What can’t you live without at home?
I would have to say my washing machine… I’m constantly doing loads of washing with our three kids and cannot imagine what i’d do with out it. Life would be a lot harder.
Your favourite room in the house?
Our Bedroom. It’s definitely my fave as it’s my sanctuary. We don’t get to spend a lot of time in it so whenever I get a chance I sneak up there and potter around to get 5 minutes to myself.
The Palm Beach Collection sea salt diffuser aroma… it’s beautiful. I get to smell the sea all day, everyday.
Any styling tips?
You don’t need to spend a lot of money. Grab some greenery from your garden and move some of your candles or pictures around to different places… it freshens up the place like you wouldn’t believe.
The perfect weekend?
Breakfast around the bar at home followed by a trip to the beach for a surf with the kids. Home for lunch, back to the beach for another surf session and then BBQ with friends. Repeat again on Sunday. Cant beat it !!
As well as providing accommodation, food, clothing and medical care NBW services include access to counselling, supporting life skills and providing education with a view to enabling future employment. With this support 90% of residents transition back into the community successfully and sustainably.
The shelter accommodates up to ten women at any one time, plus an additional three women in transition, undertaking the back-to-community accommodation program.
The shelter staff consists of one full-time senior Shelter Manager, supported by a business & communications manager, and a roster of full-time and part-time trained support workers who provide on-site assistance 24/7. As a not-for-profit, charitable organisation, the shelter relies heavily on the time, talent and heart of its wonderful volunteers and community networks.
You can tell who the strong Women are. They are the ones that boost each other up not tear each other down. xxx
The Calile Hotel, designed by local Brisbane architects Richards and Spence, offers a unique urban oasis in the heart of the James Street precinct in Fortitude Valley. The 175 room hotel is drenched in style with its marble surfaces, custom made oak furniture and brass accents. The hotel’s restaurant Hellenika, which is open for lunch and dinner daily, serves authentic Greek fare in a sophisticated poolside setting. The pool terrace, overlooking the 30m pool surrounded by lush palms and chic cabanas, is the heart and soul of the hotel. The Lobby Bar is the ideal location for an espresso in the morning, an espresso martini at night and everything in-between. There is also a carefully curated selection of boutiques on the ground floor so you really don’t need to leave the premises at all. Unless of course if you want to explore the surrounding neighbourhood, which is on the rise. Go Brisbane go.
Aboriginal Mother and child. 1950. Photo by Threelions/Getty Images.
Cate Blanchett and Chris Hemsworth photographed in 2017 for Vogue Australia by Will Davidson.
Feather, in her mid 70’s, was photographed by Natalie Grono in Byron Bay’s Little Wategos Beach where she swims daily.
Nicole Kidman, photographed by Annie Leibovitz in 2003.
David Gulpilil arrives at the 4th Aacta Awards ceremony at The Star Casino. He won BeSt Lead Actor for his role in Charlie’s Country.
Artist John Olsen at home in his studio in 2016.
Cathy Freeman aged 21, photographed by Bill McAuley in 1994.
Musicians Angus and Julia Stone photographed by Jarno Kraayvanger.
Bondi sunrise. Aquabumps.
Fashion designers, Nicky and Simone Zimmermann.
Director Baz Luhrmann, photographed by Aldo Rossi in 2013.
The Australian Ballet.
Surfer Stephanie Gilmore.
Dawn Fraser, photographed in 1963 by David Moore.
Pop Star, Kylie Minogue.
A young Steve Irwin in a picture from a book by Irwin’s best man and mate, Tony Frisby.
Indigenous Festival Photography by Wayne Quilliam.
Barrenjoey House is a heritage listed restaurant, bar and guest house with a history spanning almost 100 years. Located in Palm Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Barrenjoey House joined The Boathouse Group in July 2018. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, offering a relaxed, coastal inspired experience that the local icon is known for. Accommodation will soon be offered, with seven small guest house style rooms located above the restaurant… which means living like a local and enjoying an early morning dip at nearby Snappermans Beach or Sandy Point.
The Parker Hotel is like no other. The San Jacinto Mountains enclose this boutique hotel that was first opened in 1959 as California’s very first Holiday Inn. In 2002 the property was sold to hotelier Jack Parker who enlisted designer Jonathan Adler to lead a $27-million-dollar renovation of the property, and in 2004 the hotel reopened as the Parker we see today.
