture re-covered or family heirlooms re-upholstered. It's amazing what can be achieved.''
Last month, after a year and a half, Mrs Dyer's search for the perfect premises was over when she moved her flourishing business into the centre of town, on Winton's main street.
And she said she was enjoying displaying her range of paints and wallpapers, bedroom linen, drapes, blinds, New Zealand and imported rugs and upholstery fabrics in the larger building.
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