Mother’s Day 2017

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Mothers’ Day is fast approaching and to celebrate we have asked some of our favourite mums juggling children and careers about their ultimate Mother’s Day. See the interview with our friends Kristy from Incy Interiors, Sam from Hobbe Home, Fabiola from Amor and Grace and Simone from Louvelle wear. These female owned businesses have created beautiful products to make that sleep in on Mother’s Day even more special and there are some special offers too!

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Simone from Louvelle wear

Ultimate sleep-in travel destination?
I would love to have a luxurious sleep in at Hayman Island, that would be bliss!
Dream breakfast in bed?
I would love a green juice and an omelette with the newspaper and cuddles with my girls. Ideally then lounging around all day in one of our Louvelle robes!
How do you wind down for bed at night?
A glass of wine, a Netflix and if I’m really lucky a soak session in the tub.
What is your favourite Mother’s Day memory?
It’s probably having a beautiful photoshoot with my mum and my daughters – the bond between the 3 generations is so special to me.
What is the best thing about being a Mum?
The deepest love I have ever experienced and watching my little girl’s personalities as they grow up.
Best advice for Mum’s managing children and work?
Outsource as much as possible to keep your sanity, it’s not possible to do everything at the same time! Do this even if it means you pay yourself last.
What have you hinted at hubby as a gift for Mother’s Day this year?
I would love a trip to the One Wybellena day spa, it’s such an indulgence for mums to be pampered!
Louvelle is offering 15% off their new silk cotton robes for Mother’s Day 5- 8 May (code LOVEMUM).
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Kristy from Incy Interiors

Ultimate sleep-in travel destination?
We have a trip booked to Borocay in The Phillipines for later in the year and right now that is what is getting me through the freezing cold mornings that have already started to set in.
Dream breakfast in bed?
I’m not big on eating in bed but my dream breakfast is really boring, it’s basically what I have most days – poached eggs on rye and a strong coffee.
How do you wind down for bed at night?
For me it’s all about putting the kids down to bed, and spending time with the hubby. We debrief about the day and just hang out with each other. It’s fun.
What is your favourite Mother’s Day memory?
I learnt everything about being a (good) mum from my mother. I’m so grateful for such a strong, loving role model. Every year on Mother’s Day we brunch together so I can spend time with her, and my kids can enjoy being with their grandmother.
What is the best thing about being a Mum?
I think being a mum has changed my perception of life and has given me an extra layer of selflessness. It makes me want to be a healthier, better person and work harder for everything I do.
Best advice for Mum’s managing children and work?
I won’t lie. Sometimes being a mum and juggling a business can be difficult. For me, the most important thing is not to compromise quality time with family time. Home life is dedicated to home, and business scheduled to hours throughout the work day.
What have you hinted at hubby as a gift for Mother’s Day this year?
2017 has been a really big year for us (and it’s only May!). Honestly, all I really want is to have a day together with the family. If hubby happens to pick up CHLOE perfume, then that will definitely make the day a little sweeter.
Incy Interiors is offering 20% off storewide for Mother’s Day

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Sam from Hobbe Home

Ultimate sleep-in travel destination?
Give me a 5 star hotel with block out blinds and I’m one happy girl. With two boys under 3 and another baby on the way, sleeping in until my body wakes up naturally is a foreign concept at the moment!
Dream breakfast in bed?
A perfect hot coffee + a fresh fruit platter and a croissant. With everything to be eaten at leisure of course.
How do you wind down for bed at night?
Once the boys are in bed at around 6:30pm, I usually spend some time with my husband, do a little bit of work and then try and be in bed by 10pm. My ‘me’ routine has fallen by the wayside of late but one thing I’m fastidious about is massaging oil into my ever growing belly bump.
What is your favourite Mother’s Day memory?
I loved on my first ever Mother’s Day, my husband Pete organised a hunt around the house so our then 2 month old son Hugo and I had to follow the clues to find the various thoughtful gifts. I remember it was so early in the morning that it was dark outside, but such an unforgettable start to my first ever Mother’s Day. I will remember it forever.
What is the best thing about being a Mum?
Watching our little boys growing up together is pretty remarkable and by far my biggest achievement. People often mistake them for twins and yet their personalities couldn’t be more different. They are kind, loving, funny and empathetic (when they are not wrestling each other) and there are days where I still can’t believe that I get to be their Mum.
Best advice for Mum’s managing children and work?
For me, it’s being organised and outsourcing. Being organised often entails me being up earlier than everyone in our house (which is actually rather lovely and quiet) getting ‘house admin’ organised and lunches packed etc. From a work point of view, I am fortunate to have an amazing little team around me supporting the Hobbe vision and I find that the more I outsource, the greater capacity I have both at work and being a Mum.
What have you hinted at hubby as a gift for Mother’s Day this year?
Day spa please!
Hobbe Home is offering 15% off 11th-14th May with code LOVEMUM

