Cohesive by Design is a Sydney-based style, colour and design practice specialising in residential, commercial and hospitality interiors. We provide a holistic journey for our clients, which encompasses design concepts, space planning and layouts, joinery and finishes and furnishings.

We are renowned for our ability to hear our clients, to precisely interpret a brief and to produce creative, intelligent and elegant spaces – spaces that are a true reflection of our clients’ needs and expectations.

Cohesive by Design is synonymous with transforming our clients’ vision into stunning, functional spaces, which exude a timeless elegance – and a splash of fun. We approach each project with an enormous sense of passion and individuality and partner with a diverse range of consultants to deliver projects of a complex or modest nature.

Our aim is to stay true to the brief, the budget and our core values of delivering inspired spaces that our clients love to live in.


Our services include style, colour and design. We specialise in residential, commercial and hospitality interiors.

Our multi-faceted approach enables us to integrate style, colour and design in a cohesive way, creating a highly successful and rewarding outcome for our clients.

With an unparalleled level of commitment and service, we enjoy trusting and collaborative partnerships with our clients and consultants alike.



  • Working within the confines of a heritage building, we needed a space to be used as a lunch/meeting area by day and a lounge bar by night. Our brief was to reflect the creative, fun and vibrant nature of our culture. Elissa impressed us with her ability to add value and work to a set budget. Not only did she design a stylish space that our staff and clients love, but she delivered it on brief, on time and on budget.

    David Bell, Executive Creative Director

  • Working with Elissa for the renovation and redecoration of our Cremorne home was a wonderful experience. Her expert advice, creative input and positive energy was invaluable and she helped to make what would normally be a very stressful experience something fun and enjoyable.

    Elissa took the time to understand and interpret my tastes in colour and interior style and she prepared and recommended a colour palette for walls, floors and carpets that I absolutely loved from the start. Elissa also helped me to think outside the square by recommending paint treatments for my wooden floorboards and designs for cabinetry and wardrobes that I would not have known about or been bold enough to try. I was also able to tap into her vast network of furniture and textile suppliers as well as trades and craftsmen that we used extensively for our renovation.

    Elissa also has a wonderful talent and flair for design, styling and furniture layout and can make any seemingly ordinary room look like a feature page from an interiors magazine.

    I will without doubt call on Elissa to assist me in the second stage of our renovation and I look forward to working with her again.

    Gavin and Ally Lipman

    Cremorne, NSW
  • Elissa and I joined forces to create a beautiful new home in St Ives. She has a natural eye for the principles of design and meets the brief outlined by the client with enthusiasm, passion and professionalism.

    Elissa’s passion for colour and style is reflected in the variety of schemes she designs. She always makes the tasks seem easy and the styling process a pleasure. Nothing was too much trouble and the end result has gone beyond the client’s expectations.

    Ann King, Interior Stylist

    Sage Colour & Style
  • We were initially nervous about hiring a designer as weren’t sure what to expect. We spoke with several designers but we were won over by Elissa’s warmth, enthusiasm and how quickly she grasped what we wanted.

    We found Elissa thoughtful and respectful throughout the design process. She listened carefully and helped us put together the look that we wanted. I enjoyed her balance of enthusiasm and gentleness. It was wonderful to work with someone who cared as much (and more!) about how colour, design and story work together to create spaces we love to live in.

    Elissa allowed us to express ourselves in selecting the style and feel for each room while guiding us with her discerning and creative eye. Her dedication to delivering what we wanted and generosity of spirit are simply impressive!


    Neutral Bay, NSW
  • A facelift for our living and dining rooms was simply and efficiently executed by Elissa. Thank you!

    David and Jo Hind

    Neutral Bay, NSW
  • I had initially resisted the draw of a designer to help me with the ‘simple’ refurbishment of my daughters bedroom. But once I met with Elissa, I realised quite quickly that not only could she help me make the room so much better than I could possibly have imagined achieving independently, she could also save me time and money and help me source items I quite simply would not have been able to find on my own.

    She took the brief, but saw far beyond it and delivered an outcome which is well beyond my expectations. The final outcome is simply delightful. I love the new layout and the beautiful fabric choices. The way the colours, soft furnishings and accessories tie together is absolutely gorgeous.

    But the greatest critic of all (Miss 8) absolutely loves her new grown up bedroom! When he is old enough to appreciate it, I’m very much looking forward to working on Master 6’s grown up bedroom with Elissa.

    Annie White

    North Balgowlah, NSW
  • Elissa helped me with the interiors of our house during a big renovation.

    I had been overwhelmed by the many many decisions that had to be made around the house. Elissa stepped in and helped me make those decisions quickly, easily and most importantly…made the process fun! And the house looks great now! I couldn’t have done it without her. I would absolutely recommend Elissa.

    Carla Allen

    Seaforth, NSW
  • I had been searching for an Interior Designer for a while by the time I approached Elissa, and from the moment I first talked to her I was put at ease with her friendliness and warmth.

    I requested from her a ‘WOW’ factor for my walk in unit- and that’s exactly what she delivered.

    She went the extra mile with everything she did for me, even down to the finishing touches; and made my little apartment something that people are amazed with.

    Elissa is a beautiful person and such lovely company to work with; that I was sorry when the job was done.

    Heather Worth

    Mona Vale, NSW
  • We engaged Elissa from Cohesive by Design to give us some ideas on colour and interior design. She has a wonderful eye for colour and work really well with our painters, providing a comprehensive and detailed specification which made the whole process easy and seamless. Elissa is full of creative ideas and led us in successful directions which we would not have gone in by ourselves – she really made our house a home and I would thoroughly recommend her.

    Miriam Morgan


Every day I’m inspired by fascinating people, beautiful homes and gorgeous suppliers. So I’d like to share my inspiration with you while I’m sourcing, meeting people and just on my travels around our beautiful city.