21.11.14

Blog Revamp

It's almost time for me to pop the champagne. I thought I would check in here and let you know that the blog is currently experiencing an overhaul, and I'll be back soon with a great new look. To say that I'm excited is an understatement - I'm looking forward to blogging more in 2015 and all that that will bring. Thanks to all my loyal subscribers who have stuck with me, you'll notice the next email from me will be looking a little different - it will be a weekly newsletter in your inbox every Sunday night. I hope this suits you all!

I'd love to hear from you - what do you want to see more of on the blog? Leave a comment or drop me a line - briar@sundaycollector.com.au. Hopefully the new blog will be live within a week and a half - you'll find me at the same web address!

Have a great weekend, 

Briar x

17.11.14

Sunday's Dream World


Many photos of Sunday's nursery have been shared over the past two and a half years on a few different blogs and my Instagram account. It was lovingly and slowly pulled together by me while I was pregnant. I knew we were having a girl, but of course I didn't know what kind of person the baby would be. As luck would have it, the room was pretty much made for Sunday. Colourful, fun, eclectic and a little bit fruity - this description pretty much sums up both Sunday and her nursery. The one thing I didn't factor in was Sunday's eventual big love of books, her devotion to the colour pink and 'Sunny tutus' (which is Sunday speak for a dress)....and her early desire to climb out of the cot. 

It became obvious that it was time for Sunday's room to have an update - with a big girl bed that I've had my heart set on from Bednest  (I'll share better photos of that beauty when the room is all set up), along with a little more of her personality injected in to it at the same time. As luck would have it - the lovely guys at Sleepmaker approached me and offered to contribute towards Sunday's room update - including the supply of a beautiful new mattress. I'm a big believer in investing in a good quality mattress, especially for a child. Premium back support is so important while they are growing, as is comfort - I'll try anything to get Sunday sleeping more restfully than she does. Sleepmaker have recently launched the Mattress Selector Tool which is an application on their website that asks the customer a series of questions (such as budget, your usual sleeping position and the firmness you prefer), that results in the best mattress recommendation for you. I answered Sunday's questions - and the selector tool came up with the very plush 'Element' mattress, which factored in her allergies and asthma, which I found so impressive. The pillow foam cloud top design on the mattress is just so luxurious - I can honestly say she's ended up with a better  mattress than her parents, it is just so snug and cozy. See the photo below for a close up of the mattress to understand the plushness I am describing...

As with all spaces I decorate, pictured below is a mood board that I've put together for the room. The walls have remained grey (Tabmann's Inverness), but hints of baby pink and sunny yellow will ensure the room grows up a little. I'm still waiting on a few things to arrive in the mail, but as soon as they do, I'll share some photos of the finished space. I'll also be running a cool giveaway from Sleepmaker...so keep your eyes peeled!


Where to source:

1. 'S' for little Sunday - a beautifully hand made marquee light that is battery powered (perfect for a night light on the wall) from Little Lights Letter Co.
2. I love the range of frames at Country Road, and they keep on getting better every year. I couldn't pass up the cute Forbes Frame.
3. A good hit of bright yellow at the end of Sunday's bed will be found in the Mercer + Reid Mohair throw from Adairs.
4. I recently mentioned on here that I'm loving the soft pink linen from CULTIVER. When choosing, I actually asked Sunday which colour she would like, and of course her answer was 'Pink, Mumma'. 
5. Sunday's first proper walking shoes (very loved, and also very sparkly) were recently mounted and framed. I hope this is something she will always hold on to. 
6. The girl likes to paint. And paint some more. I have no shortage of Sunday's artworks to decorate with, and I've picked out a selection to adorn the walls (these will be on rotation). 
7. I think I will love this as much as Sunday when it arrives. A gorgeous hand sewn swan from super clever crafter Lulu Lucky. Keep an eye on her Instagram account, word on the street is that she will be releasing more swans in time for Christmas.
8. I plan to hang a strand of lovely felt bunting from Homely Creatures above the bed. 
9. I'm a fan of anything miniature or anything oversize. I couldn't pass up the ice cream money bank from Lark. Start saving for that growing shoe habit, Sunday!
10. This small photo doesn't do it justice, but a new bed in the softest grey felt from Bednest is on it's way (to Sunday, and online), and rumour has it -  it's actually going to be called 'Sunday'. 
11. The cushions from Rachel Castle need no introduction, and this fun yellow velvet penny round is going to look great against the soft pink linen. 
12. Books will be front facing and easily accessible for Sunday in this gorgeous Australian made timber bookshelf, 'Bookworm Bookrack' from Willow + Wood.
13. As mentioned, Sunday's mattress from Sleepmaker is fit for a queen. Make sure you check out the new Mattress Selector Tool.
14. I couldn't go past the quality in Rachel Castle's pillowcases either. A cute yellow heart print to compliment the soft pink linen. 

