Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Recycling and reusing to create beautiful timber furniture with character | Rubble Designs

I’m always thrilled to feature craftsmen and women using old school ideas to produce beautiful products. Rubble Designs in Melbourne recently got in touch, a perfect match for those of you who like history and a story to items for your home. 

These guys produce a unique collection of recycled, reclaimed and refurbished furniture pieces, and can make to order. 

Rubble Designs salvage materials with history and character, including a section of a bowling lane from the old Northcote Bowl in Melbourne, and reclaimed red gum from a 100 year old shearing shed. From there they hand craft furniture which has genuine character and history.

The result is rustic, interesting and very far from the generic designs you see in major chain stores.

Visit the Rubble Designs website for more.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

New bathroom collection from Aura by Tracie Ellis

High on my list of favourite Australian homeware designers is Aura by Tracie Ellis, her bright colours and bold patterns never disappoint. I was very excited this week to see Aura have now added bath towels to the collection.
The popular Aura bed linen and rug designs have been translated so successfully into linen for the bathroom. I love the colour and pattern, who said bath towels had to be plain?

As with the entire collection, the new range of bath towels are also very well priced, ranging from $19.95 for a hand towel to $79.95 for a bath sheet.

I’m off to order some for our new bathroom. If you would like to see more, visit the Aura online store here.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Top picks from Talo Interiors - design for kids

Do you ever see a beautiful nursery or kids room on Pinterest and wonder where people source those unique, slightly quirky items that make a room look so ‘pin worthy’? Well here’s a tip - one of my favourite sources for nursery and kids bedroom design is Talo Interiors.

Founded by two mums with an eye for great design, this online store is full of affordable, stylish and beautiful products from around the world.

There are so many pretty things to choose from, but here are my top picks from Talo Interiors.

1. Mimi’lou Touch of Triangles wall stickers, $22.

2. ‘Piccadilly Circus Bus’ art print, $30.

3. Heico red toadstool, large size $185.

4. Lumbini Rug 80cm, $140.

5. Lucky Boy Sunday ‘Dear Friend’ blanket, $395.

6. Splash Over the Rainbow wall clock, $55.

7. Smartie cushion in turquoise, $55.

8. ‘Camera Collection’ art print, $30

These ladies have an expanding collection in store, click here to see more.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

This week I’m loving… decor from Yellow Bungalow

Anyone following me on Instagram will know I am slowly bringing life back to an old terrace in Sydney’s Inner West. I’ve recently started to add little bits and pieces to make each room feel like home, always on the look out for great design pieces that don’t cost the earth.

My search led me to the very lovely Yellow Bungalow in Bondi. The team there helped me pick a rug for our living room, which I am SO happy with (and will share once the room is complete). With such a great collection of mid-century furniture, emerging local designers and Scandinavian homewares, I had to share some recent shots of their current range.

The collection reflects the relaxed style of their beachside location. The owners are always refreshing their range to cater for a varied customer base, beautifully curated ideas for owners and renters of small apartments and semis, as well as those with larger homes in the area.  

Stop by and see the store at 221 Bondi Road, Bondi.

If you aren’t in Sydney, the Yellow Bungalow online store has a comprehensive collection of their best selling homewares and furniture. Definitely worth a look, click here for more.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Get the look - a relaxed, colour filled living room

I was recently asked by a friend to help source items for the living room in her new apartment. She had already chosen a couple of items from the new range from Sydney based designer Xavier & Me. She just needed some ideas to pull the look together.

Here is what we came up with. Lots of colourful and inexpensive options to put together a relaxed living room. Click on the links below to shop this look.

1. ‘Shine Bright’ print from May & Belle.
2. ‘Painted Pebbles 6’ print from Garima Dhawan on Society 6.
3. ‘New Perspective’ print from I Need Nice Things.
4. ‘Hello’ cushion from Love Joy Create on Etsy.
5. Charlie Sofa from Project 82.
6. Calypso wire stool from Milk & Sugar.
7. Grey New York Stripe hand tufted rug from Xavier & Me.
8. Mid Century style coffee table from West Elm.
9. Block cushion in pink from Xavier & Me.
10. Eclipse cushion in green from Xavier & Me.
11. ‘Pretty Birds’ print from Dear September.
12. ‘Bonjour’ print in black from Xavier & Me.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Top nursery decor ideas from Etsy

Always on the look out for great baby gift ideas and nursery decor items, I could spend hours on Etsy. I've spotted some great new products recently so just had to share.
Nursery curated by Gallop Lifestyle on Etsy

Of course I started out trying to find my top 20 nursery decor ideas, but actually have quite a few more. So if you click on the images above you'll find my constantly growing list of favourite finds....

PS. I have a whole collection of Gallop Lifestyle curated finds on Etsy, click here for more.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Couchelo - a new app connecting buyers and sellers of vintage furniture and pre-loved wares

If you love vintage furniture, pre-loved wares and handcrafted design items, then you must take a look at a new App called Couchelo. With a preliminary beta app launching on the iOS store a few weeks ago, this will be one to watch.

Basically Couchelo is a curated marketplace for unique furniture and homewares. Rather than going from one vintage store to the next, across multiple suburbs, users can see which stores on the app have the retro bar stools, industrial lamps or reupholstered vintage chairs perfect for their home.

The idea for Couchelo came from pure necessity. Its young founders, when trying to decorate their own homes, realised that Sydney has a very scattered group of boutique bricks-and-mortar sellers, collectors listing on eBay and standalone craftsmen with a limited online presence. Not only was there no go-to place for everyone to connect, there was also no easy way for buyers or enthusiasts to find them.

Couchelo connects boutique businesses, collectors and design lovers on an easy to use platform where they can browse, buy and sell. The team asked me to check out their current sellers and curate a list of my favourite items. Here are just a few…. 

I love that these guys have harnessed the power of technology to help a niche market become more accessible to potential customers.

To find out more about how to buy or sell items on Couchelo, click here.

PS. There is a fab giveaway happening - enter to be one of five lucky people to receive a $250 voucher to spend on Couchelo. Visit the Couchelo website for details.