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.