LAST WORD ON STYLE

Wall­pa­per de­signer Cara Saven shares her favourites

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I’ve al­ways had a pas­sion for busi­ness and cre­ativ­ity,” says Capeto­nian Cara Saven whose cus­tom-de­signed wall­pa­per, can­vases and prints are sought af­ter by dec­o­ra­tors and de­sign­ers.

Cara stud­ied art at Michaelis but soon dis­cov­ered that be­ing a full-time artist wasn’t for her. “I wanted to make money from my ca­reer and art school didn’t teach me about run­ning a busi­ness.”

She went on to com­plete her BA de­gree in His­tory of Art and Psy­chol­ogy fol­lowed by a post-grad­u­ate diploma in Mar­ket­ing Manage­ment. A Wool­worths tex­tile manage­ment train­ing pro­gramme fol­lowed and she be­came a re­tail buyer.

Pho­tog­ra­phy was al­ways some­thing Cara dab­bled in, and 12 years ago when she had her first child, she turned it into a full-time busi­ness. “I couldn’t go back to a nine-to-five job, so I had to find a way to make my hobby prof­itable,” she ex­plains. She started us­ing pho­tographs to cre­ate wall art then pro­gressed to com­pil­ing wall­pa­per ranges and sourc­ing im­ages for clients. “It even­tu­ally grew into the large for­mat print­ing busi­ness I run to­day.”

Cara lives in Fres­naye with her hus­band Marvin, daugh­ters Idana (12) and Mira (9), two cats and two dogs. “To re­lax I hike on the moun­tain once or twice a week for an hour, and of­ten squeeze in a 6.30am yoga class, which means that school lunches have to be made the night be­fore.

“At the mo­ment, I’m work­ing on ef­fec­tive pro­cesses to ac­com­mo­date our rapid growth. I’m all about stay­ing true to what I do. I know what I’m good at and won’t de­vi­ate from that.”

SOURCES Cara Saven Wall De­sign carasaven.com Coun­try Road wool­worths.co.za David Kry­nauw david­kry­nauw.com Kirsten Sims

kirsten­sims.my­port­fo­lio.com Rain rainafrica.com

1 It’s RAIN’S the per­fect NAMIB home REED scent DIF­FUSER and isn’t over­pow­er­ing. 2 BALI is my best travel des­ti­na­tion. Yoga, a warm ocean and the best food in the world.3 GULLIVER’S TRAV­ELSWALL­PA­PER This is one of our lat­est de­signs and makes me want to get on a plane to a far­away land with­out a lap­top.4 MANGO SMOOTHIE BY KIRSTENSIMS Kirsten is my favourite artist and it has pride of place in my home.5 CERAMICS BY COUN­TRY ROAD Coun­try Road is my go-to shop for mugs, glasses and all things crock­ery.6 MY VIN­TAGE RING It be­longed to my hus­band’s late grand­mother, and as my mother-in-law only has sons, she gave it to me.7 DAVID KRY­NAUW’S JO’BURGSTOEL Any­thing de­signed by this tal­ented lo­cal de­signer is per­fec­tion.

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