Sunday Collector blog editor and interior decorator Briar Stanley knows how to create a space. Here, the mother of three-year-old daughter, Sunday, talks home styling tips, and her approach to decorating her little one's bedroom.
Photographs by Jacqui Turk
How did you incorporate your Country Road home pieces into Sunday’s room?
It was certainly an easy task! I seriously love all things Country Road, and Sunday’s colourful room with a base of grey was an easy palette to work with. The bed from Bednest (which was designed by me and is called the Sunday Bed) is in a grey felt, so the muted tones in the Minnie Quilt Cover complimented it perfectly. The cloud cushion was a given for the eclectic space, as I knew Sunday would absolutely love it - she’s already nicknamed it her ‘Mr Rainy Cloudy’.
What advice do you have for styling a child’s room?
Make sure that you have fun and don’t take it too seriously. Collect things you love along the way, but try to keep clutter to a minimum. Also, don’t be afraid to mix high-end pieces with a few less expensive or vintage items – combining old and new can be a good thing. Don’t decorate in a hurry, get to know the space and how you’ll use it before engaging someone like me to help. Pinterest is a great way to define what you do and don’t like. I will often ask a client to have a little peruse of Pinterest so they can visually communicate their (and the child's) taste to me.
Does Sunday love fashion?
Sunday loves clothes, I’m sure I’m partly responsible for this as I’ve dressed her up in quirky little ensembles since the day she was born. She was quite taken with the luxurious cardigan. My little fashionista also loves accessories, so the beanie and bag were also a hit. I’ll always make sure she is comfortable though, so avoid things like tight jeans and scratchy fabrics. Sunday wore this little outfit to a dinner at my sister’s place to celebrate Mother’s Day.
How would you describe your personal interiors aesthetic?
My decorating style at home could be described as ‘Scandi by the beach’, with pops of fun colour. It’s a mixture of collected objects, furniture and art accumulated along the way. There are things I have purchased when I was a poor student and pieces I’ve saved for. I see decorating my own space as a never-ending and exciting project, and it’s something that will evolve over time. Put simply - it’s my favourite hobby.
Did your approach and aesthetic change when you became a mother?
It would be safe to say that I definitely go for quality pieces, and less 'things' these days. I don’t think it had much to do with becoming a mother, more to just leaving my twenties and the obsession with thrift shopping behind. I've definitely decluttered our interiors since Sunday came on the scene - but that’s probably because we’ve had to fit all her things into our apartment. Babies come with a lot of things! Regarding my wardrobe, my personal style is pretty relaxed. I think moving to the Northern Beaches has definitely influenced a more casual look, as Sunday and I are always at the beach. Dressing Sunday is a completely different story – I have so much fun choosing her outfits.