Incy In­te­ri­ors founder Kirsty Withers set­tles down

At home with Quit­ting eBay to mar­ket her own brand of fur­ni­ture was kid’s play

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Who Incy In­te­ri­ors founder Kristy Withers

Where Spring Hill, near Or­ange, with her hus­band Si­mon and their chil­dren Os­car, 9, and Polly, 5

Favourite thing I re­ceived a rose gold watch one Christ­mas and I asked a man­u­fac­turer to make me a bed in rose gold. It went hor­ri­bly wrong. I ended up hav­ing to send my watch over to match the colour.

In­spi­ra­tion Mod­ern farm house

Home is This is our for­ever place

As a mar­ket­ing man­ager for eBay, Kristy Withers was frus­trated see­ing great prod­ucts avail­able in the US and the UK that were not mak­ing their way to Aus­tralia. Top of her list was a dec­o­ra­tive chil­dren’s bed.

In be­tween jug­gling a full-time job, trav­el­ling for work and car­ing for two young chil­dren, Kristy was in­spired to launch her own com­pany re­tail­ing chil­dren’s fur­ni­ture.

She had seen hos­pi­tal-style beds on eBay that she was in­ter­ested in buy­ing for her son Os­car (now 9), but be­sides not be­ing avail­able lo­cally, it was also painted in lead. Kristy started to think about how she could make a bet­ter prod­uct for the Aus­tralian mar­ket.

“We had gone away on hol­i­days and I was still talk­ing about it, and my hus­band said, ‘stop talk­ing about it for God’s sake and just do it’,” she says.

Seven years on and Incy In­te­ri­ors prod­ucts, which meet Aus­tralian and New Zealand stan­dards, are shipped in­ter­na­tion­ally. The range has grown be­yond beds, and in­cludes desks, stor­age, cush­ions, rugs and wall art.

“It was very lib­er­at­ing to start my own com­pany, I could do what I wanted and I didn’t have to get any­one to agree to it,” she says. “Ul­ti­mately, if any­thing stuffed up it was all on me, but it was some­thing I felt pas­sion­ately about.”

While the busi­ness is go­ing smoothly, Kristy is tack­ling another ma­jor project.

“We are build­ing our for­ever house, so we are all liv­ing in the guest­house we just com­pleted,” she says. “It’s kind of a mod­ern farm house with Hamp­tons and New Zealand in­flu­ences, but it will still be a farm house.

“My hus­band is a car­pen­ter and I’ve al­ways had an in­ter­est in styling. It’s taken a while to get to this point, but now it’s hap­pen­ing.”

Kara Rosen­lund art­work That colour is so strik­ing on that chicken, My daugh­ter has crazy, blonde hair and that pic­ture re­minds me of her. It’s very cute. Orchid It’s from the IGA here in Bathurst. I get about six months out of it be­fore I have to...

Hand cream My mother-in­law buys me hand cream every Christ­mas, but it only lasts half the year. So I have one next to my bed, one on my desk. I’m never with­out.

Ther­momix Cook­ing while help­ing chil­dren with home­work is the thing that pushes me over the edge. I went to a Ther­momix party to drink wine. Three min­utes in, I wanted one.

Home book Au­thor and stylist Emma Blom­field de­signed my Chatswood Chase store. I love her ideas and the way she has bro­ken down styling ideas in this book.

Polly’s art My son is an amaz­ing artist and Polly has al­ways been ab­stract with her draw­ings, so this kind of came out of the blue. I asked her, ‘Is this Os­car’s?’

Her­mes ban­gle When you start a com­pany, every cent you make goes back into it. I didn’t get paid for about two years, so this was my first big pur­chase and it’s very spe­cial.

Coun­try CD I am ob­sessed with the Nashville TV show and Garth Brooks. I grew up on a farm in Oberon and lived in Syd­ney for 14 years, but I am still a coun­try girl.

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