Elegant in Design was born of a long-held passion for creative interior design. Chief designer Melinda Fritz is the heart, soul and brains of the operation. She cut her teeth in the construction industry, getting a warts-and-all view of exactly what it takes to build a high-end residential project.
Melinda stands out in her field because of these unique origins. Her experience helps her maintain a delicate balance between creativity and pragmatism. She takes a down-to-earth approach to getting things done, offering end-to-end services from concept to completion. Her practical approach, together with a meticulous attention to detail and passion for beautiful design, gives Melinda a rare capability as an interior designer.
I spent 22 years in construction before the allure of creative interior design just became too strong. I founded Elegant in Design in 2016, and graduated with a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration in 2018.
Construction may seem an unlikely place to cultivate a career as an interior designer, but my time in the industry gave me not only a solid grounding in the fundamentals of building, but a deep understanding of all aspects of design. My focus on commercial and high end residential projects over that time provided a fantastic platform from which to launch a business dedicated to my passion for interiors. I’ve found the skills I gained from my early career are invaluable to my interior design work – more than I ever could have known. With the lessons from working with one of Brisbane’s largest builders, plus a Diploma of Building and a QBCC builders’ licence in my toolkit, skills like project management, contractor co-ordination, budgeting, and document control are now fundamental to what I do, and are invaluable to my creative interior projects. It’s the structure and discipline of these elements that help me bring creative dreams to life.
My design philosophy is based on a convergence of elegance and edginess. I aim to ignite moments of ‘wow’ by juxtaposing unexpected contrasts, colours, and textures.
My approach is considered, intricately layered, and elegantly measured. Defined details, a daring mix of finishes and textures, and experimentation with materials and textures run throughout each element of my philosophy to create spaces that are luxurious, timeless and functional.
Every project brief and client vision is unique. Although my approach is modern, I take inspiration from many sources. Exploring the intricate details of the design process drives the influence and narrative and helps the story of a space unfold.
Our speciality is to take a client’s dream from concept to completion. Whether you fancy an update to your kitchen and bathrooms, need an extension to accommodate your growing family, or want to address the flow and functionality of your home, we can assist from start to finish. Melinda will work with you on all stages of the design and then transform it into reality, taking care of all construction and trades under our QBCC builders’ licence. If you already have your own architect and builder, we are great collaborators.
Diploma of Building (2000)
Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration (2018)
QBCC Medium Rise Builders Licence (2007 – current) # 1117841