For Leilani Ryder of Leilani Ryder Interiors, a love of design and all things beautiful began at an early age. She always found herself fascinated by design and décor, whether she was touring art galleries or visiting show homes with her parents. Leilani initially studied graphic design, but her interest in interior design was never far away, and she decided to go back to school.
For designer Lynne Bradley, a love of design was influenced by two primary driving forces. The first was her mother, who had a true passion for creating a beautiful home, and the second was her appreciation and participation in the performing arts. In fact, Lynne’s first career was as an agent for classical musicians in London, after receiving her music degree from The Conservatorium of Music.
For designer Amy Spargo, the name of her firm, Maine House Interiors, reflects a lot about her aesthetic and objectives when she’s working on a space. Amy says both the name Maine House and her work are a nod to American architecture and design.
Lynda Kerry is a US-born designer who has been delivering her unique American-inspired interior design style to clients since she opened her firm, Lynda Kerry Interior Designs in 1983. She worked in LA for more than a decade and then following a move with her family to Australia continued in her new location.
For Oliver Davis, creative director of Oliver Davis Design, a love of interior design started at an early age. When Oliver was 12 and travelling in the U.S. with his parents, he discovered Architectural Digest, and in addition to serving as his introduction to his future career, it remains one of his key sources of inspiration.
For 20 years, Natalee Bowen has brought her love of design to client projects. As the director of the Indah Island design firm, she’s worked at the national and international level. Natalee’s work has been featured in the media from TV shows to magazines including Dream Homes, Luxury Homes Revealed, and Through the Front Gate.
It took something as simple as a school quiz for Brett Mickan to realize his love of interior design, and for more than 20 years he has taken his passion and love for it and turned it into an award-winning career.
For Jess Bandiera, partnering with her mother to form the award-winning Verandah House design firm was a natural fit. Jess had long watched her mother, Judy Elliott, one of Brisbane’s foremost interior designers, lead the way in the industry and create beautiful homes and spaces.
For world renowned designer Thomas Hamel, growing up on the East Coast of America served as the setting for his burgeoning love of Southern Colonial design which he still integrates into many of his projects, combining elements of old and new.
When Phil and Amity Dry were approached about a new home renovation show in 2003 they were newlyweds focused on building their respective careers. For Amity that was working as a singer and songwriter, while Phil was at the helm of a marketing agency. They thought it sounded like fun to be on the show, The Block, which ultimately ended up being a huge hit.
For Melbourne-based interior designer Adelaide Bragg, becoming an interior designer wasn’t necessarily the plan. Instead, Adelaide intended to become a florist, and following school, she started working at the Double Bay Laura Ashley store to pay for her love of flowers.
As a child, Anna Spiro always saw herself as a creator and someone who embraced her sense of imagination. That, partnered with her mother’s love of interior design and beautiful things, such as her collection of blue and white ginger jars, are what Anna accredits her passion for interior design to.
Based in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Lisa Burdus came into the world of interior design organically. Having grown up and watched her mother’s own inherent love of design, Lisa was always interested in decor. When she bought her first home in her early 20s, she discovered she had a real talent.
For Sydney’s Marco Meneguzzi, his love of interior design is deeply rooted in his similar affinity for travelling the world. That’s where he gains much of his inspiration for his interior design projects, whether it’s the Mediterranean or Marrakesh.
As a child, Marylou Sobel always knew she loved design. Growing up in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, she was inspired by the beautiful homes and gardens of her neighborhood. Marylou has taken that inherent, natural love of aesthetics and turned it into a successful interior design business, Marylou Sobel Interior Design.
For 25 years there’s been something that held appeal for blogger and designer Melinda Hartwright about classic American design. She’s long been inspired by the timeless beauty and effortless elegance of the U.S. East Coast style, particularly the signature blue and white colour palette, the high-quality furnishings and the way it captures sophistication but also livability and family-friendliness.