Meet the Tunks: Fiona, Ben, Marli, Dusty and Pixie. The beautiful family reside in thei tranquil, light-filled space in the Mornington Peninsula. Here we join them on their Easter long weekend. On the agenda: giggles, egg dying, dancing and a sunset trip to the shore.
How do you spend most of your days?
"We have three children; our boy Marli is eleven, and our twin girls Pixie and Dusty will be turning nine on Easter morning this year. They're excited to wake up on their birthday and be allowed to eat chocolate! I have my own business, The Commonfolk Collective. Each day I usually get up early and walk, then once the kids are at school, I’m either at the factory where we will be in production mode and packing orders, or I’m in the home office. A couple of times a week I’ll take an hour to do my sister's Pilates class, which I love. We have after-school activities most nights - everything from soccer to horse riding - and then home again where I might do another hour or so of work while the kids shower and do homework. Then once dinner is over we get to spend some lovely downtime together."
How do you like to spend long weekends together as a family – what do you love to do?
"We had twenty of the family sleeping over at our place last weekend, which was so much fun. The kids were running free, there was lots of laughter, music, chilling in the hammocks, constant feasting and people sleeping everywhere. But on an average long weekend, we tend to head near the surf, usually Torquay at Easter time with all of our family. We like to take it super slow. It’s always pretty relaxed, some early surf, some sleep-ins. I’m usually up walking early, and sometimes my sister and I will squeeze in a yoga class. There's lots of beach time, and the day just rolls on with the kitchen a constant hive of activity: cooks-ups, clean-ups and then hit repeat."
Is there any special memory from a family holiday you absolutely treasure?
"I think our camping trips at Wye River, a cute little spot along the Great Ocean Road, have been the most memorable for us. I love how the kids gain so much independence when camping. I love the simple pleasures of these trips and we have made so many good memories there. Lots of outdoor time, surfing and board games. A stand out moment this year was when we travelled to America and spent Christmas Day in Central Park New York. We went ice skating and had a winter picnic in the park – that was a bit of a pinch-me moment."
What is the most important lesson you have learnt from your children?
"To not take things so seriously. Your head can fill up quickly when you have a lot going on. Kids are the ultimate zen masters they pick up on it really quickly if you’re not listening or being present, so I try to take that from them."
How would you describe your approach to style, has it changed over the years?
"I’m pretty casual these days. I love earthy colours, wide-leg pants, loose tees and anything linen. For winter oversized CR knits are a favourite. I guess it has evolved over the years, and our style is really based around simplicity and feeling comfortable in our home and what I like to wear."
You’re a keen renovator, do you have any tips to share when it comes to designing your space?
"Our three kids shared a room for the first three years when we first moved into this sixties weatherboard and it makes you realise that you don’t really need as much space as you think. Although of course it was so nice once our extension was done and we finally had a place to store things. I think storage is key. I try to think about the things that we do every day and what we need to have to make life easy; like spaces to put bags and shoes that are used all the time, so lots of hooks and nooks. I think if you make your daily life easier by having these habits of the home well thought out it just makes things run more smoothly. Everyone has their own style, for us we wanted to feel light and calm in our home. We love the fire place, we have a cosy corner just for lounging – hammocks and tonnes of windows. We kept the old colonial windows which let in the most stunning light and white floorboards which makes the home feel tranquil. I think design your home to evoke the way you want to feel when you are in it."