20.8.14

One Fine Baby { Part II }





As mentioned in the previous post, One Fine Baby invited me to set up a kids room using a selection of products form their vendors. I had so much fun trawling the ranges and creating a fun little space for a boy. I've had lots of enquiries on the items I used on my Instagram images over the past few days, so I thought I would list the key pieces I used on here:

• The deep blue wall colour was named especially for the room and it's called 'Night Night Darling', made by Murobond
• The cute Bunting rug is produced by Armadillo&Co, and is available from Lilly + Lolly - as is the hat stand and oversized yellow ottoman. 
• The Alpine felt pinboard above the bed and the handy bookshelf is from Willow + Wood
• The great (sturdy but light) bed and bedside table are from Plyroom. Made in Italy, the quality is so beautiful - and the bed was seriously the easiest piece of furniture I've ever had to put together. 
• The Super Cool is a new shop I came across while putting the room together - they stock the coolest range of gift wares - for big people and little people. It was so fun raiding their range to accessorise the room. 
• The cool 'S' wall mounted marquee style light is from Little Letter Lights Co - it can also sit on a shelf...handy that it's so light and battery operated. Sunny loves it since it's come home, too!
• I've been shopping at Infancy for years now, so was pleased when I saw they were coming to One Fine Baby. I was able to use a cute selection of clothes, shoes (including those ridiculous mini Dr Martens) and books. 
• The super cute terrarium is from Happy Place Terrariums (I had this at home for two weeks before hand and it's absolutely thriving - I can tell it's been planted well!)
• The yellow spindle shelf is from Incy Interiors, as is a large amount of the room decor items, including bedding from Kip & Co
• The blanket on the bed is made from gorgeous Alpaca wool and will be available soon from Scout Lifestyle. The blanket hanging from the hatstand is a lovely one from the latest range from Kate & Kate
• I Need Nice Things creates inexpensive art prints, and I thought the  The New Silhouette print was the perfect addition to my boys room. 
• The critter on the bed is from the sweet collection available at This Little Love, as is the Apple pillow. 
• The over sized corn stool is from Third Drawer Down (trust me, kids love that thing). 
Hello Milky make the loveliest children's bed linen, and I used the soft chambray pillowcase on the bed. 

Phew! I think that's everything. I hope you are all having a great week. 

Briar x

One Fine Baby { Part I }






I mentioned in my post last week that I was styling a bedroom at the One Fine Baby fair over the weekend. I'll follow this post with details of that set up, but I thought I would also share a few photos on here of other things for those that couldn't make it over the weekend. Stall holders found it to be a huge success (as so much was sold, which is a big boost for the  'shop local' movement we hear so much about these days). I came across some great independent baby/kid-related businesses (view them all on the website). I'm pretty sure toddlers found it to be even a bigger success - Sunny was in awe with a Peppa appearance and a petting zoo. Photos above with their descriptions are below:

1. The girls from One Fine Baby also set up a room - a gorgeous light peach nursery (using paints from Murobond), a chair from Cult Design and a cot (which converts in to a desk) from Plyroom.
2. Speaking of the clever people from Plyroom, I was really impressed with their stall, and the amazing Belynda Henry mural - I just love the colours.
3. After chatting over email, it was so nice to meet finally meet the WA girls who run Hubble & Duke. The girls sew the cutest baby moccasins around...Kara a.k.a Lulu Lucky (who designs their t-shirts) was also there....she told me about her new blog that will be coming soon. I look forward to seeing what that clever girl creates next! 
4. The lovely florist Aleksandra was also there, pitched under a stunning canopy of orchids and tassels created by the party decorating princess Heidi Moore Gill of Bespoke Balloonery
5. A collaboration with one of my favourite kids furniture brands, Incy Interiors and Megan Morton (is there anything that woman can't do?) launched at the fair - a gorgeous 4 poster bed, available in custom colours and three different sizes. Check out the great room set up using one of the beds by Loretta Wilson on the Urchin Collective blog. 
6. The magazine Alphabet Family Journal had a sweet stall where kids could make baby terrariums with the photographer Luisa Brimble and learn how to make floral hair wreaths with the lovely Dominique Brammah

There was truly so much more goodness at the fair, but you'd be reading for hours if I was to include everything...and I don't think I've ever included so many links in a blog post!

