Founder of Coote&Co. & Head Designer
“For 40 years I have had a profound relationship with interior design. I was born into it, lived alongside it as a child and I was taught it. Finally as an adult I chose it as a career. I have always liked the concept that good design could fuel your energy and enhance your life. I love the idea of making a space better, adapting it to enrich the lives of the people who intend to use them.”
With industry experience throughout Australia, Europe and America, Charlotte Coote is a coveted designer of interiors, furniture and lighting.
Charlotte started her career in her late father John Coote’s international interior design business based in Ireland. Here she worked on boutique hotels, English & Irish houses and castles as well as private residences.
Now with her established design studios in Prahran, Victoria and Noosa, Queensland she continues to build her knowledge and portfolio as a leader in classic contemporary interior design with a breadth of interior projects to her name.
Charlotte is the author of ‘Colour is Home’ a Brave Guide to Designing Classic Interiors. She is currently producing and online design series and has a second book underway, due for publication in 2024.
Her work has appeared in Jenny Rose-Innes’ book ‘Australian Designers at Home’, ‘Great Australian Homes’ by House & Garden, as well as being regularly published in Belle Magazine, Vogue Living, House & Garden and The Grace Tales Magazine.
She has been a keynote speaker at Décor & Design, featured on prime-time television and Schumacher Live as well as producing installations for design exhibitions at the NGV.
Jessica joined Coote&Co. late 2017 after completing the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration at Mercer School of Interior Design.
With 5 years industry experience, Jess is now managing our Noosa studio and supports the ever growing list of projects and clients in both Victoria and Queensland. With strong design sensibilities and impeccable customer service, she is a valuable collaborator on Charlotte’s interiors. Coote&Co. is in safe hands with her drive to deliver projects at the highest standard.
With over 7 years of experience in the Interior design and project management field and with an Honours degree in the Bachelor of Interior Design from RMIT Melbourne, Maria Fernando is the newest member to our Coote&Co family.
Adept in handling all aspects of design from concept to completion and with a great eye for detail, she is excellent at delivering projects on time and keeping our clients well informed through their design journey. She is now managing our Melbourne studio alongside Charlotte and Jessica.