You can be anything


barbie1With a baby brother now on the scene, Sunday has grown up so much in the past six months. As Rafferty is gaining personality and a bigger voice in the house, I have to keep on reminding myself that this is when Sunday might be feeling a little out of sorts. She was an only child for close to 4 years, so I’m sure sharing the limelight with her baby brother has been quite an adjustment in her little world. Luckily, she’s been nothing but adoring towards baby Rafferty (honestly, really amazing), however I have noticed her purposely shifting attention to herself lately if baby Raff is doing something cute, which is completely expected!

barbie4We are making sure she gets some quality one on one time and Sunday was lucky enough to be sent a Barbie pack recently that she of course couldn’t wait to open and set up. Personally, I was pleased to see Barbie was an inspirational farm vet, wearing work gear and not sky high heels ready for a night on the town. The gift was to promote a new campaign You Can Be Anything, which is doing great things. From Mermaid to Movie Star, Pet Vet to Police Officer, Barbie has had countless career choices over the years and the brand has (180 and growing) certainly always encouraged children to dream big.

The latest campaign aims to bring to life this philosophy through three incredible Aussie kids who challenge stereotypes and push the boundaries, redefining what it means to be a young person in the world. The campaign sets out to prove that you don’t need to be a ‘grown up’ to achieve your dreams with all three ambassadors featuring in short films about their extraordinary lives. The three inspiring videos starring Quincy the surfing champion, Cael – who single-handedly raised over $10,000 for charity by the time he was eight, and Grace the YouTube star can be viewed here.

To celebrate the campaign, Barbie is running a competition for one lucky kid to win a personalised $10,000 experience to help them with their dream.  Click here for more information about the competition. Such an amazing opportunity!

barbie3 barbie2It got me thinking about what Sunday would like to be when she’s older, and how it might change over the years (I originally wanted to be a newsreader just like Geraldine Doogue, which later changed to a high school art teacher). I’ve decided to document a series of questions every year to see how much her answers change. I’ll start the same tradition with Raff when he’s old enough. Funnily enough, her answer regarding what she wants to be when she’s older was the cutest.

Here are is Sunday’s questionnaire for 2016:

1. What is your favourite colour: Pink and Rainbow

2. What is your favourite toy? A Beanie Boo and Mermaid Barbie that we got in Fiji (Seriously, this is her strongest memory of our Fiji holiday from a year ago).

3. What is your favourite fruit? Rockmelon

4. What is your favourite TV show? I like Peppa Pig

5. What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch? A ham, avocado and cheese wrap

6. What is your favourite outfit? A fairy dress Lexi gave me (from Pottery Barn Kids)

7. What is your favourite game? Pass the Parcel

8. What is your favourite snack? Baby tomatoes and popcorn 

9. What is your favourite animal? Flamingo and Piglet

10. What is your favourite song? Advance Australia Fair and Let it Go

11. What is your favourite book? Sunday Chutney

12. What is your favourite thing to do at preschool? Being kind to someone

13. What is your favourite sport? Swimming

14. What is your favourite thing to have for breakfast? Cheese on toast with Jam that Nanny makes

16. What is your favourite drink? Plain Water and Apple Juice

17. What has been your favourite holiday? Going to London* 

18. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Sophie the Dalmation, Lilly Bobtail and Fifi

19. What is your favourite thing to have for dinner? Sausages and tomato sauce with egg and avocado on toast

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Police Officer and a Fairy, and Mary at the Preschool Christmas Concert next year.

*Sunday has never been to London (ha!)

Briar x

Working with Freedom Kitchens


kitchen1The saying ‘the kitchen is the heart of the home’ really rings true in our house. We congregate in the space many times a day, from casual meal times at the breakfast bench, to art and craft sessions with Sunny, to me sneaking in 20 min of work on a stool at the bench. It’s also Mark’s favourite area of the home, he’s one of those people that cooks for some time out – and it’s really the only space he wants to be involved in when it comes to our renovation decision making  (I know, lucky me – I have free reign on the rest of the house, he just says ‘do what you want, I trust you).  So, needless to say – in addition to the new bathrooms, a fabulous new kitchen was a non-negotiable when we started planning our upcoming renovation.

People usually invest a lot into kitchen upgrades because it is one of the most important rooms when it comes to the resale value of the home. Kitchens can set the tone for the entire house, which is why I started on the design concepts for this space first.

I happened to be in my local Freedom store a few months ago with a bit of time to wander around and checked out the new Freedom Kitchens display area that had recently been renovated. If you are based in Sydney, both Balgowlah and Moore Park showrooms have really fancy new displays).  I’ve got to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The quality of the drawers and cupboards were impressive (hello silky smooth soft closes with elegant metal and glass sides on internal drawers), and the finish selection was vast. I was intrigued to find out more, so booked in a consultation with a kitchen designer on the spot.

