Returning from Morocco determined Townsville needed paint, pattern and colour, Rose Alexander and her partner Ray opened Gaysha to cater for creative types.
Gaysha Contemporary Paint & Pattern in South Townsville will celebrate its second birthday on July 16. Packed with products to re-love and re-purpose furniture, the shop stocks Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, as well as her instructional books and range of brushes, waxes and stencils.
“The inspiration for Gaysha was a trip to paint a pavilion in the heart of Morocco,” Rose says.
During this time Rose worked alongside professional interior decorators to completely makeover a master bedroom suite. The group installed a feature wall incorporating stencil techniques, metallic foils and patinas to create a stampede of Arabian horses.
“We made lasting friendships and were inspired to bring these elements of handmade creativity home,” Rose says.
Focused on upcycling, Gaysha embodies the spirit of the artisan to transform the ordinary into something beautiful.
“We have furniture we’ve re-loved ourselves with Chalk Paint as well as Royal Design Studio furniture stencils, rollers and brushes,” Rose says.“We also stock handmade gifts including Mariana jewellery and fragrant products made from Australian native plants.”
To help those who want to makeover their own piece of furniture, Rose and Ray run workshops where customers get to use Chalk Paint products on their own items.
“The workshops demonstrate popular techniques like whitewashing and distressing, and the products work perfectly to update tired kitchen cabinetry and synthetics,” says Rose.
“The products work perfectly to update tired kitchen cabinetry and synthetics.”
For Ray, Gaysha is what life after Queensland Nickel looks like. Ray was an employee at the Yabulu Refinery for 32 years and says, before Gaysha, his knowledge of colours was Caterpillar Yellow and John Deere Green.
“But I’m thrilled at my promotion to Executive Sales Manager of our store,” Ray says with a grin. “Talking to our customers comes easily.”