Design Field Notes

Your guide to the great indoors

Finds From Far & Wide

Contributors

Anthony Spon-Smith

Anthony is the Buying Director for one of Australia’s leading furniture and homewares retailers – Coco Republic. In that role, Anthony has been traveling to many of the world's leading furniture trade shows for over 10 years and is also the brains behind starting Design Field Notes.  "I wanted to launch a blog that was both an inspiration to our clients, our staff and myself – drawing on the experience of all our friends and colleagues in the industry. Traveling to many countries, suppliers and trade shows, we cover so much in the amazing world of interiors and Field Notes will bring it all to you. Hopefully the result is a collation of reports and posts with something to inspire everyone".

Anthony

Anthony Spon-Smith

Anthony Spon-Smith

Beth Finckh


Homewares Buyer for Coco Republic, Beth is constantly immersed in the world of interiors.  An avid traveler, Beth draws ideas from all four corners of the globe - finding just as much inspiration in the new and unknown, as right here on her doorstep.  Beth's travel essentials: Moleskin note book, an ipad, good quality headphones and the most recent issue of Elle Décor.

Beth

Beth Finckh

Beth Finckh

Neale Whitaker

Neale is Editor-In-Chief of Vogue Living and one of Australia’s more noted interior style icons. Previously Editor-In-Chief of Belle magazine and judge on Channel Nine's rennovation series The Block, Neale is a loud voice in interiors. He steers Vogue Living magazine from strength to strength delivering the hottest in design and luxury every issue. With his busy schedule Neale finds refuge in travel destinations such as Kerala, Southern India and his favourite colour is burnt orange.

Neale Whitaker

Neale Whitaker

Neale Whitaker

Tanya Buchanan

Editor of Belle Magazine, Tanya Buchanan has more than 20 years of editorial, marketing and publishing experience, as well as an extensive knowledge of the design industry. Tanya finds inspiration in lots of places; films, books, nature and of course magazines – from the Houses and SPY pages in Belle to Spanish Architectural Digest.

Tanya Buchanan

Tanya Buchanan

Tanya Buchanan

Greg Natale

Greg Natale is one of Australia's leading interior designers, heading up Greg Natale Interior Design. Greg has been pioneering the integration of design and decoration for over 10 years, focusing on residential, retail and commercial projects. Greg's won numerous awards for his work also gaining many regular mentions in national and international interior magazines - including Wallpaper, British Elle Decor, Belle, Vogue Living and others. Greg also recently won the 2011 Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards as 'Designer of the Year' nationally and is currently working on many new and exciting projects.

Greg Natale

Greg Natale

Greg Natale

Natasha Levak

Natasha Levak is a very talented Sydney based Interior Designer specializing in high-end residential projects and hospitality fit outs – realized across Australia. Natasha’s career experience as a stylist with Belle magazine taught her the importance of balance and symmetry in interiors and of the art in mixing styles. One of Natasha’s inspiring locations is Paris, ‘ I love Paris for the symmetry, and the repetition of the buildings’. You’ll see many of Natasha’s creations on Field Notes.

Natasha

Natasha Levak

Natasha Levak

Steve Cordony

Steve Cordony is currently the interior design editor of design bible Belle Magazine and interior and event stylist for a myriad of high end clients.
His style has been described as bold, theatrical and emotive and his work not only showcases the latest trends and designs, but the images he produces are timeless.
Steve understands the key fundamentals of colour, form and scale which combine with his natural eye and the hint of magic he instills in every shoot he produces.

Steve Cordony

Steve Cordony

Steve Cordony

Lily Cumberland

Interior Designer Lily Cumberland has been working in the Australian furniture and design industry for almost 7 years. Her interests and work experience spread across interiors, photography, graphics and styling. Lily's style would be described as eclectic minimalism, and she loves mixing antiques with contemporary pieces.