On arrival you are lead up an impressive driveway, bursting with brightly coloured flowers, and arrive at a white wall of concrete lattice work, the famous main entrance centred around those fabulous tangerine coloured double doors. Stepping through those doors you are enriched with midcentury modernist design through the hotel’s art, lighting, decor and flamboyant carpets throughout. An outdoor fire-pit, three inviting pools, an incredibly chic day spa, tennis, pétanque, croquet, chess, bicycles, restaurant, cafe, bar… this place is the stuff of dreams.
There really is no need to ever leave this desert oasis, only when it comes time to check out. Good luck with that.
What’s your favourite thing about the change of season? What do you most love to see coming into the store now that we are in spring?
It’s great to see some of our favourite plants come back in stock. As plants go dormant in Winter, its hard to get a hold of a lot of our favourites and the stock we get is often a little less developed. We’re always happy to start of the growing seasons spring and summer. This spring we’ve seen one of our all time favourites ‘the chain of hearts’ back and with some really good length which is great!
What advice would you give for people wanting to introduce more greenery into their home?
Take note of the natural lighting in the space of your home that your wanting to add a green touch. It’s also good to make sure you’re aware of the watering requirements of each plant. It’s all about finding balance between meeting the aesthetic requirements you want to achieve but also the practicality for the ongoing care. For those either new to the plant game or for those that haven’t had much luck in the past, start with a zanzibar gem, these will thrive on neglect tolerant to low light and only requiring water once a month.
It’s hard to go past the smell of coconut, its the right balance of sweet and fresh and reminds me of a tropical holiday.
How did the store begin? What inspired your journey?
The business began as an idea after helping out some friends with the decoration of their wedding. We were decorating tables with plants and cactus in assorted tins and pots we were collecting at markets and garage sales. It got me thinking about how there was a bit of a gap in the plant hire market and there was an opportunity to offer a bespoke service in this industry. From there the plant hire service of the business started and expanded to retail as well. Moving on from our first space to our current location in Mermaid Beach we had the additional space to offer venue hire to our offering, with our space being hire for photoshoots, workshops, weddings and more.
Things you can’t live without at home?
I try to bring home a fresh bunch of flowers home once a week. It brings some colour and fragrance to the house.
Tell us about your connection to the Joshua Tree National Park
We discovered the National Park during a trip we took for my birthday 6 years ago. We immediately fell in love with the serene landscape and stillness and knew that we wanted to have a desert escape from our busy lives in Los Angeles. We ended up finding the dome through an ad on a popular classifieds website and jumped on the opportunity to purchase it.
Describe your style…
I think our style has evolved a lot of the past 6 years. When we decorated our dome we were trying to use a lot of vintage and found objects so I would describe its style as “eclectic desert bohemian”. However, we’ve recently been leaning towards a more neutral colour palette with subtle modern bohemian accents.
Where do you find inspiration?
We get a lot of our inspiration from traveling, blogs/websites, and architectural home tours.
What does home mean to you?
Home is where we find our solace. It’s a place for inspiration and a place to be inspired. Home is a never-ending, evolving project. Home is our happy place.
A must do for any traveller visiting California?
We might be biased but definitely don’t skip visiting the desert especially if you are from a country or area that doesn’t have a desert. Also, the northern coast of California is stunning- blue lagoon style water on one side of The Pacific Coast Highway and lush forest filled with redwoods on the other.
Surfers travel from all over the world to catch a wave at the legendary point break of Surfrider Beach… and there is no better place to catch the action than at the newly refurbished Surfrider Hotel. Built in 1953, the iconic motel has been reimagined as a chic surf lodge with 20 airy, light-filled rooms, every one of which has a balcony with a view of the sea. “We wanted to capture the essence of Malibu and California beach culture,” says co-owner Matthew Goodwin, who grew up surfing this stretch of coastline. That means outdoor showers and storage for surfboards and SUPs and a vintage Land Rover to drive guests to other iconic surf spots. Evenings can be spent on the rooftop around the fire pit dining on locally sourced food, or in the library planning the next stop on your California road trip.
Tell us a little about Bird & Knoll, how did it start? What inspired it?
Bird & Knoll is the genesis of a love of travel, fashion and beautiful soft natural textiles. My business partner Nat, an ex banker turned professional photographer approached me with the idea and the pitch line “your the only person I could dream of doing this with”.
