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 renovation, design and styling consultancy service, and blog.

The renovating duo made their mark on the record-rating season of Channel Nine’s, The Block Glasshouse where they achieved the most number of room wins and the highest cumulative score overall.

Equipped with a sense of humour, fun repartee and a ‘team-player’ approach, Michael and Carlene were quick to win the affection of the Australian public which saw them soon return to the screen to appear in the inaugural season of Channel Nine’s, Reno Rumble.

Michael and Carlene are currently on screen hosting new renovation show, Ready Set Reno (9Life), and again in March in their new role as hosts of 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 range of 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 simultaneously grounded and on their toes.

Carlene Duffy


With an intuitive approach to styling and design, coupled with a background in writing, Carlene is in her element running a home design and renovation blog and is the driver behind Cedar + Suede’s content.

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 can navigate any piece of technology and computer program, making him ideal as our resident digital content editor.

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