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


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

Sunday Collector Renovation: The Bathroom


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.

Sunday Collector Renovation: Master Bedroom


We were really cautious not to over-capitalise during our renovation, so the four existing bedrooms stayed in exactly the same spots, we just made the rooms look brand new with a complete overhaul of all the finishes. The master bedroom was given the biggest facelift with new V-joint panelling along the main wall, plush new carpet – Stonefields in Greystone from Feltex, a larger built in wardrobe across the length of the opposite wall and last but not least, timber plantation shutters in crisp white, which really finished off the look – thanks to Signature Shutters and Blinds.

Looking back, I realise I based the room design around a new bedhead I had in mind that I was designing with Bednest at the same time. I’m pleased to say the bedhead is now available to purchase and I was given the privilege of naming it. The ‘Saratoga’ bedhead is pictured above – named Saratoga as that is the sleepy seaside village on the NSW Central Coast I spent almost every school holiday growing up. My grandma had a big comfortable house on the Brisbane Waters and my siblings, cousins and I would spend endless days fishing off the jetty, swimming in the pool and jumping on the trampoline. Life was simple, and sleep was sound.

The two distinct lines of piping on the classic look of the Saratoga bedhead provide an uncomplicated modern look that’s balanced by it’s subtle soft corners. I had this particular  bedhead made in the loveliest felt – Warwick Augustus Porcelain with the piping in a deep navy blue – Augustus Midnight, but it would be as equally lovely in linen.

Speaking of linen…New sheets and a quilt cover from Cultiver were pretty much made for this room if you ask me – a fresh mix of Ice Blue, Navy and the stunning quilted bedcover in Chambray with matching European pillows complement the space (and yes, I like a lot of pillows).

Also pictured above are the Spindle bedside tables from Pottery Barn Kids (which work fine for big people too) and the pair of Mid Century  Task Lamps are from West Elm. The embroidery pictured below was something I picked up from an Op shop years ago and had re-framed to show the raw edges.

I’ve also framed and hung one of my favourite family photos from the shoot we had with Tealily when Raff was a new baby (which seriously feels like a month ago, I can’t believe he’s just turned one)!

Briar x

All images above photographed by Jacqui Turk

Sunday Collector Renovation: Sunday’s Room


Sunday/Sunny/Sunny-Sue/Baby-Boo/Bubba. She’s sweet, she’s feisty, she’s passionate, and she loves her new room. We recently added some pieces from the whimsical new collection from Margherita Missoni and Pottery Barn Kids. A magical mix of gorgeous colours, the pom pom quilted bedding is really lovely quality, and the Designer Doll ‘Clara’ is Sunday’s new favourite. Floor play with baby Rafferty has been made that much sweeter with the beautiful floral rug and the luxe Daisy Pouf. As you can see these pieces have complimented the new room beautifully. Sunday’s one request was for a pink room (!!) when we moved – we settled on Taubmans Pink Sangria with the crisp Cotton Sheets white on the top half of the walls.

As you can see, she’s pretty happy with the new set up (and I really struggled to pick my favourite photo, so I’ve gone all ‘stage mum’ and shared them all). Plantation shutters were installed by Signature Shutters and Blinds and Sunday’s wearing a leotard and tutu from Cotton On.

It’s definitely a little girls room! Also pictured from Pottery Barn kids is the Kendall Dresser, the sweet Farmington Dollshouse she got from Santa a year ago and the adorable Sherpa Anywhere Doll Chair (which matches her living room chair).  The cool denim jacket was a gift from my sister, Hannah made it up herself with all the cute badges.

I love the colours in the new Margherita Missoni collection – it really pops on the ‘Greystone’ grey wool Stonefields carpet I chose from Feltex. I can honestly say that Sunday loves spending time in her new little room, it’s an eclectic mix with pops of her favourite things – flowers and the colour pink.

Briar x

Photos by Jacqui Turk.

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