Born in Australia, Mary Lou’s passion for design has led her to work in numerous related areas from real estate to construction and to interior design. Since graduating from University of Technology, Sydney, she went on to form her own freelance business in 1998. Her renovation of an historical residence in Sydney won her a Heritage Design Award early in 1999.

Following a move to London, she managed a gallery for Ogier, sourcing and selling cutting edge design works from around Europe.

In 2003 she joined Denniston International Architects & Planners in Kuala Lumpur. There, she led the interior design department working on luxury hotels and resorts including Amanresorts, GHM Hotels, One and Only, St Regis, The Setai and Viceroy. In 2007 she returned to Australia to establish and expand Mary Lou Design.