My favourite room Shoe de­signer Kathryn Wil­son’s wall of wear­able art

Cel­e­brated shoe de­signer Kathryn Wil­son shares the story of her spe­cial home and en­vi­able wardrobe “Shoes are art – so I have them dis­played in a shoe wall”

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - In­ter­view by Jes­sica-Belle Greer. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Carolyn Haslett.

Ilive in a beau­ti­ful build­ing in Herne Bay which I used to run past all the time when I was 19 or 20, when I flat­ted in the area. I’d al­ways leave a lit­tle laven­der stick or a coin on the doorstep, and my friends would be like, “You’re such a loser. It’s not your house; some­one else lives there!” But I used to say, “One day I will.”

When I found out it was for sale I put my apart­ment on the mar­ket and it sold after one open home. I put in my best of­fer for this house and it was ac­cepted. I’ve lived here for seven years now – of course these days it’s a house­hold of three, with my hus­band, Liam, and Lola, 3, plus Sergeant Pep­per the cat.

I have al­ways loved the build­ing; it has a beau­ti­ful, art deco style with a French feel and arched win­dows. My favourite room is our

bed­room up­stairs. It’s su­per-light and quite big with high ceilings. The sun pours through in win­ter, and in sum­mer we have all the win­dows and shut­ters open so we can look out at the sea. It’s a sanc­tu­ary of calm in our crazy-busy lives.

I’m a colour­ful per­son in the sense of cloth­ing, art or shoes, but sur­round­ing my­self with a calm, white palette makes me feel like I can re­lax and re­group and have a clear head. So the bed­room has white-washed floors, white walls and ev­ery­thing’s calm and serene. For my home, I need it to have clean lines but also be quite play­ful. We have Lola’s paint­ings on the wall pro­vid­ing pops of pink and or­ange so I’m not afraid to have fun with colour.

My shoes of­ten have a lot of colour be­cause if you’re not feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous enough to wear colour next to your face, you can al­ways have some­thing fun hap­pen­ing down on your feet. And they are art – so I have them dis­played in a shoe wall. I had this wall made (pic­tured top right) – it holds 80 pairs, which I ro­tate. Be­cause a lot of my friends are the same shoe size as me, we’ll swap out ev­ery sea­son as we change it up.

We love the chaise longue you and Lola are sit­ting on – where did you find it? This is a beau­ti­ful piece of hand­made fur­ni­ture I found at Domo in Par­nell, Auck­land. It’s from a col­lec­tion called Grange, which is French and made to or­der.

What are your wardrobe se­crets? I love to not own too much. When I buy, I get qual­ity pieces that won’t date and will wear well. I buy a lot of time­less pieces from Juli­ette Ho­gan, Hail­wood and Anine Bing, which I ro­tate through the wardrobe with the...

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