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ABOUT DECUS

Decus Interiors celebrates beautiful design in all its manifestations. As purveyors of the original and unexpected, each Decus project is informed by a philosophy that interiors can significantly and positively impact our everyday lives. Our work seeks to constantly balance the exquisite and provocative, whimsical and classic, austere and colourful.

We believe that each design process is unique, and draws on all facets of la dolce vita – art, fashion, graphics and architecture – to design homes that inspire, nurture and challenge the status quo.

Our award-winning team plays multiple roles in the design and execution of creative, considered homes. We offer a wealth of experience in design and decoration services, architecture, project management and procurement.

MEET THE TEAM

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Alexandra Donohoe Church

Alexandra Donohoe Church

Founder & Managing Director | B.InArch

It was perhaps fortuitous that in her Freshman year at UNSW Alexandra fell asleep in a Horticulture class, triggering an intuited epiphany that her creative destiny in fact lay within the built environment. Fast forward through an Interior Architecture degree, early career within some of Australia’s leading architecture practices to the foundation of her own award-winning studio; Alexandra’s intuition hit home.

With her eye constantly joyful in her surroundings, Alexandra imperceptibly infuses inspiration from her youth in the US and subsequent world-wide sourcing trips into homes for clients across the globe. Alexandra’s international inflexion is grounded in an affinity with the Mid-Century Brazilian designers of European decent, who forged a new frontier challenging the modernist masters into a more human, organic and textural way of living. Understanding the visceral power of form, balance and tension, Alexandra’s nuanced approach to her projects exquisitely evaluates refined curation, whimsical detailing and provocative combinations of finish.

Alexandra’s interiors have been featured in the world’s most renowned publications, including Architectural Digest, Elle Decoration, Design Anthology, and nationally in Vogue Living, Belle and House & Garden.

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Marie McGarva

Marie McGarva

Senior Interior Designer | A.Dip IntDes

Marie’s curiosity for design has inspired her lifelong pursuit of travel; recent ports of call include India, Sri Lanka, France, Kenya, Tanzania and Cambodia. Constantly inspired by the robust and tactile natural materials found in ancient architecture, Marie takes pride in absorbing what makes each culture’s design so unique. Her designs often introduce an indiscernible definition between inside and out, a perspective that comes from a personal love of gardening.

Marie’s experience in all aspects of interior design fuels her central role at Decus. Since graduating with distinction from Enmore Design, Marie has won a dozen industry awards, with her work featured on the front page of publications such as Vogue Living, Belle and Artichoke.

 

 

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Charlene Cong

Charlene Cong

Senior Interior Designer | BA IntArch (Hons)

Curious, determined, and detail-oriented, Charlene thrives on the pursuit of excellence and it is this which drives her to deliver each project to the highest standard. She enjoys building relational experiences with each member of the project team, from clients to consultants, and relishes watching her projects materialise during construction. Charlene applies a broad range of skills and sensibilities to her work, acquired through her professional achievements across commercial workplace, food and beverage hospitality, retail, and boutique residential projects.

Charlene’s love of degustation, art and nature have guided her adventures both locally and abroad, and in a parallel universe may have led to careers as a food critic, astronaut or criminal psychologist.

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Kirstin Tarnawski

Kirstin Tarnawski

Associate Architect | PGDip BSc (Hons)
Nominated Architect (NSW) 10586

After years of living in Europe, soaking up the history of countries such as France, Italy, and her native Scotland, Kirstin made her way to Sydney, seeking (and finding) a city that appreciates and values bespoke modern design.

Kirstin’s experience in conservation work reflects her eye for detail. From stately homes to Georgian pavilions, each historical intricacy provided a platform from which to deep-dive into her love of finishing touches. Kirstin thinks about the way a drawer feels when it opens, or how bathroom tiles tread underfoot. She was drawn to residential design by the way each project can be bespoke – tailored to a homeowner’s mode of living, and what elements they most care about. Whilst Kirstin’s attention to the minutiae of planning and detailing sets the benchmark Decus-wide, her integral role as Associate cements her as a foundational pillar in the strategy, functionality and direction of the studio. Kirstin’s work has been featured in publications both national and international, including Belle, Inside, Arc Daily and Dezeen.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson

Senior Interior Designer | B.InArch

While Sarah’s expertise is in high-end residential, she started her career designing luxury hotels. It’s this experience in crafting a ‘home away from home’ that influences her luxurious yet warm design sensibility. She values a refined sense of scale and harmony over any trends or ostentation; her designs are clean, precise and deceptively simple.

As a mother herself, Sarah gets a thrill out of designing sumptuous homes that are perfect for raising modern families. Her finishing details are constantly striking, and always cleverly designed to act both functionally and aesthetically. Sarah graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor in Interior Architecture, but has been a student and lover of design her whole life.

