A community interior decoration project that transformed the lives of a Cape Cabarita’s foreshore community through customised materiality and art in this multi level residential set of water view apartments.  Foyers that were tired for over 20 years were given a new lease on life through bespoke signature designed carpet and a collection of original and limited edition art that Kate and Catherine created collaboratively inspired by residents love of their local surroundings and photography taken around the site itself.

SJW provided  flooring wall and lighting design solutions for the foyers, lifts and landings of the Nantucket building  at Cape Cabarita. This included artwork, decorative elements and design solutions for the external foyer entrance area. These concepts were presented to the Strata Committee and workshops were run with the apartment owners to engage the community in the design process. 


Original collaborative artworks and limited edition prints by Kate St James and Catherine Whitting were created specifically for the site. The community were involved in the creative process through photography competitions and consultation. The collection of artworks  give consistency and a point of difference to each entry foyer. 


A curated collection of furnishings, mirrors and artworks was provided to each resident to style their own foyers. 





“The renovation of the Nantucket Foyers has completely transformed our public spaces and our home, we feel like we are living in an international luxury apartment. The colours, carpet, artwork, wainscoting and lighting transport us into a hotel like atmosphere. We are delighted with the increased value it has made to our own apartment.” Gordon Albany

41 – 45 PhiLLIPS St

The custom carpet provided a link to the deep merlot tones of the parquetry detail in the thirty residences.  Designed by St James Whitting and manufactured by Designer Rugs Foglia transformed the public foyers with a luxurious sense of arrival and international appeal. A fusion of New York and London sophistication with a touch of local inspiration

The colour palette was derived from the site – from the surrounding waterways and gardens near Cape Cabarita with soft timeless taupe and deep earthy tones of green and aubergine

Colours are deliberately pared-back to  blend with the natural surrounding environment and assist to maintain a comfortable timeless palette. 

Wainscoting by Intrim  mouldings was custom designed by SJW interiors to create a sense of height and luxury to the entrance level and painted in SJW Elementals Portobello coloured by Resene Paints, 

Diptychs from The Curious Art Bar enabled limited edition art to run across walls of different widths and unify the interiors. New door hardware, signage and outdoor tiles were installed to complement the new palette. 

Cape Cabarita was built in 1998 and the foyers were in need of reinvention and redesign. Designing custom made carpet for the site, inspired by the foliage found on site was the fundamental design solution for the Nantucket Apartment complex within Cape Cabarita







BEFORE 1998-2019

Interior Design and Interior Styling  by St James Whitting – Kate St James & Catherine Whitting

  Carpet Manufacture  Designer Rugs

Wainscoting:  Intrim

Paint:  St James Whitting coloured by Resene

Original Artworks:  Kate St James and Catherine Whitting

 limited edition prints available from  The Curious Art Bar 




Project Date: September 2019
bathrooms soon to be revealed 
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