Sitting Down with the Highly Talented Interior Designer Lisa Burdus


Based in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Lisa Burdus came into the world of interior design organically. Having grown up and watched her mother’s own inherent love of design, Lisa was always interested in decor. When she bought her first home in her early 20s, she discovered she had a real talent.

Having been formally trained 17 years ago, Lisa focuses her work on building a strong relationship with her clients. While she tends to gravitate toward classic English style, it’s her ability to understand and work well with her clients that ensure she creates projects with them as her central priority. Rarely at a loss for ideas, Lisa feels reflection tends to breed inspiration, as does her love of the outdoors.  


1. How did you become interested in interior design? 

As a child my mother was constantly redecorating our house - she would do all the wallpapering herself, make the curtains and festoon blinds and furnish each room.. it was constant.   I was in my early 20’s when we bought our first home and I quickly realised I had a natural talent.  I formally trained 17 years ago and haven’t looked back.

2. How would you describe your design style and do you have a signature style yourself?

As a designer my role is to give my clients the look they are after, they are paying for my knowledge and experience. I always set out to create interiors that feel warm and enjoyable for people to be in rather than stick to one particular look.    As for my own personal style, I would have to say it leads toward traditional English decorating.  Item placement and the correct use of space is vital in making a room feel right.

3. Who are your interior design icons?

I have many from the past and present - Sister Parrish, Michael Smith, Bunny Williams, Charlotte Moss, Steven Gambrel, Kathryn M Ireland, Schuyler Samperton.
4. What do you love about being an interior designer and where do you draw your inspiration from?
I love being an Interior Designer and running my own business because it draws upon many skills and talents.  I break it up into three sections:
1. design which comes easy and is my passion
2. people management as I can work with clients for up to a year 
3. running a business which I find interesting.
I draw my inspiration from everywhere I’ve been and everything I’ve seen, if I’m ever stuck for ideas I reflect.
5. What do you think is the essential piece of furniture we should all have in our bedroom?
An armchair or sofa/ottoman at the end of the bed.  I love a quiet place to sit or somewhere I can talk that doesn’t mess up the bed.
6. What key element do we all need for a chic living room?
Artwork is vital as it says so much about the style of a room and it must be the right size for the wall that it sits on.  Family photos are beautiful but not chic.
7. What has been your favourite project and why?
My favourite projects are always the ones where the owners and I have mutual understanding and respect, I will knock myself out to please them and its appreciated.

Having been named a 2017 Best of Houzz Design and Service winner, Lisa will continue impressing clients with her ability to understand how to make their ideal space come to life. She’s likely also going to stay busy with her large brood and her love of riding dirtbikes in the country, a setting that often lends itself to some of her best design ideas and concepts.  

Let's get personal ........
What else are you passionate about besides your work?
I have 5 children, a beautiful partner and his children to care for, so life is full.  I also love being in the country and we get there most weekends.
2. What is your most treasured belonging?
Hmm tough one, I tend to not get hooked on objects so I would say photos in beautiful frames.
3. What's one thing people may not know about you?
I have ridden dirt bikes in the country since I was 5 years old and still love it and do it at every opportunity.
4. In 10 years I'd like to be …. 
Healthy, helping others and most definitely working in interior design.
5. What can't you live without?  
Besides the people above I can’t live without colour and nature. Our home is always filled with greenery and as much as I find neutral interiors peaceful, I need colour in my life.


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