Thursday, 21 April 2016

Latest Projects - interior decorating and more.

Someone asked me the other day what kind of projects I have on at the moment.... I had to stop and count. There have been quite a few, all at various stages of completion. From bathroom re-designs and small colour jobs, to large scale home renovations and interior decorating schemes. I'm even working in conjunction with my colleague and mentor, Christine McCoy, on the refurbishment of an aged care facility! All a bit exciting really.

I thought I'd give an over view of just some of the projects that are on the go.... Here are some of the more recent concept and scheme boards.

If you would like a little help with those all important details that can really make your home, please get in touch. Either email me at or click here for more information on the design services I offer in conjunction with Christine.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Textile artwork from Loomology

You know I’m always on the look out for beautiful artwork to finish off a room. Some clients don’t have the budget for expensive original paintings, but want something a little unique, not mass produced. I recently came across Sydney based business Loomology, who sell the most beautiful textile artworks.

 Styling and photography by Tanika Blair. Images from Loomology Instagram.

These guys capture the beauty of handmade fabrics, framing them to showcase the colour, material and techniques used to create them. They really celebrate the traditional craftsmanship that goes into each design, I love these.

In addition, Loomology donates part of the proceeds of each sale to Good Return, a charity that supports traditional artisans living in poverty with access to micro finance and skills development.

Click here to see more and to shop online.

Friday, 26 February 2016

A recent project - grown up guest rooms

Argh! What a hectic few months. I've fallen off the blogging band wagon, but with the best of intentions. I've got lots of beautiful interior design projects on the go, there are only so many hours in the day.

I'm excited to be able to share a recently completed interior decorating job. The brief was to create a cosy, welcoming atmosphere for three guest bedrooms in a house on Sydney's North Shore. I was lucky enough to work with an incredibly open, trusting client who already had the most beautiful home. With three grown up children who have long since left their childhood rooms, the upstairs bedrooms needed some life added back into them. 

Photography: Emma Duckworth

For further details on this project, or other interior design and decorating projects, click here.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Creativity with artisans in India - Olie homewares

Oh wow, what a year. The last few months have been crazy with study and work and family, hence I’ve really dropped the ball on featuring so many wonderful creatives on my blog. With the year heading to a close I’m finally able to take a look at some of the ideas people have sent me.

One lovely artist who got in touch was Amrita Nambiar. (Amrita, apologies for taking to long!). She has a beautiful new business called Olie, based in Pondicherry in India.

Pondicherry is a little town in the south of India with cobbled streets and yellow French buildings. The idea behind Amrita’s designs has been to communicate the joy and simplicity of small town life.

The collection is a range of hand-twisted and hand printed fabrics used to create beautiful cushions, table linen and unique lighting. The designs are so beautiful and whimsical, I just love them.

All images from Olie on Instagram
Many of the items are made to order and they ship globally. Click here to see more.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Unique Moroccan homewares from Souk & Co

I’m really excited about today’s post. Not just because I’ve got a new source for beautiful, unique and handcrafted homewares, but also because a lovely friend of mine has taken the brave leap to turn her passion into a business.

I met Sally Cahalan through my studies at ISCD. Sally is one of those people whose enthusiasm is infectious, and her tales of travelling and exploring Morocco has made me want to go there. She is creative and extremely talented, winning the major prize for surface design at ISCD last year and now working on a textile collaboration with Emily Ziz. All of this creativity and many visits to Morocco has led her to start a new business, aptly named Souk & Co.

Souk and Co is a beautiful new online homewares store selling one of a kind, handcrafted items from Morocco. Each product is acquired as close to the original source as is practical, in the majority of cases from the original artisan. It’s important to Sally to respect fair trade agreements when sourcing her wares, and in the future she will be working with Moroccan artists to produce her own designs as well (fabrics, tiles, ceramics…. I can’t wait to see them!).

Online now there is a stunning selection of one of a kind Moroccan wedding blankets, berber baskets, rugs, and more. If you are looking for something specific, Souk & Co also offers a custom sourcing service as well.

As for the dream of visiting Morocco one day, Souk & Co will be working in conjunction with bespoke travel business Solve Travel to take small groups and individual travellers to explore this amazing country (and the shopping along the way!).

Visit the Souk & Co website for more details.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Beautiful rugs for children from Little P

If you’re on Instagram you’ll know that interior design services for children is now a booming industry. Both retail stores and designers dedicated to this niche are becoming more and more popular, and their feeds are endlessly inspiring.

Planning the interior design of a nursery or kids bedroom is always super fun, so I’m always on the look out for new products that are practical, durable and pretty too! My latest favourite are these gorgeous rugs from Little P.

Little P is an off shoot of Palmer Studio, a design business who produce beautiful bespoke rugs. They recognised the growth of children’s interior design, leading them to create a brand for little people.

I love their hand drawn designs and the range of colours are so fun. Some even have a sprinkle of silver sparkle, love it!

The team at Little P only work with mills that are aligned with GoodWeave and Care and Fair, ensuring that no child labour is used to produce their products.  Each rug is made from 100% New Zealand wool, thus they are environmentally friendly, non-allergenic and so soft to play on.

The rugs come in stock colours and sizes, however as each one is made by hand they can customise to any size or colour.

At this stage they only sell through interior designers or retail stores, but you can visit their website to find a stockist. I will definitely be keeping them in mind for my next children’s bedroom design!

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