Having studied design and decoration in various forms for around 20 years, Lynette made a career change to focus on her passion of design in 2003. This led her to start her own design business in 2004, Mulberry Street Design focussing on interiors. Realising the value of enhancing her skills in kitchens and bathrooms, Lynette chose to complete the Certificate IV in Design of Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interior Spaces with Designer Training. With 2 small children and a running her own small business she still found time to study part time and has been rewarded for her efforts not only with a formal qualification, but as the Designer Training Most Outstanding Student of the Year 2013, announced at the Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute of Australia’s annual Designer Awards Gala in Noosa in August. Congratulations Lynette!

Lynette Arnold 2012_smallLynette has taken a few minutes out of her busy schedule to share some insights with us.

When did you first get interested in design?
From my early teens. I can remember making a full scale plan of my bedroom with all its furniture as cardboard cut outs that I could stick on and move around. I didn’t have any idea that this could be an actual job and didn’t have any artistic leanings at all at that stage, but I found the planning side of it appealing, and I loved creative projects that I could manage from start to finish. I followed a popular trend at the time (to study business), but I still found my way back to design.

Having completed the Cert IV in Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interior Spaces, how has this benefitted your work?
Not only have I been able to broaden the scope of services that I offer but the depth of expertise that I can bring to a project is at a whole new level. I also enjoy being able to communicate better with my suppliers, from cabinetmakers to electricians.

What did you enjoy most about studying?
I’ve always loved studying and feel most confident when I’ve taken the time to research a product or process and understand it properly. My next course is going to be a specialty course in lighting design.

What advice do you have for others who are thinking about training in kitchen and bathroom design?
Very few renovations these days do not involve changes to a kitchen or bathroom, yet of the many courses that are now available in design, this is the only one that offers in depth specialist training in designing for these important areas. I see these skills as vital to any well rounded designer’s capabilities so I would recommend this course for anyone seeking to add this dimension to their design services.