Hello There, I’m Carmen

“I’m just a woman with a passion for good design, travel and someone who loves to spend her days adding more beauty to this world.”

Now you are here I want to welcome you!

Need Good Design?

Need to create spaces that feel great? I value style as much as practicality so I design with the person in mind…and without the pompous carryings on!

Need a Girls Getaway?

Want to get away in style with a group of super-fun, drama-free women. Come join us in Bali or Italy in 2019!  Find out more.

Join My Program? (Coming Soon)

It’s Not a Quick Story

It’s not like this all happened to me quickly and I was designing dreamy spaces for superstars and frolicking around in Italy without a care in the world. For years I was trying to be everything to everyone, designing houses from scratch, choosing colours and designs for new kitchens, creating renovation plans for that new living room wing, designing new gardens, styling accommodation for sale….the list went on. I knew that there was more to my life’s plan. 

I spent long hours in front of my computer, defining who I was and what I wanted to contribute to the world. There were people throughout the world who needed me and what I could do for them using my combined 30 years of design and teaching experience. I gave up TV. I gave up time with my friends. I put on weight. I skipped exercise. I built a business and I spent every waking minute working out how I can help others do what I love most.

There were many hours journaling and deep thinking. Many products and courses created that never saw the light of day. I love to try new things because I’m curious and multi-passionate nature and that’s what I love to do…..I am an explorer. 

I realised that it’s okay to love doing more than one thing, so I design, take tours and run online programs to help others.

 Welcome to The Design and Lifestyle Brand where we talk all things Design & Lifestyle for your home, your trips and your life.


  • My desire for freedom was fuelled by riding my motorbike through the bush in outback Australia when I was just five.
  • I am horrible at faking or lying. You can see right through me if I say I like your rug and I really do not.
  • I am pretty darn good at keeping secrets, so your secret design disasters are always safe with me.
  • I’m powerless around good food and wine, but a master at helping you create a home that shows your personality.
  • My work has been featured in a 10-page spread in Home Beautiful Magazine so yeah..I’m pretty proud of that.


I love connecting with any women in business who wants to share her business story. I love hearing about your world and other women who work from home need these stories. I was tired of the mainstream media reporting on those who were more famous and had “made it big” and rather I was more interested in where women were at now and the effort and tenacity and strength they were showing in everyday life in order to succeed in their own business.

The stories you see on my #herdesignstory series are about women creating their own businesses. I wanted to help give you an insight into how they tick, what lights them up and the highs and lows of running a business from home. If you would like to share your story I would love you to APPLY HERE.

© 2019 Carmen Darwin.