Meet Graeme Rendle from Graeme Rendle Design - Designer Profile, November 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tell us about Graeme Rendle Design (GRD).

GRD provide total design and decoration concepts for indoor and exterior spaces, starting with the planning stage or adding the finishing touches and from new builds, renovations and room makeovers. We assist with everything from floor to ceiling and in between, including window treatments, flooring, lighting, colour concepts, kitchen and bathroom design or simply adding the right accessories or finding the perfect front doors. 

What is your business philosophy?  

We always listen to the customer. At GRD we learn about the client's likes and dislikes and demonstrate our skills in co-ordinating an environment that is exactly right for the client's lifestyle. We are honest and we remind ourselves that we are the facilitators not the dictators.

Client referral and returning clients are an important aspect of GRD. We have assisted many customers decorate their third or fourth home and many holiday homes.

How did your business start?    

My love for design goes back many years. Initially I worked at David Jones in soft furnishings and attended Tafe courses related to colour and design. In the early 70's I was a student of the Carl A. Schwarz New York School of Interior Design. This two year interior design course was conducted by Diane Williams under the guidance of Carl A. Schwarz and was possibly one of the first international courses available in Australia. Diane Williams has become a very close friend over the years and often enjoys commenting on my current work projects.  

In the mid 70's, after completing my interior design studies and gaining great experience working at David Jones, I joined a boutique family business specialising in furniture and interior design. I later became a partner of this business. This partnership continued until my partner was attracted to business ventures overseas. At this time the business was renamed Graeme Rendle Interior Design. We then later renamed to the current business name, GRD. I must attribute my success to the amazing staff that have supported me over the years. They know who they are. A BIG thank you to them all. It is very much a joy to go to work every day.

I recognise the importance of giving back, and have remained a Design Institute of Australia member for more than three decades. I have taught colour and design and written interior focused articles for the Newcastle Herald in the years past.

What type of clients do you work with?

The whole gammit! From families, commercial ventures to vineyards, holiday homes to hotels and motels, offices and more.


Where do you get your inspiration from?  

It could be as simple as seeing a colour, feeling a mood or atmosphere or a thought that comes to mind. My BQ Design rep Elle (who really is an amazing individual) is totally committed and knowledgeable with the BQ products. She would say to me "you must love your work" and I have to admit, I really do. I wouldn't continue in this field if I didn't enjoy working with my clients and gaining satisfaction when projects are completed successfully. It's a nice feeling.

What do you like about your job? 

I love the variety of work I do and overcoming the challenges to meet individual needs and wants. But the greatest satisfaction is from happy clients at the end of a project. Every client is different and every project is executed differently. I love this variety. 

I am always conscious not to dictate. I listen and then work backwards so we have a start and ideal finish. It's also important to recognise a client's budget. A good designer can achieve the right look on a small or large budget. 

What exciting projects have you worked on?

GRD has worked, and is still working on a fabulous home in the Hunter Valley Vineyards which was featured in a magazine showcasing the Top 100 Homes in the World. We've also worked on an amazing range of projects from residential to commercial, including: hotels, motels, hospitals, churches, a New York penthouse, apartment in London, and a guest house in New Zealand. Nearly all of GRD's work is referral or repeat clientele which is very special.

Any big plans for you in 2016/2017?

Yes - I have moved my studio to the main street of Beresfield to a shop front with magnificent natural light. The space is very functional and I finally have a place for everything. While my clients need me (and I'm still breathing) I hope I can be there for them, and hence a new beginning and new studio has been created.

What soft furnishing projects are you currently working on?

We are mainly designing and installing curtains, bedspreads, roman and bonded blinds. I am very impressed with ripplefold (S-fold) curtains at the moment. They suit both contemporary and traditional homes.

We are also using alot of textured fabrics in our designs. They are really popular and are accentuated when combined with natural look fabrics in plains or patterns. Fabric is a wonderful source of inspiration.

What are the benefits of working with BQ?

I could rave on about how fabulous the product is and how it always arrives in beautiful packaging but it's the team at BQ that are fantastic to work with. From Sabrina at reception who is always happy and efficient, to my fantastic NSW based rep Elle, to the customer service team who go out of their way to assist, and I must mention the amazing Prem that provides great production knowledge. Another of my favourites at BQ is Sheila who now only works Fridays so I often save my calls for that day.


Find out more about GRD:  



3B Beresford Avenue
Beresfield NSW 2322
Postal address: PO Box 225 Beresfield NSW 2322
Phone: 02 4964 2190    Mob: 0429 683 356      Fax: 02 4964 2185
ABN: 78 128 232 085