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

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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.

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