Designer, Creative Mentor, Writer & Speaker

Bettina Deda is an interior designer, writer, and speaker living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. In 2014, she self-published Downsize with Style, the first practical style guide for empty nesters to manage their downsizing journey successfully. As a born organiser with excellent project management skills Bettina also published an ebook for DIY home renovators.

Bettina is on a mission to help homeowners achieve a stylish and functional home in a more compact space and enhance their apartment lifestyle through beautiful interiors. 

She believes that only in a home that reflects your personal decorating style, can you truly relax and re-energise.

Bettina's vision is to inspire more people to simplify their life, to focus on what's important to them and thus to live a more meaningful life.

Bettina is also the founder and director of Bettina Deda colour design providing valuable information, resources and support for people planning to downsize and start a new chapter of their life.

Originally from Germany, she moved to Australia in 2008. It was a big step, as she had to leave everything behind: her family, her friends, her home, and her career in public relations.

In 2009, she started her creative journey. She enroled in art classes in the National Art School, Julian Ashton Art School and in studios in Manly. In 2011, she graduated from iscd with a CERT IV in Colour and Design (Award for Excellence) and a Colour Design Diploma (Highly Commended Award). She then worked one year in a prestigious furniture showroom.

Having worked in the corporate world for sixteen years, she downsized to eventually start a new chapter of her life and her interior design business.

In May 2013, she launched her first fabrics for soft furnishings inspired by her hand-painted original artworks.

Bettina is also a passionate writer and publishes a weekly blog and podcast plus contributes to design and lifestyle magazines.

Through her business Bettina Deda colour design, her books, and her passion for colour and design she hopes to make a difference to the growing number of apartment downsizers.

To get started, book your Initial Consultation to discuss your vision for the future, your downsizing and decorating challenges, and how Bettina can help you start a new chapter of your life!

You can connect with her on

Twitter: @bdcolourdesign

Facebook: Bettina Deda colour design

Pinterest: bdcolourdesign

Instagram: Bettina Deda

LinkedIn: Bettina Deda

Speaking Engagements & Workshops

If you would like to book Bettina as a speaker for your event or workshop, please email to bettina[at]

Upcoming speaking engagements:

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Bettina’s recent speaking gigs:

  • How to Downsize with Style, Ladies Probus Belrose, 4 April 2016
  • How to Downsize with Style, Golf Shore Retirement Living, January 2016
  • Apartment Living: 3-part workshop series, Spring 2015
  • How to Downsize with Style, Mona Vale Library, October 2015
  • How to Downsize with Style, Castle Hill Probus Club, 1 September 2015
  • Downsize With Style, Middle Harbour Probus Club, Middle Harbour Yacht Club, 26th February 2015
  • Downsize With Style, Rotary Dee Why Warringah, November 2014
  • RAIA, In Conversation: Downsizing In Style at North Sydney Community Centre, 5th September 2014
  • Author Talk and Styling Demonstration at Berkelouw Balgowlah, 2nd August 2014
  • Exclusive Downsizing Event at The Gracewood Community, Kellyville, 18th June 2014
  • Author Talk at Bookoccino, Avalon, 12th June 2014
  • Downsize With Style Book Launch, BoConcept, Crows Nest, 7th March 2014