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Design advice and insights from Alex, and before and after shots of our latest projects

How to get the best out of working with an architect and interior designer

For larger scale projects, (alterations and additions, new builds and anything that requires a DA), we love working with architects, because their expertise brings another layer of skill, experience and creativity to a project. As long as both parties are open to working with each other, respect each others areas of…
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FAQ Series: Your role in an interior design project

And it makes sense, right? In order for someone to do a good job on these tasks for me, I needed to be clear about what I wanted, and also give them the materials and information they need to get going.    It got me thinking about when a new…
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A beautiful, light sitting / living room with bay windows with interior design and decoration by Alex Gourlay of Vellum Interiors

Finalist – Australian House & Garden Top 50 Rooms of 2021

  For years before I started my interior design studio, I would pore over the images of the rooms selected each year in House & Garden's Top 50 Rooms Awards, which celebrates the best in Australian interior design.    Now almost 5 years after launching Vellum Interiors, I finally decided…
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online interior design, virtual interior design, finishes selection for renovation

Do you need an interior designer if you’ve already got a builder?

  Do you need an interior designer if you've already got a builder? The short answer? Yes (in most instances).   In my experience, the most successful, efficient and smooth projects — whether that be a website design, a wedding or a renovation — are the result of a talented…
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A bright, light and contemporary living room in a Californian Bungalow in Sydney, designed by Vellum Interiors

Before & After — Shirley Rd Interior Design Project

Before & After Interior Design Project — These clients came to me as they were approaching retirement, and wanted to maximise their time spent at home with rooms they could make better use of. Having spent many years in this house, they'd also begun to accumulate furniture and artwork from other…
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FAQ: What is my interior design style?

FAQ: What is your interior design style? Some interior design studios are known for providing the same look or aesthetic for each client. There are many in-demand designers who do this, in fact. Take a look at Amber Interiors or Studio McGee in the US or The Stables here in…
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Why Details Make a Difference in an Interior Design Project

Why Details Make a Difference in an Interior Design Project Often it's the smallest details that bring me the most joy in a project. And they also add meaning and depth to my clients' relationship with their home. One way I like to add meaning to my client's homes is…
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Latest Work: Manly Beach House

At the tail-end of a long renovation, these clients -- a couple with four children -- came to me to help with the final layer for their home in Manly.  Although I live around the corner, this was the first time I'd completed an interior design project in Manly! Both…
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How to tackle any size renovation

How to Tackle Any Size Renovation

When it comes to tackling any renovation, people often talk about how long and drawn out renovations can be, and, yes -- it does take time and can be stressful. But like most things in life, the better prepared you are, the better the outcome. My advice is to have…
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What you should ask an interior designer before you hire them

3 Questions to Ask an Interior Designer Before you Hire Them

Many of my clients have confessed that they were nervous before hiring me. They were worried that the result would be more “me” than them. Some clients haven’t worked with a designer before (or it’s been a long time since they have), so they were worried about bills going on…
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