Sitting Down with WA based luxury interior designer Jodie Cooper
Jodie Cooper is one of the top Australian interior designers, with an eclectic style fostering an appreciation for both the old and new and the integration these elements have with one another. She heads up Jodie Cooper Design, frequently featured on Houzz.
With a focus on problem-solving through design and a sense of humour, Jodie brings her vision to each of her projects ranging from luxury residential properties to resort development. Jodie’s work has been showcased in leading international publications in not only Australia but also France and Morocco. Colour, texture, and balance are all important in her projects, and some of her high-profile projects include the re-design of The Paddington Ale House heritage-listed hotel and the design and interiors of 353 Degrees North on Nusa Lembongan.
Jodie has a design process that focuses first on learning about the client, and their preferences, needs, and goals. Her process then moves to development and design, and finally delivery where the dream of the client becomes a reality. We were lucky to have the opportunity to speak with her about her work, and her life.
1. When did you first decide to become an interior designer and stylist and how did you get started with your design business?
An addiction to colour, texture, and a passion for all things design is how i came to study Interior design. My years working with the amazing Suzie Beirne (*Maison Jardin) definitely defined my style and gave me the confidence to start my own business when I returned to WA.
2. What is the most challenging part of your job?
3. Is there an interior design style you favour and do you have your own design aesthetic?
i like to refer to my style as global eclectic, something old, something new, a collection of pieces that have been part of your journey through life will always look great.
I am a great believer in mixing different pieces and styles; it is what creates your unique space; your home not just a house.
4. Who are other interior designers you admire?
The internet has created it a visual feast there are so many talented people in the world I admire: not only designers; also photographers and artists.
5. What inspires you?
Thinking outside of the box. Solving problems through design. Creating spaces that my clients love; and that i am proud of.
6. What do you think is the essential piece of furniture we should all have in our bedroom?
I love mismatched furniture; so if you only have one of something that is personal or unique I would use that piece as a side table for example. And a good Pillow definitely.
7. What key element do we all need for a chic living room?
A beautiful pendant light in a corner so that it creates patterns on the ceiling and walls. A beautiful floor rug - always.
8. Do you have a favourite project or story behind a project?
All My Projects Are Memorable – I Have Been Fortunate To Have The Most Amazing Clients. Designing & Building “353 Degrees North” on Nusa Lembongan an Island In Indonesia. Was definitely an experience.
Let's Get Personal ......
1. What else are you passionate about besides your work? Photography & Travel
2. What is your most treasured belonging? I have a few and they have 2 or 4 legs:)
3. What's one thing people may not know about you? I'm a country gal.
4. In 10 years I'd like to be .... 10 years younger?
5. What can't you live without? My sense of humour