I hope you all had a great weekend. 

Briar x

12.11.14

Christmas wishlist

It's that time of year again, folks - when you have to start thinking about gifts for your loved ones during the silly season. Above are some gift suggestions I would personally love to open on Christmas morning, so I imagine there would be sisters, aunts, mums, grandmas, and even some boyfriends out there that this guide might appeal to, too! Feel free to email the page link to your other half for a not so subtle hint.

I've made an effort to source a range of things for different budgets from lovely online stores, which stock so many options for everyone - so hopefully this helps the 'big shopping mall-avoiding' keyboard shoppers out there...I can pretty much guarantee you could do all your shopping from the comfort of your living room!

1. Umemi Notknot Turk's Head Cushion from Design Stuff
2. The Amaroo Round Towel from The Beach People
3. Body Wash from Bondi Wash 
4. Someday giclee art print from Hello Polly Home
5. Frame Storage Box by By Lassen from Fred
6. Wishing You Peace Card from Moglea on Etsy 
7. X-Superette Co-Lab Blanket from Kate & Kate
8. Menu Marble clock from Urban Couture
9. Make & Do book by Beci Orpin from Book Depository
10. Bands white + blue guest towel from Citta Design
11. Blossom Crystal Earrings from Krystle Knight Jewellery
12. Ice Cream Sandwich Pool Float from Third Drawer Down
13. Watermelon Doormat from The Woodsfolk
14. Linen coated tray from Fossik
15. Bottle Grinder Set in nude from Nordic Fusion
16. Polka dot pillowcases from Gorman
17. Maison Balzac candle from Cultiver

Now, here's the fun part. I was invited to be a part of a 'blog hop' by the lovely Steph from Bondville with fellow design/lifestyle bloggers in Australia. Click on the links below...and check out some other great Christmas gift guides that are going live at the exactly same time as mine:


Happy shopping!

Briar x

10.11.14

CULTIVER


I've mentioned on here before the importance of good bed linen. You could have a bare bedroom with a basic ensemble bed, but add some luxurious sheets/duvet covers with a great cushion and you are half way to a five star hotel room. I recently came across the Sydney based label, CULTIVER - and was impressed by the simply styled shots on their website of the cosiest looking bed linen I'd seen in a while. The brand is all about 'everyday luxury' and I had Sunday's new big girl bed on my mind (more on that soon). I was immediately drawn to the soft pink set for my 'girly' girl in her very grey bedroom. I really like the idea of blank canvas bedding, so you can easily combine a decorative cushion or pillowslip without it getting too busy (which can easily happen in a kids bedroom). When the new bed linen arrived in the mail, I certainly wasn't disappointed. Made from 100% linen woven from French flax that is pre-washed - the quality is heavy, but the gorgeous crinkly finish is supremely soft. I can honestly say Sunday looks cosier as I tuck her in to bed at night...I'm almost tempted to join her for a doze (if only that didn't end up in her choosing to cosy up across my head). My girl is a 'close' sleeper ; ) 

CULTIVER also stock a good range of table linens, robes, cushions and Maison Balzac - a gorgeous candle brand. Not that my bed really needs it, but I've also got my eye on this lovely indigo duvet cover

I hope you are all having a lovely start to the week. Briar x

5.11.14

Kitchen Stools

On top of a lovely client needing 4 kitchen stools at the moment, I'm also on the hunt for a set for home. As you can imagine, I've been coming across a few options out there. I have no hesitations in choosing something I believe to be perfect for someones home, but it's a whole different story when it comes to furniture items I have to live with...kind of like the air conditioning man who doesn't have air conditioning. A while ago, Mark and I made a promise to leave our student days well and truly behind and only buy furniture pieces that are timeless and good quality (maybe something for Sunday to hold on to when we are long gone -  so if we have to wait and save for it, so be it). Pictured above is a round up of 8 kitchen stools that have got me swooning. 

