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.

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



As someone who grew up on the other side of town, I never would have believed someone if they’d told me that I would eventually become a ‘Northern Beaches girl’, but here I am – 10 years in and no desire to be living anywhere else. As cliché as it sounds, I’m addicted to the casual vibe, the good restaurants and the ‘beach at your doorstep’ lifestyle –  whilst all being an easy and short ferry ride from the city. The kids have it pretty sweet too, it’s a really magical place to be growing up.

I’ve got to be honest, the one thing that was lacking in the area for me was a high end shopping centre. Well, that’s not a problem anymore. Westfield Warringah Mall has had a major renovation, with over 70 new (fancy) stores. A definite stand out for me is the new Myer. The department store has a beautiful and spacious new fit out and is bursting at the seams with the usual – the cool fashion, homewares, and beauty departments really caught my eye. It truly has become a one stop shop for Christmas shopping, and I couldn’t wait to visit a second time after Myer invited me to have a peruse for some family gift ideas.

I headed straight to the Baby department as I knew Rafferty’s Santa Sack was a little light on gifts compared to Sunday’s. I picked up a cute selection of age appropriate toys, including the very popular ‘Dear Zoo’ building block set. Raff woke up from his morning nap while I was setting these shots up, so I couldn’t resist giving him an early play with the presents. I also dressed him in his new outfit – the adorable lobster get-up, which I found in the very cute Seed Baby department.

Next on my list was adding some items to Sunday’s Christmas haul. I have to be honest, she is an easy kid to shop for. Like all four year olds, she has soooo many interests – including art and craft, reading, swimming and a love for new clothes. As you can imagine, the range at Myer Warringah Mall had everything covered. I can’t wait for her to open the ‘paint your own garden gnome’, the perfect activity for when we move to our new house and garden. She’s going to love her pretty Summer gear too, which consists of a new dress and skirt/top combo, (the girl is happiest if she’s in a skirt). I’m also hoping the sticker book will keep her entertained in the car on Christmas Day, as we are heading to Bowral for lunch.

Not as easy to buy for is Mark. We have been throwing any spare money we have at the house/renovation this year, so his wardrobe situation is a little dire at the moment. I picked him up a cool pair of new board shorts from the Industrie department, and a smart Reserve shirt for his Christmas Day outfit. I added a luxe little stocking filler with a bottle of his favourite, Dior Sauvage Eau de Toilette. Speaking of stocking fillers, there are some great ‘gift idea’ departments that cover everything from the man to the baby in your life, definitely worth checking out!

When I’m shopping these days, this Mumma often comes in last on the list of the priorities, but not this time. I was totally drawn in by the fantastic fashion, homewares and accessory departments. You’ll be happy to know, Myer definitely  has gifts for the modern mother sorted! I bought a new Christmas Day dress from Seed, and a set of Aura hand towels and Murchison Hume products for the new house. I also really went all out and treated myself to a pair of fab Karen Walker sunnies. Hello Summer!

Last but not least, I treated the family to a giant new lie-on float from the fab and fun Sunnylife department. The perfect Summer accessory in our pool for when we move. I’m also picturing lots of lazing under an umbrella once the madness of Christmas is over – one can only hope!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this story I posted:

My shopping spree at Myer Warringah Mall can only be described as a SUCCESS, everywhere I turned I spotted gift ideas. I even managed to stop for a coffee at the cool cafe situated near the homewares department. Shopping and Coffee. Alone. In peace and quiet. Ah! It’s the little things in life.

Briar x

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