Rebecca Farrow of Elska Interiors


As you’ll read below getting to know your interior designer or decorator is so important which is why Queensland Interior Decorators Association (QIDA) are working towards sharing some insights into some of our members.  We hope that we can help Queensland home owners find the perfect person to help them through the hurdles of renovation or home staging for sale.  My name is Bec and I am the current Marketing Manager for QIDA plus the owner of Elska Interiors Design Studio.  Today I am pleased to share some insights into my life as a designer and a little about my journey to get there.  I hope you enjoy!




My career didn’t actually start in design.  I started out as a scientist and moved to legislation and risk management.  It was a rewarding career that I enjoyed however after some pivotal life events in my early thirties including the birth of my daughter and the death of a close friend I realised that I wanted to feel more purpose so I reassessed.  I was lucky enough to grow up with a family of crafters and artists.  Both my parents plus my sister and brother were always working away on a new project and I spent many days in amongst rolls of fabric while my mum searched for that perfect piece.  So it didn’t take me long to head back to my creative roots and where better to express them than in helping families with their homes.  I love the thought that I can help make peoples everyday lives a little better.   The truth is that good design can improve the way you live and I keep this at the core of my work.


It’s hard for me to pick a favourite because they all have their sweet spots however I would have to say that my Samford Valley Project #2 is up there.  There was a lot of space to work in and transform a small dated 1980’s kitchen plus a generous laundry.  The kitchen was opened up to maximise the space incorporating a massive island that runs adjacent to a double sided fireplace.  Caesarstones White Attica was coupled with black shaker cabinetry and handmade tiles, all warmed by the existing red brick and the brass handles.  The home also offered a generous laundry perfect for a family home which has seen a Houzz Design Award and a Houzz feature article in the last six months.

My most challenging project was not so much due to design issues but the time frame.  I was engaged at three weeks out from demolition to design for an entire home.  The design process was tense as selections for paint colours were still being made a week prior to painting and tiles were not available on time due to lead times.  The lesson here… engage your designer early on.  Your builder and designer will thank you for it and it will make for a smoother build for you.



The relationship with your interior designer is very personal.  They may be looking in your wardrobe, listening to stories about how you like to cook or how you use your bathroom.  When you are renovating there are always hurdles that need to be overcome and your designer is the one who will need to stand beside you to get the job done.  You can spend up to a year and sometimes longer with your designer, so it is important to make sure that you choose the right person for you.  See if they can deliver on the styles that you like and have a chat with them in person if possible.  You should feel comfortable with the person who will be helping you create your new home.

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