Our Ethos

We believe in history and stories – the history and provenance that a house has before we step foot in it, as well as the stories of the people living in it, their likes, collectables and treasures, and the thread that binds them.

We seek to not just understand our clients’ style and sensibilities but to get to know them at a deeper level so we can in turn tell their stories.

That’s what sets us apart and informs our process. We are creatives and technicians, curators and purveyors. We never approach a project with a pre-determined design outcome in mind, but treat it as a journey of discovery and let our clients’ needs and desires guide us.

Along the way, we uncover history and unveil their stories, which we skillfully weave into the narrative and footprint of their home.

Our projects are mostly high-end residential renovations, extensions or new builds, but also include boutique hospitality and aged care works.

Our Team
Our Team

“A whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

- Aristotle

We believe this to be true of team ILI. Led by Ioanna Lennox, the founder and creative director, we are a tight-knit group of professionals and lovers of design in all its forms. While we all bring diverse and unique skill sets to the mix, a singular focus unites us: the pursuit of excellence and the passion to enrich our clients’ lives through their living environment.

Ioanna Lennox
Creative Director

After nearly two decades building a successful career in financial services and studying interior design as a sideline pastime, Ioanna decided to pursue a lifelong passion for interiors and architecture and in 2013 founded Ioanna Lennox Interiors.

Balancing aesthetics with functionality and form are part of Ioanna’s design DNA. As the Creative Director, she guides the studio’s philosophy and choices for exceptional quality, refined craftsmanship and considered detailing. Ioanna’s approach to design is intuitive, inspired and passionate, and good enough is never an option. Her interiors are infused with a feeling of accessible luxury, warmth and glamour, while collaboratively weaving in her clients’ desires and aspirations.

Ioanna’s work has been featured in various publications including the Australian House & Garden and Belle magazines and the international Design et al’s Style Bible and The World’s Most Glamorous Homes.

Olga Kolesnikova
Interior Designer

Olga finds her greatest source of creativity in project briefs and clients’ uniqueness. Her goal is to transform each client’s vision into experiences and design a space that induces positive feelings. She draws inspiration from the contextual issues of each project, cultural and historical features of the building, the user’s character and value, as well as intellectual and emotional aspects.

Samantha de Graaf
Interior Designer

Along with her qualification in Interior Design, Samantha brings her finance transferable skills to ILI, along with a keen eye for detail. She has a love for residential design and bespoke detailing and enjoys creating a life for people. Samantha is passionate about creating a narrative for each client through a textured and layered material palette with a focus on natural materials.

Jacinta Purnell
Junior Designer

Jacinta’s previous experience with textiles and wallcoverings has given her in-depth knowledge of these products and a passion to create bespoke, tailored and tactile homes with the use of soft furnishings. Jacinta also excels in the areas of administration and organisation and keeps the office on track.

Awards

Our work has won numerous industry accolades and been featured in a number of prestigious magazines both locally and internationally.

International Design & Architecture Awards 2020 – Shortlisted for Best Bedroom Award

International Design & Architecture Awards 2020 – Shortlisted for Best Bathroom Award

International Design & Architecture Awards 2019 – Shortlisted for Interior Design Scheme Asia Pacific Award

International Design & Architecture Awards 2019 – Shortlisted for City Space Apartment / Penthouse Global Award

International Design & Architecture Awards 2019 – Shortlisted for Residential 1-2.5 Mil. Pounds (Property by Value) Award

Australian House & Garden Top 50 Rooms 2017

Best of Houzz Design Award 2021

Best of Houzz Design Award 2020

Best of Houzz Design Award 2018

Best of Houzz Design Award 2017

Best of Houzz Service Award 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

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