Interiors

Supa Centa Moore Park

06.03.18

I’ve been having a great time recently working with a shopping destination that has been a retail lifesaver to me many times over the years.  Supa Centa Moore Park was always my go to for last minute purchases required on film sets back in the day of my time working at Fox Studios (I really mean last minute…As in cameras are rolling, be quick –  this bedroom set needs a different table lamp)! So, off I’d often race and Supa Centa Moore Park would always have a solution for me.

Now that I’m a Mum with my own residential decorating business, the centre has become an ideal ‘one stop shop’ for everything home related. It’s really big – with 45 leading homemaker stores with all you need – from a rug for the nursery, to a BBQ for an outdoor entertaining area. I especially find it a handy place to source when I’m working on kids rooms as the range on offer is just so huge, and when I was a new Mum myself, it was the perfect destination for all those important supplies to get a room ready for a new baby. I was delighted when Supa Centa Moore Park approached me with the visual merchandising brief to decorate their display room (a cool perspex cube), twice. To promote their Kid’s Campaign, the first brief was to create a ‘Junior’ inspired room, and the second was to create a ‘Baby’ inspired room. It was so much fun walking around the centre with the brief in mind, basically picking my favourite (yet practical) items to bring to the room designs.

JUNIOR ROOM

When it came to bringing the Junior Room together, I pretended I had been briefed by a client in the real world to give the space an authentic personality, and that client was my five year old daughter Sunday. Sunday loves to live with colour and I created an eclectic little space with her in mind, starting with a cute bed and really lovely bed linen.  The room was large enough to fit a little play table in it, along with a great armchair that would grow with a five year old well in to the teenage years, a real design classic.

Below are some shots of the room (take by Rodger Wang), I had lots of fun pulling this space together.

The perspex cube is located up the escalators just near Bo Concept and Boori.

If anything catches your eye in the room, below is a list of items I used in the set up:  On Floor:Braid Jasper Rug $699.00, Coppola Home Armchair:Adelaide Armchair $2599.00, Bo Concept, Sheepskin white $319.00, Bo Concept, Home Republic Pom Pom Round Cushion Pink $49.99, Adairs, Cat toy $39.99, Adairs Bedside table:Jersey Side Table $359.00, Bo Concept, Spencer Lamp $99.00, Adairs, Daisy Sunnies $10.95, Mr and Mrs Jones, Pencil Pouch with gold dots $59.95, Mr and Mrs Jones, Sunnylife Rainbow Tumbler $20.00, Freedom, House Animal Doorstop $14.99, Adairs Drawer Unit and surrounds:Perla 3 Drawer Chest, $769.95, Boori, The Daisy Collection Dolls House $199.00, Adairs, Green Fern $39.99, Adairs, Pink Bear Sweater $14.99, Toys R Us, Bru Jelly Sandals $14.99, Toys R Us, Brandon Kids Chair White $69.00, Freedom, Mai Basket $20.00, Freedom, Gina Basket Pink Spot $69.99, Adairs, Pretty Ballerina toy $38.99, Adairs BedMetal Single Bed $299.00, Snooze, Rebecca Judd Loves Constellation Bedlinen (Double) $119.00, Adairs, Starry Night Sheet Set $76.99, Adairs, Issa Throw $99.00, Freedom, Silver Moon cushion $9.99, Adairs, Knitted Mermaid $89.95, Mr and Mrs Jones, Mini Backpack (at foot of bed) $32.00, Mr and Mrs Jones, Gold glitter letters (above bed) $29.95, Mr and Mrs Jones BookshelfMadden Bookshelf $249.99, Adairs, Accessories on Bookshelf: Felt Ball Trivet $24.99, Adairs, Velvet Notebook $2499, Adairs, Potter Timber Rabbit $29.99, Adairs, Yuma Planter $24.99, Adairs, Ella Jewellry Box $19.00, Adairs, Lily Cat Vase $24.99, Adairs, ALL BOOKS starting at $4.98, Toys R Us, Childrens Umbrella $24.95, Mr and Mrs Jones, Beach Sounds Radio $69.95, Mr and Mrs Jones, Notebook Pienapple/Watermelon $19.95, Mr and Mrs Jones Table and chairs:Thetis Square table $199.00, Boori Thetis chairs x 2 $149.00, Boori, Thetis stool x 2 $89.00, Boori, Playdoh Confetti $2.96 each, Toys R Us, Melissa and Doug Food Groups wooden toys $39.99, Stackable Markers $10.95, Mr and Mrs Jones

