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.

SodaStream Power Machine


Our household has been long time fans of the SodaStream, it’s a handy machine to have in the kitchen making fresh sparkling water available at any time. It certainly keeps my water intake in check, not to mention the money savings.

We recently upgraded our old machine to a very sleek SodaStream Power Machine, which is the premium Sparkling Water Maker in the SodaStream range and allows you to make sparkling water from tap water at the touch of a button (so easy). Powered by electricity you simply fill the carbonating bottle with tap water, place in the snap lock system and choose from 3 levels of carbonation – I’m a fan of level 3, super bubbly! To keep the bubbles happening, we simply make sure the C02 cylinder is kept full with a ‘cylinder swap’ at our local Coles every few months.

 I must admit, I like my drink kept fairly simple – it’s delicious with just a fresh squeeze of lemon but I decided to have a bit of fun with a simple recipe and added ice cubes, crushed watermelon, fresh lime and mint leaves for a really refreshing drink. Sunday loved it too!

You should check out the big range of flavours also available from SodaStream, if you want to add a bit of punch – I personally find the ‘Tonic’ flavour handy for yummy (alcoholic) drinks.

The best news is I’ve got one SodaStream Power Machine to giveaway to a random winner, just head over to Instagram @sunday_collector and follow the simple instructions to enter. Winner will be announced in three days.

Update: Giveaway now closed. The winner was chose at random. Congratulations @australiansecrets

Briar x

PS. Benchtop featured above is the beautiful Noble Grey from Caesarstone, cabinetry from Freedom Kitchens and splash back tiles from Tiles By Kate.

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: The Kitchen


The kitchen is most definitely the heart of our new home, and I’m so excited to finally show you photos of the renovated space, styled by me, and taken by Jacqui Turk. It’s a big space in comparison to our fairly modest home, but the generous proportions work for my little food and entertaining loving family.

I thought I’d take this opportunity to list full details of where I sourced everything from, which has come together as a compilation of my favourite suppliers:

I’m a big believer in copious amounts of storage, I love to hide things away and avoid clutter, and this kitchen certainly has storage covered in spades. I went to town with luxury items such as a double pull out bin, an appliance cupboard, strip lighting under wall cupboards, generous double door pantry, matching kickboards and many soft close deep drawers for everything from pots to plates. I chose the door profile ‘Sierra’ in the muted Stone Grey from Freedom Kitchens and I am so very happy with the outcome. I love the simple door profile with it’s traditional ‘Shaker’ vibe and I think the pairing with the pale oak floorboards from Woodcut is a beautiful one. Check out the 2017 range of kitchens that are possible with Freedom Kitchens here, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised…I can certainly vouch for the quality of the cabinets, the finish and overall  look and feel is beautiful in real life.

A definite feature in the kitchen is the large scale of the benches. I fell in love with Caesarstone Noble Grey as soon as I saw the big slab in real life last year and it’s proved to be the perfect balance of soft grey with a subtle marble vein to match the cabinets. As cliche as it sounds, it has definitely added the ‘wow’ factor to the space, and in a sleek 20mm thickness I think it’s just lovely. I’ve long been a fan of the Caesarstone range, which is getting better all the time. I’m always speccing it in my clients kitchens, and this is the second time I’ve personally renovated with it. Caesarstone is a durable but beautiful surface which avoids the hassle of a more sensitive/porous natural stone. A birds eye view of the bench is pictured above with the Voda Sink Mixer from Sussex Taps and double granite sink in Polaris (white) from Schock.

Splashback Tiles
With such a statement bench top planned, I wanted the splash back to complement and not compete. I chose a standard 15cm x 15cm white gloss tile that was made more dynamic with a mid grey grout (‘Magellan’) and layed offset. Tiles were sourced from my favourite tile shop, Tiles By Kate (I can’t wait to show you photos of the completed bathrooms, where I really made the most of the great range at this shop!

Door Hardware
Sourced from the USA, I selected brushed brass door and drawer pulls from Lew’s Hardware.

I can honestly say cooking has never been more enjoyable in the Stanley house since we’ve been working with Smeg. I can’t begin to tell you how much I love our new stove and cooktop. Truth be told, I based the entire kitchen design around the gorgeous appliance. The white enamel freestanding cooker with electric oven and gas cooktop has got be hooked on cooking! Pictured above is the favourite view of my kitchen – looking straight down at this fancy specimen from Smeg.

I also love the fully integrated dishwasher, which is from the Smeg Diamond Series. It has fancy features such as a push to open door, LED display and internal lighting.

You’ll see more detailed shots of our very special fridge soon (I recently styled a shoot specifically for Smeg that I’ll share on here), but as you can see above we have water and ice available on tap. This little luxury has long been a wish of mine, and I can’t tell you how handy I’m finding it! Picture above is the side by side refrigerator/freezer with the classic aesthetic that matches the lovely handle bar on our oven. Picture above is also a new set of counter stools from Family Love Tree.

The range of 50’s Retro Style small appliances from Smeg in cream sit beautifully in our new kitchen. Curvy and compact, I’ve never owned such a beautiful toaster and kettle. The four slice capacity of the toaster makes breakfast prep in the morning much faster!
I’m a big fan of the extra storage we gained on the reverse side of the bench. To the left we have space for four counter stools, on the right we have cupboards for all our cook books and liquor.

I’ve accessorised with terracotta and timber, which I think sits beautifully with the grey and gold.

The tall pantry with two deep drawers at the base, plus an appliance cupboard to the right is proving to be a perfect set up for cooking.

Me, just admiring my new kitchen ; )

Hope you like it as much as I do!

Briar x

PS. My dress is from Table Tonic, and the pink front door you see in the first photo is painted in gloss ‘Tahitian Sunset’ from Taubmans.

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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