Here is what just some of my clients say about Home Makeovers by Kärlek


…I fully recommend Abi. Her passion, design flair and knowledge ARE ABSOLUTELY TOP NOTCH.

Once we made the decision to sell our home the next big task was to get our house ready for market. I had heard of Abi through a few different people and of the amazing house transformations she had done.

They had also talked about how “Abi got things done on time and her building sites were all action”.  We initially wanted ideas of how to get our house ready for sale so that it took it to the next level. Abi delivered all of that and more. From design to project management and total focus on absolute top quality, Abi went above and beyond to transform our house to the grand lady it deserves to be.

Abi delivered to time frames and budget which is generally unheard of! We are delighted with our house and have loved those many WOW moments when you see the final result come together. I fully recommend Abi. Her passion, design flair and knowledge of how to get things done are absolutely top notch.

Jenny, Mt Eden

...definitely recommend Abi to anyone wanting to give their property the edge when they sell.

Having attempted project managing renovations to our property several years ago, I realised it’s best left to the experts. So when it came to doing further work in preparation for selling I engaged Abi and her Makeover to Sell service. I’ve known Abi professionally for a while and have been impressed with her creativeness, attention to detail, and ability to get the job done. Combined with her practical experience as a successful property developer she has a rare set of skills and knows how to use them! She didn’t disappoint. From the initial brief, through to co-ordinating the tradespeople, everything happened when she said it would and for the quoted price. Any variation was communicated and agreed to in advance so there were no unwanted surprises. All the tradespeople were respectful and turned up on time. We will also be using her staging service when we market the property. I most definitely recommend Abi to anyone wanting to give their property the edge when they sell. Without a doubt her expertise will add value!

Diane, Mt Eden


Before I put my house on the market I wanted to feel confident in my mind that I had done everything I possibly could to present it to the best of its ability. But I knew I needed someone with expertise and creative flair to look at the house and garden through fresh eyes to see where improvements could be made to enhance what was already here. This is when I called Abi at Kärlek to help me and I was not disappointed. She has an amazing eye for colour and just knows how to put things together, the rooms in the house were rearranged with my existing furniture and ornaments, plus I used the Kärlek Home Staging Enhancement package, where she bought in several specially selected key pieces of furniture and accessories, mixing them beautifully with my own and the result was nothing short of amazing, my home looked so stylish and beautiful and absolutely popped! It took three weeks to get the house ready and it was a pretty full on process particularly the de-cluttering but I am glad that I listened to her advice as the end result was stunning! If you want to give your house the WOW factor I don’t think you could go wrong by using Abi of Kärlek and her team. Thank you to all involved the house and garden looks so good now that I’m not sure that I really want to sell after all!

Leonie, Remuera

...Abi’s experience, expertise, eye for detail and work ethic came into its own... She was inspiring

"My world has quite a lot of stress in it,” hardly sounds like the beginning of a good conversation with anyone, but when I made that statement to Abi of Kärlek Interior Design she responded with such warm sincerity I immediately felt calmed and reassured, and certainly ready to engage in further conversation with her. Amazingly, we had our first consultation at our home within four hours of my initial contact. Impressive!!

I liked Abi immediately and her Dress to Sell concept fitted our needs. She advised us that, while our home was very well presented, there were areas she believed could be enhanced within a relatively small budget and the time frame we had. Essentially we had a renovated home with an office which required painting before being turned back into a bedroom. So, our partially decorated home was really a future sale prospect not one ready for the market we now wanted to enter within a month. We were very happy with arrangements as discussed between Abi and us, including the fact we wanted to keep living in our home while the Dressing to Sell was progressing, then had to inform Abi we had one week less than we had initially thought to get our home ready for market. And that is where Abi’s experience, expertise, eye for detail and work ethic came into its own. She was inspiring.

From our first consultation Abi enthusiastically managed the vision she had  for our home.  Once in the process of creating this vision Abi was a whirlwind who had an amazing sense of purpose and flair. She has gone above and beyond to exceed our expectations and worked energetically to get our house ready. She arranged painters, engaged an exciting art service, provided a few extra pieces of staging furniture because we had already transferred our large furniture items to our beach property where we intend to live permanently. And just when I needed to start thinking about it, Abi organised cleaners to come in the lead up to our auction. Bliss. Stress gone! 