Bird & Knoll was born in 2014 creating luxury scarves using the softest premium cashmere, silks and cottons as a canvas to showcase our personal artistic narratives, captured via our camera lens, from our travels around the world. Each limited edition collection exhibits a kaleidoscope of colour and local flavour, which plays to a universal desire for adventure and wanderlust. In 2016, we segued into resort wear, the ultimate complement to the brand’s existing accessory range and travel-with-style ethos. These are pieces that we desired to wear when travelling and day to day… timeless kaftans, elegantly relaxed dresses and chic beach cover ups that are versatile and effortless. Inspired by our travels each piece is playfully named after some ‘memoir’ from the journey. Feminine, relaxed and always effortlessly elegant .
The business is based out of Sydney, and you are based in Auckland. How does that work for you?
As a whole it works really well, we feel it is actually more of an advantage (glass half full and all) as we both look after our respective markets and cover more area this way, however not so good when it comes to Friday night work drinks… clinking champagne glasses over skype just isn’t quite the same.
What are some of the things you cannot live without at home?
Our pets Chico, Lola and Broccoli. We always comment when we are away how weird it is not having them around. There is never a time that someone isn’t sitting on the couch without an animal on them. My daughter and Chico often play ‘cats’ together and he seems to talk to her in a series of meows like he’s answering her questions … as for Broccoli, look at that face … pretty hard not to love that !
Any Auckland must dos for travellers?
A day trip to Waiheke Island to explore the golden sand beaches and vineyards, weekend camping at Tawhranui beach stopping off at the farmers markets in Matakana on the way for food supplies, ferry over to and walk up Rangitoto Island… the view is spectacular, surf trip to one of the stunning west coast beaches like Piha or Bethells, head up the sky tower for a 360 degree view of Auckland – night time is just as cool as during the day and lastly visit the Kaipra coast sculptural gardens.
I love a variety of fragrances, I associate different smells with travel and childhood memories … coconut & frangipani reminds me of Fiji, eucalyptus reminds me of Australia and Peru strangely, there were so many eucalyptus trees there, tobacco, my favourite Coqui Coqui fragrance, reminds me of Mexico and I think my favourite of all fig reminds me of home.
Lauren Bacall, 1954
Elle Macpherson, 2010
Princess Diana, 1986
Romy Schneider, 1969
Kendal Lee Schuler
Rachel Hunter, 1994
Cindy Crawford, 1999
Donatella Versace, 1990
Jerry Hall, 1985
Linda Mcartney, 1970
Angelina Jolie, 2014
Cindy Crawford, 1990
Goldie Hawn (and Kate Hudson)
Your perfect day?
Hanging with the family…a slow morning, then heading to the beach with friends and their little (& not-so-little) ones. A nice lunch, sweet treats for afternoon tea and then everyone back to our house for a dinner and a swim.
What inspires you?
Nature, poetry and fashion are my biggest inspirations. And my husband. I actually don’t know how he does all he does and is always so calm and kind.
Things you cannot live without at home?
My dyson. Hand sanitizer. Linen linen. Obviously candles for living areas and fragrance diffusers for the bathrooms, always.
Patchouli and Woods is my new favourite PBC scent, hands down.
How do you balance work and family life?
I don’t haha. It’s one big jumble that we figure out each new day. We are lucky to work together though, so we both have quite flexible lifestyles which makes doing what we do a little easier with three young children.
What better way to celebrate being in the midst of summer than gathering some friends together and dining under the summer sky? Grab a few rugs, a couple of wooden pellets and get everyone to bring along some fresh and seasonal food for sharing and grazing. Throw a little ice in the back of the truck, or a big oversized bucket to keep the bubbles chilled and volia. We love the idea of fuss free, bohemian inspired styling…fresh wild flowers and our candles make any table setting look that little bit more magic.
Happy summer xxx
Tell us the story about your house
For as long as I’ve known him, Mez has wanted to convert a warehouse…this one was an online furniture warehouse and a lolly factory in previous incarnations. It was a hideous aqua both inside and out! Awful! I like the minimal, masculine vibe. And the use of recycled timber adds to that. I love that we can open it up, and blur the lines between the outdoor and indoor areas… and though small, I love our veggie patch. We’ve grown beans for the first time this year, and the kids are really revelling in watching the growth process, from flower to baby veg, to the final edible object!
Describe your style
I’m pretty low key…my uniform is jeans and stripe tees! I’m always on the hunt for the next pair of perfect jeans. And I love the simplicity of a sharp white man style shirt.