Lily

Lily Cumberland

Lily Cumberland

Darren Palmer

Darren Palmer is an interior designer, writer and speaker featured in Belle as one of the"Mood Makers for 2011" and in their 2012 "Decoration Issue". He is also Contributing Editor of Interiors for Australian GQ magazine and a contributor to Luxury Home Design and other publications. His design projects grace the pages of Belle, Grand Designs Aus. Mag, Design Decoration Annual & Renovate Magazine to name a few. Darren featured on The Block as a Guest Judge in the 2012 series.

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Darren Palmer

Darren Palmer

Liz Hayward

Liz is an avid traveller and has spent time living in the UK and traversing Asia, Africa, America and Europe.  Applying this global perspective to her love for the home, Liz works in the Coco Republic Buying team as a Planner, assisting with sourcing and product development.  Liz was raised by a family who worked in the furniture industry and who were constantly renovating and redecorating – providing constant inspiration and creativity growing up.

Liz

Liz Hayward

Liz Hayward

Jeremy Bull

Jeremy Director of one of Australia’s most up and coming architect and Interior Design firms - Alexander and Co.

Jeremy Bull

Jeremy Bull

Jeremy Bull

Lisa Quinn-Schofield

With an extensive professional background in fashion design, graphic design and painting, Lisa is always on a creative mission. Based in Western Australia, Lisa works as an interior stylist & artist through her own business FEATHERHORSE - www.featherhorse.com.au. Lisa’s love of the beach, ocean & nature is evident in her work. Coastal vibes with a touch of Scandinavian influence & a little boho thrown in defines Lisa’s own unique style.  

Lisa

Lisa Quinn-Schofield

Lisa Quinn-Schofield

Felix Forest

French-born, Sydney-based photographer Felix Forest is making a name for himself as one of the most exciting interiors photographers working in Sydney.  With a background in black and white film photography, fashion and still life, Forest has turned to interior design photography, and has had his work appear in Vogue Living Australia, Inside Out, Belle Real Living and more. Felix’s work captures the way his subjects relate to their spaces and their lifestyle. Felix travels frequently for his work and is often visiting the international design fairs to stay on top of global trends and designers.

Felix Forest

Felix Forest

Felix Forest

Jase Campbell

Jase Campbell has home renovations, creativity and all things interiors running in his blood. As an interior designer, he’s always thirsty for new inspiration. “At any one time I’ll have a range of projects scattered across my study, from art, photography through to furniture reinvention, along with a constant back log of ideas ready to go. My home is forever evolving as not a month goes by without me re-inventing it. A true perfectionist with an eclectic edge, Jase has a drive to balance organized clutter with the beauty of symmetry, scale and balance.

Jase

Jase Campbell

Jase Campbell

Victoria Chapman

Victoria is an experienced and talented Interior Designer that has worked across a multitude of Interior companies, and fields, including furniture manufacturing, refurbishing hotels, styling properties for sale and furniture retail. More recently Vic has built up many years of experience as a noted interior designer in jobs around the world. Vic draws inspiration from her travels especially on a more recent trip to the Himalayas.

Victoria

Victoria Chapman

Victoria Chapman

Anne Johnson

Anne is an experienced stylist concentrating in styling properties for sale and has over 10 years experience at achieving the best results for her clients across Australia. Anne works tirelessly to ensure that her jobs get done to brief and on time but takes refuge from a very hectic styling schedule in her home on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia with her wonderful family.

Anne

Anne Johnson

Anne Johnson

Julien Labbe

Julien has over 15 years experience in the Interior Design industry on the French Riviera and in Paris as a buyer for his family business.  In 2005 and 2006, Julien’s interior design schemes were published on the cover of Marie Claire Maison.  Describing himself as a Decoration Facilitator more so than an Interior Designer, Julien’s objective is at the end of the project for his client is to have the feeling that they have done all the work and achieved a home that is true to their personality and lifestyle. Julien has been living in Sydney for two years and loves the eclecticism of Australian style.  He spends all his free time discovering new interiors and architecture to better understand the aesthetic behind Australian design.

