the tale of nicolle, maya and Katarina Sullivan - The Grace Tales

the tale of nicolle, maya and Katarina Sullivan


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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.  She’d spent over a decade working in global investment banks. “I loved it, but I didn’t 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 I’d 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 Sydney’s lower north shore in a immaculately decorated home that clearly reflects her love of interiors. “I’ve always loved interiors,” she says. “I’ve 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.”

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Nicolle’s little list of loves:
Coffee.
Reading. Everything from blogs to magazines to fiction.
Whale Beach.
Mexican food.
Watching an engrossing television series. I can’t 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.
Wine.
Instagram (@cultiver_goods)

Photography: Julie Adams Words: Georgie Abay

December 2013

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Our home is functional for the family, but filled with pieces we love...

We teach the kids to respect our things, rather than make any areas out of bounds. We use every room. Clutter stresses me out so I try keep some cupboards and shelves clear in our main living room for when I just need the toys and gear out of sight for a few hours at the end of the day.

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