I love spicy, masculine scents…Clove & Sandalwood, Nag Champa, my signature perfume is Tom Ford Plum Japonais…a mens fragrance, but I love it.
Your perfect day
Some form of exercise to start, a swim in the sea…cooking and eating with Mez, glass of wine in hand…it’s all about simple pleasures really!
Tell us a little about your travel blog ‘The Window Seat‘? How did it start?
A couple of years ago we drove from Sydney to WA across the Nullarbor, and I was disappointed by the lack of resources for families travelling cross country. I thought I could document the trip to show friends and family, and perhaps help out other families along the way. We do lots of domestic travel, lots of road trips, and I love the thrill of discovering new places. I think it’s so important to see as much of our own country as we can; it’s so vast and varied, and a country with so much natural beauty.
Your favourite place to visit and where to next?
We love the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, it’s definitely our fave Australian destination. The beaches are incredible, and child friendly, there are excellent restaurants, cafes, and wineries, and you’re a short drive to the Adelaide CBD.
Next on our itinerary is a road trip up the East Coast, from Sydney to Noosa. I’ve never been to Noosa before, and I’m super excited to explore the National Parks.
You have recently renovated your house. Any advice?
For us it was all about maximising natural light so my advice would be (if you can afford the time) to sit in your un-renovated home for a full turn of the seasons while you work through your plans; the light is so different from summer to winter and it’s a good way to observe those changes throughout the year. Spend time in the design stage and you’ll avoid making costly changes on the run while you’re in construction mode.
One thing you cannot live without at home?
One? If I’m only allowed one, then it’s got to be my family; they’re the best little pack of incredible, curious, happy, contented, time-consuming, interesting, sweet individuals. There’s no other crew I’d rather watch Cheaper By The Dozen with. But if I’m allowed a few more then I’d have to include my friends (and all their kids too) (usually on a Friday night), music, and fresh cut flowers from Haven and Sarah.
What does ‘home’ mean to you?
Home is somewhere to relax, a place to make memories with our family and it’s a place we share with our friends. It’s where my hubby loves to potter in the garden and the kids can totally unwind. It’s also where I work a lot of the time too so on school days when the kids aren’t here it’s my quiet refuge where I can research and write.
Vintage Gardenia. Reminds me of my garden when I was growing up; my mum used to pop a stem or two in a glass next to my bed when they were in bloom. The scent takes me straight back to my 14-year-old self.
Describe your style
I don’t really know how to describe my style…I’d have to say I’m a bit of a chameleon when it comes to style; it can change from day to day. I love an off-duty jeans and a t-shirt combo just as much as I love a little dress up session for a night out. There’s a lot of pre-loved clothing in my wardrobe alongside a few key grown up pieces too; and if all else fails, my girlfriends have some pretty fabulous wardrobes and they’re always willing to share.
We love summer entertaining! Our Coconut and Lime candle embraces all things summer and is the perfect candle and fragrance for your outdoor table…in fact it’s so good you could almost eat it…but we did the next best thing and made these amazing Coconut and Lime cocktails!
This fresh and delicious cocktail will have you dreaming of island escapes and poolside hangs with its sweet coconut flavour and vodka infused with fresh ingredients like sparkling water, pineapple and freshly squeezed lime juice. It takes less than 10 minutes to whip up a batch big enough for an all-day party in the sun.
Ingredients (for around 12 cups)
- 2 cups organic coconut water
- 5 cups of chunked fresh pineapple
- 5 cups vodka
- juice of 2 limes
- sparkling water
Nestled amongst the palm trees on Seminyak’s Jalan Kayujati, this colourful tropical oasis is a must. Feed your senses with the vibrant decor and scrumptious food. Be sure to order a frozen margarita and dance the night away.
Kim Soo Home and cafe
Shop til you drop at Kim Soo Home (the most inspiring space drenched full of island luxe interiors) then sit down and relax under an umbrella at Kim Soo Cafe. With great coffee, a selection of freshly baked cakes on top of a yummy menu it’s the perfect post shopping pit stop to refuel and recharge.
LA meets Bali with the island’s newest pool club, Mrs Sippy in Seminyak. It’s open daily 8am-midnight and from 12pm it’s adults only. Inviting oversized daybeds surround the large turquoise pool amongst lush greenery. After a cocktail or two you may even give the 5m diving board a go!