Abi and her team have delivered everything we wanted, stress-free and on time,  and they were willing to work with us to tweak even the smallest detail. Because of Abi’s transparent communication we felt decidedly involved in the process from start to finish, and so this has felt like a wonderful team effort with a lot of fun and joy. When the finishing touches of specially grown plants in big tubs, greenery for the rooms and fresh flowers were delivered just as the UP Team came in for their publicity shoot, I knew working with Abi had been the perfect way to begin the end of our relationship with this house which has been our home for 21 years. Thank you, Abi, for your good will.

I would encourage anyone with a project to allow Kärlek Interior Design to take their dream and develop it into an amazing and unique reality. 

Margaret-Ann, Mt Eden

...Abi absolutely added value to our greatest asset before we went to market

Before we placed our property on the market, we viewed a number of Open Homes,
one of which had been ‘Dressed to Sell’ by Kärlek. We later learned that the property had achieved a phenomenal price on auction day. Before deciding to go with Kärlek we had an initial free consultation with Abi, the principal. We were impressed by her passion, attention to detail especially the target market and confidence she would add value to our home. Our initial decision to go with Kärlek was a ‘leap of faith’ which has proven very worthwhile.

Abi project manages the process from Day one through to Auction Day thus greatly
reducing the stress. Before each Open Home she checked the house, organised for
cleaners and refreshed flowers and plants. She also communicated and worked well
with our Real Estate agent. Property owners can set their budget and Abi will complete an estimate and endeavour to complete the project within budget.

‘Dressing to Sell’ is one aspect of the Kärlek business. Abi the principal is a creative
person with a proven interior design background and has also been a record breaking
property developer. Whilst passionate about what she does, Abi has definite ideas about improving the property from the kerb to the back fence. Her creativity enhances the emotional connection buyers will experience when viewing the property. The proof that employing Kärlek was a good decision was in the number of bidders who attended our auction and the excellent sale we achieved as a result. The return on investment has proven to us we made the right decision to go with Kärlek. Abi absolutely added value to our greatest asset before we went to market. We have no hesitation in recommending Kärlek for a professional stress free experience in Dressing to Sell your property.

Peter, Mt Eden

...ABI captured the essence of me and my family, and the way we live 

I’m so happy to have met Abi Wisnewski from Kärlek Design. The flyer in my letterbox appeared at an opportune time, when I was contemplating whether I should renovate my home, or sell and find a home better suited to my family’s needs. I was at a standstill, and didn’t know where to start to fix the bland décor, damp and cold, and lack of privacy we were living with.  I looked at the Kärlek website and liked what I saw, so gave Abi a call.

After a free consultation I felt confident to move forward with Abi to put together a design plan for me. Today Abi presented the design concept for the transformation of my home, and WOW… it is amazing! Abi nailed the brief, she captured the essence of me and my family, and the way we live. The design includes spaces that are cleverly beautiful and at the same time practical. Abi has incorporated the much needed privacy aspect into the plan, while maximising light throughout the home, and bringing in texture and colour to create beautiful spaces. I can’t wait now to make it all happen!

I fully recommend Kärlek design. Abi is an outstanding top class interior designer who is passionate about her work! It’s rare to find such superb designer creativity combined with the practical knowledge of the building and renovation process. I’m a super happy customer!

Helen, Mt Eden

...ABI has a great sense of style...and a strong eye for detail

My husband and I engaged Abi Wisnewski to assist us with staging our home for the purpose of selling. She was punctual, arriving when she said she would, which is important when we all live such busy lives. Abi provided us with an “overall view” of what we were trying to achieve, and suggested ideas usually backed up by examples so we could actually see the item or product, which I personally found helpful. She suggested cost effective changes which were practical, and arranged for all of the furniture to be delivered and installed, which was a huge time saver for us. Abi worked with our tradesmen so things were carried out seamlessly. She has a great sense of style, but listened ( very patiently!) to mine and has strong eye for detail. She is friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. Abi is trustworthy and does what she says she will do.

Our home looks beautiful, and we know that Abi played a big part in its transformation! You and your home could be in no better hands …thanks so much Abi!!

Kay, Mt Eden

...I absolutely love the design concept

Abi I absolutely love the design concept you've put together for me! I'm super happy and excited about this project! Thank you!

Rushika, West Auckland

...Abi’s creative flair, knowledge and follow up are fantastic

Abi helped me towards the end of my renovation but I wish I had involved her from the start. The first value add she offered was to suggest the builder create an attic in the roof as she could see the space, but the Architect had not! This has turned out to be a Godsend, and without it I would have struggled with storage in my villa! Abi’s creative flair, knowledge, and follow up are fantastic, she made a huge difference to the end result in my home and I highly recommend her. On top of that Abi is a wonderful, wise and kind individual and a pleasure to work with.

Catherine, Mt Eden