Friday, 24 April 2015

Mother's Day Gift Ideas with a bit of Etsy love

Yes, it really is Mother’s Day in a couple of weeks time. This year appears to be going even faster than the last, I'm not sure where my weeks are going.

Of course we are all looking for cute and quirky gifts for mum, something a little different from the norm. My favourite place to shop for gifts online is Etsy. Here are a few great gift ideas for your mum this Mother’s Day, some of my current favourite picks. 

Mothers Day curated by Gallop Lifestyle on Etsy

Click here for all the Etsy shop details, and to see a more extended list. Happy shopping!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Tiles of Ezra

Over the last few years I’ve connected with some very creative ladies who I really admire for their entrepreneurial nature. Georgia Ezra is one of them, building a successful interior architectural practice and working on some amazing projects.

Georgia’s most recent venture came from her own need to find unique, ethnic tiles for her projects. Unable to find an authentic, high quality product with the right aesthetic, Georgia has collaborated with her artistic sister to create her own range of beautiful tiles. And so Tiles of Ezra was born.

I have been busting to use these on a project ever since the range was launched. I just love the colour and texture of these tiles. I finally have the opportunity with a kitchen design I’m working on and, although I was tempted to keep them a secret for just my design projects, they are too good not to share.

If you are after a tile that has a handmade quality, with colour and texture, then make sure you check out Tiles of Ezra. Click here for more.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Styling our house for a 40th birthday dinner party

I’ve been meaning to share these pictures for ages. In February my husband turned 40. He is normally one for a big party, but this time decided to invite a couple of his mates to dinner. Of course a couple of mates and their wives meant we had 15 people coming for dinner, more than our dining table can handle.

With my talented brother-in-law cooking for us, I enlisted the help of the very lovely Lisa Koehler, who I met through ISCD. We cleared out our living rooms, and I hired a couple of trestle tables. With Lisa’s assistance on the flowers and styling, and about 150 candles dotted around the place, we created the mood for one big dinner party.


It was such a fantastic night, with the music pumping well into the evening. I think I crawled into bed at 3am after the last guests had left…. Yes, 3am!!! I think we were re-living our youth. Always the sign of a great night.

I highly recommend hosting a party like this at home. It is a lot of work, don’t get me wrong. A lot went into the planning, set up and then the dreaded pack down. But it was so worth it. I’ve got a few years to recover before doing it all again for my 40th…..

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Dreamers Inc, fun bed linen for babies and kids

When my first baby was born the only real option for cot sheets was white, or maybe a pastel if you were feeling sure about whether a pink or blue bundle would be arriving. Well how times have changed….

There are some beautiful bed linen for babies and kids bedrooms on the market these days, one of my favourites being the very vibrant Dreamers Inc.

Founded by a couple of creative young mums, Dreamers Inc is all about bright colour and fun digital design, perfect for those parents who love a fresh, modern look.

My personal favourite is the Pink Dove, but really they are all super cool. The range comes in a single bed and cot sheet size, and also includes decorative pillows and multi-print pillow cases.

Click here to see more of the range and to shop online.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Entrance way design board | Sans Souci House

I recently had to come up with a concept board for a lady who has a style very different to my own. It has been a really interesting exercise, and I really loved the process as well as the result.

After putting together an initial colour concept (which you can see here) I’ve also now developed a design board for the entry way to her house.

The client is after a practical space with a bit of glamour thrown in. There needs to be somewhere for shoes, bags, keys, etc. It was important to incorporate pieces from her Greek Heritage, and give a nod to her religious beliefs.

Over all I really love this design scheme, even though it isn’t my natural style. Luckily the client loved it too!

PS. I am working on various design projects this year with Colour Interior Exterior. See more of our colour consulting and renovation projects here.

Affordable Artwork | Photography and Art Prints by Amber Armitage

New Zealander Amber Armitage works in the world of glossy home magazines, and is constantly surrounded by beautiful interiors and inspirational design. Her own creative pursuits have been building in the back ground, leading her to launch her website This Big Playground.

The idea behind the site is to allow her to share, create and collaborate. It is here you will find her beautiful photography and art prints, with new works to be added as they are completed.

Amber offers a range of print sizes as standard, with large scale works available by custom order. The range is super affordable, starting at NZD$49.

Click here to see more of Amber’s work, and to order online.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Kitchen Renovation Before + After

We have been in our house nearly 4 years this Easter. For two years of that time we lived here without doing a thing. Having renovated our previous house we didn’t think it would be that hard, but this time around we were older and our brood had increased from one to three kids.

The worst part was undoubtedly the kitchen. It wasn’t just bad, it was hideous. The kitchen was indicative of the state of the entire house - old, dark, unloved, and falling apart. Despite this, there was something we saw in this place to make us want to live here. She's a grand old dame with lots of potential.

I have to start today’s post with an ‘after’ shot. We now love this space so much, and it is a joy to cook in.

But before, oh dear…. It was as depressing as it looks.

The new kitchen is exactly as we imagined. After a few structural changes to bring in some natural light, the choice of colours became important. We wanted a somewhat industrial space, somewhere we can cook a feast and have lots of friends to dinner. Which is exactly what we do.

The polished concrete island bench was custom made by a guy I could only describe as a craftsman. His passion for the beauty of concrete was infectious. I am also so happy with the stainless steel, and the scratches that appear form part of it’s beauty.

As for the pendant lights and bar stools, well what can I say…. I never get tired of admiring them. One of the best parts of designing this space has been the involvement of small, boutique Australian design businesses producing high quality products. It took us two years to plan and save for the space, but it certainly seems worth it now.

My friend Christine helped me choose the colours and fittings for this kitchen renovation. We had so much fun, we are now working together full time. Details on our design business can be found here.

All 'after' photographs taken by Cameron Bloom.