Now, just to get Mark across the line with a favourite - and my family of three can officially start breakfasting in the new kitchen!

1. Smed Stool by OX Design at Great Dane Furniture
2. W-Bar Stool from Cafe Culture + Insitu
3. Mariner Stools from 1000 Chairs
4. ML42 Barstool by By Lassen from Fred
5. X-Stool Steel from Cafe Culture + Insitu 
7. Round Barstool from Thonet

I hope you are all having a great week,

Briar x

2.11.14

SodaStream Giveaway { Entries Closed }

My last memory of a SodaStream would have been back in 1987 when I was feeling envious that my big sister got a yellow and orange one from Santa. For those who aren’t in the know, SodaStream is a home carbonation system that allowed you to transform ordinary tap water into sparkling drinks in seconds. I've noticed they've made a big comeback in recent years - with a few friends and family using them to make their everyday carbonated water. I was very happy to recently be able to try out the new SodaStream Play Drinks Maker at home. It's a stylish Drinks Maker for everyday use, is minimal by design and super simple to use - it also comes in some fun colours like yellow and grey (I chose the more classic white for the new kitchen). 

Fancy your sparkling water with some flavour? There is a big range of tasty flavoured syrups available (that are delicious), but I decided to get all Martha Stewart-like and flavour my own newly Soda-Streamed sparkling water, which is pictured above. Here's the simple recipe:

Pink Grapefruit + Pomegranate Soda

Juice from 1 large pink grapefruit
Grated zest from 1 pink grapefruit
Inside arils of one pomegranate
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup water
2 cups sugar

Method: Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil. Let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes. To carbonate your water simply place tap water into the SodaStream PET bottle and insert the bottle into the SodaStream Play Drinks Maker. Gently press down on the Drinks Maker once for light carbonation, twice for medium or three times for a very carbonated water.

Once your pink grapefruit and pomegranate flavour has cooled, mix with the SodaStream sparkling water, lots of ice and some fresh mint leaves. So refreshing for a hot summers day, or you could add a little bit of vodka for a cocktail/evening twist. 

I must also add that the SodaStream Play is so simple to use (even I handled it with no problem, I actually usually loathe learning about a new gadget). I'm also happy to say that I've got two more to give away! Simply leave a comment below on why the SodaStream would be handy at your place, and I'll announce the two winners on a post next Sunday. 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. 

Briar x

COMPETITION UPDATE! Congratulations to Kara and Jenny. Both winners of a new Sodastream, thanks everyone for entering!


29.10.14

Terry has a new home


The blog has been a little neglected this past week, as I have been unpacking...and unpacking some more. After 12 weeks, we were able to move back home to a lovely new kitchen (photos to come soon, I'm just waiting on a few cupboard doors that had to be re-sprayed). Besides the crazy amounts of new cooking space, I'm most excited about new floorboards. We were living with carpet in a large proportion of our apartment, which I had grown to loathe as the years went on, and I'm so happy I chose the 21mm wide European Oak 'Jubilee' Venture Plank from Havwoods. I'm so impressed with the quality, and will be recommending the range to clients from now on.

Back to the unpacking - I'm actually astounded (and a little ashamed) by the cupboards we managed to fill again. After living in the hotel for so long, it became obvious to Mark and I how little one needs to live comfortably.  The majority of 'stuff' is just that - stuff. We didn't miss those boxes of books, the multiples in kitchen utensils, the spare 10 tea towels. If I had a front yard, I'd be holding an epic garage sale next week, but instead, we have decided to slowly cull week by week and donate two garbage bags (or boxes) a week to charity. I'm sure it will feel good. 

In other news, I started re-hanging art today, and Terry the budgie has a new home, for now. He'll be watching over Sunday each night as she (doesn't) eat her greens. 

I hope you are all having a great week, I'll be back here soon.

Briar x

23.10.14

A Grain of Truth

I am part of the statistic that says 67% of Australian people believe white bread has added sugar in it. I learnt last week that this is a complete myth when it comes to Australian bread. It’s definitely added to breads in America (the addition of sugar triples the shelf life), but here, the ingredients that go in to bread are surprisingly simple and natural. The only preservative that you’ll find is old fashioned vinegar. The other myth that was certainly debunked is that white flour gets bleached...Simply not true. 