Briar x

14.8.14

Clementine's Nursery









A brief to decorate a nursery from scratch is definitely a favourite of mine. I think my sister was only 3 months pregnant when the emails started to go back and forth between the two of us. Mudgee based Hannah loves interiors as much as me (in fact, every member of my family pretty much have an interest in their inside spaces - that, and cooking). This job was definitely a labour of love for both of us. Hannah had always loved the Sebra Kili Cot/Junior Bed from Alex and Alexa, so the blank canvas of a room was designed around this as the starting point. Because we had the luxury of time, I took a slow approach - researching wallpaper options (Quoll Cream was the final choice from Sparkk), playing with rug swatches and fabric combinations. We didn't know my niece Clementine was going to be a girl, so the more feminine touches were added after her arrival. Either way, the room had to have a fun factor, each bedroom in the house uses a beautiful wallpaper - and the home is beyond amazing (decorated by the clever Megan Morton and Hannah). Check out the gorgeous story on Hannah and cherubic Clementine on a favourite blog of mine, The Grace Tales. It's a fabulous read (including more detailed shots of the nursery) - be warned though, you might get house envy from the photos....I certainly did!

Briar x

PS. Speaking of kids rooms, I'm right in the middle of pulling a rather special one together this week - I've been invited by the team at One Fine Baby to decorate a space using products from the amazing shopping fair that is happening this weekend in Sydney. Bring the kids - there will be entertainment, yummy food and fab things to buy for the little ones. I will blog lots of photos next week.  

10.8.14

Renovating

I'm writing this blog post from a hotel suite - which will be our home for the next two months. Confused?  
I don't think I've ever shared what my husband Mark does (besides being a fabulous cook). He manages a hotel in Manly...which is why two die hard Sydney inner-westies made the pilgrimage across the bridge and set up home 7 years ago in the seaside village. I'm not complaining, we live in a pretty amazing spot in Manly, with the contrast of idyllic beaches and the hustle and bustle at our doorstep. The apartment we live in (pictured on the blog over the years) also happens to be owned by one of the hotel owners...which brings me to the next subject...

We may have the best landlord in the history of landlords. He has arranged a kitchen renovation, and asked me to design it all. While our apartment turns in to a dust pit (walls are being knocked down, oak floorboards are being installed), we have been able to move in to the hotel next door. Sweet deal, I tell ya!

Above is a summary of the the large mood board I presented. The brief I was given was to recommend a smart layout with neutral finishes that would still appeal to a possible future buyer, and to not over-capitalise. I'm pretty pleased with the finished look - white cabinetry (which incorporates a desk area), cement ceasarstone tops + island bench, white honeycomb tiled splash back, a double sink with goose neck mixer tap, and stainless steel appliances from Miele. Simple and contemporary - with an emphasis on crazy good storage. 

To say I am excited to see this come together is an understatement. I've always seen the potential of the space in our apartment, and to see my vision come to life will be a thrill. 

I hope you all had a great weekend, I'll make sure to keep you updated on the renovation every so often on here. Meanwhile, all I can hear is Sunday calling out from her 'new' bedroom. Not all of us are so thrilled about the temporary move...

Briar x

5.8.14

Officeworks

I received an email from Officeworks a few weeks ago that asked me if I'd like to go for a little peruse around one of their shops with a gift voucher in hand, and the thought that I could 'create a better workspace', and blog about it (#MasterYourWorkspace on Instagram). The email explaining their campaign couldn't have come at a better time. I was sitting at my bomb site* of a desk, with a shoe box bulging from business receipts. Also surrounding me were random pens with missing lids, an empty pack of Blu Tak (seriously - where does that stuff go), and notebooks with no pages left for notes. A broken stapler was also playing havoc with my OCD tendencies. Plus, the husband had just sent a little reminder email that I should visit our accountant soon for tax time. Argh. Tax... you are truly an ugly word. 





So yes, Officeworks - it would be my absolute delight to go for a little shoppe with a blue trolley. I must admit, it had been a while since I'd visited the shop part (I am a fan of the Print + Copy area though, for photos and pretty documents). I was pleasantly surprised. I spotted two of my favourite brands - Moleskin + Rhodia, and came across every pen/texta/pencil/permanent marker you could seriously dream of. I also spotted some good office furniture - I especially liked this cute white desk. Did I get lost in the world of cute stationery, and kind of veer off the 'get organised for tax time'...yes...but you must know how much I just love that kind of stuff! I made sure I picked up some good filing systems for those tax time receipts, and a very handy list-making pad. The purchase I was most impressed with was a compact desktop printer - I've packed away my bulkier Epson, and am finding the new zippy model very handy to print things off straight from email. I'd like to think the first photo represents my headspace after the shopping and filing - I definitely am more organised...check out this video from a professional organiser, talking all things good at Officeworks.

I want to help one of my reader's master their workspace too, so I'm giving away a $100 gift voucher to Officeworks. Yay! Just leave a comment below answering me: How will you improve your workspace with Officeworks? I'll announce the winner in one week. 
Briar x
*See this post for what my desk looks like when it's neat and tidy - i.e. hardly ever. 

