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Designer Spotlight: Xavier&Me

Posted on February 18, 2013 by Amy There have been 0 comments

We're beyond excited to be launching Xavier&Me's brand new range of designer textiles - designer cushions and designer rugs.  We literally just finished uploading all of the new Xavier&Me designs to the on-line store and in looking at our designer rug collection, all we can say is rugs never looked so good! It wouldn't be a new Xavier&Me collection without a hot, new range of cushions either, so be sure to check them out right here >> Xavier&Me designer cushions.

With a new collection to share, never has there been a better time to have a little chat to one of our favourite designers, Ellie Bradley of Xavier&Me.  So  here goes, the latest in our Designer Spotlight Q&A's.

Xavier&Me, Founder & Creative Director, Ellie Bradley Xavier&Me, Founder & Creative Director, Ellie Bradley.

Everything Begins somewhere.  Tell us a bit about your background – what path led you to what you are doing now?

I’ve always been interested in design and interiors. I used to play around with furniture layouts in my bedroom when I was a little girl. But it was during my 15 years working in advertising that my interests grew and prompted me to launch Xavier & Me. I worked with some of Australia’s best design agencies, photographers and stylists so the idea just grew over time. I used to sketch ideas and designs when I travelled so after many sketch books later, I started to explore these designs on textiles.

Xavier&Me Striped Rug Coastal Stripe Black and White Xavier & Me Striped Rug. The Coastal Stripe Striped Rug is available in six colourways and six sizes including rugs and runners. The Coastal Stripe Striped Rug is shown here in Black and White.

Xavier&Me | Striped Rugs | Designer Rugs Xavier&Me Coastal Striped Rugs, available in six colourways, Black, Nude, Sunshine, Aqua, Graphite and Navy.

What challenges have you faced since starting out as a designer and on the flip side your biggest triumph?

My biggest challenge to date is working for your self and by my self. Don’t get me wrong, I love it but you do become quite isolated so I have had to make every effort to get out and about, especially to industry events. Limited budget has also been a bit of a challenge but this has made me become very savvy, and think outside the box.

My biggest triumph is that I am still here doing what I love four years later.

How would you describe your work & what would you say is the most special thing about your work?

My work is colourful, graphic but also soft and feminine. I have carved a colourful signature style that people love, but I love to explore other patterns and techniques which see some collections with soft hand painted designs. The thing I love most about what I do however is experimenting. I love to get out in the backyard and play with natural pigments and dyes, I love to get out a pen and draw something, then digitally manipulate it. It really is fun.

What are you most proud of in your work?

My designs. They really are a part of me on a cushion, or a rug or even a throw.

Xavier&Me Designer | Designer Rug | ID Collection Xavier&Me ID Collection, the perfect personal stamp for your home, available in four colourways, Yellow, Pink, Navy & Pastel Pink.

What kind of material do you think has great possibilities?

3-D printed fabrics. It’s such amazing technology and I can’t wait to do some of my product designs with this technology.

What does a typical day at work look like? 

It’s busy. Just very busy.

Xavier&Me Striped Rug - South Beach in Black & White Xavier&Me Striped Rug, South Beach. Available in five colourways, Black, Yellow, Pink & Blue

Xavier&Me striped rug, South Beach Xavier&Me striped rug, South Beach in Paradise Pink.

Striped Rug, Xavier&Me designer rug in yellow. South Beach Striped Rug by Xavier&Me in Yellow.

Striped Rug, South Beach by Xavier&Me.  Striped Rug, South beach by Xavier&Me. Available in five colourways.

Striped Rug by Xavier&Me.  This South Beach striped rug is shown in pastel pink. South Beach Striped Rug by Xavier & Me in Sand Pink.

If you weren’t a designer what would you do?

I would be an Interior Designer or Architect. However saying that I am fascinated by volcanoes so maybe a volcanologist!!

What inspires you?

I get inspired by lots of things - patterns, people, places, but mainly it would be colour. This appears everywhere in everything so it would be the colour that first catches my eye.

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What are your favourite reads, both magazines & blogs?

I am reading Living etc, Vogue, Real Living plus all the other great home magazines. Online I love to read Lonny Magazine and Anthology. I also love to visit numerous blogs and design sites.

