At home In­sta star Cather­ine Her­aghty styles it up

The bou­tique in­te­rior stylist is busy build­ing her for­ever home

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Cur­rently in the throes of build­ing a new house in The Shire, Cather­ine Her­aghty and her fam­ily are liv­ing among their boxed pos­ses­sions.

She is grate­ful to be room­ing with her in­laws for the du­ra­tion of the build, but the in­te­rior stylist and fur­nish­ings re­tailer is long­ing for her own space again to set up shoots and show­case her in­spi­ra­tion to her 136,000-strong In­sta­gram fol­low­ers. The new home will have lots of nat­u­ral light, and Cather­ine is keen to wrap up the con­struc­tion process to be able to get in there and do her magic with the in­te­ri­ors.

“I love soft fur­nish­ings and muted colours,” Cather­ine says. “The home will be light and airy and lay­ers of tex­ture will give it in­ter­est.”

Do­ing this shoot in the old home prior to its de­mo­li­tion, Cather­ine was a tad emo­tional about say­ing good­bye the 1950s fi­bro cot­tage.

“We had so many great fam­ily mem­o­ries there,” she says. “We got mar­ried there, had our son, and all of a sud­den, it’s gone. It was a small two-bed­room home, not big enough for our fam­ily to grow, but we didn’t want to leave this area. We love it here.”

The new home won’t have sep­a­rate stu­dio space, as the cot­tage did, but she’ll man­age.

“I do lose the stu­dio space, but I get a new house so it’s give and take,” she says.

The new home is de­signed in a re­laxed, con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian fash­ion.

“It def­i­nitely won’t be for­mal and tight,” she says. “It’s pretty in­tense at the mo­ment, build­ing a house is a gi­ant project, but we have our eyes on the prize. My hus­band is a car­pen­ter, which is handy. We’re both hard work­ers, and when the go­ing gets tough, we sup­port each other.”

Hud­son’s beach towel My favourite thing is to take Hud­son to the beach. He loves to dig in the sand. We’re so lucky to live so close to the beach.

Nest This was made by my hus­band at 11pm one night. I was sup­posed to make it for an as­sign­ment and for the life of me, I could not get it to work. He al­ways has my back.

Flow­ers Home isn’t com­plete un­less I have fresh flow­ers. I get them from Aimie at Wil­low + Bear. In my in­dus­try it’s about who you know — and she’s one of those peo­ple.

Py­ja­mas I am a py­ja­mas per­son. If I am at home you will find me in my PJs. I al­ways want to be com­fort­able, and with a young child we don’t have the lux­ury of go­ing out all the time.

The Beauty Chef This col­lec­tion is part of my morn­ing and night rit­ual. They are so deca­dent and the best prod­ucts I have ever used. They make me feel a lit­tle bit spe­cial.

Beads It’s a chal­lenge to find things that are new and ex­cit­ing, but last year I found these beads by Harper + Wilde which are rolled in­di­vid­u­ally by hand. I have used them in ev­ery job ever since.

Car­rot cake I love bak­ing. My dad was a chef and we al­ways had restau­rants. Food is a big part of our fam­ily, and I am a makethings-from-scratch kind of per­son. I baked this last night.

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