Along with a handful of bloggers and media representatives I was invited along to the Tip Top HQ for the launch of  A Grain of Truth campaign, which is all about educating the average Australian and de mystifying the facts that have been doing the rounds about the ‘evils’ of bread the past couple of years. The gorgeous Dr Joanna McMillan was there to chat about her findings and shared some delicious recipes. We also watched a bread making demonstration from two of the head bakers at Tip Top Bakeries. The process was simple, and really hasn’t changed much over the years. 

Our bodies actually need carbohydrates to refuel - so the consumption of smart carbs are essential for a healthy diet...Especially for children who need carbohydrates for healthy brain growth and function. Dr Joanne chatted to us about choosing carbs that are low GI and contain whole grains, to make you feel fuller for longer. I have to say I'm not part of the statistic that is cutting out bread from their diet. One of the main reasons is that without bread, Sunday’s diet would be incredibly limited. She’s a little carb loader and would live off pasta and plain bread if I allowed it. The only way I can make sure she is getting anything remotely nutritious is through toast in the morning and sandwiches at lunch.  I was pleased to find out from Dr Joanne that the staple bread of choice in our home is one of the healthier options. I’ve been buying the fairly dense Soy + Linseed from Burgen for about 5 years now, simply because I find it delicious. Dr Joanne shared a great tip - If you are keen to get your child eating a more nutritious wholegrain bread over white options, do it gradually...wholegrain on the bottom of the sandwich and white on the top. Clever!




Sunday being the picky eater she is, always opens up a sandwich to scrutinise exactly what’s gone inside it, so I’ve quickly learned that an open option is the way to go with her. Pictured at the top of this post are four of my go-to open sandwich options, that I enjoy too. I must admit that the odd ingredient still gets flung to the side of Sunday's plate (case in point: tomato), but I figure if it’s put in front of her enough, she’ll have to cave in and try it one of these days. 

For each of these four combinations, I simply toasted slices of the Burgen bread in the toaster (Sunday and I both like our bread toasted, but soft and fresh can be just as delicious). Numbered 1 to 4, give these really simple and affordable open sandwiches a go for a quick lunch: 

1. Smash fresh avocado on the slice of toast with a fork. Place sliced tomato on top with a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds. Season with salt and pepper. 

2. Spread fresh ricotta on the toast, place sliced strawberries on top with a sprinkling of shaved almonds.

3. Delicious soft peanut butter is a favourite with kids, add sliced banana, honey and cinnamon and it could almost be considered a dessert - but it's filling enough for an easy lunch. 

4. A little on the decadent side - but sometimes I’ll try anything to get Sunday to eat something happily. Simply spread fresh ricotta, add a layer of blueberries and a splash of melted dark chocolate. Delicioso!

I hope you are all having a great week, and let's bring back bread. 

Briar x

21.10.14

Fabrik



If I was a fashion designer in another life, and little Sunday was my muse...the clothes from Fabrik would be what I could imagine creating for her. The quality is beautiful (her pants from last season have been worn to death and are still holding their shape and colour), the cuts are perfect on her frame and the fabrics are unexpected but oh-so sweet. I really like to dress Sunday in dresses during the warmer months, not only because they are so sweet on her, but for comfort too - she's free to move her little legs. I also love the great drawstring bags the Fabrik dresses come in - very handy for holding things like Sunday's suncream and wipes. Pictured above is her new purple Starburst Dress, which is made in the softest cotton jersey (with her favourite thing - pockets!) and the Papillion Dress, which has the loveliest neck detail. The baby collection and bedding is worth checking out too - the floral prints take me back to my (1980's) childhood bed, and Fabrik's version of the sleeping bag is the loveliest one I've ever seen. Enter SUNDAYCOLLECTOR at the checkout and receive 10% off the full range.  Not in the market for kids fashion? Check out the lovely options for the ladies too. 

I hope you are all having a lovely week! 

Briar x

19.10.14

Artist Clare Young

We move back home in one week - yay! I can't tell you how excited I am about this. It's been a long 11 weeks living out of a suitcase but 'hello' brand new kitchen, floorboards, carpet and fresh white walls. Besides thinking about the joys of a new double door fridge, thoughts of the fresh but bare white walls have been pretty consuming. Every hook and hole has been patched up - which means every piece of art we own can technically find a new spot. I'm thinking a bit of culling will have to happen (as we have lost a few walls in the renovation process), but I'm also wondering whether we need something new and rather impressive in the dining area. Which brings me to Clare Young. A long time friend of both my older sisters, I've always known Clare as an all-round super clever person (my sisters have told me things like "she made her own wedding dress!" "she wired her renovations like a fully fledged electrician)!" You get the idea...anyway, I had no idea she was also such an amazing painter.

