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.

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…..