If Seminyak is a little too busy for you then head 20 mins north and you’ll find yourself in the more relaxed Canggu, a chilled beachside community full of creative ex-pats and hip boutiques and cafes. The Lawn has a pool which runs parallel to the famous surf break Batu Balong… so you can either sip your bintang in the thatched roof ‘swim up’ bar or nab a daybed or spot on the lawn and watch the afternoon turn to night with those famous bali sunsets. This place is not to be missed.
Eat, drink and sleep at The Slow. Just up the road from The Lawn, this Canggu gem offers luxury boutique accommodation and celebrates art, local culture and interactive retail.
The restaurant at The Slow connects to room 13, which is the gallery space featuring a rotating art collection and a barista station.
The Colony Hotel
This adults only hotel, located in the heart of Seminyak and right next door to Kim Soo Home and Cafe is the perfect boutique stay that is walking distance to all that’s on offer yet provides sophisticated seclusion in complete style.
Whether you’re going glam with the fam or wanting a romantic retreat, Fella Villas (located in Canggu), inspired by travel, art and architecture is a villa with serious style. Created by the founders of iconic Australian swimwear brand FELLA, this lush abode is the perfect place for those wanting to live like a local.
The Jungalow Bali
Another Canggu gem, the Jungalow is a luxurious and spacious two bedroom boutique villa that focuses on simple modern design and interiors and offers a lush pool next to a live green wall, this tropical paradise is one for those who love the outdoors.
On a recent getaway up to beautiful Byron Bay we caught up with one of our stockists, the incredibly talented and creative Byron local Jai Vasicek, the man behind Ahoy Trader. Like something out of an adventure storybook, Jai spent his childhood sailing the world aboard his family’s yacht and his artwork and creations reflect his love of the sea and the wild outdoors. His boutique store is an array of beautiful textiles and furnishings complemented with lush greenery and his own colourful and vibrant creations including his renowned wall tiles. If you are ever in Byron this store is a must visit, just be prepared to carry some tiles back in your hand luggage!
We have just come back from a weekend away with friends at The Little Black Shack, a beautiful and lovingly restored cottage on Mackerel Beach overlooking Pittwater… a quick ferry ride across from Sydney’s Palm Beach. The house was divine- sandstone fireplace and wood fire oven (we made the most amazing seafood pizzas and roast beef the following night) breathtaking views and direct access to turquoise waters below. The cottage has two bedrooms and both beds have linen sheets (so incredibly lush!) We feel completely recharged and inspired after spending some time in this magical home and cannot wait to go back in the summer! For more check out:
Located right in the heart of beautiful, vibrant Byron Bay is The Atlantic. As far as a home away from home goes, it doesn’t get much better than this; a collection of boutique guest rooms in original coastal cottages surrounded by lush, tropical gardens and palm trees. The interiors are a unique mix of ocean and surf charm and eclectic textiles and furnishings. Byron’s array of cafes, bars, boutique stores and markets are a stones throw away from your room, yet once inside this inspirational oasis, you cannot help but feel a million miles away. The lobby stocks a carefully curated mix of locally sourced homewares and gifts (including our candle range) to take away with you as a reminder of how special this place is. The Atlantic celebrates all that is magical about the Australian coast and with some of the world’s best beaches an easy stroll away, this place seriously needs to be on your bucket list.
In the quaint country village of Newrybar, just 15 minutes drive from Byron Bay, a charming 1890’s bungalow has been lovingly restored and converted into a boutique, collective space that celebrates Australian creatives with a focus on local artists. Creations from Sibella Court, Driftlab, Shannon Fricke, Jai Javiseck, Diana Miller, Tigmi Trading, Mister Zimi, Beautiflora, Fate & Fortune and leather maker Wolf & Maiden fill these walls and share the collaborative space together. It is a unique shopping experience and one that you can never experience online. It is a beautiful drive into the Byron hinterland and while you’re there why not cross the road and grab a coffee (or wine) and a bite to eat at Harvest Cafe.
We love getting to know our diverse stockists, the people who help to bring our product to life and share it with those around them. This month we head to New Zealand’s South Island and visit the incredibly gorgeous boutique ‘Corcovado’ in the city of Christchurch.
Walking in through their oversized glass doors, you instantly feel like you could be anywhere in the world. There is a real celebration of globally-inspired style and it is impossible to not feel in awe of the divine textiles, homewares, furniture and lush greenery. In a world where online shopping seems to be the easy option, it is stores like this that remind us of how magical and uplifting retail shopping can actually be. Every item seems to tell a story and you cannot help but want to walk around again and again and again, just in case you missed something the first time round.
