Get a headstart on homework.

My baby is starting grade one this year,
I have absolutely no idea where those years have gone?
I swear he was just learning to walk yesterday!

My girls are 16 and 17 years old and luckily for Orlando, he gets to benefit from the lessons I learnt with the girls.
One thing I have discovered is that I need to implement good study habits from a young age, trust me, I am not going through the homework headaches with another child!

When Pottery Barn Kids approached me to see if I’d like to create a study space for Orly, I thought they might have read my mind!
Um, YES!
Of course I’d like to give Orly a space of his own and of course I’d like to work with Pottery Barn Kids, my go-to favourite kids store!

I decided to put the desk in Orly’s room to start creating those good study habits NOW.
I know what you’re thinking – ‘Are you serious? You’re making your 7 year old study already?’
No, he’s not cramming for maths and geography just yet, but by making his desk a fun space to play and work, we hope that it becomes a place where he wants to spend time.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

I got Orly involved in creating this space right from the beginning.
We popped on to the Pottery Barn Kids website and looked at the desks and chairs together. We talked about options like colours, comfort and storage.
I found out pretty quickly that the things that were important to me, were not important to him, and vice versa. He wanted somewhere to display his artwork and Lego creations, while I wanted ample storage and a timeless style that would grow with him into his teenage years.
We chose the Elliot Desk and Hutch. It’s classic design, overhead cubbies, double drawers and fun corkboard ticked all the boxes and we both love it.

We already had the Madison 4-shelf Bookrack which is a great complimentary piece to use with the desk as it keep all his books within arms reach.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

When it came to the chair, he wanted a furry seat cushion and ‘a chair that spins like the teacups at Disneyland’, while I wanted something sturdy and safe.
The Carolina Swivel Chair was the perfect fit, it’s a little bit playful and very practical.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

Next on my list was lighting. I am an Optical Dispenser by trade, so I understand how important adequate lighting is. While reading and working in the dark will not cause permanent damage to your eyes, it may cause headaches and eye strain, these are completely avoidable by selecting the correct lighting such as the Solid Task Lighting with it’s directional gooseneck that can be angled to shine on their workspace.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

Also on my list was desktop storage for easy access and quick clean-ups. The Shaped Lazy Susan was a winner for both of us, the compartments keep his pencils and stationary organised, while the spinning star keeps him motivated to clean up.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

When the functional things were ticked off, I let Orly choose some comfort items to make him feel cosy at his desk.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.
If you know Orly, you will know he has a obsession with soft textiles, he loves anything fluffy or super soft. He wanted a blanket to ‘wrap up like a burrito’ when he’s working. I think this might be a case of monkey see, monkey do! #guilty
We chose the Stripe Fur Throw with classic stripes on one side and faux fur on the other.
As you can see by that toothless smile, he absolutely loves it!

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

Because I’m savouring every minute that he still wants to play with soft toys, I let him have this adorable west elm X PBK Bear to keep him company while he works.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

We also chose this fun Best Day Ever cushion for a pop of colour and positive reminder to make every day your ‘Best Day Ever’!

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

When we had finished selecting our items, we placed our online order and awaited delivery.
A quick little tip here – the deluxe delivery service is worth every single cent.
The friendly delivery team brings the items to your home, assembles the furniture, places it where you want it AND takes away the rubbish. It was a little bit of luxury that was greatly appreciated in our busy life!

 Orly was so excited on the delivery day, he was dancing around the house like it was Christmas.
He didn’t waste any time in making it his with all his special things.
He loves the corkboard and carefully went through his art folders to find his favourite pieces to display. I love that we can keep it fresh with new artwork now, but it will also transition to a great memo board for him as he gets older. We used the cubbie holes for his favourite books and vacation mementoes and his big sister made the ORLY letters from Lego for him.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

He took great pleasure and pride in showing his space to both his sisters and instructing them that they had to ask him if they wanted to sit on his special chair. #siblinglove

He’s had it for a couple of weeks now and I am so pleased with the way he has been using it every day.
He plays with his Lego, does craft activities, colours-in and practices his writing. Not only does it keep this mess off my kitchen bench, but we are starting to develop those habits I was talking about … the study habits that I was hoping to implement. My first mission was to get him to use his desk, to sit and play or work independently and to enjoy it.
Mission accomplished!

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

Now lets see if we can produce a doctor with those study skills, or a nurse, or a builder, or maybe an astronaut … whatever makes him happy, as long as he tries his best, oh gosh I sound like my mother!

If you want to create a study space for your children you can find loads of inspiration here.
Or pop in to your local Pottery Barn Kids store, the shop displays are always full of fabulous styling and ideas.

