Co-founder – Director
Darren James is our principle designer and heads the design team at Darren James Interiors overseeing all projects.
Darren holds an accreditation as a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD). He has accumulated various national design awards including the KBDi’s Certified Designer of the Year in 2010, 2014 and 2015. He is a highly respected and active member of the Australian design community, his work and advice is regularly published in design publications, journals, lifestyle magazines, newspapers and blogs. He is professional member of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), the Kitchen and Bathroom Design Institute (KBDi) and the Housing Industry Association (HIA).
Co-founder – Manager
Elissa is our dedicated Studio Manager and resident interior decorator and stylist. She is responsible for the management of the firm and overseas all the day to day running of the studio.
She is also the creative mastermind that heads up the furnishing and decorating side of the business. With a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) as well as a Dip. of Interior Design and over 10 years + experience in the industry, it goes without saying that Elissa is as passionate about design as she is about mentoring the staff and achieving 100% client satisfaction during all facets of the design and build process.
Aaron is responsible for all the technical elements in the design process. He works closely with the design team by scheduling and monitoring the design process to ensure our design projects are delivered on time. He plays an instrumental Management role in assisting the design team behind the scenes to produce beautiful 3D renders and detailed technical drawings. With a cabinetmaking background, Aaron also has a great understanding of manufacturing techniques and therefore is a wizard when it comes to technical detail.
An explorer at heart – Aaron is always up for a challenge, loves pushing the boundaries and is always looking for the next adventure – this makes him the perfect guy to push our studio forward in the way of 3D design.
Kari grew up in the suburbs of Southern California, where her love for Interior Design began at the young age of 9. After moving halfway across America, she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Architecture from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2015. After graduating, Kari spent some time living in Belgium where her love for European design and architecture flourished. As a dual citizen, it was always part of her plan to move to Brisbane to pursue her dream of designing modern Australiana interiors which is what led Kari to Darren James Interiors in late 2016.
Since then Kari has worked closely with our clients to understand who they are, what they are looking for, and how they want to live, so she can create unique spaces that reflect their lifestyle and enhance their day to day life. All while designing quality interiors that stand the test of time. In any endeavour, Kari always brings a smile and laugh along for the journey.
David has a client first approach to design and the built environment and brings to the studio a passion for creating spaces that are sophisticated, original and reflect the character of a home’s inhabitants.
He has a Bachelor’s of Interior Design from QUT and has lived and worked internationally in both Vietnam and New York. With a natural eye for colour and composition accompanied by a solutions based approach to design, David creates spaces that are modern, warm and tailored to the individual needs of his clients.
Sarah’s background in high-end residential work with a tightly focused client liaison background has provided her with extensive knowledge and experience in project management & construction.
Sarah joins us after having spent 11 years within an architectural firm. She brings comprehensive knowledge of the design & construction processes.
As our contract administrator and estimator Sarah will be responsible and work closely with you to ensure quotation and scheduling of your project will meet expectations and deadlines.
Administration / Accounts
With a background in accountancy and a strong passion for systems and processes, Tilly is our all-round in house finance and administration expert.
Tilly plays a vital role in the running of the studio and is responsible for managing the accounts and finances.
Tilly’s diligent work ethic, organisation and love of all things ‘lists’ ensures the office is always running smoothly and efficiently. She has a committed approach to ensuring our clients experience is of the highest quality!
Interior Design Intern
As a current student studying Interior Design at Queensland University of Technology, Kirsty understands and appreciates the impact creativity has on the way we feel and think as a society. She values that a space is one of the biggest influences on who we are and how we feel as individuals.
In addition to her creativity, this is one girl that certainly thrives under pressure and enjoys working with a team that appreciates productivity. Kirsty’s day is always jammed packed as she handles a lot back end and behind the scenes design work.
With over 25 years background in the high end custom home and renovation industry, Cam brings a ute load of experience and enthusiasm when it comes to running a professional job site and delivering a beautifully finished home.
With a hands on approach, Cam prides himself on his impeccable eye for detail, his working relationships with Sub-contractors and clients alike. He has been at the front end of delivering many award winning custom homes and renovations .
Alex is our friendly, fully qualified carpenter / site supervisor with significant knowledge of construction processes. Alex is passionate about ensuring a high level of craftsmanship in all our projects. He is focused and committed to ensuring that the our team of trades are provided with regular communication and that all our job sites run smoothly and efficiently. Both Alex and Cameron have been praised by our clients for their efficiency and mannerisms to owners, neighbours, trades and suppliers during their involvement in our projects.
Our construction crews and trade network
We have an extensive team of licensed trades people who bring a wealth of expertise, experience, commitment and professionalism. At Darren James Interiors we only work with the “best of the best” and that is why we choose only to employ the services of the trades we know and trust.