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I'm Marieke, a Dutch Australian who wears many hats: interior designer, tutor, business executive, content creator, and social media influencer. After enhancing my design skills with a degree amid a bustling corporate life, I embraced my passion fully by leaving the corporate scene to craft and share unique interiors. At the Interior Design Institute, I guide others as a tutor.


I don't love labelling my design approach - I mix new with vintage, upcycled items, and art to create affordable, story-rich spaces. My family and I split our time between Haarlem, Valencia, and Sydney.

Marieke Rijksen interior designer arranging vase in a jungalow planterior urban chic vintage space

Whispering Bold Style

Ever wondered where the name Whispering Bold came from? I was struggling to find a name that would describe my style. It gravitates towards a mix of urban chic vintage with a touch of jungalow but primarily I follow my intuition. I don’t follow trends but love eye catchers. Statements. Without going over the top.

I asked my husband and he said: “Well, your style is a bit out there and makes a statement. It’s bold, daring but down to earth, without screaming it from the rooftops.” And that moment marked the inception of the name ‘Whispering Bold’.

Illustration of a one seater cosy chair with side table, vase and plants
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