Established local interior designer, Debra Lee of Image Makers interior design, has just taken on one of her biggest challenges to date; designing a home for herself!

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After living in Mount Martha for almost a decade, the opportunity presented itself for Debra to design and build her own home again.

Over the years, working with her builder husband, they have completed a variety of renovations, ranging from Victorian homes in Yarraville to a beach shack in Noosa. Their journey along the way has informed many parts of the home they want to live in now.


“ Even if you are going to be your own designer it’s important to follow a process. It all starts with the design brief... or perhaps a long wish list. A good design brief should focus on the outcome of the design” says Debra.

Debra also mentions, “ My job as an interior designer is to find the key elements for the design to match our clients’ lifestyles. I used the same principles on our own home and worked within a  restricted foot print. We were still able to include most of our wish list by manipulating the spaces for this design.”

Debra applied her attention to detail to the budget and construction restraints, which was imperative with this project. Having a husband as a builder was also a great asset.

“(This time) we wanted a more contemporary style home that reflected our lifestyle, where each space feels totally different and yet they all still work well together. We also went for an industrial meets elegance look” says Debra.

To get the most out of the limited building envelope height was added, particularly in the kitchen/living which features soaring 4-metre-high ceilings. The heights of the windows were also dramatized to full effect, bringing the outside in and allowing the tree tops and sky to be constantly in view.


The home is packed full of features such as a Matrix panelled internal wall, black steel beam, a 16 blub industrial pendant, and polished concrete floors. It’s certainly a packs a lot of punch and offers some clever solutions for a small footprint.

To see more of Debra’s home, or to see how Debra can design the perfect home for you, visit: and insta: @imagemakers_interior_design