What are you listening to right now?

What ever is on the ipod.

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What books would we find on your bedside table?

None. I usually am so tired I fall straight asleep but in my studio that’s another thing. I have a bookcase filled with books and magazines.

What art would we find in your home?

I have some indigenous art bought when I worked on Tourism Northern Territory account. They are etchings from two artists in Arnhem Land. I also have some old etching I picked up from a Paris Flea market that are framed along with a couple of pieces I have done.

What does a perfect day off look like?

My perfect day would start with a walk down at the beach at sunrise, followed by a scrumptious breakfast. I would then spend the rest of the day relaxing. Not lifting a finger or thinking about what I need to cook for dinner!!

You live & work in Sydney, where EB’s HQ is.  Fill us in on your must see / must do experiences.

I am the worst tourist guide however if I have international guests staying with me I would do tell them do the following:

  1. Bondi to Bronte walk, especially during Sculptures by the Sea
  2. Walk the Botanic Gardens around to the Opera House.
  3. Visit the Hunter Valley. Great vino and food
  4. Beaches. Sydney has some of the best beaches in the world so I would get them to visit anyone our beaches especially Palm Beach.
  5. Ferry ride to Cockatoo Island
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You love to travel.  Tell us your ideal travel destination.  Both for a holiday and adventure.

My ideal travel destination would include both relaxation and exploration. I used to be able to lie on a beach for two weeks straight but now I need to get out and do things. I can’t just sit around. So ideally I would travel somewhere that I have the choice and of course it needs to be somewhere I haven’t been before.

Best holiday destination for me is Noosa. It’s a special place. I was taken there as a baby and I have now taken my baby (he is not really a baby now!!) there. It’s a very special place for me.

Best adventure holiday would need to be somewhere I have not been before. I would love to get down to South America, also visit India and Northern Europe.

C F McEwan | Designer Scarf | Towers Scarf Ellie Loves 1. C F McEwan Designer Scarf: Towers.

What/were was the last amazing meal you ate?

It was New Years Eve at a good friends house. They made an awesome curry. It really was like the ones you get back in the UK. So tasty. But I am really looking forward to a degustation lunch at Aria which is booked in for Feb. Can’t wait to eat some amazing food.

Most treasured possession?

My family. Everything else is replaceable.

welovekaoru ABC Fine Bone China Typographic Teacup and Saucer Ellie Loves 2. welovekaoru ABC Fine Bone China Typographic Teacup & Saucer. Ellie would take tea in an E or an X.

Where would we find you on a Saturday?  Doing what?

Pottering around Balmain or visiting friends. My day usually starts very early with checking emails or doing work of some kind (I never stop), then I will either potter around the house. We have a little boy so we go for a walk down to one of the local parks and grab coffees on the way, then it will be back home for lunch or meet up with some friends at a pub for lunch. I always have a little afternoon nap (as I get up very early) and then I need to start thinking about dinner. After dinner, we then sit down and catch up on some TV or movies we missed during the week.

Gina and May | Designer Umbrella | Starlet Umbrella Ellie Loves 3. Gina and May Designer Umbrella, Starlet

Sydney’s best kept secret?

Dawn Fraser pool at sunrise. Quite magical and a great place to do your exercise

And finally, let us in on a little secret? 

I taught myself everything I know. Oh and I can’t go past a good piece of chocolate covered licquorice. Slightly addicted!!


Xavier&Me has carved a colourful signature style that is both modern and timeless. Xavier&Me Creative Director & Designer, Ellie Bradley brings a layered and luxurious understanding to the world of modern design with her collection of artfully conceived textiles, accessories and home accents.

Xavier&Me is dedicated to bringing you comfort, style and colour to your home. Designing everything, from classic patterns to latest trends, vintage to modern, inexpensive and well-considered to aspirational and unique, Xavier&Me’s collection of designer cushions, rugs and homewares that will fit with your lifestyle for years to come.

Everything Begins' designer Xavier&Me frequently appears in national press including Real Living, House & Garden, Vogue Living, Home Beautiful, Woman’s Weekly, Madison and Donna Hay, to major newspapers including Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Daily Telegraph.

Ellie lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

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