Meet the Team


Brandon Barnes is On the Inside's Construction and Project Management specialist. After spending over a decade working in the construction industry in Durban, he has joined forces with On the Inside to create a complete turnkey solution for his clients. His portfolio includes luxurious new homes, major building alterations both commercial and residential, as well as many smaller renovation projects in and around Kwa-Zulu Natal. He has had projects featured in major publications and is continually referred on by his highly satisfied clients.

Brandon believes that the end result is everything and is passionate about helping his clients turn their vision into reality. When he's not hard at work building dreams you will find him running up a mountain, out to sea on his surfski or spending time with Cathy and his two special boys.

Cathy Barnes is the creative force behind On the Inside. Born and bred in Durban, South Africa she obtained her Btech Interior Design degree from the Durban University of Technology. She then went on to travel the world before returning to her roots and establishing On the Inside Interior Design in 2006. Since setting up On the Inside, Cathy has undertaken many projects including complete renovations and redecoration for prominent hotels, restaurants, retail spaces and corporate offices across the country. Cathy’s work is typified by her creative approach, sophisticated sensibility and technical mastery.

When she’s not hard at work creating beautiful spaces, you can find her playing on the beach with her two gorgeous little boys or stitching up a storm on her sewing machine, and listening to anything from Goldfish to Rusted Root.

To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong

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