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Creative Folk - featuring our Creative Director Kelly Searl

12 September 2019

We sat down and asked our Design Director what makes a space great in her eyes. She waved her hand and said “ you know, you just place things you love into your home and it works” Well I can tell you now, when I throw my favourite things into a space all together it looks like my boys had a wrestling match and someone vomited my Nan’s hand crotched doily that I framed onto the wall because “you know, I wave my hand and it works”… NOT!
When I explained this and asked Kelly again in more detail about the process she revealed some handy tips and a little info about why she loves the things she loves and how she makes work and family balance with her creative flair.
What’s the most important room for you in your house and why?
Oh, it has to be the fireplace room. Nothing says hang time to me more than sitting by the fire with a glass of red although lately, we’ve been on detox so a cup of tea and Yahtzee dice game… my daughter snags me every time.
I’ve noticed you painted your favourite room dark? It’s a bold move? What inspired the tone?
Yes, that err that was a mistake I made a few years ago. I wanted it to be dark green however I gave the painter the wrong colour name. Whoops! Lucky it still works but I still feel green would be better! It’s still my favourite room because of the function it plays. I am a winter person. Mountains and fireplaces.
Why didn’t you change it?
Well I couldn’t confess to my hubby I got it wrong and I’m pretty cruisy with stuff like that.
I just make it work. It’s still fun and it’s about the fire anyways.
Is there anything else you love about that room?
Yes the artwork for sure, I think it’s really important to buy artwork that inspires you or reminds you of a time and place in your life. They are like the chapter’s on the wall. They remind me of a time in my life and I love that, I suppose the same as a family photo.


A sunny corner in the black room that should have been green! Kitchen shelf with collections from travels
Hall of hats
Kelly in her favourite hat A bathroom full of texture & quirkiness
Wanderful Cushion series - Mist, Dark Shadow & Tan


You said you like to play Yahtzee? Is that a regular event at your house?
Yes for sure. Board games and anything that keeps us off devices and other crap that stops you interacting with each other is gold. I think that’s why I like camping so much.
Pony Rider has a strong camp vibe, what’s that all about?
Ahhh you see I blame my mum for that. She was a true inspiration to me growing up.
Arkayla at Scouts every Friday night then once a year off to Jamboree. She taught the kids how to camp, light a fire and make epic fences out of rope. She taught me resilience and all sorts of ideas that women can do anything. She would never know it but she is pretty clever.
What’s your hot tip for making things work?
Ok truthfully it is a combination of all things, I think the best is to start with a general theme. Whether it’s colour, style or era? I like 50’s, 70’s and American Indian style. I also like cabins and industrial aspects. I am a fan of strong contrasts but I also like an old building and original fittings. With this in mind, you can see that the house truly reflects me and works for our family.
But how do you build a room because each part of your house is different?
Yep, it’s a little random. Ok, I work on each space as its own space. Some people work on an entire space as a group. That’s cool if you like the one thing but for us, we like different things so the house needed to reflect that.  For example, Dylan room is pink,  old world and cosy but my room is minimal and I needed a clear space at night. No art to fog up my brain. You can see how you make a room for what people personality needs are, it’s not just about how it looks. When you conquer that you get home and that’s the feeling people talk about.
What’s your favourite object or things in your house?
Ohhhh has to be my Hawaiin cowboy hat or any hat for that matter. You see we have a family obsession with hats. Hats are like undies in this house they get changed daily.
My other favourite object is the trinkets that we buy on our travels. My last adventure was to NZ and I found a family of 4 ducks….. it reminded me of us and they had beautiful colours- anyway they are the things that make your home a home, well to me anyway.


Seeker Throw with pink Highlander cushion and Wanderer cushion
Pretty in pink. Fireside Roundie & Admiral cushions. A quiet space away from it all
Sunny day beds are priceless
Family lounge loved to pieces. Dressed with Pony Rider cushions Master Bed, simple and low key