Gabriella Simonian, proprietress of hey harlow on Instagram inspiration and reading on a beach in Cyprus
First up, should we call you Gabriella, Gabi, Ella or Gab?
Tell us the idea behind your online boutique hey harlow?
The idea for hey harlow came about not long after I moved to Brisbane from London in June 2018. I was blown away by the immense amount of talent in Australia, but I struggled to find what I needed online. The online space is incredibly accessible in the UK, so I was used to being able to go to one place and order a number of bits and bobs and have it all shipped to me direct. Here, I was having to go to multiple websites and pay shipping costs for each order, which really adds up. I thought if I could create a space online with a carefully curated selection of beautifully made products - and one that wasn't just your average Aussie coastal homewares shop - then I could bring something a bit different to the market.
Are you ever called Harlow in emails?Not yet, but I do love the name Harlow so maybe I'd go along with it just for fun.
Who are your fave Australian designers and craftspeople you’re always excited to follow?
One section of your website is divided by rooms in the home - bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living - what’s your fave part of the house?
You’re a fantastic curator on Instagram. Tell us some of your favourite visual inspiration sources.
Because we’re called Summer Stories we always ask people for their favourite summer read. What’s yours? Where were you when you read it? Is there a story behind the story?
Marlena by Julie Buntin. I read it in the summer of 2017 while on holiday in Cyprus, where my dad's from. It was the first summer after my mum passed away from lung cancer, so I had been on the lookout for a good book to keep my mind from wandering during those quiet moments on the beach where you're left to nothing more than your own thoughts. It's a coming of age story about love, friendship and loss.