Camilla Franks

At home with Colour me happy, this de­signer and mum-to-be is full of con­tent­ment

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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’s art­work

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.

Vin­tage lamp

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

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