Parisian chic would be the two words that spring to mind when describing Gillian Khaw- which is not surprising as Paris is where where Gillian launched her career in Interior Design. Khaw then honed her skills in London working for the internationally renowned Anouska Hempel Design www.anouskahempeldesign.com (Anouska is best mates with Prince Charles so you can only imagine the clientele!) Gillian relocated back to Sydney in 2010 to set up her own firm Gillian Khaw Interiors  

Gillian is a friend of mine and every time i see her she is oozing effortless sophistication and elegance.. more often than not mixing ASOS with Net - a - Porter, much like her interiors that combine the high end with the humble.

Gillian detests trends - preferring to create timeless interiors with quiet elegance..i mention to Gillian that i will be calling on her skills for our next house... 

You can tell from the below Q and A that Gillian is one cool cat;)

Most admired interior designer/s?

Neither are interior designers, but...
Jacques grange- 'gives' clients the most sophisticated, idiosyncratic taste without looking like it was touched by a designer.
David chipperfield- his quiet, elegant, rigorous minimalism

Favourite Artist? Francis bacon. Although I'm sure if I had one on the wall I'd get nightmares. Cy twombly then.

Top 5 shops to source furniture and homewares?
Orient house (Glebe) for everything asian or african www.orienthouse.com.au
Circa lighting (US based online) dependable, classic modern lighting I'm confident look like they do on the computer screen www.circalighting.com
1stdibs - for the 'feature' pieces www.1stdibs.com
Alfie's antique market in london - I often wish I lived through 60's london and at Alfie's you can buy it

Christian liaigre - contemporary furniture which exudes a luxury only the french, more specifically he, has perfected

www.christian-liaigre.fr/en/

Describe your style in 5 words?
Timeless, sympathetic, spare, thoughtful, anti-trend

Ultimate holiday destination?
I'd like to go back to Ile de re on the atlantic coast. French Seafood and stripey tops, what else do you need? Next on my list I'd like to go to Sri Lanka and stay somewhere Geoffrey bawa designed www.geoffreybawa.com 

 

Gillian standing in her own home beside some amazing wall mouldings which she actually installed by herself..yes she may look all glam but this is one designer who doesn't mind a bit of DIY - i ask why didn't she just pay for someone to do it..."I just didn't trust anyone to do it the French way so it was just easier to do it myself"...LOVE IT!! and yes i am now looking at rooms in our terrace that require mouldings..um all of them!! 

 

 

I am slightly obsessed with this 'Martinique' banana leaf wall paper www.designerwallcoverings.com (seen in, to name a few, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Indochine in NY) mounted bed head...the original wallpaper pattern repeat  was a little heavy for the room so she cut out the intricate palm fronds then had them glued on a box frame that she had custom made to create a bespoke decoupage bed head...um genius

Another stunning and timeless room..wallpaper is seagrass phillip jeffries juicy jute in granola

This is Gillian's stunning house; she bought these hand painted zuber panels from France (hand painted grisaillee) The commode is also French from the 1940's - was a lucky find at a French market

Her living room with the most amazing placemat of art - this over sized pendant light is a 90cm paper lantern costing all of $30 each, the coffee table is an old Chinese Daybed from Orient House 

 

A very chic nursery...the plantation shutters are painted in dulux blue balm...turkish kilim from ebay...The animal prints are from Deyrole in Paris - they are posters that she got framed..the crotched hot air balloons was commissioned then placed on a hook from the ceiling (Love!)

 

These divine pom pom curtains are from Restoration Hardware (Baby & Child) hwww.rhbabyandchild.com..The art piece on the wall...you will not believe this but its a Gillian original..frustrated that she couldn't find any nice decals she drew up an image (yes pretty impressive!) then projected it on to the wall to paint!!

This Mollymook house was a 60's red brick in its original condition..the owners called on Gillian to strip it back and add her timeless touch of elegance..Due to its beachfront position and the fact that it was going to be covered in wetsuits and sand this pretty much dictated Khaw's interior scheme: "There's a luminosity that reflects from the ocean that we wanted to exaggerate". Khaw reduced the architecture to a simple white box and installed limed oak floors, the roughness of which evokes that of the sand. As a result, the roaring surf and rugged bush landscape dominate. A local joiner was used to build the kitchen and this bar - wooden bench top and v groove cupboards

 Love the integration of this old style Falcon black oven with the white painted joinery; the subway tiles are from Amber; bench top is caesar stone

Oak floor boards from Precision Flooring in "nueve" 

The clients have a love of furniture and artefacts from Africa - they actually own Doveton Kay www.dovetonkay.com a furniture wholesaler who used to have an amazing shop in Double Bay; This dining table and bench seats were custom made from beach wood www.beachwood.com.au

The screen is African kuba cloth which has been mounted on a custom screen

The large mirror acts to open up the room and reflect the ocean views

The sisal carpet is from natural floor covering www.naturalfloor.com.au its rattan weave in 'sea grass'; it compliments the existing slate flooring; and yes well spotted that is a ivory hand loomed pom pom blanket from Paddo to Palmy on the end of the bed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parisian chic would be the two words that spring to mind when describing Gillian Khaw- which is not surprising as Paris is where where Gillian launched her career in Interior Design. Khaw then honed her skills in London working for the internationally renowned Anouska Hempel Design www.anouskahempeldesign.com (Anouska is best mates with Prince Charles so you can only imagine the clientele!) Gillian relocated back to Sydney in 2010 to set up her own firm Gillian Khaw Interiors  

Gillian is a friend of mine and every time i see her she is oozing effortless sophistication and elegance.. more often than not mixing ASOS with Net - a - Porter, much like her interiors that combine the high end with the humble.

