15 Australian Interior Designers and Architects You Should Follow on Instagram
Fact: Instagram is an amazing resource for home décor inspiration. Fall down a veritable rabbit hole of house porn, tapping and scrolling, and next minute it's dark outside. If you're searching for unusual colour combinations, hard-to-find furniture and homewares, or renovation references, it's the place to be.
To give you a head start on rounding out your interiors follows, we've curated a list of the 15 best Australian interior designers on Instagram. Whether you're keen on Scandinavian minimalism, magpie-esque maximalism or anything in-between, there's sure to be something for you to add to your mood board right here.
Who: Simone Haag, Melbourne
What: One of the most highly sought interior designers in Australia, Simone Haag nails the traditional meets modern brief every time. Most of all, Simone adheres to a highly personalised approach to design for her clients. "I like to make spaces that respond to my clients' brief, allowing them to make memories within them," she told us during her home tour. "These are the moments that mean the most to me."
Who: Jenna Densten, Melbourne
What: This interior designer has been renovating houses with her partner, Josh, a plumber and project manager, since they were 18 years old. They bought their first house in East Albury and that's where Jenna's love of interiors began, as she explained when we toured the couple's incredible pink-hued cottage. In addition to running Design School, Jenna serves stylish—and extremely wholesome—home renovation inspiration on Instagram.
Who: Claudia Stephenson, Sydney
What: This interior designer wants people to live with intention through their interior choices. "I personally don’t like to hang on to too much," she explained when we visited her impeccably curated home in Sydney's North Short. "I am forever passing things on that once lived happily with me but tastes and moods change and I evolve with it." One look at her Instagram account and you'll understand why the words "impeccably curated" are so appropriate.
Who: Phoebe Nicol, Sydney
What: Actually an interior architect, Phoebe Nicol is an expert at elevated minimalism She's also the co-owner of The Vault Sydney, a premium antique shop with the inventory of our dreams. "I've been interested in interior design since I was around ten-years-old," she told us when we toured her stunning terrace in Kings Cross. "When I was young I would spend hours re-arranging furniture, banging IKEA shelves together and decorating my room to within an inch of its life."
Who: Georgia Ezra, Melbourne
What: This interior architect is also the founder of Tiles of Ezra, and approaches everything she does with authenticity. She is in the business of creating ambience through design and quality craftsmanship. For her own home, she and her partner truly created the space of their dreams. "Every element throughout this home has been designed and custom made in order for us to achieve a one of a kind end result," she told us when we visited the incredible Caulfield property for our Makers home tour series.
Who: Daniel Boddam, Byron Bay
What: This architect and designer's inviting yet sophisticated Byron Bay home is full of warmth. "I have always had a compulsion to create and get excited by the act of making," he told us when we visited for our Makers home tour series. "Predominantly others help make the things I design, so for me it is about collaboration and communication with highly skilled craftsmen."
Who: Lynda Gardener, Melbourne
What: This self-described interior stylist, hotelier, collector and collaborator is one busy woman. Between a styling business, bespoke accommodation spaces and a store, she somehow finds time to upload stunning imagery to the gram. "When it comes to decorating a space, I get a feel of which way I want to go, what the surrounding colours are, views and aspects and pretty much stick to a very basic palette, leaving as many original features as possible in the house," she told us when we toured her incredible property, the Estate at Trentham. "I try to keep the integrity of the space while adding new elements."
Who: Stafford Architecture, Sydney
What: This boutique architecture studio is elevated beach style at its most sophisticated, serving inspiration no matter how far from Bondi you actually live. One of their recent projects in the beachside suburb is truly a resort-style home from heaven, and the ultimate in indoor/outdoor. We are obsessed with the built-in features—both in the living room and the outdoor courtyard. Teleport us there immediately, please.
Who: Tarina Wood, Perth
What: Expect endless interiors inspiration courtesy of both Tarina's own family home and the homes she styles for a living. Tarina's especially skilled at incorporating punchy colour with a restrained hand and creating kids rooms that are fun, bright and bold (not twee).
Who: Catherine Heraghty, Sydney
What: Heraghty's go-to colour palette is a refined blend of grey, white and wood—perfect for interiors minimalists. She has a particular knack for striking the balance between polished and personality using accents like interesting tiles, black hardware and lots of greenery.
Who: Az De La Cruz, Melbourne
What: Not just an interiors inspiration follow, the Haus of Cruz is serving so much more. From glimpses into family life (including cameos from a very cute toy Cavoodle Bella) to calling out small Australian artists and design brands, it's feel good in Instagram form.
Who: Ricci Bloch, Sydney
What: This Sydney-based architect and interior designer specialises in minimalist, timeless designs. On Instagram, she is gives attention to detail and expert insight into the next big interior trends.
Who: Megan Morton, Sydney
What: Put simply, this account is a maximalist's dream. An uplifting mix of interiors snaps, travel inspo (via @theschoolinstagram's international styling masterclasses) and kooky captions, this acclaimed Australian stylist's ability to pull together colour and texture in a meaningful way is unparalleled.
Who: Monica Bean, Sydney
What: Monica's styling is clean, simple and sophisticated in the very best way. Despite working with all types of design themes, she manages to construct spaces that feel both expensive-looking and cosy. If anyone can convince you that neutrals can be anything but basic, it's her.
Who: Greg Natale, Sydney
What: The king of pattern, Greg is renowned for his way with print and colour. (If you think you're not a "colour" person, you just haven't seen his work yet.) Beautiful styling feat. Greg's premium aesthetic is a mainstay but regardless of budget, you'll find inspiration in his ideas.
Who: Tamsin Johnson, Sydney
What: Tamsin is exceptionally good at sourcing unique pieces you won't find anywhere else. The interior stylist creates personality-driven designs that don't overwhelm—a serious skill. Both her commercial and residential work are unlike anything else you've seen.
Who: Lauren Li, Melbourne
What: Lauren's vibe is fun and relaxed but so carefully considered—you can almost sense the thought process behind each of her designs. She also does a great job seeking out furniture and homewares makers making her online Journal a destination for anyone on the hunt for a special piece.