After relocating from Sydney to the beautiful and historical city of Newcastle in 2016, Cherene & Graham decided to take a fresh, new approach to life, design and renovation – and In-Haus Design Co was born.


CHERENE THOMAS-SMITH – is the “Design/Colour Director” behind ChereneTS ~ In-Haus Design Co. She has been in the residential building and kitchen/bathroom industry since 1991, and became a Certified Kitchen & Bathroom Designer in 1999. Her expertise covers a broad range of areas – from design, colour and specification to estimating and project management.

She describes herself as a “multi-passionate designer”, and while having her own personal design philosophy, she loves working across a broad range of design schemes. Cherene also has another great love – for ancient practices such as Feng Shui, Shibui and Wabi Sabi, and Natural Stone – and you will often see these intertwined into her projects – ZEN Design. 

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GRAHAM SMITH – with over 30 years in the kitchen, bathroom and building/renovation industries, Graham is a Master Kitchen & Bathroom Designer. He has lead and managed some of Australia’s most respected kitchen/bathroom renovation companies, trained countless Designers (many of whom have won multiple awards), and he is the “Technical Director” at ChereneTS ~ In-Haus Design Co.

He is a highly experienced and sought after designer, as well as estimator and project manager, and brings his extensive experience to our client’s projects to ensure they have a room that is not only beautiful and functional, but one that will stand up to the test of time.

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