BABY ROOM

When an expectant Mum or Dad approach me to help design their baby nursery, I always give the advise that we should aim to create a fairy neutral space, as once the child grows and starts to show his/her interests, the room will naturally gain it’s own personality and layers. With that in mind when I received the brief, I again came up with a fictional client in my head. With the experience of being a first time Mum under my belt I now know that elements like a stacked and organised change table, a good armchair and toy storage is really important.

Below are photos of the fairly neutral room (with a baby boy in mind), and as you can see Supa Centa Moore Park sure has you covered for everything baby related (I even selected the wipes stocked on the change table shelf).



Below is a list of items I was inspired to use in the Baby Room:

Cot:Boori Mosman Expandable Cot white $689.96, Babies R Us, European Cotton Waffle Towel $49.99 Adairs, Velvet Star Cushion $29.99, Adairs, Little Moon sheet Range $59.99, Adairs Rug:Flatweave Rug Cream $699.00 Coppola Home, Change Table:Troll Sun Change Table White $299.00, Baby Bunting, Troll Sun Change Mat $49.00, Baby Bunting, Living Tex Change Mat cover $49.95, Baby Bunting, Thankyou Nappies $33.00, Baby Bunting, Thankyou Baby Wipes $6.95, Baby Bunting, PS Soft Eyelash Caddy x 2 $19.95, Baby Bunting, Big Softies Terry Towelling Pack $34.95, Baby Bunting, Living Tex Cot Waffle Blanket Grey and white $49.95, Baby Bunting, Hand and Body Lotion $4.99, Adairs, Havana Home Fragrance $7.49, Adairs, Home Republic Hand Towel Textured Snow $19.99 each Chair:Norse Rocking Chair $899.99, Adairs, Malmo Linen Throw $119.99, Adairs, Kennedy Knit cushion $39.99, Adairs, Knitted Dog $89.95, Mr and Mrs Jones, Ryco Capri Nappy Bag $54.95, Babies R Us, Wirestool white $399.00, Bo Concept On Floor:York Felt Baskets Set 3 $41.99, Adairs, Wooden Pull Toy Elephant $32.95, Mr and Mrs Jones, Potted Fiddle Leaf Fig $59.99, Adairs, Arya Pot grey $19.99, Adairs, Bro Grey Ugboots $14.99, Babies R Us, Imaginarium Abacus $19.95, Babies R Us, Shogun Stool Grey $359.00, Bo Concept, Eco Sippy Cup Wonderland $11.95, Mr and Mrs Jones, Bashful Cream Bunny Large $64.95, Mr and Mrs Jones, White Toy Box $50.00, Boori, Amelie Knot Cushion $59.99, Adairs On Wall:Leutex Character Elephant $34.95 Babies R Us Bookshelf:Madden Bookshelf $249.99, Adairs, Books from $9.00, all from Baby Bunting, Lunch Bag Lion $11.95, Mr and Mrs Jones, Schleich Amal figurines from $12.99, Toys R Us, Japper Ball Blue $21.95, Mr and Mrs Jones, Collage Canvas, $59.99, Adairs, My City Character Cushion Cloud $24.95, Baby Bunting, Tolo Baby Bunny Carousel $29.90, Baby Bunting, Ella Jewellery Box $9.99, Adairs, Lenny Potted Fern $19.99, Adairs.

An extra element (that was a little nerve racking if I’m to be honest) was that there was a film crew following my moves. I think I work best under pressure though, and I’m really happy with how the little videos turned out. Watch them here, shot by Rodger Wang:

Believe me when I say you will find what you need for the home at Supa Centa Moore Park, my little shopping and styling expedition has got me wanting to totally re-do my kids rooms at home now, I just saw so many good things!

Briar x

SALE TIME

14.12.17

Who doesn’t love a bargain? I sure do love a sale, especially one before Christmas! I wanted to share with you that from 14th-18th December you can get 25% off ALL in-stock, full-priced items at West Elm, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids & Williams Sonoma Australia – in-stores & online using code JUSTFORYOU at checkout. Be quick peeps!