 

 

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Lucia Garth

Lucia Garth

Project Interior Designer | BA.IntDes

Lucia’s modest and understated demeanour bely her academic achievements and almost existential approach to her work. Graduating top of the class, Lucia’s perspective on Interior Design delves into the existence and feeling of a built space. With her design intent informed by a deep love of art, Lucia parallels these two modes of experiencing beauty, believing that how we perceive our homes influences the way we feel; that residential design is art curated on a more personal level. Lucia’s experience in high end detailing is complemented by expansive practical management of construction on site.

When Lucia isn’t to be found admiring the built culture of Sydney’s art galleries, she is enjoying the invigoration of the great outdoors whilst horse riding or walking her dog, Mouse.

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Christine Rose

Christine Rose

Interior Designer | BA.IntDes

Before graduating from Enmore Design, Christine travelled the country as a fashion model. As well as loving the collaborative aspect of modelling – the way multiple creative minds can create a layered work of art – it gave her a keen eye for the visual. A few years living in Japan significantly shaped her understanding of how environments affect us, and helped her to develop a style that is responsive to context and cultural heritage.

Christine fell in love with high-end residential as a way to tell a homeowner’s story; she finds we are able to show the world who we are through the freedom and playfulness of interior design. As an animal rights advocate and lover of the natural world, Christine brings a non-judgemental mindfulness to every design through the textiles and materials she sources.

 

 

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Clementine Ball

Clementine Ball

Interior Designer | Dip.IntDes

Before finding her interiors feet at Decus, Clementine spent her first creative incarnation within visual merchandising and marketing for several global luxury brands. Whilst enjoying the execution of the final staging of an overall vision, it revealed a yearning to become part of the conception and development of spacial design. This lead to further study of the theory and design principles she had already been practicing. Clearly always a visual person with a keen interest in fashion, working internationally in high end brands nurtured her love of fine materials and exceptional detailing. Clementine’s previous career imbues her processing with a particular sensibility to the client experience, and to realise the design intent with singular accountability.

Clementine’s industrious energy and contagious sense of fun have positioned her at the forefront of studio shenanigans and a star appearance on The Price is Right!

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Bonnie Malcolm-Green

Bonnie Malcolm-Green

Practice Manager & PA to Managing Director | MTheol (Hons)

With over a decade of experience in corporate administration, a lifelong love of the decorative arts and a gently despotic inclination towards order and process, Bonnie keeps the stabilisers balanced in this artistic studio.

If you press her, Bonnie might tell you about her Masters in Theology from the University of St Andrews in Scotland – or maybe her interest in the Classics or the fact she is a gun at Latin. English by birth, raised in Kenya, with time spent living in Hong Kong, Canada and the US, Bonnie brings a breadth of cultural understanding, style and practicality to her role at Decus.

 

 

Alexandra Donohoe Church
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Alexandra Donohoe Church

Founder & Managing Director | B.InArch

It was perhaps fortuitous that in her Freshman year at UNSW Alexandra fell asleep in a Horticulture class, triggering an intuited epiphany that her creative destiny in fact lay within the built environment. Fast forward through an Interior Architecture degree, early career within some of Australia’s leading architecture practices to the foundation of her own award-winning studio; Alexandra’s intuition hit home.

With her eye constantly joyful in her surroundings, Alexandra imperceptibly infuses inspiration from her youth in the US and subsequent world-wide sourcing trips into homes for clients across the globe. Alexandra’s international inflexion is grounded in an affinity with the Mid-Century Brazilian designers of European decent, who forged a new frontier challenging the modernist masters into a more human, organic and textural way of living. Understanding the visceral power of form, balance and tension, Alexandra’s nuanced approach to her projects exquisitely evaluates refined curation, whimsical detailing and provocative combinations of finish.

Alexandra’s interiors have been featured in the world’s most renowned publications, including Architectural Digest, Elle Decoration, Design Anthology, and nationally in Vogue Living, Belle and House & Garden.

Marie McGarva
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Marie McGarva

Senior Interior Designer | A.Dip IntDes

Marie’s curiosity for design has inspired her lifelong pursuit of travel; recent ports of call include India, Sri Lanka, France, Kenya, Tanzania and Cambodia. Constantly inspired by the robust and tactile natural materials found in ancient architecture, Marie takes pride in absorbing what makes each culture’s design so unique. Her designs often introduce an indiscernible definition between inside and out, a perspective that comes from a personal love of gardening.

Marie’s experience in all aspects of interior design fuels her central role at Decus. Since graduating with distinction from Enmore Design, Marie has won a dozen industry awards, with her work featured on the front page of publications such as Vogue Living, Belle and Artichoke.

 

 

Charlene Cong
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Charlene Cong

Senior Interior Designer | BA IntArch (Hons)

Curious, determined, and detail-oriented, Charlene thrives on the pursuit of excellence and it is this which drives her to deliver each project to the highest standard. She enjoys building relational experiences with each member of the project team, from clients to consultants, and relishes watching her projects materialise during construction. Charlene applies a broad range of skills and sensibilities to her work, acquired through her professional achievements across commercial workplace, food and beverage hospitality, retail, and boutique residential projects.

