Kathy Bruce has been our number one source for years for that extra punch needed to pull a room together. From a new build to a renovation – every home needs a little something old, or something borrowed – and maybe something blue – to really make a home feel like…well… lived in. In the true sense of sharing, we open up our little black book to Est readers and divulge the best kept secrets of the design industry – and Kathy Bruce is one of our go to stars.
Whether it be marble plates (you can never have too many stacked upon your bench top) wooden Indian day beds or worn wooden stools to line your sleek marble island bench, Water Tiger is where you will find it. Just the right amount of old, leaving you to mix in just the right amount of new, will guarantee the perfect blend for any interior – we think.
Kathy shares with us the thrill of the chase in finding the perfect pieces for her clients and customers alike.
How long have you been trading?
Describe your product line.
Vintage and asian homewares and furniture.
What motivated you to start a business?
I was always impressed by what people did and how they lived in pre modern times. The passion and the skill that was clearly put in to manufacturer even the simplest of things is just not seen in this day and age. Craftsmanship is sadly a dying art.
How did you come up with your business name?
It is my chinese astrology sign and its element so it seemed a natural choice.
What has been the toughest lesson you have learned to date?
To trust your intuition for as soon as you don’t, things get off track.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love the “find”, I love the travel, I love the different cultures. Its what makes it not a job but a way of life.
Where do you find inspiration to keep you motivated?
From finding these amazing curiosities and pieces in the countries I visit.
Water Tiger will be exhibiting at the upcoming Life Instyle in Melbourne. If your coming to Life Instyle be sure to stop in and say hello to the Est Magazine. We are thrilled to be participating in a “Meet the Experts” session at 10am on Sunday 4 August.