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".
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.
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.
Editor of Belle Magazine, Tanya Buchanan has more than 20 years of editorial 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.
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.
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.
Homewares Buyer and Product Stylist 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.
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.
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.
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.
Interior Decorator, Daniela Frougas has spent over eight years in the design industry. With qualifications from studying locally and abroad, 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.
Immersed in the world of interiors, Jessica has always been drawn to home decor. Having worked for Coco Republic for over four years, she feels grateful 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.
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.
Jeremy Director of one of Australia’s most up and coming architect and Interior Design firms - Alexander and Co.
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.
Renowned industry photographer Felix Forest is one of the most exciting interiors photographers working. 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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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 with her wonderful family.
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.
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.
Joy began her design career as a graphic designer before attending Parsons School of Design in New York, majoring in Textile Design. Her love of colour, pattern and fabrics inspired her to focus her skills in interiors. Over the following 25 years she honed her skills in design and management, and since joining the Coco Republic Interior Design team in 2014, her projects have included designing interior spaces for new store builds, work places, restaurants, kitchens, and bathrooms. She is also a highly trained visual merchandiser and interior stylist. Her goal is to exceed all client expectations and push the boundaries for innovative design.
Alison is a content aficionado by day; immersed in the world of breathtaking interiors and exquisite outdoor spaces as Marketing Executive for Coco Republic and Max Sparrow. A global traveller, having lived around the world including Saudi Arabia, United States of America and now Australia, Alison loves hunting for the latest international finds - be it an interior trend or a dining destination.
With a passion for interior design and decoration, the Design Field Notes Editor is 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, 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, our Editor is curled up on the sofa researching her next travel adventure with a candle burning.
Hattie Kirchengast is an artist, designer and client services specialist at Coco Republic.
Born in Beijing China, she migrated to Sydney and has enjoyed a season career in arts and textiles.Hattie has become a pillar in an Australian leading furniture and interior design company Coco Republic. Here she has found her Chinese relationship and literature skills are combined with her passion in art and design. She is able to provide professional design service to Australian Chinese community and making a bridge for both worlds.
Ceitie has a diverse background as a certified interior designer and in communications. In her previous experience, she has had the pleasure of working in multiple marketplaces worldwide for international furniture brands located in the United States, Canada and now, her new home, Australia, at Coco Republic. Her favourite design style is minimalist in a tonal colour palette. “Design concepts I am drawn to in a space are based in the beauty of negative space, where simplicity and clean lines are the basis of sophistication.”