I thought I would have a little peruse and share ‘my picks’ (a totally random collection of things that I want/need), made even more desirable because of the generous discount available right now! Top Left: Our outdoor area is desperate for some new seating, especially after one of our old pool lounges collapsed recently. The Portside Lounger from West Elm has a lovely weathered grey finish on the timber frame for that laid back beachside vibe.
Top Right: I’ve got my sister’s renovation in Mudgee on my mind lately, and the Kensington mirror from Pottery Barn comes in two sizes and would be perfect for the bathrooms.
Bottom Left: I’m in desperate need of a new bathrobe and I love everything Monique Lhuillier does, and this collaboration with Pottery Barn is gorgeous.
Bottom Right: I didn’t know I wanted a marble wine cooler until I saw this marble wine cooler. The marble range from Pottery Barn is great quality and would be really beautiful for a festive table. Top Left: I’m always spotting things for the kids (as you do), and Raff would simply go nuts for this play food truck playhouse – it would be a really cute addition as play/decoration to a kid’s backyard birthday party too.
Top Right: If you haven’t ever bought food from Williams Sonoma, I highly recommend you do. Everything I have ever tried from their range has been delicious. I’m guessing the pecan and maple pancake mix would be pretty amazing too.
Bottom Left: Sunday has way too many sheet sets, but I couldn’t go past the sweet bow graphics on The Emily & Meritt Bow Sheet Set, which would be really cute teamed with a clashing printed doona cover. Quirky, a bit like Sunday.
Bottom Right: Completely random, but I think I would really like to have cork lining in my kitchen utensils drawer. So fancy yet so practical, don’t you think?

Happy shopping in the sale!

Briar x

A traditional christmas tree

29.11.17


Sunday’s excitement levels for Christmas Day this year have been bigger than ever, so a fancier than ever tree was on the top of our wishlist.  I first learnt about Balsam Hill trees last year when I made an enquiry after spotting a range used in a display at my local shopping centre. I was impressed with the stunning realism of the artificial trees from the USA, a true step up from your run of the mill trees that are available from the usual Australian stores. Hand-crafted with care, I’m in awe of the huge range now available for all of us in Australia from the Balsam Hill website.  Check out the huge range of different tree varieties available here.

After checking out the big range of options, I chose the Fraser Fir tree, which is inspired from the Abies fraseri, which is widely regarded as the best Christmas tree species in the USA. It arrived with their Easy Plug feature, with gorgeous fairy lights ready to go – all I had to do was plug in to the wall. It’s a warm and inviting tree with substantial foliage that is truly so life-like. It really gives off that southern charm you see in Christmas movies that I grew up with. I know, that setting is a far stretch from a hot Summer Christmas that Australian’s are used to, but there is something about the charm of a traditional Christmas that makes it that bit more magical for kids.


The tree arrived really quickly and I knew it was a special tree when I was unpacking it, as included in the box was a premium tree stand with scratch-proof rubber fee, a sturdy off-season storage bag, two sets of gloves to shape the tree in style and extra bulbs for the fairy lights. I was very impressed!

It was the first year that Sunday has really been able to help me properly decorate the tree, and we added the gorgeous ornament set also from Balsam Hill to our collection this year. Generously proportioned and lovely quality, the ombre french country ornament set is inspired by antique European ornaments. Check out the big range of decorations here, including the tree collar pictured above. The galvanised tree collar is a cool alternative to a traditional tree skirt, made from 100% iron and features two hinged pieces that easily wrap around to cover the tree stand. Now all I need to do is add around the tree base all those lovely Christmas presents for the family that I’ve hidden away from Sunday’s curious eyes.