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

Disclosure : Some of these pieces were gifted, all of them were hand selected by me, all opinions are my own. Y’all know I don’t share things unless I love them, love the quality and love the brand.

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My Last Minute (don’t panic) gifts for EVERYONE!

Flashback to yesterday … I was PANICKING!

I am usually THAT person that has everything beautifully wrapped in pretty papers and perfectly paired ribbons, placed under the tree with care and ready for Christmas by the first week in December.

Yes, I am usually THAT person that everyone does massive eye rolls at while they are loaded with coffee, armed with their shopping list and battling the crowd during midnight shopping hours.

This year, I am NOT that person!

Yesterday, I wrote out my list and cleared my calendar for the entire day to shop, I had 12 hours of uninterrupted shopping hours to get it done.
Yes, I was panicked, but I was a lady on a mission!

I started at the stores that have something for everyone, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and West Elm and I took you all with me in my Insta-stories, which is what brought me here … It seems I am not alone and the messages started flooding in –
What one is that?
What size does that come in?
Does that come in another colour?
Is that available online?
Do I still have time to order online?

Because we all know I believe sharing is caring, here I am, sharing all my last-minute gifts complete with links direct to the website for you to shop.

Let’s Go!

Starting with one of my favourite gifts for just about anyone – a lantern, pair it with a beautiful candle and tie it with a bow, no wrapping required!
I couldn’t pick just one, so here’s a few that I love, but really, they are all gorgeous.

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TOP – Shutter Lantern
1 – Nantucket Silver Coastal Lantern
2 – Maxwell Lantern
3 – Malta Lantern, Silver

I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love a snugly blanket!
The Cosy Pom Pom throw was actually on my 16 year old daughters Christmas list, one of her friends has one and she was raving on about how soft it is, then she came in store with me and made me feel it … we bought it and now I’m the one raving on about how soft it is. It’s seriously softer than any blanket I have ever felt before!

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1 – Faux Fur Throw
2 – Cosy Pom Pom Throw

Christmas is entertaining season, buy one of your friends some bar tools and let them make you cocktails, it’s a win win!
I love this one finished in nickel with gorgeous leather accents.

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1 – Hudson Bar Tool Set
2 – Hudson Cocktail Shaker
3 – Hudson Ice Bucket
4 – Hudson Tray

Do you know someone who has a crown? Then I’ve found the perfect jewellery box!
The McKenna range comes in 5 sizes, there’s one to suit everyone’s  jewellery collection. It also comes in a few different colours including white, porcelain blue and blush pink.

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McKenna Jewellery Boxes

If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know I love a personalised gift.
Monogram everything I say! These vintage print mugs are fun and easy to gift to just about anyone on your list.

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Vintage Print Mugs

For your funky friend or family member who has everything – I bet they don’t have a salad plate with a shark sporting a bikini? I have one of these awesome plates hung on my wall, but they are equally as fun to eat from.

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Dapper Animal Salad Plates

For the plant lover, these terrariums and planters would make a gorgeous gift paired with some fresh plants. Try some succulents or a fluffy fern.

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1 – Wood and Glass Terrarium
2 – Ceramic Turtle Planter

I didn’t forget the kiddies!

But seriously, can I have a tea party with this Kitty tea set?
It is absolutely adorable!
I’ve included a couple of options below, because honestly, how can you choose just one!

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TOP – Ceramic Kitty Tea Set
1 – Pink Ceramic Classic Tea Set
2 – Silver Tea Set

Jewellery Boxes are one of my favourite gifts to give to kids, they love to have somewhere special to hide their secret treasures. I used to find the funniest things in my kids … random buttons, shells, parts from board games and body parts from broken toys.

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1 – Crystal Laquer Jewellery Box
2 – Abigail Jewellery Box

I love wooden toys and Pottery Barn Kids has the best range around!

They have some fabulous train sets, Orly loves this one …

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Wooden Metropolis Play City Train Track Set 

This is a few of my favourite toys that my own kids had/have. They are tried and tested by my kids and they have been played with again and again, some of them for all 3 kids and they are well loved.
These are toys and games that I gift often because I know they will be favourites.

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1 – Learn To Tell Time Clock
2 – Dominoes Family Game
3 – PBK Blocks
4 – Doctor Kit

The Gotz Doll collection by Pottery Barn Kids is truly a gift your little one will cherish for years. They have a few Special Editions out for Christmas including the three below that I thought were absolutely gorgeous.
What I love about gifting a child with one of these dolls is that you pretty much have every birthday and Christmas covered for the next few years with all the fun accessories. You can add to their collection every year with everything from awesome outfits to doll size furniture and even a horse stable and pony!

