Monday, 31 August 2015

What I’ve been up to - study at ISCD, work and more.

Those of you who have followed Gallop Lifestyle from the beginning would know the business has changed a few times along the way. It may have been a bit confusing, but there has been a method to my madness…

Originally launched as an online homewares store, I made the decision to close a few weeks before my third baby was born. Running a retail business and looking after three small children was becoming difficult, and I could see I wasn’t able to do either well unless one took a back seat.

So of course the store had to go. I kept Gallop Lifestyle going on social media and as a blog with the idea that one day I would work in some capacity again. In the back of my mind (since school really) I have always wanted to be a designer, so my hope was that Gallop would in some way morph into a design business.

Last year a friend convinced me to take a step in that direction and I signed up to study a Certificate IV in Design at the International School of Colour & Design (ISCD). Really, I haven’t looked back.

Cert IV acts as a foundation course, with a huge emphasis on the elements and principles of design. We spent the first 6 months mainly focused on colour. Not just looking at pretty pictures, but I mean learning how colour is physically created and how colours relate to each other. 

I won’t kid you, it was hard and at times I was frustrated (I’m not really a DIY person, so some tasks I found a challenge). But we learned a lot. My class was a wonderful bunch of like minded people, from all ages and backgrounds. We had a blast, and it was great to see all those very talented ladies support each other and develop their skills over the year.

Those classmates who thrived on assignments such as cushion and rug design have gone on this year to study Surface Design. For me, Cert IV reinforced what I have always known - Interior Decoration and Design is the career for me.

2015 is my year of saying ‘yes’ to opportunities. I’m enrolled in my first year of Interior Decoration and Design at ISCD, and I’ve teamed up with a talented and experienced colour specialist to create our interior design business ‘Colour Interior Exterior’. Design and styling projects keep coming my way, as well as a few marketing jobs I have on the go.

Its all very exciting and hectic! (Which is why the blog posts have been a bit few and far between). I’ll keep sharing my design journey along the way via Facebook and Instagram so I’d love you to continue to follow along. Oh, and I will keep posting great design finds on the blog when I can too.

If a new career in design interests you, come along to the next ISCD open day - 19 September in Sydney and 26 September in Melbourne. Click here for details.

Annie x

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Beautiful wallpaper designs from Sian Zeng

I haven’t blogged in a while, purely because things have been so busy! I’m very excited to have lots of design work on, as well as study, so the blog has been a little neglected. That’s not to say I haven’t been on the look out for beautiful, unique homewares to share.

I recently came across the UK based interiors business of Sian Zeng, who creates the most imaginative wallpapers for adults and children alike. Originally born in China, Sian moved to Hungary when she was 7 and now lives in London. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Sian won the Elle Decoration Young Talent of the Year Award for 2010/2011 and her products are now stocked worldwide.

Creating and designing from her London studio, she continues to explore the possibilities of cutting-edge technologies alongside traditional techniques to create an exciting, storybook collection of wallpapers

Sian’s magnetic Woodlands Collection allows customers to bring fairy tale magic into their home. Perfect for a kids bedroom, nursery or playroom, not only does the wallpaper look incredible but is interactive as well! The magnetic surface allows children to create their own magical stories within the toile pattern using magnetic creatures and write on speech bubbles.

Brand new for 2015, the ‘Seasons’ wallpaper collection is just stunning. The designs capture the beauty of the changing seasons in bold, dramatic designs. Almost mural-like, these designs come in wide width wallpaper and act as an artwork as well as wall covering. I just love these!

To see the full range of Sian Zeng wallpaper, and her other home decor designs, click here.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

This Little House | Kids Bedroom Design

Every so often I come across a product that is so simple, yet so beautiful and full of great imagination. Today’s feature is exactly that, I had to share This Little House.

Created by Wollongong based husband and wife team Hayley and Shane, This Little House is a handcrafted timber frame that works as a magical sleeping or play zone.

All images from This Little Love. Styled by Jacqui Moore at Greenhouse Interiors and photographed by Armelle Habib

This gorgeous concept comes in two options. The natural timber version is known as the ‘cubby’, perfect for imaginative indoor play. It comes flat packed with simple instructions, ready to be painted in your own choice of custom colour.

The bed version is made from a sturdy metal, and has the option of being raised off the ground. At the moment these come in either white or black, but a gorgeous selection of colours are on their way.

I just love these, so they are so whimsical and fun. Click here to see more information on This Little House.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Fun typography prints from Haus of Prose

Typography prints aren’t normally my thing. There are quite a few out there, and to be honest I find some of them a bit over done. However, I’ve recently discovered Haus of Prose, a UK based Etsy shop doing typography prints that really caught my eye.

There is something about their aesthetic that I really like. And the fact that some of their designs made me laugh, out loud. Anyone who was a teenager in the 90s would relate to the “I carried a Watermelon” quote.

They do printable downloads from $8.50 each, as well as high quality poster prints in various sizes. Oh, and if you have something specific in mind they do custom made prints as well.

See the full Haus of Prose range here, and be quick as they have a half price sale running at the moment. Enter the code 12HALFPRICE at check out.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Bohemian bedroom design

I could spend hours lusting after the beautiful, eclectic wares available via online store Sage and Clare. Run by a husband and wife team Phoebe and Chris, their aim is to source global treasures that are handmade, soulful and eclectic. In particular their stunning Kantha blankets have really caught my eye, just perfect for a bedroom design with a bohemian edge.

Made of layers of vintage saris, each blanket is hand stitched by artisans in India, meaning that no two are the same. Perfect for the end of a bed or to add colour and interest to a chair or sofa. Teamed with simple white bed linen and a few eclectic cushions, they are just beautiful!

To see more bohemian bedroom ideas from Sage and Clare, click here.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Design projects underway - Colour Interior Exterior

I've been a bit quiet on the blog recently, things have been very hectic. I'm well into my second year at ISCD, as well as working with a boutique Sydney interior design studio, Colour Interior Exterior. With various colour and interior decor project on the go, combined with juggling the kids, the weeks keep slipping by.

I thought I'd give you a sneak peak into some of the design projects I'm working on at the moment. They are all quite varied, which keeps things interesting, and range from colour consulting jobs, to furniture sourcing, to complete renovation plans.

Yes, things are a bit crazy in our house right now, trying to fit it all in. But I'm really loving the work, and can't wait to start the next project.

If you would like to know more about our colour consulting and interior design services, visit the Colour Interior Exterior website.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Affordable Art | Photography by Calico Pony

I love Instagram. Yes I spend too much time there, but why not when it leads me to lots of creative people producing beautiful things. I recently discovered the fine art photography of Katie Mendl and her shop Calico Pony. Oh my.....! Just beautiful.

Katie is based in Toowoomba, and works with horses and in agriculture. On her down time she takes the most beautiful photographs of horses. Her work really captures their grace and personality.

With a small collection of limited edition art prints available for sale on her website, stay tuned for more work. If you love this kind of subject matter then check out Calico Pony here.