ETSY

28.03.17

I’ve long been a fan of the online marketplace Etsy. Chances are that you are too, but I swear the range of  handmade and vintage goods available is just getting better and better. If you haven’t checked Etsy out recently, I think you should – it’s a gigantic wonder world of treasures. I thought this week was a good chance to share a little round up of three makers I’m loving lately:

Sarah Murray Ceramics
Sarah made the stoneware mug and bowl you see above. The level of detail and contemporary colours used in her handmade work is really beautiful. My photo might not do the pieces justice, but her ceramics made in her home studio on NSW far south coast really are a lovely thing to hold, more like a little piece of art.

Mr Draper
A Melbourne based business that crafts fine linen bedding and napery. The products are thoughtfully designed and carefully hand made. Soft and luxurious to touch, I’m loving using the inky blue linen tea towel in the kitchen (it goes so well with my grey cabinets).

Susan Simonini
There is something really special about using a handmade everyday item. I adore the range of organic clay bowls and plates made by Susan, a talented Gold Coast artist. Pictured above is a speckled blue plate that is a completely unique one-off. I love that!

Briar x

PS. In checking out Etsy today, I discovered this adorable range of kids dress ups. Now all I want to do is dress Raff up in a a cape and little super hero wrist bands! Can’t handle the cute!

Sunday Collector Renovation: The Laundry

28.03.17

It’s hard to imagine now, but this room was originally a mix of damaged pebblecrete and flimsy gyprock walls. Missing an entry door, one had to access the very basic and decrepit laundry from the original back patio. A small change, but one of the biggest in our renovation – was that we were able to incorporate this small space in to the ‘inside’ of the house and the real bonus was that we were able to add a second shower (framless glass) and a toilet.

The first element I decided on for our laundry/bathroom update was to match the cabinetry that I’d chosen in the kitchen from Freedom Kitchens. The two areas are positioned close together, so I was keen for a link between the two spaces. I chose the door profile ‘Sierra’ in white. I love the simple ‘Shaker’ profile that sits well with the grey hexagonal encaustic floor tiles from Tiles By Kate. The floor to ceiling wall tiles and the grey grout match what is happening in the kitchen too. White walls brighten up the fairly dark space.

Visitors often comment on our new washer and dryer, and I have to admit – the designer duo from Smeg are seriously special. Good looks aside (that Smeg nail with their whole appliance range), I love the big 10kg capacity of the front loading washer and the fancy dryer has a sensor controlled drying function. The 8kg capacity is generous in size and the dryer is nice and quiet. I just love how I can close the door on the laundry now, no overheating and annoying condensation etc that I’m used to with my old dryer.

The neat and compact round undermount sink from Clark is perfect for the small space, and the Poseidon sink mixer in chrome from Dorf has been positioned neatly in the corner. I often find laundry bench tops don’t get the same love as kitchen benches, but budget aside, I was determined to use the same classic finish I used in the kitchen – the beautiful Caesarstone ‘Noble Grey’ in 20mm.

I’m finding the extra wall storage in the laundry really handy. Beach, bath and hand towels are accessed easily, and the kids swimming gear also all has a home now. I love our little laundry!

Briar x

Papinelle

10.03.17


The sudden cool change in the air calls for cosy new sleepwear in our house (literally nothing from last year is fitting Sunday, she’s had a recent growth spurt), and what better brand to have us covered than the beautiful Australian sleepwear and lifestyle label, Papinelle. Sunday has owned a few pairs of their pj’s now and the quality is so beautiful wash after wash. The kids are photographed here wearing items from the gorgeous Petite Range. Rafferty is wearing the Cubic Knit set in a size 2-3 (the stretchy fabric makes it work for his chubby one year old build too), and Sunday is wearing the pretty Miranda set, which has sweet harem pants in the softest silk.


The sets of fluffy boots are going to keep their little toes warm in Winter, pictured above are the Dove Kids Boots and the Quail Baby Bootie. Furry inside and out, Sunday adores hers, and Raff was just curious about what fluffy things were on his little feet.

