Catching Up


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break. I’m pleased to say we made my crazy festive season deadline, and I was using our nearly finished kitchen for dinner with the family on Christmas Eve. 8.5 weeks of blood, sweat and tears. Not really, we had a beyond amazing builder.

We didn’t end up moving in properly until early January, so this Saturday will mark 3 weeks of us being in our new home. It’s been a slow unpack…which is unusual for me to say (my Mum says I’m like a bull at a gate with most things). I’m not going to lie, I think I pretty much reached total burn out by the time Christmas came around. The death of my father in mid December certainly took me to a very dark place and for the first time in my life, I couldn’t just ‘do’ as I like to do. I must say I got a surge of energy the day the house was painted a few days before Christmas, a real feeling of accomplishment washed over me – and I was imagining my Dad’s voice as if he was seeing it for the first time, “Wow, baby – that’s amazing”. Garry loved a lot of things in grey and black, and I know he would have approved of the red brick transformation you see above (thanks to Taubmans ‘Casino’ and awnings from Signature Shutters and Blinds). He’d be also quick to criticise and be recommending some sculptural greenery at the front to break up the dark bricks. Dad, if you’re reading this – don’t worry, that’s happening soon!

On a lighter note, over the coming months – I’ll be sharing lots of photos of our new home. Bathroom, Laundry and Kitchen will be first off – Living, Dining and Bedrooms will follow. I have a fabulous new bedhead from Bednest that I’m really looking forward to showing you, and the Freedom Kitchens cabinetry has been getting lovely reviews from visitors (the amazing Smeg appliances definitely help – wait to you see my oven, I’m in love).

See you back here soon,

Briar x

Garry Raymond Murphie
15.4.1947 – 10.12.2016


  • Eva

    So sorry to hear of your loss Briar. I am loving your renovation and look forward to seeing more when you are ready. Don’t burn yourself out in this tough time.

  • Mike

    Briar,my deepest condolences on the loss of your dear father. Entertaining less than a fortnight later shows greater resilience than most of us;I say this as someone who generally does carry on.
    Best wishes & much happiness in your new home! I look forward to seeing how it progresses & evolves.

  • Anna

    I am so sorry to read of your father’s passing. One of life’s hardest trials is to lose a parent. The photo of him is beautiful xx

  • Emma George

    Hi Briar,

    Just was checking in on the blog and stumbled across your post. I’m so sorry for your loss, and hope you are going ok.
    My Dad passed away nearly 15 years ago (suddenly) and it turned our world upside down. Just wanted to let you know I’m thinking of you. Make sure you take some time out to properly grieve – I became the person in our family to kind of ‘keep it together’ and eventually had to let it all out. You are in my thoughts.

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