Gillian detests trends - preferring to create timeless interiors with quiet elegance..i mention to Gillian that i will be calling on her skills for our next house... 

You can tell from the below Q and A that Gillian is one cool cat;)

Most admired interior designer/s?

Neither are interior designers, but...
Jacques grange- 'gives' clients the most sophisticated, idiosyncratic taste without looking like it was touched by a designer.
David chipperfield- his quiet, elegant, rigorous minimalism

Favourite Artist? Francis bacon. Although I'm sure if I had one on the wall I'd get nightmares. Cy twombly then.

Top 5 shops to source furniture and homewares?
Orient house (Glebe) for everything asian or african www.orienthouse.com.au
Circa lighting (US based online) dependable, classic modern lighting I'm confident look like they do on the computer screen www.circalighting.com
1stdibs - for the 'feature' pieces www.1stdibs.com
Alfie's antique market in london - I often wish I lived through 60's london and at Alfie's you can buy it

Christian liaigre - contemporary furniture which exudes a luxury only the french, more specifically he, has perfected

www.christian-liaigre.fr/en/

Describe your style in 5 words?
Timeless, sympathetic, spare, thoughtful, anti-trend

Ultimate holiday destination?
I'd like to go back to Ile de re on the atlantic coast. French Seafood and stripey tops, what else do you need? Next on my list I'd like to go to Sri Lanka and stay somewhere Geoffrey bawa designed www.geoffreybawa.com 

 

Gillian standing in her own home beside some amazing wall mouldings which she actually installed by herself..yes she may look all glam but this is one designer who doesn't mind a bit of DIY - i ask why didn't she just pay for someone to do it..."I just didn't trust anyone to do it the French way so it was just easier to do it myself"...LOVE IT!! and yes i am now looking at rooms in our terrace that require mouldings..um all of them!! 

 

 

I am slightly obsessed with this 'Martinique' banana leaf wall paper www.designerwallcoverings.com (seen in, to name a few, The Beverly Hills Hotel and Indochine in NY) mounted bed head...the original wallpaper pattern repeat  was a little heavy for the room so she cut out the intricate palm fronds then had them glued on a box frame that she had custom made to create a bespoke decoupage bed head...um genius

Another stunning and timeless room..wallpaper is seagrass phillip jeffries juicy jute in granola

This is Gillian's stunning house; she bought these hand painted zuber panels from France (hand painted grisaillee) The commode is also French from the 1940's - was a lucky find at a French market

Her living room with the most amazing placemat of art - this over sized pendant light is a 90cm paper lantern costing all of $30 each, the coffee table is an old Chinese Daybed from Orient House 

 

A very chic nursery...the plantation shutters are painted in dulux blue balm...turkish kilim from ebay...The animal prints are from Deyrole in Paris - they are posters that she got framed..the crotched hot air balloons was commissioned then placed on a hook from the ceiling (Love!)

 

These divine pom pom curtains are from Restoration Hardware (Baby & Child) hwww.rhbabyandchild.com..The art piece on the wall...you will not believe this but its a Gillian original..frustrated that she couldn't find any nice decals she drew up an image (yes pretty impressive!) then projected it on to the wall to paint!!

This Mollymook house was a 60's red brick in its original condition..the owners called on Gillian to strip it back and add her timeless touch of elegance..Due to its beachfront position and the fact that it was going to be covered in wetsuits and sand this pretty much dictated Khaw's interior scheme: "There's a luminosity that reflects from the ocean that we wanted to exaggerate". Khaw reduced the architecture to a simple white box and installed limed oak floors, the roughness of which evokes that of the sand. As a result, the roaring surf and rugged bush landscape dominate. A local joiner was used to build the kitchen and this bar - wooden bench top and v groove cupboards

 Love the integration of this old style Falcon black oven with the white painted joinery; the subway tiles are from Amber; bench top is caesar stone

Oak floor boards from Precision Flooring in "nueve" 

The clients have a love of furniture and artefacts from Africa - they actually own Doveton Kay www.dovetonkay.com a furniture wholesaler who used to have an amazing shop in Double Bay; This dining table and bench seats were custom made from beach wood www.beachwood.com.au

The screen is African kuba cloth which has been mounted on a custom screen

The large mirror acts to open up the room and reflect the ocean views

The sisal carpet is from natural floor covering www.naturalfloor.com.au its rattan weave in 'sea grass'; it compliments the existing slate flooring; and yes well spotted that is a ivory hand loomed pom pom blanket from Paddo to Palmy on the end of the bed!