Thursday, 11 December 2014

Beautiful artwork by Belinda Marshall

This week I was on a search for a calendar for 2015. You see I’ve felt very out of control this year, not at all organised. I’ve become the mum who forgets the form for school, or the mufti day. I’m late for nearly everything, and with study, kids activities, birthday parties, work, etc, I need to get some order back into my life. I am naturally an organised person, really I am!

So, I decided an proper calendar in my kitchen will be the way to go. A new year, a new organised me. My search led me to the very talented Belinda Marshall. While I ordered one of her beautiful calendars on Etsy, I have my eye on her stunning artwork…..

Belinda is a Melbourne-based artist & surface designer. She works mainly with acrylic on wood and linen.

Belinda’s work is an exploration of emotional reactions to the beauty within her immediate environment. Her paintings depict her vision of a perfect world, communicated through layers of colour, and shapes or sections of pattern. 

The vibrant colours and soft, abstract patterns are just beautiful. You can order Belinda’s work here or here. Prices start from just $45 for a print.

Click here to see more.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Environmentally friendly design from Mutating Creatures

I love showcasing small Australian based design businesses on the blog. Today I’m very pleased to share Brisbane based design studio Mutating Creatures.

The studio was founded in 2012 by German designer Caroline Kaup and Dutch / Australian designer Michel Cornielje. Mutating Creatures specializes in lighting design, furniture solutions, eco friendly coffee holders, graphics and handcrafted jewellery. Every design is a collaboration between technology and traditional craftsmanship, with a constant dialogue between tradition, culture and machinery.


Caroline and Michel consider the environment when planing their designs, with the off cuts from their lights and furniture re-utilized and transformed into other products. Mutating Creatures use the highest quality Australian Hoop Pine, a sustainable resource that is 100% plantation grown.

For more information, and to see more of their unique designs, visit their website here.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Handmade gift ideas and the winner of our Etsy giveaway

I’ve had the very hard decision of choosing a winner for our $80 Etsy gift card give away. All the entries were worthy, but I’ve gone with the first person to enter, Ineke Walker. She pointed out that Christmas shopping on Etsy will mean “the gifts are handmade, with the money going directly back into the hands of the maker”. Well done Ineke!

Today’s post is also a bit of Christmas shopping inspiration for you. Here are some great handmade gift ideas from Australian and New Zealand Etsy sellers, a perfect start if you plan to shop local and shop handmade this year.
Christmas 2014 curated by Gallop Lifestyle on Etsy

Click here to see more.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Design Fans

Christmas is less than one month away, I can’t believe it. I’ve had my eye on a few lovely things for this year’s wish list and, as usual, plan to do most of my shopping online this year. 

Here are my 10 Christmas gift ideas for lovers of good design.

Items clockwise from top left:

1. Midnight Ink cushion, $80 from The Design Hunter.

2. ‘The Paradis’ hand drawn round towel, $99 from The Beach People.

3. ‘Collage 66’ large art print, $38 from Ammiki on Etsy.

4. Ferm Living half moon medium storage basket, $90 from Norsu Interiors.

5. Basket trio from Southwood Home. Priced from $25 for the small basket to $45 for the large one.

6. ‘Holiday at Home’ by Mr Jason Grant. $45 at Jumbled Online.

7. Dotty place-mats from Aura. $29.95 for a set of 4.

8. Vibrant pillow case designs from Arro Home, $49 each.

9. Alpaca wool geo throw in tangerine. $300 from Scout Lifestyle.

10. Handmade porcelain espresso cups. $19 each from Urban Cartel on Etsy.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Win an $80 Etsy Gift Card for Christmas Shopping

Today’s post is just a little bit exciting. This Christmas our traditional giant of bricks and mortar retailing, David Jones Sydney, and online marketplace Etsy have teamed up to create an amazing event.

Unwrap Etsy at David Jones will be a 4 day special event from the 4th December where shoppers can browse unexpected art, homewares, and gifts from over 40 Australian Etsy makers. 

There will be hands-on creative workshops, as well as the opportunity to watch Etsy sellers create their goods at a live maker’s studio. All this while enjoying a drink and a bite to eat, my kind of shopping experience!

To celebrate this unique event, Etsy is offering one lucky Gallop Lifestyle reader an AUD$80 gift voucher to help with their Christmas shopping. To enter the give away simply leave a comment below explaining why you would love to shop handmade this Christmas*. Entries close Tuesday 02 December at noon EDST.

Access to Unwrap Etsy at David Jones is free but you do need to register to guarantee a spot. Click here for more.

*How to Enter to give away:
Post a comment on this Gallop Lifestyle blog post indicating why you would like to win. The competition runs between Thursday 20 Nov 2014 - Tuesday 02 Dec 2014, closing at noon EDST. One entry per person.
  • The winner will be selected by Gallop Lifestyle, judged on who we deem to be the most convincing and creative.
  • Winners will be announced on Tuesday 02 Dec 2014 via the Gallop Lifestyle Facebook page, Instagram account and on the blog.
  • The winner will receive a gift voucher from Etsy to the value of AUD$80.
  • Open to Australian residents only.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Affordable Art - The Artwork Stylist

Gosh I love Instagram. I puts me in touch with some fabulously creative businesses, a recent one being The Artwork Stylist.

Founded by sisters Sara and Amy Chamberlain, The Artwork Stylist has a small but beautifully curated selection of affordable art prints and photography. 

All images from The Artwork Stylist.

Each piece has a limited edition run of 50, ensuring exclusivity yet accessibility. The idea is to allow customers to add something beautiful to their home without breaking the bank.

Each piece comes framed and with free delivery Australia wide.

The site has the most gorgeous styled shots to show you how the artwork could sit within a space in your home. Click here to see more.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Get the look… Lily’s bedroom design

Those of you who follow me on Instagram would know I’m currently studying at ISCD. I’ve also started working with an amazing colourist and designer, projects are underway. More on that soon.

It is exciting and nerve wracking, but lots of fun. So today I’m braving your reaction and putting one of the room plans I recently completed for a renovation scheme out into the world….

The brief from the client was to put together an over all plan to create a contemporary, country inspired home in the city. The idea was to go classic and homely, without heading towards ‘Hamptons’. They also wanted some colour.

I’ll share some of the other rooms soon, but this was the scheme we put together for their 7 year old. She already has the most amazing dark timber antique bed, and isn’t really a pink girly girl. The plan is to work in with her existing furniture, and design a girl's bedroom that will grow from little one into tween.

Inspiration image found on Pinterest.

I'd love to know what you think. Do you like?