LAST WORD ON STYLE
Wallpaper designer Cara Saven shares her favourites
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.