Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Design Business - E-decorator Hide & Sleep

Along with the rise in websites selling homewares online, we have recently noticed a number of interior decorators offering an 'e-decorating' service. 

Of course, nothing could ever beat having an interior designer come to your home to plan, source and style your entire interior. BUT not all of us have the budget to cover that kind of service. 

What is possible is for a designer to pull together a general scheme, offer a guiding hand if you like, at an affordable price. The concept has really taken off, and as an online design store we wanted to know more.....

So… we've spoken to a few lovely, creative ladies who are doing just that. 

Source: Hide & Sleep - Interior Stylist for Children. The white rug featured is available on Gallop Lifestyle - Hooked Design lace rugs.

GL: Why did you start your business, and what is the ethos behind Hide & Sleep?

HS: I started Hide and Sleep as I noticed their was a gap in the market.  I knew there were interior designers who designed children's rooms, but no-one in Melbourne specailizing in them. I love children and don't have any of my own (yet), so i thought it was perfect to combine my love of interior design and my love of children together to create the perfect job. I love getting to know the children, and their personalities, and i enjoy the challenge to design a different room to suit each child.  I am constantly looking for new products, and not just children's products, there are many homewares such as cushions, rugs, prints and decorations that are not designed specifically for children but are perfect in their rooms.

GL: What services do you provide and what are the general costs associated? 

HSHide & Sleep offers a range of services, with "my new room" being the complete package.  This package is $420.00 and involves a consultation in my client's home, a discussion regarding wants and needs and professional advice on room layout, furniture, colours, and soft furnishings.  A design board is created so my client can envisage exactly what the room will look like.  Products are ordered and in no time, i am on their step again, goods in hand, ready to complete the room.

OR There is an e-design package which is $220.00. This involves the client completing a questionnaire, sending some photos and then I put together a custom designed display board with pricing and product information.  I work to my client's budget and ensure that no two rooms are ever the same.

Source: Hide & Sleep - Interior Stylist for Children.

GL: What are the most popular requests you receive?  

HSMost of my client's have great taste and know what they like, they just need assistance bringing it together.  Some client's know what they want, but have no idea where to find it and need my assistance in sourcing. But the most popular request is designing a toddler's room.  I get many requests when toddlers are ready to move from a cot into a single bed. It's my job to design a room that the child can grow with.  

GLHere is a great sample mood board put together by Jacinda using some of the homeware products available online at Gallop Lifestyle.

Source: Hide & Sleep - Interior Stylist for Children. Gallop Lifestyle products featured include:
- 'Summer Vagabonds' Prints, $35 each
- Hooked Design lace rug in grey, $420 for 120cm diameter
- Chevron Cushion in 'pomegranate' and Hot Springs Cushion in blue - Designer cushions online
- Floral batik cushion in orange, $79
All other products, contact Hide & Sleep.

For more information on Hide & Sleep visit or email Jacinda at

Monday, 27 February 2012

Dream Homes - Grand Entrance

Surely this would put a spring in your step each day! (Not sure my husband would go for it....)

Source: Pinterest

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Red & Yellow

I'm feeling the need for a bit of colour at the moment, and I am loving the warm combination of red and yellow. Here are my picks for today....

Source, from left to right.
1. 'Bright & Early' country image - pinterest
2. Chevron cushion in lemon - Gallop Lifestyle
3. Yellow triangle pendant light - Douglas + Bec
4. Red ikat cushion 60cm x 40cm - Gallop Lifestyle
5. Swiss vintage storage basket - Gallop Lifestyle
6. 'Miss Mixer' Print - Gallop Lifestyle
7. 'Hot Milk' Print - Gallop Lifestyle

Colour replaces neutral...

Who said bathroom towels need to neutral? We very excited to add these vibrant batik print towels, with white tassel trim, to our bathroom accessories department. They are suitable for use in a bathroom, pool area or at the beach.

Priced at $89, each one has a vibrant cotton fabric on one side and a soft, quick dry towel on the other. They come packaged in a stripe drawstring bag.

Oh, and free shipping on this item Australia wide. Click here to view online.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Sarah Turbin Pop Up Store

Janet and I are always happy to plug a great designer. One of our friends, the talented Sarah Turbin, produces a great clothing line under the label Sarah Turbin Premium Designer Basics.

Although we don't sell clothes on Gallop Lifestyle, we had to tell you about this one. Sarah is about to launch her new Autumn / Winter line, and is doing an exclusive showing for those based in Sydney.

Sarah's focus for her line is high quality, beautiful designed, every day essentials. And this year she is adding some super cool denim. Everything is produced in Australia.

I bought about 6 or 7 items from her last range, and have lived in them! Of course, I look nothing like the model in this shot, her designs do fit real people (with a 2 child body!).

If you would like to attend the Sydney showing and pop up store, details are as follows (bookings essential as seats are limited):

  • Date: Sunday 11 March, 2012
  • Time: 12.30pm
  • Location: Sun Studios - 42 Maddox Street, Alexandria 
  • RSVP:

For more information on Sarah, click here.

Annie x

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Creative Plus

We love coming across creative and imaginative designers, and are very happy to be able to assist in getting their products out into the world. 

New to Gallop Lifestyle are these canvas artworks and framed paper cuts from The Gently Unfurling Sneak.

The Gently Unfurling Sneak is the work of Melbourne artist-designer Anika Cook. Anika likes small touches of absurdity, vintage illustrations, old paper and books, bright colours, and stripes, but even more than that, she like putting all those things into her printed artworks. All products are happily made in Australia using the finest natural fibres, sustainably grown bamboo, and recycled materials.

$65 for limited edition canvas artworks, and $120 for limited edition, framed paper cuts. Delivery is only $5 Australia wide. Click here to view them online.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Making a dolls house more than lovely

If my daughter could see this she would have a pink fit! I stumbled across this post on Making it Lovely at the end of last year, and haven't stopped thinking about it since.

The ever creative Nicole has been making a customised dolls house for her daughter, complete with the most amazing wall paper for each room. Check out some of the results!

All images from Making it Lovely

Incredible! If I had enough faith in my own creative abilities I might consider doing the same for my little miss. I've been thinking about it....

For the kitchen and living area I would use this.

And for the main bedroom this

Or this.

And for the nursery (the baby is a girl of course) I think I would go with this.

My choices come from the range we stock from Little Branch. Click here to view them online.

Let me know if you plan to do something similar. We would love to see the results!