Interior Decoration graduate story – Tracie Hartley

Posted by iscd@admin on March 23

We recently caught up with Certificate IV in Interior Decoration graduate, Tracie Hartley, to talk about where she gets her inspiration from, her experience of studying online and what her plans are now she’s graduated!

Photo credit: Krista Eppelstun 

Where does your passion for design come from?

I’ve always harboured a quiet interest in interior styling and design, however, it has only been in the last 10 years that I’ve pursued it through formal study.


Where do you draw your inspiration for your work?

I’m forever taking photos; capturing the details, textures and tones of nature. I love to use these as a basis for my interiors schemes. I have discovered some amazing creatives via social media and have attended many workshops over the years. Everything from photography to styling to floral design.

I also love books and can often be found in the interiors section of bookshops and libraries! I have developed my own little interiors collection over the years and love sharing my favourites via my website and Instagram.


What made you choose to study with iscd?

I completed a Certificate IV in Design with iscd in 2009. It helped to unlock my creativity and built a solid foundation for further study in the field. In 2017, after years of dabbling and deliberating, I decided to pursue my passion in a more focused way and enrolled in the Certificate IV in Interior Decoration.


What were the positives about studying online?

The flexibility to schedule my study around my family and work commitments was the best part about studying online.


How have you found the process of communication and feedback with your educators during the course?

The educators were fantastic! They were very quick to respond to my questions and feedback was always thorough. It made studying online an enjoyable process and it allowed me to keep the momentum going when I was working on an assignment.


What are the most valuable things you’ve learnt throughout your creative journey so far?

I’ve learnt to trust and stay true to my own style. Although I loved experimenting with colour in the Applied Colour units, my styling aesthetic is very much characterised by neutral palettes and natural textures. Learning how to use different techniques and applications to present my work professionally has also been very valuable.


What plans do you have for yourself now you’ve graduated?

At the moment, I’m exploring possibilities. I’m about to embark on a big home renovation (my own) and I can’t wait to apply my new design & decorating skills to this personal project.

Header images: Tracie Hartley, Instagram: @traceharts


If you want to know more about study our interior courses, online or on campus, get in touch with one of our course advisers today or read more below!

(MSF40113) Certificate IV in Interior Decoration

(MSF50213) Diploma in Interior Design and Decoration 


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