Meet Suzanne Cunningham from One Girl Interiors - Designer Profile, June 2016

Monday, June 06, 2016

After working in a corporate marketing role at a major bank, Suzanne undertook a career change to utilise her creative strengths and follow her passion and experience with renovations and decoration. Now she operates a successful interior design and styling business, One Gir Interiors, servicing Melbourne and regional Victorian clients. 

We recently met with Suzanne to discuss her business and current projects. 

Introducing One Girl Interiors

Tell us about yourself and your business.

One Girl Interiors work mainly with residential clients on projects that vary in size from large projects such as renovations and extensions to a single room revamp or small decorative-focussed project. Soft furnishings are an extremely important part of my business, with the ability to really transform a space. 

With my designs, I always aim to reflect the personality of the people that live in the home and ensure their unique stamp is applied. Being a mum to two young children, also means practicality is an essential component to my work, It's not enough that a space looks beautiful in a photo. It must be functional and a pleasure to use every day, for the people that live there. 

What are some of your recent work highlights? 

Since starting One Girl Interiors, I'be been so fortunate to work with some wonderful clients and very inspiring and creative people including stylists and photographers. 

I've worked on some amazing homes and a number of holiday/weekend rentals including our own personal project in Daylesford, The Weekender (

Also I've been thrilled to have my work featured in The Design Files and it was incredibly exciting to have our renovation in Daylesford featured on the cover and within the October 2015 edition of Inside Out magazine. It truly was a dream come true. The project has also profiled on Houzz and in the Herald Sun newspaper.


What do you like about your job?   

I love the creativity of my job. Coming from a corporate background. I love the freedom of working for myself, not working in an office and being out and about constantly meeting with clients and suppliers. Every day is different and I love that. I'm continually learning especially from the trades and suppliers I work closely with. 

I'm also fortunate my job enables me create a flexible work environment so I can spend time with my young family. 

Where do you get your inspiration from? 

Art and film are two favourites. I always notice the interiors in films and I took some inspiration from Diane Katon's kitchen in the film 'Something's Gotta Give' when designing the kitchen in my home over eight years ago. I still love it. 

Travel is also inspiring. My husband Adam and I lived in London for two years and tere are many British designers that inspire me. Kit Kemp and Abigail Ahern would be two that stand out for me. With two young children (Grace, 6 and Tom, 4) overseas travel has been limited in recent years but this is something I'm really looking forward to as they get older.

What are you working on at the moment?  

I'm busy working on a number of great projects. They include a large scale renovation and extension in Melbourne, renovations in Trentham and Hepburn Springs and some decorative projects in Melbourne. 

What current trends in soft furnishings and fabrics do you like? 

Many of my projects include soft furnishings, especially curtains which clients like to use to soften a room. with customers often installing curtains often curtains and blinds. Custom scatter cushions can add a bespoke, unique feel to a space. 

I love working with the relaxed, natural feel of linen. Tactile fabrics like velvet and felt are also favourites. 

I'm all for luxury but I don't often go for formality.I like spaces to feel relaxed and welcoming.

What are the benefits of partnering with BQ Design? 

Low stress and a top quality result every time. 


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Phone: 0431 603 913


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