Julien

Julien Labbe

Julien Labbe

Nicole Eacott

Melbourne-born, London-ite Nicole has worked in the creative industries for over 12 years.  A global nomad, she takes her style cues from her world-wide adventures - including time spent living in Mykonos and traveling America, Africa and Europe.  Nicole hates clutter, but describes her style as colourful and contemporary.  She is never seen without her laptop nearby and a cup of tea in hand.

Nicole

Nicole Eacott

Nicole Eacott

Alexandra Dewar

Alexandra is an Interior Designer with Coco Republic, having long been a design enthusiast immersed in the world of design, styling and decorating. Taking her cues from both global and local adventures, Alexandra sees colour, pattern and texture in unique combinations as a strong starting point for her designs. With a particular interest in the ways a space can make people feel something extraordinary, Alexandra is always looking to add the personal touch to complete an interior.

Alexandra

Alexandra Dewar

Alexandra Dewar

Dana Tomic Hughes

Dana Tomic Hughes is a self diagnosed design geek and founder of the hugely influential blog and interior design practice Yellowtrace. Since its launch in 2010, Yellowtrace blog has grown to attract a small army of loyal followers.  As an award winning interior designer, Dana is unafraid to step off the beaten track to discover the unexpected for her clients. Her razor sharp design eye draws inspiration from many creative fields spanning art, fashion and photography, through to products and graphics, all of which she celebrates daily on her blog .

Dana Tomic Hughes

Dana Tomic Hughes

Dana Tomic Hughes

Polly Gillman

Polly lives and breathes interiors with 15 years working in the realm of design and architecture. With travel and coffee table books as her muse, this Senior Interior Designer for Coco Republic loves influencing the way people experience spaces. Having perused through the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul to relishing in the clash of senses in Peru, Polly’s worldly experience translates into a bohemian casual style. Making functional spaces look beautiful is her motivation, balancing an eclectic aesthetic with natural textures and sophisticated neutrals.

Polly Gillman

Polly Gillman

Polly Gillman

Jessica Menze

Jessica is a lover of all things creative, having studied Media and Communications, and now Interior Design. An aspiring interior designer, she loves to incorporate exotic and eclectic elegance into the home, influenced by her time growing up in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines. A newcomer to the industry, Jessica hopes to apply her keen eye for design to help clients transform their homes into a special sanctuary.

Jessica

Jessica Menze

Jessica Menze

Max Sparrow

A trusted purveyor of handcrafted, quality items designed around the globe, Max Sparrow has an eye for beautiful interiors and design. Launching his online retail store in March 2013, Max brings home the best finds from his travels, sourcing unique furniture and homewares pieces especially selected for the Australian home. With delivery direct from the manufacturer, Max considers every detail for luxury living at affordable prices. Max Sparrow is anything other than ordinary.

Max Sparrow

Max Sparrow

Max Sparrow

Nicholas

As an inspiring interior designer, studying Honors in Interior Design and Fashion Communication, Nicholas is a passionate design enthusiast who is always on the hunt for inspiration. A warm, textured and contemporary aesthetic is what derives many of his projects as he wants to push the boundaries and reinvent spaces that people will never want to leave. His work has a slightly artistic scheme, reinterpreting and reinventing traditional forms and ideas, combining them with a contemporary aesthetic to a create spaces with a timeless beauty and unique elegance. As a new kid on the block, Nicholas wants to apply his keen eye for design and creative aesthetic to create inviting spaces for all of his clients.

Nicholas

Nicholas

Nicholas

Caitlan Nagle

Editor of Field Notes, Caitlan has a passion for interior design and decoration, constantly hunting for inspiration for her own home. A contemporary aesthetic defines her signature style, always favouring a sleek neutral palette and the classic combination of grey and white. Working within the industry as the Marketing Studio Manager for Coco Republic, she is constantly seeking out the latest in design news and is fortunate enough to work on an array of exciting brands, events and projects. By night, Caitlan is curled up on the sofa researching her next travel adventure with a candle burning.

