Friday, 22 July 2016

Lovely new range from Aura


I’ve long been a fan of Aura by Tracie Ellis, always on my list when I’m looking for high quality cushions, bed linen & throws with a reasonable price tag. Their new Spring / Summer 2016 range has just launched, and it doesn’t disappoint.





I’m completely taken with the handsome colour palette, lots of muted blues, stone and greys. There is a softness to the new range I just love, particularly those ‘fringe’ cushions!

As always, the range offers a high quality, luxurious product with their classic Australian interpretation of Scandinavian style. Thick pure cotton towels, a new take on their iconic printed bed linen, and a selection of very gorgeous frayed edged cushions are all on offer with the launch of the new Aura collection. I think I need to order some for myself!

Click here to see more.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Photographic artwork by Claudia Chloe


Etsy is a favourite of mine, when I have the time to trawl through the endless amount of creative wares on offer. Luckily the lovely Adore Home brought to my attention the stunning photographic work of Claudia Chloe. I'm always on the look out for affordable, beautiful artwork, and these don't disappoint.






These beautiful aerial coastal photographs by Chloe Masco, owner of Etsy store Claudia Chloe, depict the vibrant colours and playfulness of beach life. At only 23 years old I can’t wait to see more from this talented lady.

Click here to shop online.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Seven tips for decorating a compact apartment


I was recently asked by Bupa Home Insurance for my thoughts on decorating and design for small apartments. It was actually a really useful exercise as it made me sit down and think about my approach to small spaces. I thought I’d share my thoughts in a very long over due blog post!

1. Start with an over all concept. Use Pinterest or Houzz to collect images that you like and that reflect your personal style. This will help you build a clear vision for the look you are hoping to achieve.


2. Select your floor, paint and joinery colours first. They will act as the back drop for everything else and form the foundation for your entire scheme. I always know when I have these pieces right, they read as one complete ‘story’ without anything feeling out of place or disjointed.

3. Well thought our storage is key! Think about how best you can hide away unsightly items, ensuring the space is both functional and beautiful.

A study nook, great for hiding away a computer when its not needed. Design by Annie Bowen, Gallop Lifestyle.
 

4. Think carefully about your furniture placement. Careful planning at the beginning helps you avoid any costly mistakes, like having a sofa that is too big or a table that won’t fit up the stairs to your apartment!

5. Try not to over crowd each room. I prefer to add pieces if they are needed once the key elements are in place rather than over ordering at the beginning.

Image: Rue Magazine. Photography by Tessa Neustadt. Interior Design by Homepolish Designer Haley Weidenbaum.

6. I tend to choose furniture with clean lines and a clear vision underneath. For example, being able to see the floor underneath a sofa makes a room feel more spacious than if the furniture hugs the floor. 

 A recent project, photo from my Instagram account (professional photography coming soon!). Interior design by Annie Bowen, Gallop Lifestyle.



7. Placing all the furniture up against the wall doesn’t always make a space feel bigger! So often I visit apartments that have all the tables, sofas, chairs etc pushed up against the walls or in a corner. Sometimes moving a piece away from the wall can make a space feel more user friendly, with a natural pathway rather than just a corridor to walk through.

Image from Chloe Planinsek Instagram.



I was delighted to be asked to contribute to the Bupa article, which focuses on creative storage solutions for apartment living. For further tips on how to maximise your small space from premier interior designers from all across Australia, visit the Bupa Home Insurance blog here.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Oh the things I find on Instagram - VOLTA mobiles


Instagram is my guilty pleasure. Well Instagram, Pinterest and a glass of wine…. It is where I find beautiful and inspiring design products and businesses. Today A Parisian based creative popped into my feed and I just had to share.

VOLTA is a young brand dedicated to the creation and production of decorative mobiles. They prove that mobiles aren’t just for the realm of nurseries (although I will be storing them away for kids bedroom design ideas). 





All images from the VOLTA Paris Instagram feed.

Their designs have a sculptural element that is so interesting, I can see them sitting perfectly above a dining table if a pendant isn’t possible. Or in the corner of a living room. They are delicate and fluid, I just love them!

All their mobiles are hand-made in small batches with materials that are 100% made in France. They have a variety of designs and colours on their website, but custom made options are available also. To see more, click here.

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 annie@galloplifestyle.com.au 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.