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1 – Unicorn Sleepover Doll
2 – Lola Rockstar
3 – Natalie Princess

Are you lucky enough to be buying for a baby this Christmas?
Then you are going to go ga-ga when you see these animal chairs and rockers! They are super soft and snugly and come in a range of adorable animals, good luck choosing just one!

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TOP – Animal Chair – Bunny
1 – Fawn Nursery Rocker
2 – Arctic Hare Nursery Rocker
3 – Koala Nursery Rocker 

OK, So that was all the gorgeous gifts that I shared on my Instagram yesterday.
I hope that has answered all your questions!

Here’s a few more things I found while scrolling the websites that may have just jumped in my cart, or are currently on my wish list.

This jumped in my cart … because you can only get it at Christmas so you simply must make the most of it!
I know y’all go crazy for the Peppermint Bark and I get it, it’s pretty good …. but the TOFFEE!
The Toffee is something else and I may have just ordered 2 tins that I will be hiding and not sharing with anyone, yes I’m greedy like that!

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Williams Sonoma Handcrafted Toffee

On my wish list … because I want to feel like I’m in a fancy hotel everyday!

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Hotel Piped Trim Robe

And lastly, on my wish list … because everyone loves a good vase. I adore the organic feel of this range that is crafted by hand inn terracotta and finished with wrought iron handles.

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Marlowe Ceramics

 So here’s the low down –
The cut off for online orders to be received by Christmas is midday 21st December (Friday) for small parcel deliveries to Metro Sydney, Melbourne  and Brisbane only,
OR
You can shop in store until Christmas Eve with FREE gift wrapping.

Oh, and remember how I said I had 12 hours of kid free, uninterrupted shopping time … I got my list ticked off in just a couple of hours!
Do you think I went home to the kids?
No way, I made the most of those hours of bliss! I sat in cafes and sipped coffee, went out to lunch with my daughter and went clothes shopping, because I always need another pretty dress!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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Easter : dine, decorate and delight!

Decorating for Easter is totally a thing these days. I don’t remember my Mum, or any of her Home Beautiful magazines having Easter decorations back in the eighties and nineties, but now it’s 2016 and we decorate for Easter.
I hope your all on board with this, because there is so many gorgeous things available for Easter these days! I’ve rounded up some delightful Easter goodies for you to decorate your table and your home. I’ve also found some perfect presents for everyone on your gift list.

Let’s start with decorating around your home.

White Sisal Bunny | Pottery Barn Kids
White Sisal Bunny | Pottery Barn Kids
Bunny Planter | Lark Store
Bunny Planter | Lark Store
Easter Moss Rabbits | Bed Bath N' Table
Easter Moss Rabbits | Bed Bath N’ Table
Hop Hop Hop garland | Pottery Barn Kids
Hop Hop Hop garland | Pottery Barn Kids
Wooden Bunny with Dip Colour
Wooden Bunny with Dip Colour | Bed Bath N’ Table

The Easter table – Do you have a special meal with your loved ones to celebrate? It’s lovely to make an effort when setting the table, it elevates your meal to a special experience for everyone.

This gorgeous bowl looks delightful filled with Easter Eggs or flowers for a cute centrepiece.

Easter Rabbit Bowl | Bed Bath and Table
Easter Rabbit Bowl | Bed Bath N’ Table

The Spring Garden plates from Williams-Sonoma are divine, I like that they don’t scream Easter, and I think they would also be perfect for a tea party or spring soiree.

Garden Party Linens and Spring Garden plates/bowl | Williams-Sonoma
Garden Party Linens and Spring Garden plates/bowl | Williams-Sonoma

Eggs are pretty much mandatory for Easter breakfast, these egg cups are super sweet.

Easter Bunny Egg Cup | Bed Bath N'Table
Easter Bunny Egg Cup | Bed Bath N’ Table

I adore the Damask Easter Bunny range from Williams Sonoma, with soft blues and the sweetest little bunnies, I know it will be a hit with both the adults and the children.

Damask Easter Bunny Range | Williams-Sonoma
Damask Easter Bunny Range | Williams-Sonoma

Speaking of children, do you set a separate table for the kids? The Peter Rabbit range from pottery Barn Kids is absolutely adorable, the selection is available in ceramic or melamine which is perfect for the little ones.

Peter Rabbit range | Pottery Barn Kids.
Peter Rabbit range | Pottery Barn Kids.

Easter pressies for kids are so much fun. Here’s a few that I think are perfect.

Starting with a basket for the Easter Egg hunt, Pottery Barn Kids have the best range I’ve found, and I love that you can have them monogrammed with your kiddies names.