If you happen to be day-trippin’ to Palm Beach in Sydney’s Northern Beaches this summer then make sure you stop at number 1 Beach Road for The Boathouse pop-up store open daily from 8am-4pm. The space is lovingly full of all things seaside from homewares, textiles, furniture and art, as well as our summer collaboration candle ‘jasmine and lime’. After a browse make sure you head around the corner to the Boathouse for a bucket of prawns followed by a swim at the locals favourite, Snappermans Beach. Oh how we love summer.
Stepping inside the beautiful boutique ‘Beachwood’ in Avalon on Sydney’s Northern Beaches is like being inside a house in the Hamptons prepping for a Vogue Living shoot. This store is lovingly overflowing with an array of beautiful textiles, art pieces and books… and a great collection of industrial and antique inspired furniture all with a coastal charm to them. There are lots of different spaces within the boutique, each with a different story to tell. If you love interiors then this store is a must-visit next time you’re in Avalon… just don’t expect to walk away empty-handed.
Where did your love of the ocean come from?
Emma: I lived on a yacht until I was the age of 3. I’ve always been water obsessed. A dip in the sea after a big day just feels so good!
Victoria: We always holidayed at the beach so it just feels like a happy place.
What inspires your designs/creations?
Victoria: Travel, art, architecture, music and nature are our biggest sources of inspiration. We recently traveled to Montauk for the summer and we felt so inspired by the coastal town that we designed the ‘Montauk Roundie’ after it… Same as the Palm Springs roundie in midcentury colours and lines….
Emma: We love designing products that we feel like our personal lives need. Like the ideas behind the roundie came to us sitting on the beach one afternoon and I turned to Victoria and said ‘round towels could be cool, it would give you more space than a conventional towel and we could do them in beautiful prints and patterns’.
What are the things you cannot live without in your home?
Emma: Definitely my roundie! It’s in the back of my car at all times ready for the beach, poolside or park…
Victoria: My dog Duke!! Such a buddy around home… We are just about to launch our new bath collection, it’s super soft organic cotton (made in Portugal) with a beautiful stone wash finish plus it’s fast drying, so good for our climate. Say tuned for launch dates! I can’t imagine my home with out it now.
How do you juggle work and family?
Emma: Owning your own business means the work load is endless. Some days we just have to do what we have to do, kids and all, just get it done and we’re ok with that. Balance goes out the window, that’s just life and the sooner you stop stressing about balance the better, I think haha. Generally we switch off after hours/ weekends and spend time with our loves.
Victoria: Our parents owned small businesses and they always included us in what they where doing. We always felt like they had time for us even though they were busy people. I have a 10month old (Theodore) and some days I tell the office I’m available by email or phone and I just give him my time and attention if I feel thats what he is needing that day…
What is on the horizon for the Beach People? Where would you like to be in 10 years time?
Victoria: As I mentioned earlier we have a new collection called “Earth and Sea” launching very soon. Lots of new products including our first ever bath collection….
Emma: 10 years, hopefully doing more of this! Continually designing beautiful products and home textiles that we love and bringing them to your homes. Hopefully still spending long lazy days at the beach with my sweet family and friends. We live for the simple pleasures.
What are some of the things you cannot live without in your home?
Our home is our space… we decorate it together. It’s lived in and loved. It’s a work in progress, always in motion. I love to test some items from my own collection, MJG (www.mjgstore.com) at home as well. We also love the quadrant soft modular (seating) sofa (from Koskela) in the living room and we love to fill the apartment with plants, we are not precious and yes Sophia (our boston terrier) is allowed on the furniture (she has great taste in textiles!)
What inspires you on a day to day basis?
I’m always inspired by nature and travel. Living in Bondi and travelling often my head is always filled with new ideas, currently i’m working on the winter MJG collection and my third book with Hardie Grant.
Tell us what this new candle means to you…
The new candle is inspired by the magical time of day just as the sun is setting and the beautiful golden light sparkles before for one last moment, the scent has a more winter feeling with woody and citrus notes.
Best styling advice?
Don’t be afraid to find your own style and confidence – buy and decorate with things you love and connect to and it’s important to take time there is no rush.
Favourite place to travel to?
I love to travel, it’s hard to choose but equally India and California (everyone knows I love LA and San Fran)
One place you’d love to visit?
