Sunday Collector Renovation: Studio Makeover


The ugly duckling room of the house was definitely what we now call our ‘end room’. It’s actually more like a studio space, and after a renovation  and shop at Pottery Barn, it is now a room that is used every day.

A little back story for you…

The room was built by the original owners as an add on in the late 70’s to be used as in-law accomodation. When we purchased the house, we were basically left with an unfinished room that was accessible from the old back porch. A long and narrow space that was really dark (and kind of smelly), the wall dividing it through the middle in to two small rooms only added to the awkwardness. From the first time I saw the house, I was convinced that it would be an easy project to actually join this redundant little area to the main part of the house. I think my builder thought I was mad for not knocking the ‘wing’ down, but we were really keen to keep a fourth bedroom space for guests to be able to stay over…and I’m so happy we persevered because it’s actually ended up being such a handy room for so many reasons for our little family.

I’m not going to lie, once the renovation was finished with the fresh carpet laid and the walls painted – we were still left with a long, narrow room. After knocking the dividing wall out, the space had a lot more light (also thanks to a lovely new louvre window), but I was seriously stumped on how I was going to furnish the difficult space.

I was really clear on what the requirements needed to be:

• We had to to fit in a Queen Size bed with bedside tables and lamps

• I needed a small home office area that was quiet and away from the kids

• As a family, we ideally wanted a second sofa set up for reading and  TV watching (ie. Mark’s sport)

The above requirements is a big ask, I know. This is where Pottery Barn came in and really saved the day. I was asked to check out their new Small Spaces range and to decorate our truly small space. I certainly love a challenge!

I was so impressed, the range of furniture really was going to be the prefect fit. I chose the SoMa Brady Slope Arm Sofa first, being only 200cm in length and not very deep it was perfect. I also managed to squeeze in the handy set of Moraga Coffee Tables.

The small scale of the Murphy Entry Bench in matching timber to the coffee table sits perfectly underneath the wall mounted TV, which will hold Sunday’s DVD player and DVD’s.

 I’ve gained a really handy home office set up with the tiny but mighty Windsor Modular desk and bookshelf . I love that I can hide my ugly printer and store handy samples I’m using on jobs really close to hand. As I use a small laptop, the scale of this desktop is fine for me when working from home. Also pictured above is the Lucas Dining Chair and the oversize desktop clock.

At the far end of the room, the bed set up is a calming little retreat, especially as the outlook is on our new veggie garden (something my Mum especially likes when she recently stayed). I kept things simple with an ensemble bed set up. The petite Photographer’s task Table Lamps serve as perfect reading lamps, and the Wall Basket Art adds some interesting texture to the plain white walls above the bed. I added a layer of soft furnishings and accessories throughout the room with the great range of cushions and throws available at Pottery Barn, my favourite cushion being the washed velvet in indigo.

Raff dropped in for a visit at the end of the shoot after his nap, and another nice little surprise was that the SoMa Brady sofa converts in to a very comfortable bed option, where it simply folds out flat to create a mattress. Wow, we really can have the whole family stay! The option of a mattress pad will give your guests some extra comfort too. Would you look at me below! So speedy and efficient in preparation for my guests, ha!

I’m really happy with how the room turned out in the end. Pint-sized and perfectly scaled, it’s a hardworking space for our little family, giving us the extra space we so desperately needed.

Briar x

Photos by Jacqui Turk.

Behind the scenes with Phil + Ted’s


In partnership with one of my favourite parenting websites, Babyology, Rafferty and I were lucky enough to road test the all new mod from phil&teds recently.

My ‘Baby Hollywood’ was followed around by a camera while I pushed him in his new zippy little buggy. Proving to be quite the showman, I think the videos of Raff and I going about our day to day adventures are really cute. You can view them all here.

This cool stroller has been designed to suit your child from newborn to 4 years old. It’s light and super easy to get around.  The mod’s slim and compact design and easy folding mechanism makes it really handy when space is tight. As you can see in the videos, we are able to zip around shops and go for long walks. Raff has hit the 13kg mark these days and is still not interested in walking, so a handy stroller is a non-negotiable for me! I also like how I’m able to change from parent-facing to flipping Raff seated in the other direction, where he can see the world (definitely the favourite position for my little busy body). The adjustable handle bar is also perfect for (taller) Mark, and the safety harness for Rafferty is a really secure design.

I’m not going to lie, Raff is a very content and chilled out baby – but he honestly didn’t complain once in his new ride, which tells me it must be comfortable for the little guy.

You can purchase the mod in a range of different fabric designs (the one pictured here is ‘Abstract’) now from Babies R Us for $699.99.

Briar x

PS. Rafferty and I both wear Country Road in the shot above. The dress I am wearing in the first shot is from Chowchilla Vintage.

