Your Home and Garden - - Your Makeover -

Tell us about the styling in your home. I’ve devel­oped green fin­gers re­cently so the house is full of plants, which works with the bright open spa­ces and the nat­u­ral light ev­ery­where. Most of the in­te­rior walls are neu­tral but we’ve used a lot of colour in our fur­nish­ings and art. Our house is full of art we’ve col­lected on our trav­els and from friends who are pho­tog­ra­phers and artists, like Flox (Hay­ley King).

Hay­ley painted the mu­ral by the pool about five years ago, soon af­ter we moved in and had trans­formed the ex­te­rior wall from orange to dark green. It looked so aus­tere be­ing a solid colour, but one day I had a strong vi­sion of a Flox mu­ral. Hay­ley was keen so we de­signed it to­gether and she painted it on planks over the wa­ter. It was the ideal way to brighten up a curved and dif­fi­cult ex­te­rior wall.

How does it work hav­ing your stu­dio down­stairs? Work­ing from home is ideal for me. I love that my stu­dio is sep­a­rate from the house and has a sep­a­rate en­trance that my cus­tomers use, keep­ing my home pri­vate. I also en­joy hav­ing my an­i­mals around me, apart from the fur!

The stu­dio has evolved into a cre­ative and in­spir­ing space where I de­sign and make as well as a show­room where cus­tomers visit by ap­point­ment. I at­tribute the suc­cess of my jew­ellery busi­ness to the trans­for­ma­tion of this room. Ev­ery de­signer needs the right space to cre­ate their best work and I now have mine.

STU­DIO There have been a num­ber of ad­di­tions and ren­o­va­tions to Cathy and Martin’s home over the years. The orig­i­nal bun­ga­low was lifted in the ’90s, and the lower floor now houses Cathy’s stu­dio, where she makes her gor­geous state­ment gem­stone jew­ellery.

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