Tania Bell is an interior designer based in Australia, working from her own design firm Green Room Interiors. Tania is a RMIT Interior Decoration & Design graduate, as well as member of the Design Institute of Australia. She takes pride in being able to transform ordinary design projects into extraordinary ones. Tania has worked with renowned companies such as Patterson Homes, Beaumont Tiles, 3D Inspirations Scoresby and Dulux Trade Store. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Tania Bell.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My style is very much influenced by my time living in Japan, where I apply the principles of asymmetrical balance and pared down restraint to my interiors. I also love anything from the mid last century, so a retro aesthetic pervades my work also.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I take the time to get to know the client first and foremost and try and get inside their head. Then a fair amount of online research is done, mainly using the Houzz website and search their library of images to make an ideabook.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
Some of the most creative people who I have ever worked with is my graphic designer, who just “gets” my pared down retro style, my assistants Stacey & Tegan who constantly push me beyond any creative outcome than I can ever achieve by myself and my husband, Andrew who is a building supervisor for a residential developer. The stand out would have to be Andrew who constantly makes me think outside of the box. He is a pretty unconventional thinker and is a hard worker who just gets things done and makes it all happen. We are currently renovating our 1970’s flat roof home together and it has been a great journey so far, witnessing our ideas and vision come alive is so inspiring and helps maintain the momentum.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I like to take myself out of my familiar office setting by visiting a showroom with one of my assistants, or I look for quirky little items amongst my client’s belongings to inspire me. One of the best things I have done in recent times is to practice daily meditation and yoga. These 2 modalities combined really switch off the “business” of life and let creative ideas bubble to the surface.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
For the 11 years I have been in business, I am so grateful every day for my clients who provide constant learning, as well as two very diversely skilled assistants to get me to where I am today. However, I think a lot of what has helped me get here is never quitting when it got too tough, never listening to naysayers and having a supportive husband and family. My advice would be to be authentic and carve your own unique niche.