Started by best friends Leah Peretz and Galit Eskenazy, Just In Place is a unique offering within the design and renovation space. A one-stop shop for bathrooms and kitchens, they offer a design and renovation service as well as a retail offering. We kept hearing chatter online about how great their service was, so we had to find out more!
Both originally from Israel, the pair met at the school gates over 12 years ago (they have six children between them) and bring unique vocational backgrounds to the business – Galit is a qualified chef and interior designer while Leah ran a successful fashion label for many years. “We work in two ways – clients will often get us to work on a project from start to finish or they simply buy the fittings. I don’t think there’s many places that offer what we do,” says Leah.
From their boutique retail studio in Belrose, the duo work primarily on renovations, some new builds and have a construction arm. “Galit’s husband is a builder so we can manage the whole job as we have a team of trades,” says Leah. So far, customers have found the business in one of two ways – they are either doing a Sydney-based renovation or they’re simply after hardware. “We work on many local projects, but we also ship custom vanities and fittings all over Australia,” says Leah.
All of the business’ joinery is custom made locally using solid Australian timber while their basins are either custom made locally or imported. The business prides itself on providing the full service. “When we give solutions, it starts with the tiles and includes the cupboards and ends with the finer details such as little hooks,” says Leah.
“We help with design and guide our customers through their projects as an extra free service,” says Leah who explains that the one-stop shop concept saves her clients time and money. “People used to have to run all over Sydney to source things, but you can find everything in our studio. Not only is it more convenient, but it’s a cheaper way of doing it too,” says Leah.
Galit’s top three current reno trends
Neutral palette: As for current bathroom and kitchen trends, Galit explains that things are moving in a more neutral direction. “We have moved away from the pinks, blues and greens of the last few years into more earthy neutral tones such as coffee, cotton and linen.”
Innovative materials: “People are seeking a bit more innovation in their renovation, so we are always looking at new materials. Porcelain bench tops have become a very popular choice for the kitchen in the last couple of years. Not everyone is brave enough to use it though.”
3D and tactile surfaces: “V-groove boards in the kitchen and compressed fibre cement boards in the bathroom remain very popular.”