Cara Slater Designs

I aim to create architectural spaces that suit your lifestyle and have a lasting impact on the way you live, work and play.
Your vision is our mission.

Cara believes in designing from the inside out; meaning flow and practicality of the living space is considered before the exterior. Doorways, closets and rooms are not squeezed into places they don’t belong. You can be sure Cara will guide you through what can be an extremely exciting but somewhat overwhelming process, together identifying your key priorities so that she can develop a space that goes beyond what you imagined.

While Cara has a style of her own, she adapts to the personality of her client or project with ease, always ensuring the clients vision, mission and budget is at the forefront of every conversation.

Leaps & Bounds

Cara Slater’s creative flair began at a young age, when most girls were dreaming of their perfect wedding day, Cara dreamt of her fairy-tale home. It came as no surprise to her family and friends when many years later, she decided to go into interior architectural design. After studying Interior Architectural Design at Boston House College in Cape Town, Cara took off into the world to travel and explore what the world had to offer. After three years of traveling and work experience she returned to her roots in Africa in 2003 and pursued her career in design.

Working along side Nikki McCarthy Interior Design, Cara Slater was involved with the boutique design and refurbishments for the prestigious Rani Resorts hotel chain. Matemo Island resort, Medjumbe Island resort, Indigo Bay island Resort and Pemba Beach hotel - to name a few. To read more of Cara Slater’s accomplishments click on the leaps and bounds listed below.

Cara Slater Architectural Design & Décor has since been growing in leaps and bounds. Work achieved includes the Presidential Kings House in Durban; King Goodwill Zwelethini’s Thokazi Lodge; the architectural plans and conceptual interior design space plans for Westbrook Beach Club Boutique Hotel; renovations to penthouses in Umhlanga and numerous residential homes all over South Africa. Recently, Cara Slater was the developer, architectural designer, project co-ordinator and interior designer on a 10-unit development in Dunkirk Estate.

In 2005 Cara took a year off to do numerous courses in Architectural design to further her scope and work towards her goal of being a self-employed entrepreneur. During this time she did the interior decoration for residential homes at two prestigious estates, Zimbali and Simbithi, renovated a residential home as well as uncover new corporate images for well-known retail companies.

In 2006 Cara was offered the role as a lifestyle buyer for Loads of Living and a year later moved on to a position as senior buyer for Mr. Price Home. It was only after her year as a product designer at 2MCO, that Cara felt she had all the experience required to form her own company and in 2008 she did just that, Cara Slater Architectural Design & Décor was born.

What inspires Cara?

“I appreciate beautiful forms of architecture and new designs. I watch what happens on the catwalks as it ultimately filters down to the home.” Cara is particularly proud of fulfilling her desire to travel and see the world as she enjoys soaking up diversity in cultures and how they influence the design world. Cara has backpacked through Cuba, Mexico and Jamaica; sailed through Bahamian islands; she’s been on business buying trips to New York, Hong Kong and India; and has visited many African and Eastern countries. Cara’s appreciation of all that is natural and cultural has influenced her cutting-edge design style.

Cara's Dream Home
Cara’s dream home is a pavilion on the Cape coast, where there will be sliding shutters, organic natural woods and steel, with a fresh, uncluttered, and homely interior. The house will be surrounded by an indigenous garden and have panoramic ocean views. One day her dream will become a reality, but today let her create vision in your dream home.
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