Sunday was gifted many beautiful treasures, games, toys and books for her birthday (a little too much if I’m honest, like most children in the western world these days). We have actually put some away in a cupboard so we can bring them out in the coming weeks so she can experience a little surprise all over again – and also appreciate how truly lucky she is. Proudly on display in her room is the delicate crown from Gold Frankincense + Myrrh that arrived just in time for her big day. A piece that I suspect she will treasure for years to come, the leather and feather head dress is 100% hand made in Melbourne by creator and mum Renée. The online store also stocks the sweetest range of Wing Sandals, which I have my eye on for Sunday next Summer. The small range of room decor is also super sweet, the label is a great online destination for an original baby shower or first birthday gift.
I don’t get to check out new restaurants nearly as much as I used to, so when I get the chance – I like to make sure it’s something good. I caught up with the gang yesterday for the best lunch I’ve had in a while – we wined and dined at The Butler, in Potts Point. It’s always good to arrive at a restaurant earlyish/when it’s empty to really take in the interiors (in this case, I was welcomed in to a stunning French Colonial fit out). I loved so many elements in the space – the wallpapers, the cane bistro style seating and the branding identity on the menus and coasters were all stand outs. The service was impeccable, and the food was seriously delicious. The French-inspired menu is perfect for long lunches – we started with spiced olives, chickpea & caraway fritters with aioli (yum!), followed by tabasco prawns and mango salsa, coconut quinoa spiced beef sliders, and caribbean pork short ribs with cornbread. And just when we thought we couldn’t fit any more in – out came two whole roast chickens with paprika butter and couscous green beans with lentils and feta. Run, don’t walk to book a table – you won’t be disappointed!
I’m pretty excited that my little ray of sunshine got asked to be featured on the Country Road blog, Live With Us. Here she is pictured in her room (photos by the lovely Jacqui Turk) with some of the latest bedlinen and gear from their Winter range, and below is the little interview with me:
How did you incorporate your Country Road home pieces into Sunday’s room? It was certainly an easy task! I seriously love all things Country Road, and Sunday’s colourful room with a base of grey was an easy palette to work with. The bed from Bednest (which was designed by me and is called the Sunday Bed) is in a grey felt, so the muted tones in the Minnie Quilt Cover complimented it perfectly. The cloud cushion was a given for the eclectic space, as I knew Sunday would absolutely love it – she’s already nicknamed it her ‘Mr Rainy Cloudy’.
What advice do you have for styling a child’s room? Make sure that you have fun and don’t take it too seriously. Collect things you love along the way, but try to keep clutter to a minimum. Also, don’t be afraid to mix high-end pieces with a few less expensive or vintage items – combining old and new can be a good thing. Don’t decorate in a hurry, get to know the space and how you’ll use it before engaging someone like me to help. Pinterest is a great way to define what you do and don’t like. I will often ask a client to have a little peruse of Pinterest so they can visually communicate their (and the child’s) taste to me.
Does Sunday love fashion? Sunday loves clothes, I’m sure I’m partly responsible for this as I’ve dressed her up in quirky little ensembles since the day she was born. She was quite taken with the luxurious cardigan. My little fashionista also loves accessories, so the beanie and bag were also a hit. I’ll always make sure she is comfortable though, so avoid things like tight jeans and scratchy fabrics. Sunday wore this little outfit to a dinner at my sister’s place to celebrate Mother’s Day.
How would you describe your personal interiors aesthetic? My decorating style at home could be described as ‘Scandi by the beach’, with pops of fun colour. It’s a mixture of collected objects, furniture and art accumulated along the way. There are things I have purchased when I was a poor student and pieces I’ve saved for. I see decorating my own space as a never-ending and exciting project, and it’s something that will evolve over time. Put simply – it’s my favourite hobby.
Did your approach and aesthetic change when you became a mother? It would be safe to say that I definitely go for quality pieces, and less ‘things’ these days. I don’t think it had much to do with becoming a mother, more to just leaving my twenties and the obsession with thrift shopping behind. I’ve definitely decluttered our interiors since Sunday came on the scene – but that’s probably because we’ve had to fit all her things into our apartment. Babies come with a lot of things! Regarding my wardrobe, my personal style is pretty relaxed. I think moving to the Northern Beaches has definitely influenced a more casual look, as Sunday and I are always at the beach. Dressing Sunday is a completely different story – I have so much fun choosing her outfits.
I hope you are having a great week, Briar x
In the blink of an eye, Sunday turned three. It’s the first birthday she’s really understood what was going on, so to watch the excitement levels build up to the day of her big party was lovely to watch. I’m not going to lie, nothing can really make a traditional scout hall pretty, so I didn’t take detailed shots of the set up (here are some quick iPhone snaps) – but that’s not what the day was all about – It was about a group of 3 to 4 year olds (dressed up as the sweetest princesses and knights I’ve ever seen) running around a hall, playing games, singing and dancing to fun music with a real Princess (Princess Lulu) and a real Prince Charming. The duo I hired from Fairy Lala Land made it a day that Sunday won’t forget in a long time – I was also able to relax and know that the 26 kids were taken care of. I was recommend the entertainment company from a friend, and I can’t speak highly enough of them – Princess Lulu certainly had the kids wrapped around her little finger! We kept food simple – such as chicken sandwiches, fairy bread. cupcakes, caramel popcorn and fruit for the kids. The adults indulged in a large cheese platter, some delicious slices my Mum made, and some Logan bubbly. Good old fashioned fun, as they say!
As you can see on the face in this photo, Sunday had an amazing morning (pictured here with Knight Harvey).
I’ve been busy, good busy though! The past couple of weeks have been a blur of carpet, tile and fabric samples for a few jobs I have on the go – so there’s been a bit of light relief and last minute preparation for my little peach who will be turning three this weekend. I asked Sunday what sort of party she’d like for her birthday, and her response was “A party like you and Daddy had when Mumma were a Princess”. She was referring to our wedding, and the photo album she had recently looked at. Too easy – the theme was locked in, I’d pull together a Princess and Knights party. However, being nearly three – she threw a curve ball a week later when she told me she was having an ‘Octonauts’ party, followed closely by a ‘Peter Rabbit’ party. Hmmmm….too late, Princess – the gold balloons have already been ordered.
I enlisted my clever cousins from Lion and the Huntsman to design a very sweet invite (the brief was to avoid too much pink). I then purchased a few extra trimmings from a favourite party supply place of mine – The Lark Store. Mark will be picking up helium balloons in white and gold in the morning from our local Big W, which has just opened the best and biggest party supply section. The birthday girl will be in Tutu Du Monde – she just doesn’t know it yet, because if she spotted the feathery dress before the big day she wouldn’t want to wear anything else. We’ve hired a local Scout Hall (with heaps of character), there will be old school fairy bread and shhhh!…don’t tell Sunday, but Princess Lulu and Prince Charming will be coming to the party too. I’m actually a little bit excited myself – I just know she’s going to love it.
I’ll make sure I share some photos from the day.