Sarah Nolen

Sarah is the owner and founder of Interior Design Studio, Birdblack Design. 2023 marks 17 years as an Interior Designer, with Sarah receiving accolades both nationally and internationally for her ability to take clients’ dream ideas and make them a reality.

In 2014, with 8 years of experience working as a Interior Designer, my husband and I made the move to Wollongong from Canberra, meaning in 2023, this is my 17th year in the industry! In 2014, I launched my own Interior Design Studio: Birdblack Design. The business has grown exponentially and we have been recognised nationally and internationally.

My vision for my Interior Design Studio, Birdblack Design, is to ensure we are constantly producing thoughtful and functional designs that improve the lives of our clients. We believe that quality and meticulous workmanship is paramount in ensuring that either your new build or renovation is truly a positive investment.


This is not ‘just a job’ or ‘work’ for me; I am extremely passionate about what I do and what I create within my team. Each project we set out to encapsulate the personality and wishes of the home owner. We really want to listen well so that when you walk into your new space, you know you made the right decision in engaging us.

Qualifications

BACHELOR DEGREE IN INTERIOR DESIGN – University of Canberra

ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN INTERIOR DESIGN – Canberra Institute of Technology

DIPLOMA OF RESIDENTIAL INTERIOR DESIGN –Canberra Institute of Technology

Awards


2023

KBDi Awards, Winner, Australian Bathroom Designer of the Year

KBDi Awards, Winner, Bathroom Designer of the Year NSW

KBDi Awards, Winner, Laundry Design NSW and Australian Laundry Design

KBDi Awards, Winner, Master Suites NSW and Australian Master Suites

KBDi Awards, Winner, Small and Large Bathrooms NSW
2022

IWIB, Highly Commended, Business Woman of the Year

IWIB, Highly Commended, Best Small Business of the Year

IWIB, Highly Commended, Best Innovative Business of the Year

IWIB, Highly Commended, Customer Focus of the Year

2021

IWIB Winner Business Woman of the Year

IWIB Highly Commended Best Small Business

2020

IWIB Highly Commended Best Business Woman

IWIB Finalist Best Small Business

IWIB Finalist Best Innovative Business

2019

IWIB Winner Best Small Business

2018

Illawarra Business Chamber Winner Young Entrepreneur of the Year

IWIB Winner Young Business Woman of the Year

IWIB Highly Commended Best Small Business

KBDi Awards Finalist Best Large Bathroom

KBDi Awards Finalist Best Design Space (Toscani & Blow Bar)

KBDi Awards Finalist Best Design Space (South Sailor)

 

2017

IWIB Winner Young Business Woman of the Year

KBDi Awards Finalist Best Large Bathroom

KBDi Awards Finalist Best Design Space (Ron De Vu)

IWIB Highly Commended Best New Business

 

2016

KBDi Awards Winner Best Medium Kitchen NSW

KBDi Awards Winner Best Kitchen Designer NSW

Sarah