At home with vintage fashion designer Gaby De Blasio

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Boo Boo Velvet founder Gaby at her home in Fulham. Photo : Nick Clayton.

Boo Boo Velvet creator Gaby De Blasio knows what she likes and she has filled her home with her retro finds … and two beautiful labradors. Take a look around her colourful home.

AGE 54

WORKLIFE

Receptionist for Face & Body Adelaide and creator of Boo Boo Velvet, a line of custom-made, vintage-inspired novelty basket and bags.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS …

Having my Boo Boo Velvet products stocked at the Tangerine Fox and Little Miss Waste Not, as well as various other small businesses interstate.

I’VE LIVED IN MY HOME FOR …

12 years

Boo Boo Velvet founder Gaby at her home in Fulham. Photo : Nick Clayton.

MY HOME IS A …

Circa 1970s homette.

I LIVE WITH …

My two labradors, Boo Boo and Tin Tin.

I LOVE MY HOME BECAUSE …

It’s an expression of me

BUT I STILL NEED TO …

Do lots of things, including renovating the bathroom, redoing the whole garden as over the years the dogs have destroyed all the landscaping and irrigation!

MY DECORATING STYLE IS …

Kitschy, retro, OTT, eclectic and a colourful mix of styles.

Boo Boo Velvet founder Gaby at her home in Fulham. Photo : Nick Clayton.

RECENT PURCHASE

A cargo trike bike to get around in with the dogs.

I COLLECT …

Many things, however my current obsession would be brooches.

FAVOURITE ROOM

My studio, the lounge room and the park view.

HOME FAVOURITES

My dogs.

Barsony lamps.

Brooch collection.

IN MY GARDEN I HAVE …

Mostly weeds but an awesome view of the park.

Boo Boo Velvet founder Gaby at her home in Fulham. Photo : Nick Clayton.

WHEN I GET HOME AT NIGHT I …

Run to the back door to greet and give my dogs a big hug.

AT WEEKENDS I LIKE TO …

Op shop, catch up with friends and, of course, hang out with my dogs.

MY FIRST CAR WAS …

A 1974 yellow Honda Civic hatchback.

I LIKE TO LISTEN TO …

Upbeat music.

FAVOURITE FILM

Mike Myers’ So I married an axe murderer.

CLEAN FREAK OR MESSY BESSIE?

Messy Bessie

Boo Boo Velvet founder Gaby at her home in Fulham. Photo : Nick Clayton.

ON MY WISHLIST IS …

To be happy and prosperous … and world peace.

WHEN I’M HOME I LIKE TO COOK …

Quick and easy, traditional Italian peasant-style food and baking old favourites.

FAVOURITE CAFE/RESTAURANT/BAR

Bacchus at Henley Beach.

FAVOURITE DRINK?

Milk.

WHEN I WAS A CHILD I WANTED TO BE …

A hairdresser.

Boo Boo Velvet founder Gaby at her home in Fulham. Photo : Nick Clayton.

FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY

Having sleepovers at my cousin’s house and playing hopscotch in the backyard.

IF I COULD CHANGE CAREER NOW I WOULD BE …

A dog sitter.

FAVOURITE SA HOLIDAY SPOT/OR ACTIVITY

Cycling along Linear Park.

DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION

Either Japan or the US.

SOMETHING YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?

Retirement!

Boo Boo Velvet founder Gaby at her home in Fulham. Photo : Nick Clayton.

MY NEIGHBOURS ARE …

Awesome! I’m very fortunate to have good people around me. There is a lovely sense of community.

I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT …

My dogs!

If I COULD AFFORD IT I WOULD LIVE …

On the Esplanade, either at Henley Beach or Grange.

HOME MEANS …

Everything to me. It’s my sanctuary.

For more info on Boo Boo Velvet, log on to Instagram: @booboovelvet

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