Caitlan Nagle

Caitlan Nagle

Caitlan Nagle

Amber Wild

Amber’s passion for design leaks into all facets of her life and while she typically doesn’t discriminate, if she had to narrow it down, interior design would be her pick. Having grown up in Sunny North Queensland her style can best be described as laid back, eclectic minimalism with a penchant for a good antique. Amber embraces the notion of mixing styles and periods in your home, strongly believing your home should be a reflection of your lifestyle and tell a story of the people that live there.

Amber

Amber Wild

Amber Wild

Daniela Frougas

Interior Decorator and Design Consultant for Coco Republic, Daniela Frougas has spent over eight years in the design industry. With qualifications from studying in Sydney, New York and Florence, she is an avid traveller. Her passion for both exploration and old world glamour, sees her rummaging through history books to get inspiration to bring the old and new together and collecting curiosities from flee markets across the world to find treasures for her home. When she is not decorating (or treasure hunting) you could find her in her kitchen cooking recipes from her Neapolitan ancestors for her beloved husband and German Shepherd.

Daniela Frougas

Daniela Frougas

Daniela Frougas

Atieh Mohammadi

Atieh Mohammadi

Atieh Mohammadi

Emily Penson

An experienced interior designer for over 10 years, Emily attention to detail is second to none, specialising in residential projects, CGI styling, and creative content. She's worked on a variety of projects ranging from single and multi-residential to commercial hospitality and healthcare across Australia. With a background strong in customer focused fields, graphic design, a rich travel history, an interest in fashion and raising a young family Emily is able to draw on her varied life experiences to enrich her design choices. She enjoys layering colour and texture to create a considered room to meet a clients expectations and is passionate about creatively executed spaces that express personality through a touch of quirkiness and playfulness.

Emily Penson

Emily Penson

Emily Penson

Stephanie Sanders

Interior Designer for Coco Republic, Stephanie Sanders has been working in the design industry for over 8 years both in Melbourne and in the UK where she worked for Farrow & Ball as a colour consultant and designer. She has a passion for travel and cooking and loves creating personal and collected interiors for her clients. Stephanie’s personal style is minimal classic and she can’t go past a good scatter cushion.

Stephanie Sanders

Stephanie Sanders

Stephanie Sanders

Jessica Theuerjahr

Immersed in the world of interiors, Jessica has always been drawn to home decor. Having worked for Coco Republic for over three years, she is privileged to be surrounded by inspiring design on a daily basis. Always hunting for the latest news, she writes for Field Notes to share her style finds from around the globe.

Jessica Theuerjahr

Jessica Theuerjahr

Jessica Theuerjahr

Sarah Muir

With a vibrant background and passion for art, Sarah moved into the interior design industry over 7 years ago. Sarah uses her natural creative flare, deep product knowledge and commitment to functional living to collaborate with her clients to create beautiful yet livable interiors. Sarah’s innovative designs and attention to detail can be tailored to fit her client’s dreams. Neutral tones mixed with unusual materials and textures; statement furniture paired with individual artworks; and relaxed resort-style living are signatures of Sarah’s elegance and style. Sarah is practically minded, with a hands-on approach and is happiest seeing her client’s projects come to life.

Sarah Muir

Sarah Muir

Sarah Muir

Leah Maidment

With over 7 years’ experience in the Interior Styling and Design Industry Leah’s inspiration for design comes from a refined and sophisticated aesthetic, high quality design releases the potential of any space. She has a strong understanding of styling and how interiors come together. Leah loves bringing together carefully curated home-wares and furniture pieces that are handpicked for their unique and special quality. She believes spaces truly work when balance is created through contrast and that interiors should tell a story about the people who inhabit them.

Leah Maidment

Leah Maidment

Leah Maidment

Grace Fernan

A dedicated Interior Design Assistant, supporting across high end residential interiors for Coco Republic. Grace has an understanding and regard for the integration of interiority and enjoys experimenting with and refining details. Her academic and industry exposure has strengthened her technical ability teamed with her inherent attention to detail and appreciation for aesthetics to produce a constant standard of work.

Grace Fernan

Grace Fernan

Grace Fernan