Style At Home: Alana Langan Of Hunt & Bow

Written by on January 14, 2014 in Lifestyle, Style At Home - 20 Comments
Home Tour of Hunt & Bow Australia / Glitter Guide / Photography by Annette O'Brien

We love Australian shop Hunt & Bow‘s eclectic mix of furniture and home accessories, especially because they carry a mixture of vintage and modern pieces. So when we got the chance to get a peek inside the home of Alana Langan, the owner of Hunt & Bow, we absolutely couldn’t wait. Alana has translated the aesthetic of her shop perfectly into her home, and even though the home is a rental, she has filled the space with personal touches and plenty of style!

Photography: Annette O’Brien 

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  • How and when did you start Hunt & Bow?
    I started Hunt & Bow, originally as just an interior styling business which has grown to include an online shop, in 2012 after returning to my home town of Melbourne from London to have our first child. The shop launched in August this year and we recently ran our first pop-up shop in Melbourne, which was a blast! The shop stocks a colourful mix of vintage treasures and modern-day, Australian-designed homewares scouted on my travels. The items for sale include decor objects, cushions, rugs, vintage and refurbished furniture, and more recently we’ve added jewelry and bags. Hunt & Bow was born from my desire to create a platform to support independent local design in Australia and to meet the growing demand for on-trend vintage wares without the time-consuming ‘hunting’ that usually goes with it.

  • What first sparked your interest in home design and refurbishing vintage furniture?
    I think it had something to do with the fact that I grew up in a home that always had some kind of renovation happening and was encouraged from a young age to get involved. I painted my bedroom when I was 12 and refurbished my first piece of furniture around that age too (a Queen Anne side-table I decoupaged)! It’s always been a part of my life, and something I’ve loved doing. I think my parents are responsible for instilling my appreciation for old things; they always took me along to antique stores and op-shops so I feel right at home in them.

  • What has been the most rewarding aspect of your career so far?
    I know it’s a cliche, but I think it would have to be experiencing what it really means to ‘love my job.’ I went on a mission a few years ago to try to figure out what I wanted from a career — a job I could really love — and I think I’ve found it. When I’m styling, refurbishing vintage furniture or hunting down cool things for the shop I’m really in the flow of things and couldn’t be happier.

  • What are your main sources of inspiration for home decor?
    There’s so many! I love Australian interiors mags like Inside Out and Real Living, plus my favorite from the UK, Elle Decor; I’m a bit of a magazine hoarder so there’s literally hundreds knocking about in our house. I’m also totally addicted to Instagram and find so much inspiration on there. And Pinterest of course. I’m otherwise really inspired by great blogs; www.stylebyemilyhenderson.com, www.absolutelybeautifulthings.blogspot.com, www.thedesignfiles.net to name a few.

  • How would you describe your décor and overall design aesthetic? Does your home mimic your personal style at all?
    It’s hard for me to define my style, but I know what I do like; lots of color, bold pattern and of course that perfect mix of old and new. There’s a definite femininity and light-heartedness to my style too, and I can’t get enough of pretty flowers! There is some cross-over with my home and my personal style: I love wearing color and have always mixed vintage pieces into my wardrobe for the same reason I do at home; it really makes a look unique. But I definitely dress a lot less feminine, running around after a 22-month-old calls for comfy shoes and lots of denim!

  • What’s your favorite part about your home?
    My favourite spot in our home would have to be our lounge room. It’s filled with pieces we’ve collected over the years so everything has a real story to it, plus it’s mixed in with all my modern-day favourites from the shop like Pop & Scott’s pretty pots and my favorite Australian-made candles. It’s a really inspiring space that makes me happy.

  • Where are some of your go-to places to shop for home décor?
    Australia has such an exciting design industry, and I think we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to decor options; especially here in Melbourne, there’s so many talented artists and designers to choose from! It’s hard to name just a few but I would have to say Insitu for beautiful contemporary furniture, Signed & Numbered and Colour & Skulls for affordable art, Bonnie & Neil and Attic and Trunk for gorgeous cushions, Country Road for a wide range of budget-friendly (but design-conscious) homewares and Jardan for totally dream-worthy furniture!

  • Tell us about your biggest splurge and your best bargain in your home.
    Biggest splurge was definitely our bed. It’s a super king, and is ridiculously big and comfy. There’s no more ‘elbows-in-face’ or ‘leg-kicking,’ my fiance and I don’t even realize we’re in the same bed! We spend a third of our lives sleeping, so I think it’s worth investing in the best bed you can afford. Best bargain is our vintage sofa. I found it in an op-shop (thrift store) for $60 and had it reupholstered in the most gorgeous blue velvet. Not a day goes by that it doesn’t make me smile.

  • What have you found to be the biggest challenge in decorating your home?
    Definitely the fact that we’re renting and don’t have complete freedom to decorate as we please. We have overcome a few issues though; we’ve painted the entire interior white (which most landlords would be happy to agree to and works as a great canvas to build from), and where we’ve not been able to hang things on the wall we’ve resorted to leaning our art instead, which is still really effective and means we can still enjoy it!

  • How do you sparkle?
    By always challenging myself and pushing my boundaries.

  • Adena

    Gorgeous! I’m in love with the “do the cha cha” print. Do you know where I can find it online?

    • Alana Langan

      This is indeed a framed tea towel by designer Rachel Castle; castleandthings.com.au is her website. Good luck!

  • http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/ Molly {Dreams in HD}

    what a beautiful space!
    can’t believe it is a rental :)

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

  • http://lilyonfillmore.com/ Valerie

    yay for fun, spunky houses! love the cha cha print, too.

    side note– i’m not sure if this has been only with my browser/laptop, but my entire page refreshes every time i look at slides on GG. is that unusual?

    • becca_jean

      The Cha Cha print is from Australian designer Rachel Castle. I think this one might actually be a framed tea towel.

  • Jann

    Love the zebra painting! Does anyone know the artist?

    • Alana

      Hi Jann, it’s actually a framed silk scarf from ‘Bay & Fyfe’ http://bayandfyfe.com/shop/ from artwork by Daimon Downey. xx

  • TÉLIO Textures

    Beautiful Space!

  • Ashley

    Loving the “f yeah” plates! Does anyone know the source?

  • Paula

    I love the bedside table. Where’s it from?!

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  • Gabriela

    where is the desk from? Thanks!

  • Hayley

    I have been looking for a blue couch for ages. Where is this one from?

  • http://melissalovesshop.bigcartel.com/ Melissa de la Fuente

    Absolutely gorgeous. I love the details, warmth and lovely things so much, I’m not even sure where to begin! The tassels on the dresser, the artwork, the pots, the blue velvet sofa! Off to check out Alana’s shop!
    xo
    Melissa

  • Julie

    Hi I was wondering where I could find this Table Cloth? I love it!!

  • Emily Jeanne

    Yes, source of tablecloth, please!

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  • http://massmusingsblog.blogspot.com Kayte Demont

    I love all of this! I love her style and haven’t found someone who so similarly represents my own :) thanks for sharing xoxo

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