STEWART + HIGHFIELD was born from a desire to light up the Central Coast, a place they fondly call home.

We nurture a culture of creativity by linking fellow makers and creators in the area and design spaces that inject vitality into the local community.

We reuse, recycle and endeavour to work with sustainable materials for each project.

Whether it be a bar, restaurant, hotel or home; at the heart STEWART + HIGHFIELD are about designing spaces that bring people together. 


STEWART + HIGHFIELD is made up of two creative partners and friends,                       Cate Stewart & Xanthe Highfield.

Both come from successful film careers where they specialised in visual style and expression. 


Xanthe Highfield
Partner, Designer 

Designing is in Xanthe’s blood. Her father was an artist/furniture maker and was responsible for the interior design of some of Sydney’s most iconic clubs.

Xanthe has a BA in Visual Communications and a MA in Production Design from AFTRS. She  is an AFI award winning designer and has been on the craft judging panel for design for Inside Film Awards. 

Xanthe has been written about in Real Living as part of ‘The New Guard’ a designer to watch and has been featured in Frankie Spaces magazine. 


Cate Stewart
Partner, Decorator

Cate’s background is as a film director and producer and is renowned for her visual style within the industry. 

Cate's work has been featured in academy accredited international film festivals, and she was the recipient of the emerging filmmakers grant through screen NSW.

Over the years, she's refined her eye for detail and developed a passion for composition and styling to frame. Her work in commercials and film has naturally influenced and informed her work as an interior decorator.