Interior Styling 101

Want to know the inside secrets of interior styling? Join Kellie and learn how to style every room in your home from the ground up. From rugs to art, furniture to cushions, accessories to plants. Determine your style signature, create your backstory and look at how to enhance your lifestyle with simple changes to furniture placement. Learn to read the architecture of your home and discover how to blend with your blueprint. Find out how to save, where to splurge and where to find the most desirable interiors stores in Sydney. Explore the worlds of colour, texture and pattern and how to incorporate them into your distinctive design. How many cushions are too many? What is the best way to style a bed? How do you throw a throw? How do you display your treasures? Should my coffee table match my dining table? Learn the answers to these questions and more whilst you share in Kellie’s tips, tricks and magic formulas and fall in love with your home.

Course Outline:


  • Week One

Define your style signature, create your backstory, learn the rules of mixing styles and eras. Gain insight in designing your home to support you in living your best life. Understand where to find your inspiration and how to organise your ideas. Discuss the class project which will be due in week 8.

  • Week Two

Explore options for walls and floors, discover the importance of the backdrop and learn the rug rules. Distinguish how to read your architecture and work with 'what is. Analyse your windows and how to dress them; understand the value of lighting and how to use it for maximum impact.

  • Week Three

Learn the language of colour, define your individual pattern preference and discover the importance of texture. Then translate these into failsafe formulas to create your unique scheme. Find out the best paint colours, where to play it safe and how to go bold.

  • Week Four

This class will focus on how to choose art, where to find it and how to hang it. You’ll learn how to style your accessories, the art of arrangement and the 5 simples rules to follow when styling any surface in your home.


  • Week Five

Learn how to throw a throw and the formula for choosing the number of cushions for your sofa. Consider the importance of greenery and how to choose accessories to display your style signature. Discover the best combinations to lay a simple but stunning table setting. Discover how to bring the inside out with the 4 principles for alfresco living.

  • Week Six

How do you style your kitchen benchtops so they are practical, yet beautiful? Learn where to splurge and how to save with your bathroom accessories. Make the hardest working room, your laundry, a joy to spend time in.

  • Week Seven

Explore bed head options including clever low-cost hacks. Design your ideal bedding situation and discuss cosification strategies. Co-ordinate your home office for maximum efficiency and aesthetic appeal.

  • Week Eight

Students to present their Signature Board, collect their certificate of achievement and celebrate class graduation.

Learning outcomes:

1. Learn to read interior spaces and architecture.
2. Develop personalised style signature.
3. Assess the suitability of furniture and homewares for a unique scheme.
4. Develop style and design vocabulary.
5. Increase confidence in creative ability.

What to bring in:

  • All materials provided by the tutor.
  • You may bring a device if you can hotspot to your phone.

About the tutor:

'As a Sydney based stylist working in interiors for over 15 years, Kellie Murray has become known for her ability to create a unique style signature for each of her clients. Mixing traditional with contemporary, and old with new comes naturally to Kellie, which results in entirely original spaces that clients will love for a lifetime. Beginning her career with private commissions, she then shared her knowledge by teaching at the SGSCC former Oatley campus. After a chance encounter with a style-conscious customer, Kellie opened PAD, a furniture and accessories store mixing vintage pieces with contemporary ranges. Declared by Vogue Living as a store that was “offering visitors a storyboard of inspiration,” PAD became a destination store for design lovers and magazine stylists. Kellie has now come back to working one-on-one with her beloved clients and to the SGSCC, sharing all she’s learned throughout her career with the students of Interior Styling 101.'

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled before the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.