Babette Hayes
Babette Hayes
Portrait by Lewis Morley

Babette Hayes OAM

Born of French parents, Babette Hayes OAM completed her education in England specialising in interior and mural design. She started styling interiors for Ideal Home Magazine, Good House Keeping, English House & Garden as well as writing cookery columns for Queen Magazine and the Telegraph in London before coming to Australia in the mid '60s.

Babette found herself in the right place at the right time and became Australia's first Design Stylist at a time when the magazine scene was changing. She soon became a household name in the world of design as Design Stylist for Australian Home Journal, then Design Consultant for Belle for a decade, at the same time Interior Design Editor for Womens Weekly. She also ran a busy interior design studio and produced 14 books on design and interior decoration and cooking, another passion. She was Cookery Editor for Australian House & Garden for several years.

She returned to London in the mid '80s where she lectured and ran courses and seminars in personal development and creative expression. Babette came back to Sydney in 1990 continuing with her private design work, styling and writing freelance for Vogue Living, Belle, House & Garden, Domain Home in the Sydney Morning Herald, also lecturing and holding courses in New Zealand, USA, UK, The Netherlands and Australia.

Her clients include Ikea, Platino Properties, Pilkington Glass, Mirvac, Parbury/Wilsonart, Formica, Boral Roofing, Ahava Development, Dulux, Kleenex, Wattyl, Jeldi, Huega, Berber Carpets, Feltex, Sheridan, Custom Credit, Rupert Murdoch, ACP, Weathertex, advertising agencies such as Foote Cone & Belding, Leo Burnett, Grey Advertising and Young and Rubican, overseas resorts Mana Island, Club Nataisi in Fiji and a long list of private clients.

She inspires others to find meaning through creative expression and sees the home as an opportunity to create beautiful living, inspiring and healing spaces, where living, cooking and enjoying meals and celebrations with friends and family is an opportunity to explore its many facets.

Babette is a member of the Design Institute of Australia in Interior Design and is a committee member of the Colour Society of Australia. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in June 2014 in recognition of her service to interior design, Australia and writing.