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Fabiola from Amor and Grace

Ultimate sleep in travel destination?
An island somewhere in the Pacific or Maldives. Take me back to my honeymoon before children became my alarm!! I’d also love to wake up in New York City for Christmas. That would be fun.
Dream breakfast in bed?
So after I sleep in and wake up slowly (I’m not a morning person), I’m served an omelette with coffee or freshly made juice and then I read a mag from cover to cover in one sitting, uninterrupted.
How do you wind down for bed at night?
If I want to guarantee sleep, I only have to open a book and read a couple of pages before I’m out. I haven’t finished a book in about 5 years since having kids… Otherwise a bit of Netflix or a chat with hubs and a cuppa in hand.
What is your favourite Mother’s Day memory?
I love waking up to breakfast in bed each Mothers Day and my girls bringing their handmade gifts and cards, hubs in tow with coffee. Last year the kids insisted we all eat our breakfasts in bed. That was a memory. We usually gather the matriarchs of the family for a meal and keep it simple, which I love. It really is the simple things in life.
What is the best thing about being a Mum?
Watching my children grow and develop into their own person. Also in their relationship with each other now that they’re a little older is really beautiful. I hope they’re best friends as they grow up.
Best advice for Mum’s managing children and work?
Plan and be organised but leave room for the unexpected to happen because it will. That’s the juggle and challenge of being a modern mum. Give yourself space for things to go off plan. Don’t sweat it and roll with the punches. You and your family will thank you for it.
What have you hinted at hubby as a gift for Mother’s Day this year?
I’ve had my eye on Ahoy Trader’s range of wall crosses. I’m yet to send my ‘hint’ email with a direct link to hubs though… Fingers crossed! I’m also trying to get my mum to write me a recipe book of all the amazing food she cooks. It’s all in her head right now.
Amor and Grace are offering 15% off until 14th May Promo code: MUMSDAY

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Bel from Petite Interior Co.

Ultimate sleep-in travel destination?
Anywhere cold, where I could snuggle up under a million layers. There’s something about warmer weather and blue skies that makes me feel guilty if I’m not outside enjoying it.
Dream breakfast in bed?
A delicious coffee and Waffles or pancakes. The naughtier the better. 

How do you wind down for bed at night?
Due to work and family commitments, I often put my own needs last, but for the past few years there’s one thing I won’t compromise on and that’s my night time routine. I try to shut off my computer by 10pm, take a shower and spend a few minutes applying my skincare or having a quick face mask. Sometimes I’ll even blow dry my hair. I’ll then make a cup of camomile tea and watch a bit of TV before bed. This helps me to mentally unload all of my work, ready for sleep. If I don’t take this time, I find myself laying in bed for hours thinking about everything that needs to be done and I’ve also squeezed in a bit of me time. 

What is your favourite Mother’s Day memory?
I love the little get togethers that my daughters school and kindy have for the mums. The hand made gifts are the best. I’ll cherish those memories forever.
What is the best thing about being a Mum?
Watching my daughters grow and become their own people is the most amazing thing. Their confidence, bravery, the decisions they’re making and the way they see the world inspires me to be a better person every day. Raising my girls will always be the greatest achievement in my life.
Best advice for Mum’s managing children and work?
Managing children and work is always going to be a juggling act! I find that keeping to a loose schedule has always been the best way for me to feel on top of things, but also don’t get too hard on yourself if you need to throw a whole afternoon out the window because your child needs you. I have definitely let go of mother guilt and I always try to tell myself that I am doing the best I can. If I have happy kids, I’m happy.
What have you hinted at hubby as a gift for Mother’s Day this year?
I’d love a spa day! 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

 

 

Holly’s Bedroom Update with Matt Blatt

It was only a few years ago that parents were limited to purchasing children’s furniture from baby stores. I remember Holly’s first cot set was matching white timber, all from the same range and brand. While there’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with matching sets, there’s literally a whole world of other options out there, if you know where to look. Parents are now so spoiled for choice when it comes to furniture for little people and some of the best can be found in stores you may not have considered!

After sourcing pieces for my clients for years, last week I had the opportunity to work with Matt Blatt to give my 6 year old daughter, Holly, a mini bedroom makeover. My aim when browsing through the Matt Blatt website was to show parents that they can find some really amazing pieces that suit children’s spaces beautifully. The items I selected are whimsical, fun and practical but perhaps best of all, stylish and affordable! I think you’ll agree, the results are gorgeous and the Matt Blatt items that I selected bring a dash of maturity to the space too.

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Using an existing desk, we added a chair, pencil holder, rug, lamp and side table to Holly’s room, all from Matt Blatt and all amazing. Let’s look at these pieces in closer detail.

REPLICA FERRUCCIO LAVIANI BOURGIE LAMP SMALL IN METALLIC – $169

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I have loved this lamp for as long as I can remember. It’s instant glamour in any room and available in Silver as pictured. There’s also a larger version in a few different colours.

SHARPENER DESK TIDY – $49

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I don’t think pencil holders get much cuter than this! The perfect addition to any little one’s desk.

BOOMER DINING CHAIR IN PINK – $99

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Children’s desk chairs can be so boring! As long as it’s the right height and comfortable for your child, dining chairs make great, affordable options.

SURI GOLD ROUND RUG – $345

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Circular rugs are so popular for children’s rooms because they generally don’t require a large rug to fill the space. This one is a great size at 150cms, hardwearing with the jute centre and I love the gold edging.

REPLICA MARCEL WANDERS STONE STOOL – $120

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I’ve always been a fan of this practical stool. It’s a great size for a side table if you’re pressed for space and it’s light weight construction is perfect for withstanding the harshest treatment from your little ones!

REPLICA EERO SAARINEN TULIP SIDE COFFEE TABLE IN MARBLE – $295 (currently on sale!)

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While this beauty didn’t make it into our shoot, I wanted to give a mention to this beautiful marble topped side table. Perfect if you need a larger table top.

The items I chose are such a small snippet of what’s available at Matt Blatt for every room in your home. So the next time you’re shopping around for the perfect pieces for your little ones, be sure to visit a Matt Blatt showroom or their online store, I’ll just know you’ll be surprised with what you find!

A big thank you to Kara Hynes for her beautiful photography x