The delightful Rachael Gowling of Plan.Design.Build.Repeat knows her stuff. From New Zealand to Australia, her  projects have been a labour of love and well-documented across her social media channels. Flooring Xtra has enjoyed being involved with several gorgeous builds, seeing her good-taste and common-sense perspective transform homes.


Rachel has recently set her sights on a different sort of project, one where she’s on a mission to share her knowledge and experience of the design and build process with her audience. Honest, generous with her insights and as personable as ever, her course, podcast and social media are refreshing. Recently, Catherine from Flooring Xtra chatted with her about all things flooring.


coastal cottage project showing the dining area and floors

Rachel’s Coastal Cottage project featuring AquaLife in “Tamar Valley Oak”


The in-depth conversation between Catherine and Rachael explores the process of selecting flooring. Notably, within the current Covid 19 landscape, they also discussed how flooring projects don’t have to necessarily stop, and how Flooring Xtra are approaching these unique times to work with clients.


Beyond the process of selecting product, Rachael was keen to learn about what flooring trends the stores were seeing. The rise in conscious consumer sentiment in terms of sustainability and wellness, was highlighted by Catherine (and her best picks for environmentally sustainable products!) and the more aesthetic trends of textured wool carpets, natural oaks and Australian species timber/ timber look products.


The podcast is the perfect combination of project-specific experience and product knowledge- all in an easy to absorb and personable chat! To listen to the conversation, click here or via our podcast page here.


coastal cottage project flooring xtra james treble

You can read more about Rachel’s gorgeous project here.


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