With shows such as The Block, Changing Rooms and Selling Houses
Australia dominating our TVs, it is no wonder that more and more
Australians are inspired and are turning to interior design as their
The building industry across NSW is booming especially in the area of
residential construction, which means a demand for interior designers.
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show it is
currently our economy’s top performing sector and the Housing Industry
Association confirms that a record number of new homes were started in
2014/15 (an increase of 16.9 per cent).
According to research by the Australian Government, the number of
interior designers grew over the past five years and is expected to
grow strongly over the next five years from 14,000 in 2018 to 16,100
For Hills resident Wendie Graves interior design was something she
was always interested in, but had never pursued.
“I spent my career working in various marketing roles but I decided
it was time to do what I was really interested in, so I enrolled in a
Statement of Attainment in Visual Merchandising, I wanted to see if I
liked it or not, I was immediately hooked!” Wendie said.
“I followed up with a Statement of Attainment in Interior Design
which lead to the Diploma of Interior Design. The Diploma class was
small which resonated well with me as it allowed for a lot of
one-on-one time with the teachers who were amazing and always there to help.”
Six months into her course, Wendie secured a job with a stylist,
which not only allowed her to put what she was learning into practice
but also gave her valuable industry experience. Fast-forward 12
months, Wendie is now running her own business Vogue Property Styling.
“Everything I learnt at TAFE NSW gave me the skills and knowledge to
start my own business. All the lessons and assignments were so
relevant; it really helped me to start out in the industry.
“If it’s a career you’re thinking about getting into then I highly
recommend getting some study behind you, as well as keeping up with
market trends – watch the TV shows, keep an eye on social media as
Vogue Property Styling helps its clients get their homes ready for
sale and services the Hills district to Blue Mountains area.
Wendie’s tips for homeowners who want to style their home are to
declutter, keep everything very neutral so that it appeals to everyone
and create a sense of space.
To learn more about studying interior design at TAFE NSW visit www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.
Media contact: Teresa Lane, TAFE NSW Media and Communications
Business Partner 9796 5476, mobile 0412 773 887