LAST WORD ON STYLE Designer Genevieve Motley shares her favourites
Designer and owner of Olly Polly and Motley shares a few of her favourite things
After studying jewellery design and manufacture at the DUT, Genevieve Motley produced a successful range of jewellery under her own name for several years.
“However, when my daughter was a toddler, I was frustrated by the lack of good quality designer furniture and decor for children. I started designing, making and commissioning items for her room and the spin-off from friends and family led to the opening of my online store – Olly Polly.” That was three years ago and the business has grown by leaps and bounds.
After enquiries about styling services, Genevieve established Motley, which offers both interior and product styling along with an online shop that stocks modern decor items by local designers.
“Interior design and styling have always been my passion,” she says. “I follow international trends, but for me, interiors should be a balance of style and comfort. Play and imagination are important in the children’s rooms I design. Not only do I want them to be beautiful aesthetically, I want to inspire children to forget technology and create their own make-believe wonderland.”
A bonus of running an online business is that Genevieve is able to live in the KZN Midlands. “To relax, I spend time in my veggie garden and orchard,” she says. “I love the country life.” 1 SWAN ROYALE BY JULIE SMITH
BELTON I’ve been a huge fan of Julie’s work for years. I have this moody monochrome piece hanging in my studio. 2 OLA-LOLA LIGHT BY NOUSH
MANOUSHKA Each piece of hers is a work of art. This one in Motley Store is a conversation starter.
3 GROUND COFFEE HOUSE IN HILTON Not only do they have incredibly fast fibre and great red cappuccinos, their minimalist decor is beautiful.
4 THE RUBY ORCHARD Hannah Keppler has an incredible eye for sourcing and refurbishing once-off pieces. I love popping into her store for inspiration and unique gifts.
5 THE MOORE NEXT DOOR SUNGLASSES These cats eyes sunnies by Vagabond Story make a statement at a great price.
6 BLACK MAXI DRESS from Love Long Clothing. Kristi Kyle’s clothing is every tall girl’s dream – maxi dresses that reach your ankles. Great fit and washes well.
7 ANNAPATAT CHILDREN’S WEAR Impeccably made, it not only looks incredibly beautiful, but is comfortable and fun to wear.