Meet the Team

  • Teresa Kleeman
  • Jo Buswell

Teresa Kleeman

Design Member of the Kitchen Bathroom Designers Institute (KBDI)

Teresa Kleeman

I must have been about 9 years old, I was at a family Italian wedding and I was drawing all over the paper tablecloth back in those days. My cousin’s wife Natalie watched me as I drew and drew. She asked me – What do you want to be when you grow up and I firmly said Architect. She continued to say “Teresa you want to be an Interior Designer”.

At that stage I had no idea what that even was!!!! From that moment I knew what my passion was – DESIGN.

The way it makes me feel – happy, content and passionate. There is nothing else in this world that my heart & soul would rather do. The greatest reward is creating a dream space for a client and seeing it come to life and knowing that the client is thrilled with the outcome.

At the young age of 21, I qualified in the industry and I persued my dreams. With many years experience since then and many more to come – here I am “Embracing Space.”

KBDI Award Winner 2016 Bathroom Designer of the year


  • 2016 KBDI WINNER – Bathroom designer of the year (VIC)
  • 2016 KBDI WINNER – Small Bathroom Design
  • 2015 HIA WINNER – Renovated Bathroom $30-50K
  • 2015 HIA WINNER – Eastern Victoria Kitchen Design
  • 2015 HIA RUNNER UP – Eastern Victoria Bathroom Design
  • 2015 HIA FINALIST – Laundry Design
  • 2015 HIA FINALIST – Renovated Kitchen up to $50K
  • 2013 HIA RUNNER UP – Renovated Kitchen up to $40K
  • 2013 KBDI FINALIST – Outstanding Student of the Year – “Certificate IV in the Design of Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interior Spaces”
    (While working full time for Smarter Bathrooms and Kitchens in 2012, I completed a 1-year course with Designer Training – specialising in Kitchen Design)
  • 2013 KBDI FINALIST – Small Kitchen Design

Education & Qualifications

  • 2012 – Completed “Certificate IV in the Design of Kitchens, Bathrooms and Interior Spaces” with Designer Training
  • 2010 – Completed “Certificate IV in Retail Management” Part Time with Pow Wow Training Pty Ltd
  • 2006 – Completed 2 years Full Time study of “Diploma of Interior Design & Decoration” at RMIT University
  • 2003 – Completed 1 year Part Time study of “Advanced Diploma of Interior Design” at Polytechnic Faculty of Art & Architecture
  • 2002 – Short Course Certificates Completed: Interior Design & Decoration at Chisholm Tafe & Interior Architecture at Monash University
  • 2002 – Completed Year 12
  • 2000 – 2 Weeks Work Experience with Interior Designer – Shira Ash


Thank you so very much the dedicated and talented Teresa who helped and guided us step by step to create and bring our townhouses to life, you are not not only an interior but external decorator as well. Your attention to detail is impeccable, it truly shows in the end result the passion and love you have for creating spaces. Your professionalism and dedication in the whole process from start to end has been comforting knowing you had it all under control and listening to our need and wants to create amazing spaces that flowed and worked with one another. Look forward to working again with you in the future. We couldn’t thank you enough for bringing our vision to life.
Yianni, Nicholas & Irene Balwyn
The prospect of bathroom and laundry renovations are daunting, but we had the great fortune to meet Teresa Kleeman.

Teresa worked with us to design functional, efficient and stylish spaces. We love the end result.

As we all know renovations never ‘run smoothly’, but Teresa kept us up to date on progress, went with the flow and all with a smile on her face.

Following our very successful renovations we had her renovate out 85 year old Mum’s bathroom. Again Teresa did an amazing job under some difficult circumstances.

We would highly recommend Teresa for any building or renovation work you are contemplating, without hesitation.

Anna & Adrian Freedman Sandringham
From our first planning meeting Teresa took care of everything, and made a very complicated process seem ultimately very easy. Teresa was super efficient and organised and had some inspiring ideas. Nothing was ever too much trouble for her and any anxieties I had were dealt with very quickly. Once the actual work started and Wayne took over everything continued in the same way. Wayne was extremely helpful, fantastic to work with and his easy going, fun personality made the weeks of disruption much easier than expected. He sorted out any issues very quickly and effectively and we really appreciated all his updates and texts keeping us informed on a regular basis. The tradies were also all great, very friendly, polite and helpful.
And our bathroom looks amazing. Thank you!!
Liz Black Rock
Communication with our managers, Teresa and Rob was excellent with any of our questions or conerns being resolved quickly.

Richard and I are very pleased with our new bathroom. Our small 1960’s bathroom has been transformed into a well designed, functional and safer room, more suited to the needs of older people

Richard & Brenda Bentleigh East
I am very happy to recommend Teresa Kleeman to anyone contemplating a bathroom renovation.

Her bubbly and enthusiastic approach to her work is very warm and genuine.

Communication is the key in any relationship and none more important than when looking after a client, keeping them informed and responding to queries promptly.
Teresa listened to my brief and was willing to work with me to achieve the look I was after while offering great advice and a very good eye for colour and detail.
She always replied to my emails and calls and nothing was a problem.

I found her to be very honest and professional and I think she is a great asset to any project.

Jan Ward Armadale
Your knowledge of bathroom design and the myriad of fixtures and fittings was invaluable. I particularly appreciated your willingness to listen patiently and try to understand what I wanted. The end result is a good balance of my thoughts and your interpretation of them.
McKerracher East Brighton

Jo Buswell

Diploma of Interior Design & Decoration
Mercer Design College, Collingwood

Jo Buswell

Hi, I’m Jo and I’m thrilled to be joining Teresa Kleeman within the Embracing Space design family.

I have been making my way to this point in my design journey for many years now, starting from sitting with friends and family and thinking if they just …… and then happily helping them to just ….. Being lucky enough to renovate all our ‘plane Janes’ into homes filled with personality and love.

A few years ago, I decided to take the leap and study Interior Design formally, which only confirmed my passion and drive to design beautiful, functional spaces for people to enjoy, was exactly what I should be doing. I have since worked on various projects, with there being nothing more rewarding than knowing you have helped a person fall in love with their home.

Appreciating that Design is ever evolving I am privileged to be on this new journey, ‘Embracing Space’.