Charlene’s love of degustation, art and nature have guided her adventures both locally and abroad, and in a parallel universe may have led to careers as a food critic, astronaut or criminal psychologist.

Kirstin Tarnawski
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Kirstin Tarnawski

Associate Architect | PGDip BSc (Hons)
Nominated Architect (NSW) 10586

After years of living in Europe, soaking up the history of countries such as France, Italy, and her native Scotland, Kirstin made her way to Sydney, seeking (and finding) a city that appreciates and values bespoke modern design.

Kirstin’s experience in conservation work reflects her eye for detail. From stately homes to Georgian pavilions, each historical intricacy provided a platform from which to deep-dive into her love of finishing touches. Kirstin thinks about the way a drawer feels when it opens, or how bathroom tiles tread underfoot. She was drawn to residential design by the way each project can be bespoke – tailored to a homeowner’s mode of living, and what elements they most care about. Whilst Kirstin’s attention to the minutiae of planning and detailing sets the benchmark Decus-wide, her integral role as Associate cements her as a foundational pillar in the strategy, functionality and direction of the studio. Kirstin’s work has been featured in publications both national and international, including Belle, Inside, Arc Daily and Dezeen.

Sarah Wilson
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Sarah Wilson

Senior Interior Designer | B.InArch

While Sarah’s expertise is in high-end residential, she started her career designing luxury hotels. It’s this experience in crafting a ‘home away from home’ that influences her luxurious yet warm design sensibility. She values a refined sense of scale and harmony over any trends or ostentation; her designs are clean, precise and deceptively simple.

As a mother herself, Sarah gets a thrill out of designing sumptuous homes that are perfect for raising modern families. Her finishing details are constantly striking, and always cleverly designed to act both functionally and aesthetically. Sarah graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor in Interior Architecture, but has been a student and lover of design her whole life.

 

 

Lucia Garth
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Lucia Garth

Project Interior Designer | BA.IntDes

Lucia’s modest and understated demeanour bely her academic achievements and almost existential approach to her work. Graduating top of the class, Lucia’s perspective on Interior Design delves into the existence and feeling of a built space. With her design intent informed by a deep love of art, Lucia parallels these two modes of experiencing beauty, believing that how we perceive our homes influences the way we feel; that residential design is art curated on a more personal level. Lucia’s experience in high end detailing is complemented by expansive practical management of construction on site.

When Lucia isn’t to be found admiring the built culture of Sydney’s art galleries, she is enjoying the invigoration of the great outdoors whilst horse riding or walking her dog, Mouse.

Christine Rose
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Christine Rose

Interior Designer | BA.IntDes

Before graduating from Enmore Design, Christine travelled the country as a fashion model. As well as loving the collaborative aspect of modelling – the way multiple creative minds can create a layered work of art – it gave her a keen eye for the visual. A few years living in Japan significantly shaped her understanding of how environments affect us, and helped her to develop a style that is responsive to context and cultural heritage.

Christine fell in love with high-end residential as a way to tell a homeowner’s story; she finds we are able to show the world who we are through the freedom and playfulness of interior design. As an animal rights advocate and lover of the natural world, Christine brings a non-judgemental mindfulness to every design through the textiles and materials she sources.

 

 

Clementine Ball
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Clementine Ball

Interior Designer | Dip.IntDes

Before finding her interiors feet at Decus, Clementine spent her first creative incarnation within visual merchandising and marketing for several global luxury brands. Whilst enjoying the execution of the final staging of an overall vision, it revealed a yearning to become part of the conception and development of spacial design. This lead to further study of the theory and design principles she had already been practicing. Clearly always a visual person with a keen interest in fashion, working internationally in high end brands nurtured her love of fine materials and exceptional detailing. Clementine’s previous career imbues her processing with a particular sensibility to the client experience, and to realise the design intent with singular accountability.

Clementine’s industrious energy and contagious sense of fun have positioned her at the forefront of studio shenanigans and a star appearance on The Price is Right!

Bonnie Malcolm-Green
close-icon

Bonnie Malcolm-Green

Practice Manager & PA to Managing Director | MTheol (Hons)

With over a decade of experience in corporate administration, a lifelong love of the decorative arts and a gently despotic inclination towards order and process, Bonnie keeps the stabilisers balanced in this artistic studio.

If you press her, Bonnie might tell you about her Masters in Theology from the University of St Andrews in Scotland – or maybe her interest in the Classics or the fact she is a gun at Latin. English by birth, raised in Kenya, with time spent living in Hong Kong, Canada and the US, Bonnie brings a breadth of cultural understanding, style and practicality to her role at Decus.