Spotlight on: Denise De Keyzer

Posted by iscd@admin on March 2

The world of design is powerful and always full of inspiration from other industries. iscd student Denise De Keyzer shared her thoughts about studying Interior Design and Decoration Diploma online, while working in finance and being an artist. 

1. What was your background before starting the course?
I am currently working as a Finance Systems Accountant, a very different world to that of design. I am also an Artist; I have exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Australia and Italy. I produce very large floral oils paintings; my work can be quite realistic. Recently, I have had some of my works copied onto textiles to create scarves and to upholster furniture.

2. What lead you to study the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration at iscd?
I have always been drawn to beautiful architecture and interior design. I spend a lot of my spare time either reading or watching anything to do with design. I reviewed many design schools and decided on iscd after attending their open day in Melbourne. The staff were so lovely and approachable, and the quality of the students work extremely high. The course is also accredited which is a big bonus.

3. What has been your favourite project so far?
There are a few projects that I have really enjoyed; I loved creating the colour palette and finding the interiors to suit a palette. I also enjoyed creating abstract and semi abstract designs. My favourite however, was mapping and exploring an idea for a light design. It was satisfying to discover just how far I could push a design while still considering its functionality. Once I had a design I was happy with, creating the light in 3D was so much fun!

4. What has been your greatest discovery about yourself in this course?
Just how much I love design and I am not too bad at it! Performing all the exercises and assessments has really brought that home for me.

5. Which designers or artists do you most aspire to?
So many…where do I start? I love the work of the Old Masters and Dutch Masters, I adore Turners work and that of Lucian Freud. I also love Rothko’s work; I was fortunate enough to see an exhibition of his at the Tate Modern, that’s where I fell in love with the beauty of his work. The colours and textures are amazing! Closer to home, I love Ben Quiltys powerful pieces, the gorgeous and considered work of Margaret Woodward and the beautiful wonder of Catherine Nelsons work.

As for designers, I adore Abigail Aherns eclectic and sophisticated eye. I love Fiona Lynch’s interiors, they just keep getting better and better! I absolutely love Japanese minimalist architecture, especially that of Kouichi Kimura Architects. I am also a big fan of Christopher Boots lighting and Zuster furniture.

6. What would be your dream role after completing the course?
Work with an edgy interior design firm in either residential or commercial, with a long-term goal of branching out with my own design business that incorporates interior design services and art. I aim to start an Interior design business that offers compatible commissioned art, whether it be my own or other artists I know. It would be great if I could incorporate some of my own bespoke textiles or wallpapers in the interiors also, but that is up to the client at the end of the day!

7. How would you describe your own design ethos/style?
Timeless Contemporary with a masculine yet romantic edge.

8. What was your biggest fear in studying this course?
Being an artist is one thing, but seeing if I could translate that into interior design was my greatest fear.

9. Would you have any tips for a student just starting this course?
To stay informed and ensure you are on the right track, read as many of the discussion topics as possible. Also, the study plan timetable is a great tool, it provides a clear idea of what’s required each week to keep you on track.

You can find more of Denise’s art at

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