I first discovered my enthusiasm for interior design as a child. I was constantly changing my room around, draping scarves from the ceilings and arranging small installations of objects for interest. My childhood saw me literally playing ‘house’ on building sites in our newly developing suburb. I have always responded to colour and went to study Fine Art and then completed a Higher Diploma in Interior Decorating and Design.

Having now worked in the Interior Design industry for the last decade, I have been exposed to every aspect of a project, from building works to the last flower in a vase.

To describe my style and how I work: The logistics of the project are my chief responsibility. Although I easily adapt to a client’s tastes, if given carte blanche, I stick to classic principles of scale and proportion, and set the tone with cool neutral backgrounds – inspired by nature. I like to accessorise with colour, artwork and sculpture, and mix quirky combinations of clean lines and antique furnishings – antiques bring a great deal of personality to an otherwise modern room. Mirrors, careful lighting and pictures hung symmetrically are important too.

“Never simply make do – decide on what you really want
and let me take care of the details!”


“We have worked with Shelley over a number of years and are always impressed by her professional service and personal attention she has given each project. An essential quality that Shelley possesses is her ability to listen to the needs of her clients and create family-friendly spaces within the confines of a budget. Her advice of best use of space, colour palettes and choice of fabrics and materials has always superb while keeping our personal taste in mind. Guests often comment on how our home is a perfect reflection of our family.
Shelley is passionate about what she does and just lovely to work with.”

Andrea and Guy Osler

“Malachite Interiors have done numerous jobs for me from custom made scatter cushions and bed throws to blinds for our entire home. Shelley is insightful and professional making it a pleasure to work with her company.”

Carol Trimmer

“We have known Shelley for many years. We’ve appreciated and enjoyed planning the interior of our home with her over the last year while doing some renovations. She’s done a wonderful job with creating a stylish look while still leaving room to accommodate our needs with young kids. A great combination of a classic look with dashes of colour, just right for us.

Thanks Shelley, it’s been a pleasure working with you.”

Abby and Mike Fehrsen