Clare has recently released a series of paintings, 'Reflections', and I'm so excited to be sharing them with you. See the full collection here. The beautiful combination of colours in acrylic paint, oil + soft pastel on oversize canvases have me swooning. Remember me when you read about this fabulous artist in the future - you heard it here first. Ha!

Clare also blogs at Young Audrey, where you can follow her creative travels (the last few posts are all about her amazing paintings), and you can email Clare here with any enquiries. In the mean time, enjoy these:




13.10.14

Six Things







Six things I'm loving lately:

Photo 1 + 2: Coco Republic have recently launched the new Jonathan Adler range, and I couldn't resist the Jet Set porcelain coasters and Muse candle - which channels the US designer Jonathan's signature ceramic designs. Interesting fact: In 2009 Mattel asked Jonathan to design the modern-glam interiors for the Malibu Barbie Dream House as part of Barbie's 50th wedding anniversary. See photos here

Photo 3: I've said it before, but Sunday has a far better wardrobe than me - she is just so FUN to dress. She actually appreciates a good outfit these days, and I can't wait to get her in this sweet Coco & Ginger play suit + necklace with her pair of gold Saltwater sandals. 

Photo 4: Still on the subject of Sunday's wardrobe, she also loves an accessory - and I couldn't resist the retro-inspired hair range from Rare Rabbit. The best part, the clips stay in her hair! I purchased these pieces from Shorties in Newtown. 

Photo 5: Kip + Co have only been around for a couple of years, and their range just keeps on getting bigger and better. I received happy mail the other day announcing an affordable collaboration with Home Republic/Adairs. Hello cute pillowcases! Shop the range here.

Photo 6: Anyone else have the habit of leaving Ikea after a visit with 10 things you didn't know you needed? A $2.95 packet of paper napkins caught my eye last week - which have actually inspired me for a Christmas lunch table I am styling next month. 

I hope you are all having a great week!

Briar x


8.10.14

Basil Bangs Love Rug



It will come as no surprise to you that Basil Bangs, the Australian company who produce the coolest beach and outdoor umbrellas going around have recently launched a delightful collection of Love Rugs. I'm kissing our old plaid picnic blanket goodbye, as I have ordered the 'Awareness' design for Summer - a limited edition design by artist Kelsey Brookes (I just love the serene artwork with the lovely combination of colours). I also love the roomy 1.8m 'round' factor of these rugs, along with the waterproof and durable outdoor canvas. The family size rug also packs away in an easy carry bag. Now I've just got my eye on the beach umbrellas - I'm especially drawn to the fringing on this beauty

The fun bit? Basil Bangs would like me to give one of these beautiful love rugs away (the winner can pick their favourite design - yay, gift giving is so much fun). Get set for Summer people. Details over on Instagram on Thursday morning @sunday_collector and @basilbangs. 


Briar x

6.10.14

Decorating Package

When visiting a house - be it the home of a client, family member or friend, I'm frequently asked to have a quick look at a certain room and give some advice. So often, the room/s are halfway there - it may need some furniture rearranging, a piece of art positioned and a new rug. I find the home owner often loves all their pieces, but doesn't quite know how to combine everything to make the room 'work'. I thrive on giving this sort of advice - which is why I've put together a package for the Sydney metro area that I'm pretty excited about. 

For $300.00, I now offer two hour in-house consultations where we can talk about everything from wall colours, to sofa positioning. If it's something like a bookshelf you need styled, I could do that too. I can primarily 'work with what you've got' - but also recommend any additions that I think will improve the space. Following on from our meeting, I will email you a summary of my advice, including online links to any items I recommend. One week of email conversations can follow this email, all included in the one-off fee.

The affordable package is perfect for the homeowner on a budget, and doesn't need my 'full decorating service' as listed here. I basically want to help make beautiful interiors without the price tag. Contact me for bookings: briarstanley@gmail.com

I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. 