Easter baskets | Pottery Barn Kids
Boys Easter baskets | Pottery Barn Kids
Girls Easter baskets | Pottery Barn Kids
Girls Easter baskets | Pottery Barn Kids

I don’t know what your present buying policy is for Easter. We don’t buy piles of toys or gifts, but I do like to include a little Easter related present. I found so many gorgeous things at Seed this year, here’s a few I love …

A cuddly bunny, perfect for babies first Easter!

Jellycat Bashful Bunnies | Seed
Jellycat Bashful Bunnies | Seed

This soft bunny purse is seriously adorable, I wonder if I could wear this …

Hopping Bunny purse | Seed
Hopping Bunny purse | Seed

Cheap and Cheerful, these brightly coloured pull back bunnies are a sweet gift for any toddlers.

Pull Back Bunny | Seed
Pull Back Bunny | Seed

For your little fashionista! I love this cape, and its great timing since we are heading into winter here in Australia.

Plush Bunny cape | Seed
Plush Bunny cape | Seed

These are my favs and I’m hoping to nab a pair for my little man, just so cute!

Bunny Gloves | Seed
Bunny Gloves | Seed

Did you find something? Are you inspired to decorate? I’d love to see, show me all your Easter goodies!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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Perfect pieces for a boys study space.

It seems y’all loved Arabella’s new study space that we created with Pottery Barn Kids. If you missed it you can find it here. It is a dreamy pink space, and it’s very girly.

I had a few of you ask about a boys study space. I thought I’d put together my favourite pieces for a boy’s room to give you some ideas and inspiration.

THE DESK

The Catalina Storage Desk is my pick for a boys desk, although it was a tough pick.  The Catalina is available in cocoa or simply white. I think the cocoa is masculine and handsome, and I love the turned legs. It’s the little details that make a piece of furniture special.

Find it here.
Find it here.

A Large Hutch is also available to purchase separately. It has a handy cork board and cubby holes. I can just imagine all the stuff Orly would shove in those cubby holes, his superhero collection, favourite books and Tiny Teddy stash.
It’s also a great addition for school aged kids to keep their clutter under control.

 

Find it here.
Find it here.

THE CHAIR

I still love the Knox chair for it’s classic lines and good looks. I used it in Arabella’s room, and I would use the swivel version in my boys room. Boys can’t sit still, and they don’t have too on these smooth rolling castor wheels!

Find it here.
Find it here.

THE LAMP

Seriously, isn’t this the coolest boys lamp ever! It is the Fisherman Table Lamp and it is a ‘must’ in my imaginary boys study space!

Find it here.
Find it here.

THE RUG

The Harper Rug in navy. Hand tufted from Indian and New Zealand wool, it’s comfortable enough for reading and racetracks on the floor, but durable enough to cope with rough and tumble boys.

Find it here.
Find it here.

 DECOR

Here’s where you inject some personality and make the space ‘theirs’.

I found a few things that I love and I would put in my boys study space.

I love these Navy Star Sabrina baskets and liners, and you can have them monogrammed in-store. I would label them for books, gadgets and toys. Storage options are a necessity. Everything should have a place, and surely it’s easier for the kids to put stuff away if the baskets are labelled!

Find it here.
Find it here.

I adore this Jumbo Whale decal, of course I do, it’s a whale! It looks amazing on this grey wall.

Find it here.
Find it here.

The Star Piggy Bank encourages your children to save their money from an early age, and it is super cute!

Find it here.
Find it here.

Doesn’t it look amazing! The timber gives warmth to the crisp navy and white colour palette, and the accessories suggest a nautical feel. I love this look and I think it could grow with your boy from his toddler years all the way through to his teen years.
What do you think?

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If navy isn’t your thing, I’ve created a couple of other moodboards to give you some inspiration.

I love this fun and colourful look. Keeping the furniture a neutral shade allows you to add pops of colour in the accessories. Green and orange look great mixed back with grey, and the rug ties it all together.

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Elliot Desk & Hutch – find it here.
Know Swivel Desk Chair – find it here.
Chevron Multi Rug – find it here.
Awesome Cushion – find it here.
Orange Dog Bookends – find it here.
Bright Green Canvas Storage – find it here.

Red, white and Blue is a classic colour scheme for a boys rooms. Adding little details like red stitching on the blue canvas storage helps to give it a cohesive look. Again, the rug works perfectly to tie it all together.

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Kendall Desk & Hutch – find it here.
Knox Stationary Desk Chair – find it here.
Tailored Striped Rug – find it here.
Mason Table Lamp – find it here.
Star Chalkboard – find it here.
Navy Canvas Storage – find it here.

I hope you got some inspiration!

Are you doing a room makeover? I’d love to see!
Are you looking for a piece of furniture or some accessories for your home? Ask me, my little black resource book is overflowing with great places to shop!

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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