ITALY! I have never been but I do drive a Fiat! I have always been intrigued by the culture and of course love the food,a trip through out would be nice… Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast are high on the list!!
Your house is unreal! Where do you draw your interior styling ideas from?
Ow thank you so much, that is very kind of you. I draw inspiration from so many places but mainly from travelling. I wanted our house to feel like we were on holidays all the time. So it’s open and bright and perfect for entertaining. I also love a good Instagram screenshotPinterest of course – mood boards galore when we were renovating and home magazines like Adore and Real Living.
Your perfect day?
My perfect day would be with my darling husband and beautiful baby boy Hendrix – we would be together in the sun, swimming + relaxed, followed by a delicious long lunch + a bottle of Rosè and ending it all with a big dinner feast at our place with our nearest and dearest and a few sneaky mojitos.
What are some of the things you cannot live without?
My family + friends… Our pooches Duke + Stella… My laptop and good internet to run my business. Sunglasses…. Healthy fresh food and good coffee.
Whats on the horizon for your business?
Lots to look forward to with work, a couple of super exciting projects in the works for next year but mainly growing my Digital Agency business, helping brands grow to their full potential online. A couple of really exciting collaborations are coming out early next year, will be revealing it all on my Instagram as it happens.
Describe your style…
Homestyle is a little bohemian and playful, my personal style is very monochromatic and a little edgy I guess… My wardrobe is filled with leather, denim, black, white and stripes. I like to invest in beautiful bags, shoes and jewellery.
Any advice to other working Mummas?
You can have it all, you just have to work really hard for it. Its definitely a juggle but if you love what you do, you will make it work. I swear at the moment every minute of every day is used – but after becoming a mother I feel like I am laser focused, if I am spending time away from Hendrix, I don’t waste a second of it – I wish I had that level of focus pre- motherhood. And I think the biggest thing is to not put pressure on yourself, some days will be amazing and some days will be hectic but you just have to roll with the craziness and it will all work out.
You grew up in a small coastal town in Victoria. What are some of your most fondest memories?
…and still live here! I have fond memories of rugging up in our winter woolies and going for beach walks as a family. I took Teddy to his first day of kinder a few weeks ago and a heap of great memories came flooding back of my first year of painting. Especially as it is the same kinder I went to 30 years ago!
How did your upbringing help shape you as an artist today?
My parents were/are always immersed in something creative. My father designed and built all our homes (although he’s in the petroleum trade) and my mother always expresses herself freely in the way she dresses and her interior decorating. They’re both very inspirational to me.
What inspires you on a day to day basis?
My surrounds. My garden, music, Teddy, early morning salt air.
One thing you cannot live without at home?
My stovetop coffee maker, fresh flowers and a scented candle!
Your art work is colourful and eclectic…can you describe what the pieces mean to you?
They’re a reflection of how I’m feeling at the time. I like to paint when I don’t have to look at the clock and when I’m feeling good. hopefully thats what comes through in my work.
What have you got planned for the year ahead? Any exhibitions?
I’ve been working on a few exciting projects that will be released later this year. I’m currently working on transforming my studio into creative space to host workshops.
Watch this space!
What does home mean to you?
Home means a place to unwind and relax, a place to raise your kids and be inspired by your surroundings.
A place to inspire, delight, entertain your dearest and to rest.
Where do you look for inspiration when designing for Pony Rider?
I don’t look anywhere but I see everywhere. Something needs to humour me or show me a space that it’s needed.
I don’t care for creating everyday things for everyday spaces, I am only concerned with what is missing and if it will add value.
Everything has to mean something to me otherwise I have no connection with it.
What can’t you live without at home?
I can’t live without my family. I am not a lone ranger, I am more of a pack animal. I can always live without objects, they don’t mean that much to me unless I found them on my travels.
You recently renovated your original beach cottage. What advice can you give to anyone else about to embark on a house renovation?
We tried to hold onto as much heritage as possible and in fact I wish I’d held onto more. It’s a funny thing when you renovate. You scour through pages of pinterest in a blind panic hoping you see every kitchen set up layout in case you miss something that is awesome and you have to have it. When deep down you know what it is you like and all you need to do is sit down and start sketching. Trust your gut and go out and hunt objects you like and take them home. That makes it your home.
How would you spend your “perfect” day?
Perfect day is spent in the garden planting plants. There is something incredibly satisfying about making things and watching things grow.
I like the posy scent, reminds me of being a child in my grandma’s flower garden.