The Team

Have you been toying with the idea of sprucing up your home? Do you have a new addition to make room for? Have you just moved to a new home and need some tips from professional interior designers on how to make it feel homier? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then Tailored HQ is the right move. Our team of interior designers work to make spaces as unique as you are.

We are a Team of Interior Designers based in Newcastle, NSW. We specialize in Interior Design, Custom Curtains and Blinds, Custom Furniture, Art, Accessories and cater to clients from the Hunter Valley and Newcastle Areas.

We have everything you need to customise your home to achieve your dream look.

Lara O’Donnell

Director and Interior Designer – Bachelor in Design (Architecture) & Master of Business

Finalist – Hunter Region Excellence Awards(2018)

Lara is the founder and Director of Tailored HQ.

She has enjoyed a successful career as an expert interior designer for the past 8 years throughout the Newcastle area.

Her work includes residential, office space, retail and hospitality fit outs. She believes designing is more than picking out furniture, it is creating a unique space reflective of the spaces intent.

Her passion for quality design and focus on Australian made products ensures that Tailored HQ offers unique and innovative solutions to your design needs.

You can usually find Lara out to dinner at the newest restaurant and is definitely the one to ask if you’re looking for somewhere with great food and atmosphere.

Jessica McSorley

Interior Designer – Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours)

Jessica studied a Bachelor of Interior Architecture at the University of South Australia, from which she graduated with honours in 2015. She has since been working in the field of interior design, joining the team when we first opened our doors in 2017.

With a portfolio of work including residential, retail and hospitality fitouts, Jessica brings fresh insight into current designs and trends.
Her charming attitude assures Tailored HQ customers have exceptional, timely service from all outside suppliers.

Come in to have a chat with Jess, especially if you’d like to know where to get the best margaritas in town.

Katrina Sandie

Design Consultant – Bachelor Of Business (Marketing), Currently studying a Diploma Of Interior Design

With Katrina recently relocating from Sydney to Newcastle, for the last 4 years, she has had the rare opportunity to work with some of the most renowned furniture brands and interior design practices in Australia.

In this time, she worked on both large-scale commercial and residential projects whilst studying a Diploma of Interior Design at Billy Blue College. Katrina has developed a keen eye for unique and exceptional quality finishes. She will leave no stone unturned until that perfect solution is found for your project!

Before diving into the world of design, Katrina completed a Bachelor of Marketing Degree and joined the fast-paced FMCG industry. She drove branding, marketing, project management, and product development for iconic household products. Naturally, she has become our teams marketing and client services guru, as well as drive clients projects to be delivered on time and within brief!

On weekends you will find Katrina scouring through the local markets and vintage furniture shops to find a rare gem to add to her home collection!

Emma O’Donnell

Social Media Manager – Diploma of Screen and Media

Emma Brings a diverse range of skills to the company. Having focused on Social Media and marketing since we established THQ in January 2017, has now grown our following immensely.

Working across all key roles, assisting in marketing, sales, styling and design and is a keen photographer.

She works part-time as our in-house photographer, videographer and social media Manager, you’ll usually find her crouched on the ground taking photos or tagging along to client meetings to document the process.

Her infectious energy and positivity keeps us going through the difficult days, often using lolly bribes and dance parties.


Professional Design Consultants

We join the consultant team of local Designers, Architects & Developers, expanding the services and information available to their own clients. With a background in architectural design, we can provide advice on the integration of custom window furnishings during the documentation of new works.

Interior Design & In-home Consultations

From colour consultations, to furnishing schemes, to full fit out selections, our focus is a Tailored Interior to suit each clients’ taste. We specialise in interior design and decoration, Curtains and Blinds, Kitchen and Bathroom Design, with full product specification available.

We provide in-home consultations to Newcastle & Lake Macquarie, the Hunter Valley, the Central and Mid-Coasts, as well as e-Interiors for those further afield.

One of our talented Interior Designers will come to you to discuss your space and bring your vision to life.

Curtains & Blinds

Window coverings are a necessary element in any design, whether it is for privacy, darkness, insulation or aesthetics. Selecting the right application for your situation can be hard if you aren’t presented with all the options available.

Meet with an interior design consultant in your own home for a free measure and quote, and hear advice on the most suitable product to achieve your needs. We can renew or replace existing window coverings or provide advice for new builds right from the planning stage, interacting with architects and designers to ensure all details are considered.

Custom Furniture & Joinery

Our Australian manufacturers make products to order. Creating a lounge to fit your space in your choice of fabric or leather, allowing the space to be utilised to it’s greatest advantage. We work with a number of cabinet makers and joiners, combining knowledge and designs, to create the best custom piece for you including: Furniture, Lounges & Ottomans, Dining, Coffee & Side Tables, Kitchen Cabinetry, Bathroom Vanities

Custom Accessories

Don’t want to have the same as everyone else? Make your own! Cushions, table runners, table cloths, place mats, napkins – just pick your fabric and we’ll have them locally made for you!

Custom accessories are a great way to incorporate a theme throughout a space with a repeated pattern or colour.

Custom Lampshades

Choose your shape, choose your style, choose your fabric or wallpaper and create a one of a kind accessory. A great way to update an existing lamp base to give it a new lease on life. Pendant styles also available.