Our Team

Meet the incredible team that make Design School a reality!

Jenna Densten 

 

Interior Designer – Visual Merchandiser 

Jenna Started her career in Interiors 7 years ago as a contestant on Tv show ‘ The Block.’ Since then Jenna has had an amazing career, working as a visual merchandiser for Cotton On, starting Bicker, an Interior Design studio with her partner Josh and most importantly founding Design School! Through Jenna’s hands-on guidance, we’re sure you wont leave a class feeling un inspired! You can follow Jenna here: @joshandjenna

Melissa Heard

Interior Decorator – Stylist

Mel is all about the feels, the emotional response design provokes. She loves being able to share this passion alongside her decade of industry knowledge, whether it be with her clients or the hundreds of students she has mentored! 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 she has gone on to start her own successful business, Charchi. Product styling, passive design and sustainability are her loves, as well as that, she is obsessed with SketchUp (and our guru). Mel has written articles for Dulux in the weekend Domain home magazine and the Plyroom Journal which she loves as she is always passionate about sharing her knowledge.  Mel is always looking to push herself and is grateful for all of her experiences, especially the failures, as they have made her the designer she is today. These experiences alongside patience and passion have been fundamental to her growth. Mel’s charisma will warm your soul. You won’t see her without a smile on her face or a willingness to share her knowledge with you and inspire your creative journey. You can follow Mel here: @charchi

Larissa Vendramini

Interior Designer – Copywriter

Larissa has a strong background working collaboratively with the wider design community. In 2015 she established her own small business LV & Co. with a focus on styling 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: @larissavendramini

Tim Neve

Interior Stylist – Author

Tim is a well-known stylist in the Australian interior design industry. From editorial shoots to decorated interiors, his work has been published and profiled in print and online, from Architectural Digest internationally to Adore Magazine locally. He is the author of a 272-page hardcover book (Sandcastles, Murdoch Books) which received warm reviews worldwide. Tim is also a textile designer, his prints have been produced into linen homewares stocked around Australia by leading design retailers including Jumbled, The Block Shop and Oz Design furniture. Tim loves teaching, especially the Certificate IV Interior Decoration, where we get hands-on with styling, fabrics and materials boards. For the past five years, he has taught for some of Australia’s top design institutions – but is most thrilled to join the Design School team! You can follow Tim here: @timneve

Melissa Bailey

Interior Stylist – Consultant

Seven years ago, Melissa made a bold move leaving a legal role to pursue where her heart lay- design. She has worked across a number of creative industries including residential interior decoration and styling; visual merchandising and floral and event styling. Always wanting to know the ‘why’ Melissa decided she best invest in some study and enrolled at, well, we’ll give you one guess! Since becoming a Design School graduate, Melissa has worked and collaborated as a shoot stylist with fellow Design School graduates and local Melbourne stylists with some of her work featuring in Green Magazine and The Local Project. She also uses her knowledge and expertise in property styling to consult with real estate agents and vendors about key styling aspects when selling a home. A keen writer, Melissa has also written articles and blog 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 welcoming smile! You can follow Melissa here:  @thestylingkind

Jessica Ciantar

Interior Designer – Course Coordinator

As our Course Coordinator, Jessica is not only our team’s glue here at Design School that keeps everything ticking over without a hitch, she is also an Interior Designer herself! Jess has worked as a qualified ID for over 6 years and has been involved in various projects, from commercial styling, to hotel refurbishments. Her knowledge and passion also saw her designing for everyone’s favourite furniture giant IKEA! Creating magic in their much loved showrooms, Jess brought her touch to everything from living room and bedroom settings, to visual merchandising vignettes. Jessica found her way to the Design School family and absolutely loves working alongside our Trainers to inspire and deliver our brand of learning to our students. She is your go-to for all of our courses ins and outs (chances are you’ve already had a friendly pow wow over the phone or email with her!). Jess is always there to lend an ear and a hand, you can follow her here@row.house