The Author

Leigh Romanello

Since 1975 Leigh has owned and operated a design firm, under the name of DESIGN 2000.

Through this design company, Leigh has completed hundreds of projects, including both commercial and residential; as well as historical and new construction.

Leigh has a heavy drafting background and has always utilized this skill in her design work.

She is also very competent in CAD and has lectured about it at various universities and schools.

Leigh has been a member of the local ASID, Design Council, and the Homebuilders Association, as well as teaching organizations known as the NEA and OEA.

Leigh has also served on advisory boards for three colleges in Interior Design.

Currently she is a licensed and registered Interior Designer in her state as well as a tutor for The Interior Design Institute.

Wendi Snyder

Wendi Snyder started a career in theatre specializing in Costume and Set Design for student and professional productions at the Alexander Theatre Monash University.

She stayed there for 10 years before working with theatre producers such as Michael Edgley, Kevin Jacobson and Cameron Macintosh.

Her 25 year career in theatre took her around the world where she educated herself in Architecture and Interior Design.

She left show business to work with property developers as an Interior Designer in commercial but mostly residential applications.

Today Wendi works as a tutor for The Interior Design Institute as well as running her own Interior Design company and consulting on predominantly domestic projects, specializing in kitchen, bathrooms and color schemes.

Talin Leask

Talin's Interior Design career started upon graduation from the Academy of Design in Montreal, Canada.

She traveled to Dubai where she worked with large architectural and design practices, working on large hotels, residential projects and retail outlets in newly built shopping malls across the city.

Having moved to London she was able to work for 'Greenline Interiors' which specialized in Yacht Interiors as well as large scale royal residents based in the Middle East.

Having founded her own company some years ago she has managed to build her own clientele and has worked on refurb projects across the city as well as being involved in new build apartment projects in newly developed areas of London. She works closely with clients who have requested her expertise in office layouts, retail units and is currently working on a few commercial projects.

Her attention to detail and working closely with each client is what makes her method unique.


Sophie Seeger

Sophie Seeger runs Seeger By Design, a creative consultancy for Interior Design, Decorating, Property Styling, Color Consulting and Art Sourcing.

Sophie was immersed in art and design from a very young age, having “caught the bug” from her grandmother, a sculptor, and both art-loving parents.

She studied History of Art, Color & Design, Interior Design and Journalism; and her career to date has successfully married her passion for art, design and writing.

While running a contemporary art and design gallery, Sophie developed a commission base for her paintings and also discovered her joy for commercial design development, identifying sustainable opportunities and incomes for artists and designers.

This led to two Indigenous rug and textile ranges with licensed deals with clients including DFAT, Qantas and public libraries. Sophie has a licensing deal for her own abstract art and has works in private collections throughout Australia, in South Africa, the US, UK, Denmark and Singapore.

Sophie has worked as an art and design mentor; as guest curator; and she continues to work on residential and boutique retail Interior Design projects.

She is a weekly contributor for HOUZZ and a member of the Design Institute.


Between my empowering and super awesome tutor, and the terrific staff, I am grateful for the educational experience The Interior Design Institute has provided me – just nothing short of an exciting and perpetually creative process!

Tany Soussana

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