Briar x

2.10.14

Uberkate

For those that know my 'Murphie family' hands, know that I'm no hand model, which is why this ring has been photographed on the mantelpiece. I've been looking down at my hand more than usual this week though, as my new ring has certainly made it more appealing. It's a narrow love band ring from Sydney based company, Uberkate. The family owned and run jewellery design studio specialise in designs 'that capture the spirit of relationships in precious metals'. You have probably seen the nameplate necklaces in your travels, which are very popular - but I just loved the idea of a narrow ring that subtly keeps my baby girl's name always close. I figure it's something Sunday can wear when she's older too. Don't wear yellow gold? The ring is also available in white and rose gold. Coming from a non-romantic, I actually do love the idea of a wedding/comitment ring too. How sweet, having your other half's name inscribed around the ring. 

I hope you are all having a great week, 

Briar x

28.9.14

Baked Chocolate Donuts


It's been while since I posted a calorie laden treat on here (everything in moderation, I say). Why donuts? I've been taunted by gourmet versions on my Instagram feed recently. Two Melbourne establishments are selling them like hotcakes. Check out Doughboys Doughnuts and All Day Donuts. I've got no trips to Melbourne planned in the near future, so I thought I'd try and bring a donut to me (and to Sunday, who thought all her Christmas' had come at once today). You'll need a donut baking tray - I bought one from Big W for $13.00.

Ingredients:
1 cup plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large egg
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup greek yoghurt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup melted chocolate chips, cooled

Chocolate Glaze
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons glucose syrup (for the sheen on the glaze)
2 teaspoons water
Crushed 'Crunchie' and 'Flake' for toppings


Method:
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spray a donut pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
For the donuts: Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Whisk the egg, brown sugar, milk, and yogurt together until smooth. Add the melted butter and vanilla, whisking until fully combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. 
Place the batter into the donut pan —I piped the mixture in using a 'snipped' ziplock bag (less messy). 
Bake for 9–10 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and the donut springs back from touch. 
For the chocolate glaze: Place the chocolate chips, butter, glucose syrup, and water in a medium bowl. Melt in 20 second increments in the microwave, stirring after each time, until completely melted and smooth. Dip the tops of the donuts into the chocolate glaze and then cover with the crushed chocolate (such as a Crunchie or Flake) of your choice. 
Enjoy!
Briar x

24.9.14

Diamonds for Sunday

When Sunday was turning one, I searched high and low for a bangle or bracelet to gift to her. Not
for her to necessarily wear every day (a little risky with a 'butter fingers' toddler), but for more of a keepsake. I actually had no luck finding something appropriate - everything was a little too garish , or not within the budget. I love the idea of a little heirloom for her, as I still have a tiny diamond 'B' brooch that my parents gifted me as a baby, and it's something I cherish. It was extremely happy mail that arrived for Sunday from Claire Aristides Fine Jewels this week. Not only does Claire create seriously lovely jewels for adults, the Bambino Diamond range is exactly what I was looking for a year and a half ago - a teeny tiny bracelet for a little wrist. The perfect gift for a new baby girl - on the day of her birth, her naming day, first birthday or just 'because'. Sunday is now the lucky owner of a delicate  Diamond Love Heart Bracelet in White Gold...it's actually from the adult range (as it has loops to make it a small fit) - which means she may even be able to lend it to her Mumma every now and then!

I hope you are all having a great week, I'm finding the sunshine in Sydney good for the soul this week...Briar x















18.9.14

Table Lamps


Bedrooms. I spend a lot of time thinking about decorating these spaces - it seems to be the most common area my clients want help with. This means I've spent a good chunk of time recently looking at bedsides lamps (when a hanging pendant isn't appropriate). I thought I would do a round up of some my favourites lately - on a luxe and less budget. 

1. Mak Table Lamp in white $62.95 2. Ralph Reading Lamp $199.00 3. Miles Desk Lamp US$275.00 4. Metro Table Lamp $149.00 5. Tronconi Easy Mechanic Table Lamp $189.00 6. Vox Table Lamp P.O.A 7. Nyfors Table Lamp $129.00 8. Saffy Table Lamp $169.00 9. Mink Table Lamp $66.45 10. Sleuth Table Lamp Yellow $129.95

I hope you have all had a great week! 

Briar x

9.9.14

Vanity Cabinet


We aren't short of a bottle of product around here. Mark's weakness is a good cologne (he has about 8 on the go at the moment), and mine is anything to do with skin, hair or nails. Sunday is also developing her mother's love for a good hand cream "hand massage mummy. please. now!" 

