Motherhood often drives women to make a career change. In the case of the inspiring Nicolle Sullivan, founder of Cultiver and mother to Maya Juliet, three and a half years, and Katarina Eve, seven months, having children made her completely re-think her occupation. Shed spent over a decade working in global investment banks. I loved it, but I didnt want to continue after starting a family. After I took a break to have my daughter, I started thinking about trying something new and hatched the idea of Cultiver, she recalls. Founded in 2012, Cultiver was inspired by the idea of everyday luxury and initially started with a range of classic, high quality, linen bedding, and quickly grew into a beautifully edited collection of designer rugs, cushions, candles and more.
Sullivan knew exactly what she wanted to achieve: I wanted to offer the type of products that I had become passionate about shopping online for: high quality, well sourced and well priced. I joke that I had to find an outlet for the years I had spent online shopping. I had no experience in importing, retailing or online business. I just thought Id give it a go until I came to an insurmountable hurdle, and have managed to get where we are now without one so far.
Sullivan and her family live in Sydneys lower north shore in a immaculately decorated home that clearly reflects her love of interiors. Ive always loved interiors, she says. Ive been restyling my surroundings for as long as I can remember. I really enjoy creating spaces that are comfortable, functional and visually appealing.
Motherhood, says Sullivan, has ultimately taught her the true meaning of multitasking. I had no idea! It has also reinforced the importance of having friends and family around, to share the joys and struggles.
Nicolles little list of loves:
Reading. Everything from blogs to magazines to fiction.
Watching an engrossing television series. I cant wait for House of Cards to start again.
Next Issue – an iPad app that gives you access to 70+ US magazines.
The Jerzy Michalski painting that my husband gave me for my birthday.
Watching my daughters play together.
Photography: Julie Adams Words: Georgie Abay