Let me be your cheerleader!I love helping women who are ready to live their next chapter with more beauty, passion and adventure.
Hi. I'm Carmen
One of my superpowers is helping women to take off those sensible shackles and FINALLY do all the BIG things they’ve always dreamt of doing.
I LOVE helping women who are ready to live their life with more beauty, passion and adventure.
And I know that the best way to help them is to share with them everything I have learned over the past 20 years as a designer, freedom seeker, change maker and lover of life.
So I made it my mission to help women do just that… to step out from behind the curtain and create a more beautiful life for themselves.
This lead me not only to some amazing design projects, but was the catalyst for creating my design and lifestyle tours which have been truly transformational for the women who have joined me. But I know not everyone can drop their life to join me in Italy or Bali (well, not right now anyway!), so I created programs that you can do anywhere, anytime to help you create your bella life and continue to evolve your home, heart and head on an ongoing basis.
You see, I was a school teacher for many years before I decided to do exactly what you want to do now. Do the BIG things I always wanted to do, but never actually made it to the top of my list while raising a family and being busy with “life”. I decided I wanted a different life so took a huge leap of faith and became a designer.
Over the past 20 years as a designer I have been blessed to be an interior designer, renovation planner, garden designer, property stylist and real estate consultant. With this amazing experience, women from all over the world started reaching out asking me to help them not only design a home that they love, but to help them design a life they wanted for themselves.
They wanted a little taste of living la bella vita life that I live every day, not by accident and not by luck but because I designed my life to be beautiful in every way.
Here are 5 fun facts about me…
My desire for freedom was fuelled by riding my motorbike through the bush in outback Australia when I was just five. Now I am a freedom junky.
I am horrible at faking or lying. If I see you hiding in the shadows and playing small, then I’ll call you out.
I am pretty darn good at keeping secrets, so if any design disasters are always safe with me.
I’m powerless around good food and wine, but a master at helping you create a lifestyle that lights you up.
My work has been featured in a 10-page spread in Home Beautiful Magazine so yeah… I’m pretty proud of that. I can help you create a magazine worthy home too.
Home Beautiful Feature
After three of our own renovations, a home build and years designing for others, I was very fortunate to have our own home featured in Home Beautiful Magazine. It was certainly lovely to know that someone else could see my love of creating a home.
“It was personally very exciting as I guess I needed the validation that I had something to offer and I gained the confidence to believe in myself and my ability. I think as humans we all suffer from self-doubt, I sure have had my fair share, but I knew that people needed the kind of help I was offering and it was rewarding when I could help them.”
As featured in Confident Life
What does conﬁdence mean to you?
Confidence for me means being able to take steps in the direction of your dreams, desires or passions regardless of the opinions of others. It means feeling powerful about who you are, the choices that you make, and the services that you deliver because you know you are good enough just as you are. Confidence to me is when a woman pursues what she believes in when sometimes the odds are stacked against her by both society and people she loves.
Awarded Best of House
Carmen Darwin of Brisbane, Australia Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017.
Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Renovation and Design Professionals in Australia.
Brisbane, Australia January 13, 2017 – Carmen Darwin of Brisbane has won “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design.
Interviewed by I am Mumpreneur
I was born to create a business that purely aligns with my life values and leaves me free for exploration and growth….not stagnation and regret.
I am passionate about creating an online school and services that inspire and empower women to create a life they love.
I strive for a business and working life when the lines are blurred between the two and I live in the grey in between.
I will never give up my dream to help women while also exploring and travelling.
My superpower is my vision. I can see possibilities for people’s homes and lifestyles that they can’t.
I believe that I would much rather have a go and fail than to die to wonder “What if I’d….” The short term pain of failure is worth it for the life that awaits me on the other side. I’m on a quest to fulfil that dream in my soul.
Contact me for your podcast or story!
I love to talk about…
- My desire to help women create something BIG in their life
- Letting go of ‘Sally Safe Pants’ to become ‘Risky Rhonda’
- Creating your life by design, step by step
- Loving the bases, spaces and places you live in
- Leaping into your next chapter
- Taking tours to Italy to connect women
I am always delighted to feature as a guest blogger, give my take on home design topics or submit magazine editorials.
Feel free to contact me.