Sunday’s Mermaid Party


After convincing Sunday that a somewhat chilly mid May birthday date didn’t work well with her much desired pool party theme this year, she came up with the idea of a Mermaid (on land) party. Having the new novelty of now owning a backyard to entertain, we invited 20 little guests to an afternoon of games and cake. Ariel the Mermaid was booked (professional kid wrangler while parents sip Bubbly).

I had such fun decorating the little party, with a gorgeous mix of party supplies from Etsy Australia (including Sunday’s custom made crown from here).  I also discovered the great new party supply shop Melt Bake and Party. Definitely worth checking out!

Below is a random mix of photos that I think capture the afternoon perfectly. Sunday was in heaven, and I was feeling like a very proud Mumma of a very special 5 year old.


Briar x

My love for the Steam Mop


I’ve mentioned on here before that I appreciate a neat and tidy house. If my surroundings are organised, my mind feels more at peace – simple as that. I’m sure anyone reading this with those tendencies will also appreciate a good steam clean. So fresh! I make sure to get our sofa processionally cleaned every six months or so, and now I can say I can actually start doing it myself!

How you ask? Godfreys asked me to trial the Hoover ‘Dual Steam Plus’ Steam Mop. I unpacked it from the box and was pleasantly surprised at the easy to follow instructions. I tackled Sunday’s room first, as her asthma cough is always at the back of my mind, I like to keep her room dust free as much as I can. I was honestly so pleased with the results, it heated up within 30 seconds and after a quick lap around the room, the carpet immediately looked and felt fresh…even Sunday noticed how clean her little room looked.
 I was on a roll, so took the carpet glider off from the bottom and hit up the two bathrooms. Having never used a steam mop before, I was so impressed with the streak free finish on the floor tiles. Glided around the tiles with ease, talk about easy!

The element that makes this mop stand out from the others is that it transforms in to a detachable hand-held steamer. Nothing can stop me now – I’m going to be steaming everything, it even has a window squeegee kit!

Pictured above is the water tank that you have to simply fill before use. It’s a really eco-friendly way of cleaning as you don’t need any chemicals.

If you’re in the market for something like this, you’ll be interested to know Godfreys has a stocktake sale kicking off on the 25th May, and free shipping is available for all orders over $99.00 (Note: The website will have all the products for the current Mighty May sale but will update on the 25th with the Stocktake sale products, including this steam mop).

Happy cleaning! 

Briar x

Bathroom Cabinet Vibes


Since weaning Raff last week, I realise now we are well and truly out of the baby stage (cry). I’ve decided it’s time to claim back some time for me. God knows I need it –  I feel like I’ve aged about 15 years since having kids, so my new regime has had me pick up more regular gym classes (LOVING the variety of classes my local gym Luxe offers), drinking a daily WelleCo Super Elixir while upping my water intake, and actually spending longer than 2 minutes on my hair and make up. It’s fun, you should try it!

Some things I’ve been loving lately:

1. A new addition to the bathroom cabinet is the Hairstyla pictured above (which you can buy from places like Myer, David Jones and Harvey Norman). The handy little appliance allows me to BRUSH my hair straight…which is perfect for my strong lack of hairstyling skills, I’ve never been able to master something like the classic hair iron. This little guy makes it so easy. For a woman with curly hair, I really like to use it to smooth out the frizz even when I’m rocking the simple Mum bun when out and about.

2. My sister introduced me to the Napolean Perdis Pre-Foundation primer recently, and I’m never going to look back. This gel-like lotion in the fancy gold tube glides on my skin creating a perfect surface for foundation. Something so simple, and I love it!

3. I haven’t purchased anything Clinique since 1996 when I was a devotee to their 3 step skin regime (remember that obsession in high school or was it just me)? However, I recently bought a Crayola Chubby stick in Melon and I’m a big fan of the lipstick/lipgloss hybrid. The perfect colour if you ask me!

3. Since becoming a Pre-Foundation primer user, I’ve decided to up my game in the powder stakes too, so I purchased a lovely brush from Napoleon Perdis. To be honest though, I feel like my make up application skills could really be improved –  I’m super keen to complete this short course, I hear it’s a fantastic one.

4. After pregnancy, my hair went all types of dry and unruly, so my hairdresser recommend the BC Fibre Force Fortifying Sealer from Schwarzkopf. The leave in milk seals the cuticles and creates a protective shield around the fibre, and also leaves a really nice ‘polished’ feel to my hair. I’m addicted to it!

5. I’ve sung the praises of Dermalogica on here before, I really find it works for my skin. I recently swapped from the Daily Microfoliant which I’ve been using for years, to the Daily Superfoliant – which is for older skin (cry again). I use it every day in the shower as the resurfacing/ smooth feeling it leaves on my face is really lovely.

6. A gift from my little sister on my birthday, this fancy pants shampoo is like none other that I’ve used. Oribe not only have the most beautiful packaging I’ve ever seen, it is so luxurious on your hair – washing it is no longer a chore. I only need a small amount too, so the bottle is really lasting the distance.

Briar x

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