Our Team

Courses for design-lovers who are ready to dip their toe into interior design, decoration and styling!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenna Densten 

Interior Designer – Visual Merchandiser 
Founder, Trainer

 Jenna started her career in interiors 10 years ago as a contestant on television show ‘ The Block.’ Since then, Jenna’s amazing career has included working as a visual merchandiser for Cotton On, starting her award-winning Interior Design studio Bicker with her partner Josh, and most importantly founding Design School! From our Masterclass to accredited Certificate IV course, through Jenna’s experienced and hands-on guidance we’re sure you will leave every class feeling inspired!

You can follow Jenna here: @joshandjenna

Larissa Vendramini

Interior Designer – Copywriter
Manager & Trainer 

Larissa has a strong background working collaboratively with the wider design community. For the last five-plus years, her own small business has focussed on design services and creative content development, merging her love of all things design in both space and print.

With a passion for soft furnishings and experience with fabrics and furniture, her maximalist style has been complimentary to a variety of creative projects, from designing bespoke furnishings to lending a styling hand for spring racing marquees during the Melbourne Cup Carnival! Larissa is a bubbly and approachable mentor.

You can follow Larissa here: @curatorialkin

Melissa Heard

Interior Decorator – Stylist
Melbourne Trainer & Assessor

Deciding to learn the essentials of Interior Decoration is what lead Mel to being a part of one of our first classes offered at Design School! She loved it here so much she has never left! Since completing her studies with us, Mel has gone on to start her own successful styling and design business, Charchi.

Mel’s passion for product styling, passive design, SketchUp and sustainability has been shared with her clients and hundreds of students alike. Her willingness to share her knowledge, authoring articles for Plyroom Journal and Dulux in the weekend Domain, combined with her magnetic charisma is what makes Mel an incredible mentor.

You won’t see her without a smile on her face or the patience to inspire your unique creative journey.

Tim Neve

Interior Stylist – Author
Newcastle Trainer & Assessor

Tim is a well-known stylist, textile designer and author! His work is recognised both locally and internationally from Adore Magazine to Architectural Digest. Tim’s bespoke range of textile prints have graced the shelves of leading design retailers including Jumbled and The Block Shop.

Hands-on styling for retail spaces and photoshoots, and an eye for creating materials boards are areas of expertise he loves delve into with his students. Tim’s warmth and industry-led experience set him apart as a trainer.

You can follow Tim here: @timneve

Melissa Bailey

Interior Stylist – Consultant
Melbourne Trainer & Assessor

Since making the bold move pursue to design after leaving the legal industry, Melissa’s creative career has been thriving! It was studying at Design School that gave Melissa her first taste for styling and photoshoots. Since graduating, she has worked as a stylist across residential, visual merchandising and event sectors.

Melissa's work has been featured in publications including Green Magazine and The Local Project. A keen writer, Melissa has also authored pieces for BuildHer Collective and on behalf of Mahlia Interiors for Interior’s Addict. She is absolutely thrilled to be part of the team at Design School, just look for the kind and welcoming smile!

You can follow Melissa here:  @thestylingkind

Melissa Rettore 

Interior Designer – Interior Stylist
Melbourne Trainer & Assessor

Melissa’s passion for teaching runs a decade deep! A fascination with spatial design and the effects a design has on mood and behaviour, motivated Mel to make the career leap from primary school teaching to interior design. Mel now runs her own successful design business, Moody Aesthetic Interiors, alongside her husband’s construction company.

Offering client’s an exciting peek into their custom-designed spaces, Mel’s interior watercolour and hand-rendered sketches have featured amazing homes like that of Jen Bishop of Interior’s Addict. Mel brings her talents to the Design School classroom, sharing her skills to help students on their own design journeys. 

You can follow Melissa here:  @melissa_rettore

Jessica Ciantar

Interior Designer
Course Coordinator

As our Course Coordinator, Jessica is not only an Interior Designer, she’s also the first smiling face you’re likely to meet at Design School! For over the past six years, Jess’ design career has seen her work on commercial styling, to hotel refurbishments and even designing interior concepts for global furniture giant IKEA!

Jessica has since found her way to the Design School family and absolutely loves working alongside our Trainers to inspire and deliver our brand of hands-on learning to our students. She is your go-to for all of our courses and is always sharing her design magic with our Design School community.

Jess is always there to lend an ear and a hand. You can follow her here: @row.house

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