I thought I would share a round up of some of my favourite products lately:
1. I've been buying Mavala nail polish from my local pharmacy for years...all because of the miniature bottle, and the lovely consistency of the varnish. I can't count how many half empty and dried up (large) bottles I've thrown out in the past - so the affordable mini size is perfect for a colour you might not want to wear every day. 
2. I was originally gifted a bottle of this fancy Aesop hand sanitiser when Sunday was born. It's perfect handbag size and smells great (as does everything Aesop).
3. + 4.  I recently spoke about my new found love of Dermalogica (I know, a little late to the party). Since, I've also added Solar Defense Booster to my make up bag. This genius little product turns any foundation or moisturiser in to a sunscreen. I also haven't used a toner since my Clinique 3 step days as a 13 year old, but I can tell you now, I'm never going back. The multi active toner feels incredible before moisturising, I'm actually relying on it almost as much as my coffee. 
5. Tigi Bed Head have released a new range for blondes. I love the colour of this conditioner more than anything - it's a saturated canary yellow, and also deliciously thick for those awful knots. 
6. Speaking of those awful knots, my friend put me on to this after I was going mental from the hard water in Bali (have you ever noticed what hard water does to hair)? CPR Frizzy is my latest and greatest hair life saver. 
7. Good packaging gets me every time. Circa Home have recently launched a gorgeous new hand wash range - and the Jasmine + Magnolia scent is divine.  
8. Anything past removing my make up (always), I'm so bad with a 'night time' skin routine. Although, I've been using the Sweet Almond oil from La Mav lately...and I've got to say, it's feels really lovely on my face, and I wake up with softer skin. True story!
9. You may have spotted the edgy/black glass Glasshouse range, La Maison in stores recently? As soon as I saw the Gardenia room fragrance, I couldn't resist. The floral scent is a personal favourite (and the bottle looks cool too). 

Feel free to let me know a product you can't live without! I'd love to hear from you. Briar x

31.8.14

A Corner Shop




I don't always share images on here of the residential projects I'm working on (as I have to respect the privacy of my clients homes), but I have full permission to throw these real estate images out there...as it's big my sister and brother in laws house. The former corner shop in the inner west (turned fancy/architectural masterpiece) went on the market a few days ago, and my sister employed me to help freshen the place up in the few weeks leading up to it. I have to admit, the house was already looking pretty amazing - decorated with a fairly minimalistic style, it still had that layer of general day to day clutter two children bring. We cleared the layer, and organised things such as: the painting of the exterior and interiors, professional cleaning of the beautiful concrete floors, and sanding/polishing of the lovely blonde timber floors in the bedrooms and hallway. I actually talked my sister out of spending up big on new furniture items. Instead, I encouraged them to spend money on soft furnishings such as fresh bed linen and cushions in the three bedrooms, and little things like luxurious towels for a pop of colour in the bathroom. A major decluttering, new blinds and rugs in the kids bedrooms, plus a large rug and cushions in the living room brought a polished warmth to the house. The garden was given a little spruce up (grass refreshed, hedges trimmed) and some outdoor furniture was purchased. 

I was there with the real estate photographer to do some last minute touches for the camera...fingers crossed the campaign goes well, and I promise it's actually a house that appears even better in real life. Read more here

I hope you all had a great weekend. 

Briar x

25.8.14

Red Bricks + Lilac Tiles


Life has been pretty busy lately. On top of work and living temporarily in the hotel because of the kitchen renovation in our rental, we got the keys to our first proper house last week. I realised I hadn't actually mentioned it on here (only on Instagram a while ago)...but we made the big leap and bought this red brick 'beauty' on Sydney's Northern Beaches recently. We aren't going to live in the house for a few years, as we are pretty comfortable where we are - and renting it out will help us chip away at the rather scary mortgage. The house is over 50 years old and untouched - which is exactly what we wanted. I'm not a fan of paying for a basic renovation - especially if it's been done on the cheap. The added bonus to the house was that it was also in immaculate condition. The owners had been in it for 45 years, and it truly was their castle. We had a mini 'backyard blitz' around the pool area with some of the family over the weekend. Inside, the walls are being refreshed in Dulux Natural White, and the floral stickers have been pealed off the rather endearing lilac bathroom tiles. Other than those small jobs, it's ready for our tenants. 

In the mean time, I'm dreaming about what our house will one day become. Above are a few images I've pinned on Pinterest. I'm sure we will have a few neighbours who will turn up their noses the day the bricks are painted black (or charcoal grey if we are feeling less daring), but I have faith it will be one day our castle too. 

Briar x

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