At home with Colour me happy, this designer and mum-to-be is full of contentment
With her first child — a baby girl— due next month, kaftan queen Camilla Franks is relishing some down time at her home in a leafy Woollahra street.
Her busy schedule usually takes her from one country to another to oversee the distribution of her fashion business, with stockists in more than 55 countries.
She is also using her profile to raise awareness of a global aid program called Unleashed Women. The goal is to raise $200,000 reaching more than 160,000 women to end hunger and poverty in their communities. Camilla’s own home in Sydney, just like her fashion, is packed with colour. Richly textured rugs are juxtaposed against multicoloured drapes and cushions. Despite the effervescent hues, Camilla says her eastern suburbs place has a calm vibe.
“It’s far enough from the chaos, but close enough to the energy of the shoreline,” she says. “I enjoy the quiet here. I’ve jumped around to shacks in the area over the past few years, but have blissfully nested here.
“Memories from travels are dotted around the house. I tend to keep my big furniture pieces neutral so I can allow the travels to sing the songs of their journey.”
Together with her fiance, Welsh artist and musician JP Jones, Camilla says they won’t need to make many changes to their home to accommodate a baby, as their place has already been “babyfied” for their dog Beau.
“I already had some stair provisions in place for wandering paws a few months ago after Beau’s leg surgery, so I guess that will serve two babies,” she says.
For now, Camilla can enjoy some peace and quiet relaxing in her meditation room.
JP uses the garage as his studio when he is in Sydney. The house is full of artworks that he has made. I love that his artistic energy is here even when he isn’t.
While on a getaway in the Blue Mountains, my weekend wanderings led me to an antique shop where I found this. I tend to be drawn to antique pieces.
JP’s guitar Hand-painted vintage bag
This was given to me by a darling girlfriend and it’s more artwork than accessory. I am so mesmerised by the detail and its boho feel.
Nothing brings more love to my heart than hearing him sing, so when he is away, this guitar is a reminder of him.
Frida Kahlo bowl
I uncovered this piece in a tiny cafe in Mexico while on an inspiration trip. Frida Kahlo has been a muse of mine for as long as I can remember.
I made this for JP and because the waves aren’t the same in Wales, it’s become its own little installation in our home. We both love the water and collecting art.
Fashion designer and kaftan queen Camilla Franks House in Woollahra with fiance JP Jones
I love the romanticism of collecting vinyl and the ritual of playing music on a record player.
My home acts as gallery space. There is always room to shift things around or make things work
Being curled up on the couch with my two fur babies, my bump and my man