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

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Beautiful wallpaper designs from Sian Zeng

I haven’t blogged in a while, purely because things have been so busy! I’m very excited to have lots of design work on, as well as study, so the blog has been a little neglected. That’s not to say I haven’t been on the look out for beautiful, unique homewares to share.

I recently came across the UK based interiors business of Sian Zeng, who creates the most imaginative wallpapers for adults and children alike. Originally born in China, Sian moved to Hungary when she was 7 and now lives in London. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Sian won the Elle Decoration Young Talent of the Year Award for 2010/2011 and her products are now stocked worldwide.

Creating and designing from her London studio, she continues to explore the possibilities of cutting-edge technologies alongside traditional techniques to create an exciting, storybook collection of wallpapers

Sian’s magnetic Woodlands Collection allows customers to bring fairy tale magic into their home. Perfect for a kids bedroom, nursery or playroom, not only does the wallpaper look incredible but is interactive as well! The magnetic surface allows children to create their own magical stories within the toile pattern using magnetic creatures and write on speech bubbles.

Brand new for 2015, the ‘Seasons’ wallpaper collection is just stunning. The designs capture the beauty of the changing seasons in bold, dramatic designs. Almost mural-like, these designs come in wide width wallpaper and act as an artwork as well as wall covering. I just love these!

To see the full range of Sian Zeng wallpaper, and her other home decor designs, click here.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

This Little House | Kids Bedroom Design

Every so often I come across a product that is so simple, yet so beautiful and full of great imagination. Today’s feature is exactly that, I had to share This Little House.

Created by Wollongong based husband and wife team Hayley and Shane, This Little House is a handcrafted timber frame that works as a magical sleeping or play zone.

All images from This Little Love. Styled by Jacqui Moore at Greenhouse Interiors and photographed by Armelle Habib

This gorgeous concept comes in two options. The natural timber version is known as the ‘cubby’, perfect for imaginative indoor play. It comes flat packed with simple instructions, ready to be painted in your own choice of custom colour.

The bed version is made from a sturdy metal, and has the option of being raised off the ground. At the moment these come in either white or black, but a gorgeous selection of colours are on their way.

I just love these, so they are so whimsical and fun. Click here to see more information on This Little House.

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.