Read giveaway terms and conditions here

3.8.14

A new look


Since officially coming off maternity leave over a year ago, I decided to focus my working hours on my own residential styling projects, because of two reasons....1. I love working on real homes and getting to know the client (as I would a character in a film), and the way they like to live. I find it similar to working on a film brief, just that everything has to be beautiful all the time - and the sofa is going to stay in place for longer than a week, which is a nice thing. And 2. I'm able to pick up Sunday at the end of a working day and cook her dinner - as much as I love working in film, the hours can be long, and I'm finding that running my own show is much more flexible while Sunday is young. I've got to say, I am loving the balance. 

I thought it was time I updated my logo and business card to reflect the direction by work has taken, and who better to complete this project than my clever cousins...who own Zed & Bee. The girls describe themselves as unique invitation designers (which they certainly are), but they also dabble in designing brand identities...beautiful typography is truly their strength and passion. I'm so happy with the new look business cards - simple 600gsm box board, refined by a lovely and deep letterpress element. So proud of the cards, that if you stop me in the street - I may just have to give you one!

I hope you all had a great week, 

Briar x

30.7.14

Goodyear Shopping Guide

Pretty soon, I'm going to be saving $500 a year on fuel consumption*,  so I got thinking about what I could buy (as gifts and for little treats for myself) with that spare cash...and as you know I do love to compile a little gift guide on here, so here goes my 'just because I will have a spare $500 a year' guide.



1. Swim Club Bath Salts from Etsy 2. Ondri Juicer from Country Road 3. Candle from Maison Balzac 4. Kate Spade Black Spot Plate from Lark 5. Heart Knit Blanket from This Little Love 6. Ava Leather Espadrille from Seed 7. Nell Cushion from Country Road 8. Connie Lichti Tumbler from Gorman 9. Deliverance hand cream from Antipodes 10. Hello doormat from Freedom 11. Hand wash from Planet Luxe 12. Ondri Tumbler from Country Road

 * = Once a week or so, I'll get an email from a PR agency with a brand suggestion for a sponsored blog post.  I promise I only hit publish on posts about brands that I genuinely resonate with. When I received an email regarding Goodyear Tyres - I was ready to reply with a polite 'thanks but no thanks', as much as I know Goodyear is a reputable brand, I just don't possess a huge interest towards my tyres. But I decided to keep on reading, as I've never taken car safety more seriously now that I have the precious cargo that is Sunday, and I learnt that a set of the trusted Goodyear TripleMax can not only have the two of us on the road safely, they can also save me $500 on my annual fuel consumption (because of what they call 'rolling resistance improvement'). 

The cash saving certainly got me thinking... as you know, I just love a bargain! If I saved $500 every year on fuel, I could buy all the goodies above, I know they all fall in the 'want' category, and not the 'need' category...but a girl can dream, right?

How much money would you save by buying Goodyear TripleMax tyres? Check it out on their website. And then think of all the fun little treats you could buy yourself with that saved money...PLUS, you could WIN $500 by ‘liking’ Goodyear on Facebook. 

I hope you are all having a great week, 

Briar x

27.7.14

Five Things





Five things I've been loving lately: 

1. Cotton On is so handy for wardrobe basics for Sunny - and this cute cushion caught my eye recently. The fun pops of colour look great on our dark grey sofa, and it was only $29.95...which I think is pretty good for a cushion these days.
2. I haven't used a mask since the early 90's (when I used to nick my big sister's mud mask sachets), but I have to say I am totally converted to being a user again.  The Multivitamin Power Recovery Mask from Dermalogica has become a bit of a Sunday night ritual...it's amazing. 
3. A girlfriend gifted a delicious candle to me recently and I was so taken with the gorgeous packaging. The Scent of Home is a Melbourne based candle maker that also produces the most lovely brass vessel range..definitely on my radar now.
4. I swear Sunny gets better mail than me these days. Lovely Anna from TwentyOne Fifteen made her this sweet wire work heart. I'll be hanging this in her room soon. I'm gearing up for a bit of a makeover to her space to make room for her big girl bed - I'll keep you posted. 
5. Sorry to mention good packaging again, but that's the only reason I wanted a tube of Marvis toothpaste in my bathroom (it's amazing what some good product can do if you want to distract from less than perfect tiles). Direct from Florence, it's kind of old school, which is exactly why I love it. 

