Natural Modern Interiors is my blog about natural modern design, recycling ideas, natural and sustainable interiors, eclectic rooms and beautiful things I find on my travels and as a collection of interior design ideas to promote the use of recycled furniture, natural materials and methods to renovate, decorate and style your home.

Hi... My name is Lisa Coulburn. 

I am a professional Interior Designer with an addiction to spa retreats, a passion for travel and creating interiors inspired by recycled furniture, natural materials and exotic places. Originally from England, my work and travels have taken me from London to Europe, S. America, USA, India, Nepal, Borneo, Indonesia, Bali, S.E. Asia and now here in sunny Queensland, Australia.

Together with my husband we renovated our post war cottage in Brisbane. We call it our 'apartment with a bit of land' as the house is only 67 sqm in size but sits on 600sqm of land not too far from the city.

We plan to raise, extend and add a much needed deck to our Brisbane home at a later date but in the mean time we have swapped our city life for a sea change in Hervey Bay while we plan for the future new house build.

I started ifdesign for those who seek a sustainable and naturally inspired approach to interior design and interior decoration.

With over 20 years of experience, I also own my own Interior Design practice called ifdesign based in Brisbane and serving the South East Queensland region, with projects that go as far north as Noosa and Hervey Bay. With both our face to face and on-line design service we work both in Queensland and Australia-wide.

I believe that your home should be your retreat – a place to escape to that reflects your lifestyle, personality and individuality. How you renovate or decorate your home can have a big influence on how you feel when you are relaxing, entertaining or working from home.

My own style is natural modern design with an eclectic twist and a strong connection to the outdoors.

While I am sourcing products, materials and creating designs for my clients I also support the following principles:

Reduce, reuse, recycle
This involves taking unloved furniture and waste materials and transforming them into new furniture or new uses. Why? This reduces the need for consuming new raw materials thus reducing energy use, landfill and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Low VOC’s & non-toxic materials
Materials such as paints, stains, varnishes, carpets, new furniture and kitchen joinery can off-gas producing poor air quality in your home. This can continue for years after the products and materials are initially installed. By selecting products that are non-toxic and low or no VOC you are improving the quality of your air within your home and reducing the effects of poor air quality on your health. Learn more about air quality & Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

Made in Australia
By buying furniture and homewares made in Australia you are supporting local Australian communities, maintaining creative skills and local craftsmanship and reducing energy consumption and green house gas emissions by avoiding overseas transportation.

Fair trade
Is the term given to a movement to promote a better financial relationship between producers, sellers and consumers. By buying Fairtrade products you area supporting farmers, their families and communities in receiving more stable and secure incomes and better working conditions.

Thank you for your interest in Natural Modern Interiors. I look forward to hearing from you.


  1. Hi Lisa,
    I was reading your blog on tadelakt and seeing if you have much to do with natural lime finishes if so you could keep us in mind for future projects. We are a company based in Brisbane that applies all different types of imported lime finishes for exterior ,interior and bathrooms.
    We have a website to look at gvpdesigns.com.au
    and our company is idea creations

  2. Hi Lisa…Great About Me page….Im looking forward to exploring your blog and interior design ideas!!!


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