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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

Founder & Managing Director | B.InArch

A Decus project is characterised by Alexandra’s passion for authentic materials, refined curation, and a sense of balance that combines tension and delight.

Alexandra grew up in the United States and saw much of the world before settling in Sydney and founding Decus Interiors. With her eye constantly joyful in her surroundings, Alexandra imperceptibly infuses inspiration from her travels into homes for clients all over the world. Her distinctive designs draw on happily unconventional combinations of materials and design language, as well as the visceral power of form and texture.

Alexandra’s interiors have been featured in the country’s most renowned publications, including Belle, Vogue Living, House & Garden and Est Living.

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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.

 

 

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Kirstin Tarnawski

Senior Interior Architect | PGDip BSc (Hons)

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. Kirstin’s work has been featured in publications both national and international, including Belle, Inside, Arc Daily and Dezeen.

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Alice Benn

Senior Interior Designer | BA.IntDes

While she would no doubt have excelled, Decus is thrilled Alice didn’t pursue her original dream of working in an auction house. Instead Alice complemented her fine arts degree with a Bachelor of Interior Design from RMIT.

Alice left her commercial design job a few years ago to manage the build of her own home, as well as the house next door. She responded to the diametrically differing briefs, building two elegant and refined homes that perfectly suited their respective residents. Her work won several awards and was featured in Belle and Habitus. This first-hand experience gave Alice a deep respect for residential design, especially in working with existing pieces and structures to create a beautifully layered yet practical home steeped in family history and future possibilities.

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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.

 

 

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Millie Clarke

Project Interior Designer

Before she made her way to Decus, Millie spent her early career looking to find her creative pathway. Starting out in television production, Millie graduated with a degree that turned out to be far more technical than artistic. Further study in short film-making was the segue she needs to start her creative career.

Millie was clearly always a visual person, and spent much of her childhood travelling internationally with her parents, who both worked in theatre design. Taking her inspiration from the galleries, films and shows she witnessed in Asia, Europe and South America, Millie has developed a capacity to work within any style or design influence.

 

 

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Christine Rose

Assistant 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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Kerri Holt

Procurement Manager | Dip IntDes

Sydney born, bred and educated, Kerri’s interest in local craftsmanship has fuelled her continuous fascination with Australian art, photography, ceramics and design. After several years in high-end furniture sales, she sought an opportunity that allowed her to work more directly with talented makers around the world.

Kerri’s broad and valuable experience in product administration, her natural eye for detail and her limitless passion for design make her the perfect person for this pivotal role at Decus Interiors. As Procurement Manager, Kerri is responsible for product quality control, and the coordination of deliveries and orders from all over the world, whether it be handmade tiles from Sardinia or reclaimed timber from Norway.

 

 

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Bonnie Hunter

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

A Decus project is characterised by Alexandra’s passion for authentic materials, refined curation, and a sense of balance that combines tension and delight.

Alexandra grew up in the United States and saw much of the world before settling in Sydney and founding Decus Interiors. With her eye constantly joyful in her surroundings, Alexandra imperceptibly infuses inspiration from her travels into homes for clients all over the world. Her distinctive designs draw on happily unconventional combinations of materials and design language, as well as the visceral power of form and texture.

Alexandra’s interiors have been featured in the country’s most renowned publications, including Belle, Vogue Living, House & Garden and Est Living.

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.

 

 

Kirstin Tarnawski
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Kirstin Tarnawski

Senior Interior Architect | PGDip BSc (Hons)

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. Kirstin’s work has been featured in publications both national and international, including Belle, Inside, Arc Daily and Dezeen.

Alice Benn
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Alice Benn

Senior Interior Designer | BA.IntDes

While she would no doubt have excelled, Decus is thrilled Alice didn’t pursue her original dream of working in an auction house. Instead Alice complemented her fine arts degree with a Bachelor of Interior Design from RMIT.

Alice left her commercial design job a few years ago to manage the build of her own home, as well as the house next door. She responded to the diametrically differing briefs, building two elegant and refined homes that perfectly suited their respective residents. Her work won several awards and was featured in Belle and Habitus. This first-hand experience gave Alice a deep respect for residential design, especially in working with existing pieces and structures to create a beautifully layered yet practical home steeped in family history and future possibilities.

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.

 

 

Millie Clarke
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Millie Clarke

Project Interior Designer

Before she made her way to Decus, Millie spent her early career looking to find her creative pathway. Starting out in television production, Millie graduated with a degree that turned out to be far more technical than artistic. Further study in short film-making was the segue she needs to start her creative career.

Millie was clearly always a visual person, and spent much of her childhood travelling internationally with her parents, who both worked in theatre design. Taking her inspiration from the galleries, films and shows she witnessed in Asia, Europe and South America, Millie has developed a capacity to work within any style or design influence.

 

 

Christine Rose
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Christine Rose

Assistant 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.

 

 

Kerri Holt
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Kerri Holt

Procurement Manager | Dip IntDes

Sydney born, bred and educated, Kerri’s interest in local craftsmanship has fuelled her continuous fascination with Australian art, photography, ceramics and design. After several years in high-end furniture sales, she sought an opportunity that allowed her to work more directly with talented makers around the world.

Kerri’s broad and valuable experience in product administration, her natural eye for detail and her limitless passion for design make her the perfect person for this pivotal role at Decus Interiors. As Procurement Manager, Kerri is responsible for product quality control, and the coordination of deliveries and orders from all over the world, whether it be handmade tiles from Sardinia or reclaimed timber from Norway.

 

 

Bonnie Hunter
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Bonnie Hunter

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.