With its concept stores and coffee shops, Canggu might just be the hippest place in Bali right now. But long before it became such a destination, its easygoing charms had enchanted Lena Catterick and Carlo Letica, who decided to make it home for themselves, daughter Yolanda (Yoli), five, and son Louie, three.
The couple are the brains behind ethical lifestyle company Yoli & Otis, which makes baby carriers and clothing using organic, plant-dyed fabrics and grew out of a quest to find a carrier for Yoli when she was a newborn.
Frustrated with what was on offer, they created their own, and the idea for the company – which takes its name from Yoli and her dog Otis – was born.
Further inspiration was provided by a trip to India and the discovery of ancient, sustainable dyeing methods, which the couple adopted to make their products. ‘The earthy tones created by natural dyes have had a huge influence on our brand,’ says Lena.
And the company’s pared-back, natural aesthetic is reflected in the couple’s home – a four-bedroom modern colonial house. Everything, including the antique furniture and handmade accessories, has been sourced locally because, says Lena, ‘we wanted our home to feel authentic’.
White walls set off a minimal look that layers natural materials and rustic textures in an earthy, neutral palette; woven baskets, stone vases and printed textiles add detail.
The effect is cool and contemporary but also, as Lena puts it, ‘comfortable and timeless. Less really is more for us.’
Get the island vibe
Bliss out, Bali style with warm woods, woven pieces and recycled glass
Report by Sarah Tarka