 
A really sweet detail that the kids pj’s arrived beautifully wrapped in the mail with a dream catcher each. Sunday was of course thrilled.


I also couldn’t resist the Cate Floral Pyjamas for me. Made from the softest cotton & silk, the PJ’s deep floral and full length sleeves make for a perfect set to wear when it’s not too hot and not too cold. A little bit glamorous if you ask me, especially with the little matching fluffy Babouche slippers!

Now excuse me while I cuddle up on the couch with my babies and our new soft Pj’s!

Briar x

PS. Bedlinen pictured above is all from Cultiver.

Sunday Collector Renovation: The Bathroom

08.03.17

You might remember the before photo of the very original bathroom. In all it’s purple glory, the layout crammed a tiny shower in with a bath over to the other side of the space. The shower was so compact, tall Mark would have struggled to use it. As we were adding a new (generous sized) shower to the laundry space, I was happy to lose the shower in this bathroom and have a combined bath/shower instead. Not only has it made the room more spacious, It’s proved super handy to bathe the kids. The Dorf rail shower with hand held head is great for washing Sunday’s hair while she sits in the bath, and water-baby Rafferty loves nothing more than to sit under the soft rainfall. Sunday is also old enough now to start running the bath herself, and the contemporary mixer with converter is easy for her to use. I’ve basically aimed to create a family friendly space that packs a bit of punch with it’s finishes.


I’m so glad I took the plunge  and chose the somewhat daring matt encaustic gingham tiles for the floor and briefed the tiler to go right to the ceiling with the hand made glossy sky blue subway tiles, both sourced from Tiles By Kate. I figured in such a small space I might as well have some fun! The tiles wrap around the square lines of the Liano island bath from Caroma beautifully, which is compact but perfectly comfortable both as a lay down bath or a stand up shower.

I really like this view of the bathroom, as  you walk down the main hallway of the house. Pictured above is the Teo wall basin (600mm in width) with the contemporary  Eco bottle trap. I kept accessories pretty simple in the space with the Arc range from Dorf. The toilet is the Liano from Caroma which features the new ‘cleanflush’ technology, which is superior flushing system that’s easy to clean and provides full visibility of any grime build up, providing a cleaner clean. The glass shower screen was the last thing to be installed and simply blended in to the space, as did the small mirrored shaving cabinet above the wall mounted sink.

Hope you like it! I’ll be back here soon to share photos of the laundry.

Briar x

Photos by Jacqui Turk.

SodaStream Power Machine

08.03.17

Our household has been long time fans of the SodaStream, it’s a handy machine to have in the kitchen making fresh sparkling water available at any time. It certainly keeps my water intake in check, not to mention the money savings.

We recently upgraded our old machine to a very sleek SodaStream Power Machine, which is the premium Sparkling Water Maker in the SodaStream range and allows you to make sparkling water from tap water at the touch of a button (so easy). Powered by electricity you simply fill the carbonating bottle with tap water, place in the snap lock system and choose from 3 levels of carbonation – I’m a fan of level 3, super bubbly! To keep the bubbles happening, we simply make sure the C02 cylinder is kept full with a ‘cylinder swap’ at our local Coles every few months.

 I must admit, I like my drink kept fairly simple – it’s delicious with just a fresh squeeze of lemon but I decided to have a bit of fun with a simple recipe and added ice cubes, crushed watermelon, fresh lime and mint leaves for a really refreshing drink. Sunday loved it too!

You should check out the big range of flavours also available from SodaStream, if you want to add a bit of punch – I personally find the ‘Tonic’ flavour handy for yummy (alcoholic) drinks.


The best news is I’ve got one SodaStream Power Machine to giveaway to a random winner, just head over to Instagram @sunday_collector and follow the simple instructions to enter. Winner will be announced in three days.

Update: Giveaway now closed. The winner was chose at random. Congratulations @australiansecrets

Briar x

PS. Benchtop featured above is the beautiful Noble Grey from Caesarstone, cabinetry from Freedom Kitchens and splash back tiles from Tiles By Kate.

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