I hope you all had a great weekend, 

Briar x

21.7.14

My Food Bag



We scored a haul of groceries, all packaged beautifully in large paper bags from My Food Bag on Sunday night. It's a business that's already big in New Zealand, and has recently launched in Sydney....and one of those business ideas where you could say 'I wish I thought of that'. The Sunday night delivery takes the pre-work out of cooking gourmet dinners for the week ahead. Healthy recipes, along with perfectly measured fresh ingredients are delivered to your door. We chose the Gourmet package - which is described as being 'perfect for couples who love fresh food and enjoy exotic flavours'. It would be the perfect answer for a busy couple who appreciate cooking, but don't have time to get to the supermarket on the way home every night. If our two year old ate more than avocado on toast for dinner, we would have chosen the Family Bag - which provides five nights of ingredients for hearty meals for a family of 4 or 5 for $179.00.

Monday was the first night of giving one of the recipes a crack - and we chose Cambodian Fish A-Mok..pictured below. Tuesday night is Five-Spice Duck, Sweet Potato Mash, Pomegranate Sauce and Bok Choy...you get the idea...I'm talking about pretty fancy-pants food here. And yes, I could definitely get used to this. I hope you are all having a great week. Briar x


17.7.14

Armadillo&Co



I've been a long time fan of the rugs from Armadillo&Co - purchasing my first three years ago. The colour range and patterns available in the bespoke Designer Collection is endless, and have come in handy recently for the residential projects I've been working on - as I've been ordering everything from extra wide striped hall runners to herringbone entrance mats. 

Every piece embraces fair trade practices, as explained on the website: "Rugs are crafted from sustainable natural fibres including pure wool, jute, cotton and hemp, and all purchases benefit local schools in our weavers’ villages".

You may have come across their unique Flower Weave Collection in your travels - hand woven from soft Bangladeshi natural hemp that is braided, coiled and hand stitched by Armadillo&Co's team of artisans in India. A new flower design, Daisy has joined the collection this month....and I think she's just gorgeous!

I'm excited to be able to run a giveaway over on Instagram this week, where a lucky follower will win a Daisy Rug. Petite and playful, Daisy is perfect in front of a doors, in front of the kitchen sink, next to the bed or in children's rooms - beside a cot, change table or rocking chair. Check out @sunday_collector on how to enter. 

Not one to enter a competition? You can shop the entire collection here

I hope you are all having a great week, 

Briar x

13.7.14

Gui Jorge Photography






I have been helping a Manly seaside hotel freshen up their hallways and lift foyers recently. While the walls and trims were receiving a fresh coat of white paint and the carpet was being replaced with a commercial grade and neutral grey, I commissioned the lovely photographer Gui Jorge to spend a day in Manly to take photos. I'm all too aware of 'hotel art gone wrong', so now the hotel has a unique library of high-res images to hang on their walls.  I picked up the first run of prints, 18 to start with - over sized and glossy (over a metre in width) and delivered them straight to the framers. I plan for these images to really stand out from the gallery style walls, and be a talking point for passing guests. I've chosen a contemporary frame style - a simple white timber moulding - with no mount board, and the photographs will be set back from the glass. I'll try and share some photos of the finished corridors (including some beautiful furniture from Fred International) when it's complete, it's been a fun job.

Briar x

6.7.14

A good lunch


Last weekend we had some family over to celebrate some recent birthdays, and as only my family know how - there was quite the food spread. At my sister's request, I dished up my corn (see the recipe here), and she pulled out all stops with the very sticky and delicious Gourmet Traveller pork ribs you see above - served with a side of Jamie Oliver's classic coleslaw and some roasted sweet potato. Bonnie the Baker came to the party too - with a delicious cake. See the recipe here

Try the ribs at home, you won't be sorry: 


Sticky Bourbon Pork Ribs


Ingredients:

1.5 kg American-style pork spare ribs
Bourbon marinade:
400 gm canned whole tomatoes
150 gm brown sugar
125 ml (½ cup) each barbecue and tomato sauce
125 ml Kentucky bourbon
125 ml (½ cup) apple cider vinegar
60 ml (¼ cup) each Worcestershire and soy sauce

Method:

1. For bourbon marinade, process tomato in a food processor to a coarse pulp. Transfer to a bowl, add remaining ingredients, whisk to combine.
2. Place ribs in a non-reactive container, pour over marinade, cover and refrigerate overnight.
3. Preheat oven to 150C. Transfer ribs and sauce to two baking dishes, spreading in a single layer, then roast, covered and basting occasionally, until tender (3 hours). Remove ribs from marinade and set aside.
4. Transfer marinade to a saucepan, cook over medium heat until reduced to a glaze (10-20 minutes).
5. Preheat a char-grill pan over medium-high heat and grill ribs, turning and basting with reserved marinade, until glazed, charred and sticky (15 minutes). Slice ribs and serve hot.

I hope you all had a great weekend!
Briar x

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