Interiors

My love for the Steam Mop

22.05.17

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

Bondi Wash Baby

28.04.17

I first used BONDI WASH in 2013 when it launched, and I’ve been hooked on the hand wash and counter spray ever since. Owner Belinda gifted me with the baby range soon after Raff was born, so the scents take me immediately back to those early days of beautiful and fresh newborn cuddles after his nightly bath.

All BONDI WASH products are 99-100% plant-based. Nothing nasty – the only non plant-derived ingredients are food grade preservatives used to ensure the products are shelf-stable. Products are non-toxic and bio-degradable, making it a perfect choice for baby.

I couldn’t say no when Belinda asked me if Raff and I could be part of a BONDI WASH video series. I’m probably biased but Rafferty’s temperament is made for a job like that. He is just so happy all the time. I’m in love with the clip that was created and feel so fortunate that I’ll have this as a keepsake from the ‘good old days’, when Raff was just a little fella.

Briar x

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

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.

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