If est had a ‘Hall of Fame’, Doherty Design Studio would certainly make the cut, with an ever-growing list of homes starring in est magazine and across estliving.com. From Malvern to Fitzroy, they have left their mark on the Melbourne interior design scene, crafting ‘meticulously resolved and highly functional spaces for work, life and everything in between’. The studio’s founding director, Mardi Doherty, has nearly 20 years of experience in the industry – seven of those running her own practice. Sitting down with Mardi, her humility is what strikes a chord, followed closely by her knowledge and genuine passion for what she does. For an aspiring interior designer, her stories and insights are inspiring, educational and above all, authentic.