What or who inspires you in the interiors industry?

The things that most inspire me are nature, travel, history, architecture and art. Well recognised names who inspire include Kelly Wearstler, Suzanne Kasler, Frank Missotten and Alex Vervoordt. I love the classic grandeur and magnificent gardens of Italian villas, French chateaux and English manors, yet also the simplicity of South Africa’s Cape Dutch architecture and the relaxed chic of LA style. There is so much beauty around us, it’s a matter of synthesising what you see and what excites you to create something fresh and original to suit a particular project.

What is your latest project?

The project in Berry is a 20-hectare country estate on Seven Mile Beach. The beautifully situated north-facing building envelope is to feature a house, pool, spa, pool/guesthouse and tennis court along the ridge, as well as a nine-hole golf course and a shed (even these can look stylish!). The landscaping plan includes grand gates, a long curved tree-lined circular driveway, grapevines, an olive grove, citrus trees, a walled herb and vegetable garden and some striking statuary. The working farm already has cows and a cattle yard, and once building is completed will also be home to chickens, a horse and the horse’s best friend, a sheep!

How would you describe your personal style?

I would describe my style as classic and timeless with a modern edge. I am most moved by grandness, symmetry, solidity, space and light in architecture, with sculptured, individual furniture pieces chosen for their particular individual beauty, historical significance and quality. Generally preferring a neutral colour palette, I like to add interest through the use of space, texture and scale…I love using natural materials such as stone, marble, wood, linen, cashmere, silk and skins, and like to balance form and function – a room needs to be comfortable and inviting. Ultimately, I mix styles and materials to create a layered and, hopefully, unexpected result.

What’s next?

I have just had a five-week trip to Asia and Europe, spending much of the time in Italy, buying furniture, antiques and art and have established some fantastic supplier relationships. I am currently arranging containers from several countries and will returning in September to check the custom-made pieces – and this time France is on the itinerary as well. I will be spending a lot of time in a hands-on role on the Berry build, and am excited to also start working on other smaller projects.

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