Not knowing what to expect, a week later I was greeted at my front door by the lovely Susan Simmons, a talented and savvy kitchen designer with years of experience under her belt. I made some tea, and we sat down with a summary of my vision and finish selections for the new space. Having only recently renovated our kitchen in the apartment, I was pretty set on what I wanted and didn’t want in our next kitchen, but Susan came up with some great ideas I hadn’t even considered. Susan arrived with a big range of samples, including catalogues outlining everything that opens and shuts when it comes to kitchen innovations. Freedom Kitchens had recently sent her over to Europe where she’d checked out everything that’s happening in kitchen trends at the design fair, so her knowledge is expansive and so up to date. I’ve got to say, I went to town on the ‘extras’. Double pull out bin, tick. Appliance cupboard, yes please. Pull out spice cupboard, why not? Susan sat with me for close to three house as we tried different cupboard configurations, oven and sink placements. We tweaked the layout a few times to fit as much storage as possible (I LOVE storage, and I’m going to have a glorious amount in this new kitchen). The finished kitchen layout and look was all so easy to visualise as it was all happening in real time as a 3D rendering on Susan’s laptop screen. Talk about clever!

Susan had me sold on the kitchen within half an hour, so by the end I couldn’t sign off the design fast enough. I’ve been connected to an online portal now, where I can track the progress of my kitchen. I actually haven’t pressed ‘go’ on the manufacture of the cabinetry yet, as we get the keys to the place next week (5 sleeps, but who’s counting). The old kitchen gets ripped out almost immediately and then the Freedom Kitchens installers are free to visit for a final measure up.

I’ll be back here soon to share a moodboard of all my kitchen selections – things such as the door profile and colour I’ve chosen, the caesarstone finish, the sink, tap, door handles…the list goes on, but gosh – I’m excited!

Briar x



caroma_blogpostoneI’m completely thrilled to be sitting down and writing this blog post, because it just means we are one step closer to getting stuck in to the bathrooms in our red brick renovation. I’m also really pleased to be partnering with the classic Australian brand Caroma for the bathrooms and laundry in our first family home. It’s a brand name that is at the front of my mind when it comes to bathrooms, and it’s safe to say almost every Australian has used a Caroma product at some stage in their lives. Caroma have just celebrated 75 years young – check out the sweet promotional video here.

In researching products for the renovation, I’m really impressed with Caroma’s new Cleanflush toilet range, and pleased to say we’ll be installing two in our new home! It’s all about a cleaner clean, which suits my over the top cleaning tendencies just fine. By removing the rim of the bowl, Caroma have ensured there is now nowhere for germs to hide. And by adding the unique flush and flow features, they’ve created a superior flushing performance that leaves you with a more hygienic toilet. Makes you wonder why there was ever a toilet bowl with a rim invented!

I’ve also selected simple tapware from the Titan range, which is a series made from premium quality stainless steel that is easy to clean – scratches and marks can be buffed out. It’s also rust resistant, making it a perfect choice for our home that is close to the coast. I really like the simple lines of this tapware – and the pin style handles move with ease to control the water from cold to hot. The satin finish of the stainless steel will also be a perfect match to the tiles I have in mind (I can’t wait to share the beauties I’ve selected from my favourite tile shop in Sydney), more on those selections soon! We’ve opted for a shower/bath in the main bathroom, and a robust rail shower with a round hand piece also from the Titan range is going to be perfect for showering the kids, and for me when I don’t want to get my hair wet. There is also a great range of matching accessories such as robe hooks and towel rails that I’ll be using on the walls.

The bath I’ve chosen is a simple square design from the Liano range, which also comes in a cute freestanding 1400 length that’s perfect for tiny spaces. I’m also really excited about the wall hung basin I’ve chosen – the Teo range come in a range of sizes, and really creates a minimalist look with a spacious feel. Needless to say, I can’t wait to bring these spaces to life!

Briar x

Sunday Collector Renovation


I’m guilty of a rather impatient wait, but we have finally been given notice that our tenants are moving out of our red brick beauty in two weeks. Our first family home is now in a baby arms reach, and I’m really excited. I met with our builder on site this morning and we chatted about everything from floorboard finish to pendant light positioning.

The first cab off the rank with our refurb will be a new kitchen, so I’m currently googling kitchen removal companies who will do it for free (I have visions of trying to do it with Mark and busting a pipe). The day we have a clean space and the site measure happens where I press go on the manufacture of our gorgeous kitchen cabinets will be an exciting one. I can’t wait show you the kitchen concept, it’s a goodie.

I hope you welcome this –  but I’m going to be taking you all on the renovation journey on here and on Instagram. A plus on the delay of our tenants leaving is that I’ve been given lots of time to research, and because of this, I’m working with some amazing Australian brands. I feel like my blog is a good platform to share my tips and tricks and document a project I can truly call my own. Wish me luck!

Briar x

The Garden Fairy


Sunday was transformed in to a real life garden fairy yesterday in a beautiful ensemble from Pottery Barn Kids. I was keeping the layers and layers of tulle in the cupboard for safe keeping until Halloween at the end of October, but caved in for her request to wear it for an afternoon after her patient but persistent requests to ‘please just can I touch it??’. Talk about every little girl’s dream coming true! As you know, Halloween is getting bigger in Australia every year, and I say we should embrace it! I see it as a fun excuse for the kids to dress up, and I’m glad that Sunny doesn’t want to dress up ‘all scary like a monster’. Check out the range of cute costumes and decorations here.

Briar x

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