Novocastrian Tim Neve boasts a flair for interior design.
The passionate local has been working in the industry for more than a decade after starting out in theatre and graphic design.
Some of his biggest projects have included working on The Beach Hotel in Merewether, a pop-up open house at The Station and creating his own textiles range.
However, recently, Tim has taken his work another step forward by opening the Tim Neve Warehouse in Maryville.
He says it’s a hidden gem within the Hunter.
“It’s so nice to have space where I can move large pieces of furniture around to create different looks and have that creative freedom I have always wanted in a space,” he told the Newcastle Weekly.
“Opening the warehouse was quite quick because I do come from a commercial interior design background, I was in my element trying to work out how to fit out the space.
“We’re slowly being found by the local community – it is a destination to be discovered.”
Featuring a wide variety of furniture, homewares and accessories alongside expert feedback from Tim, the location is a one-stop shop for people interested in interior design.
He adds it made sense to open the warehouse during the pandemic.
“It was an odd time for everybody but what I discovered was that everyone was stuck at home,” he explained.
“The lack of travel and the fact that everyone was stuck in the four walls around them, meant everyone started noticing what they needed to do around their house.
“The interior design industry has [benefitted] from the pandemic because everyone has wanted a change to make them feel a bit more comfortable in their homes.”
The warehouse will also be “taken over” once a month by Design School students as part of their interior design course.
The school was founded by former The Block contestant Jenna Denstan.
“I am so excited to be able to bring their course to Newcastle,” Tim said.
“I have admired Jenna and her course from afar for many years.”
Moving forward, Tim says he has big plans for the future.
“I have plenty of dreams and aspirations,” he said.
“In the short term I will be working to have some more bed linen on offer and some fresh new colour schemes for spring and summer.”