Our Story

We believe that confident and charismatic homes are for everyone, that getting there should be fun, and that the final result should be an honest indication of who lives there.

cedar + suede

Michael and Carlene make up the dynamic husband and wife team behind Cedar + Suede, a home design and construct service, and blog.
The renovating duo made their mark on the record-rating season of Channel Nine’s, The Block and the inaugural season of Reno Rumble before launching into the world of home design with fervent passion.
Michael and Carlene are hosts of home renovation and lifestyle shows, Ready Set Reno (9Life) and Open Homes Australia (9Life).
The couple are also proud brand ambassadors for rug, flooring and shutters specialists, DecoRug and keep busy producing digital content in partnership with a diverse range of reputable lifestyle brands.
The couple are also parents to Paddy (9) and Stella (7) who are the junior renovators of the family and who keep them both, simultaneously grounded and on their toes.

Carlene Duffy


With an intuitive approach to home styling and design, coupled with a background in writing, Carlene is in her element element creating content to inspire readers to think laterally when it comes to home design.

Michael Duffy


It’s handy to have a handy guy about and along with his carpentry and building qualifications, Michael is equipped with a head for problem solving and project management, making him a trusted home builder.

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