Briar x

Christmas Gift Guide 2017 – the ladies

23.11.17

I thought it was a good time to share my annual Briar Wants This Stuff  from Santa Guide. There are so many good things out there at the moment, I found it difficult to narrow down my favourites:

  1. I was told by my hairdresser recently I need to brush my hair more. Anyone else with curly hair will understand you result in really unfortunate frizz when you brush curls. The boof aside, you might as well do it in style with this chic gold brush from Mecca.
  2. Christmas Day dresses sorted for girls Australia wide with this beauty from Zimmermann.
  3. Sweet diamond ‘Mum’ necklace from Claire Aristides would make Mumming-life that bit more glamorous, don’t you think?
  4. This looks like a really cool book I want on my coffee table.
  5. I have a few pieces by Sibella Court dotted around the home and this cute shield mirror would only add to the eclecticism.
  6. Jan Logan makes stunning rings and this little blue nugget one has me all heart-eyed!
  7. Sweet desk accessory in the form of a teacup and saucer would be perfect for my new habit of a couple of green teas in the day.
  8. I’ve got two of the classic Kubus bowls in white and now I want one in classy and spiffy bronze!
  9. I love indigo, and I love The Beach People, their bath range is really lovely.
  10. Another brand fave of mine, the petite and blue neoprene bag from the originals, State of Escape is top of my wishlist.
  11. The Terrazzo wall hook from Design Stuff has been sealed so this would be super cute in a bathroom for towel hanging.
  12. This beauty will never be on my wall, but a girl can dream. I’m obsessed by the work of George Byrne.
  13. Having 4 sisters I think I definitely qualify for this fun t-shirt. Rachel Castle does it again in the cute stakes.
  14. When in doubt, check out giftware at Country Road. My indoor plant selection is growing and I’d love this clay watering can to sit alongside the greenery.
  15. A little stocking filler in the form of an always handy bottle opener, also from Country Road.

Happy Christmas Shopping, I’ll come back with some ideas for the kids and guys soon. Coming up with gift ideas for guys is always hard though, do you agree?

Briar x

I love cacti

09.11.17

I’ve had big love for cacti since working in my Aunt’s garden centre nearly 18 years ago, and lots of gorgeous Palm Spring homes shared on Pinterest and Instagram has been responsible for another spike in popularity for these sculptural plants. I had high hopes for my very own mega cactus garden when we moved, but I had to park those dreams once I discovered how much established plants actually cost these days. Pretty astronomical unfortunately!

I was so excited to spot these ‘Mother in Law’s Tongues’ and ‘Columnar Cacti’ in a seconds pile (literally a pile) at a local garden centre today, I snapped up a handful for a steal so I could test out my propagating skills before committing to some more serious purchases.

You can propagate columnar cacti by slicing pieces with a sharp knife, you then leave to callous over and then plant. Here are (very) detailed instructions I came across after doing a bit of research. It’s very wordy, but the process isn’t at all difficult:

  1. Disinfect the blade of a sharp knife using a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. Lay the knife on a flat surface. Allow the blade dry completely before using it.
  2. Select a piece of columnar cactus to root (around 20cm in length is a good size). Put on gloves to protect your hands. Steady the top of the columnar cactus with one hand. Sever the cutting using the disinfected knife. Cut at a 45-degree angle without sawing the flesh of the plant.
  3. Place the cutting upside down in an empty pot so that the cut end is exposed to the air. Set it in a warm, dry spot out of direct sunlight. Allow the end of the cutting to dry out for at least three days, or until the wound heals and takes on a hard, whitish appearance.
  4. Fill the bottom half of a pot with succulent potting mix (or a good mix of sand and regular potting mix).  Make sure one-third to one-half the length of the cutting is below the edge of the pot.
  5. Hold the cutting upright while filling in around the edges with more potting mix. Shake the pot slightly to settle the soil. Gently firm the mixture around the cutting. Add more, as needed, to fill the pot close to the top.
  6. Water the columnar cactus cutting two days after potting it. Drizzle water onto the growing mixture until it feels slightly damp. Maintain light dampness in the growing mixture, but allow it to dry out slightly in the top inch before applying more water.
  7. Set the potted columnar cactus cutting where it will receive very bright but indirect light Shelter the cutting from direct sunlight, which can cause the flesh to dehydrate and make it likely the cutting will die.
  8. Check for roots four weeks after planting. Firmly hold the base of the cactus, and gently try to lift it; if the cutting does not move, it has produced roots.
  9. Transplant the columnar cactus cutting into a permanent pot filled with succulent potting mix or directly into a sunny garden bed four weeks after it has rooted. Water it sparingly.

Wish me luck! I’ll let you know how I go, I’m aiming for a Columnar Cacti forest at the front of the house within a year.

Briar x

PS. Spot Baby Raff ; )

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