Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Meet the Designer - Carly Gilmore

Surrounded by gorgeous fabrics from her dressmaker grandmother, Carly Gilmore was always destined for a life in design and textiles.

A love of fashion and genuine passion for vintage fabrics and furnishings led to a niche in design and architecture. After completing a Diploma of Interior Design, as an interior designer and property stylist, Carly's unique style blends vintage and special pieces with the contemporary and modern for an eclectic look. 

Rather than discard a client’s prized possessions and personal history in favour of trendy pieces, Carly typically reinvents or repurposes things. “I often tell my clients that creating a beautiful home filled and layered with special things takes a lot of time, it’s not something that can be created overnight”. 

The challenge is something she enjoys. Whether it's creating a St Tropez inspired bar in Melbourne or a homely interior for a cottage, she draws great satisfaction from creating spaces with meaning. "Interior Design ultimately is about creating a feeling, about memorable spaces. It is the culmination of many things, the material, the colour, the ambience, the light.”

Carly's one tip is to recycle and redesign to add new life while still keeping meaning and personality to a space. "Don't be afraid to mix vintage and contemporary pieces together. It will be a unique and special space."

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