I think when life gets the better of you and you literally can’t get up, it gives you the chance to look at your lifestyle, make some changes and try to heal yourself as best you can!
Name: Brie Stanley
Kids (name + ages): Noa 6 1/2 Sage 4 1/2, Kingston 3
Tell me about you! What’s your background?
Sydney born and bred! Grew up in the Blakehurst Hurstville area til I was 18, married at 25, lived in London a few times, worked for Yoo design company in the UK and Space furniture in Sydney. After returning from London with husband in 2007 I fell pregnant not long after and moved to our home in Cronulla where we bought up our 3 children. We have now moved to the inner west for my husbands job but plan to return to the Shire in a few years!
Where in the word do you call home – describe your home and hood?
Definitely Cronulla! I love the space, beaches and chilled out atmosphere!! I am embracing the inner west for now and live the diverse culture, cafe scene and close proximity to the city. Our home is an apartment style but spacious with 4 large bedrooms, open plan kitchen and wide halls. We had lovely timber floorboards laid before we moved in and very simple white walls, monochrome prints and simple styling from the lounge room to the halls and boys room…a bit more colour of pale pinks and grey in Sages room and our room.
As well as raising 3 gorgeous babes, you run a stationary and events styling company with your Mum, PLUS manage your own blog. Tell us about that – how did all these passions collide?
Mum was always very clever with our parties and creations when we were young and is very talented, after returning from London and falling pregnant and suggested starting a business and it took off from there. With the birth of two more kids it was becoming harder to put time into the business so as that settled I set up a blog as a basic journal of our lives and moving…where we go, what we do, wear, eat etc.
You’re a self-confessed monochrome lover and you have a very distinct and minimal style. What are your 3 top tips for creating minimal and monochrome magic without it feeling cold?
I do love monochrome but also pastels so I am constantly torn between the two. I think black and white will never go out of fashion and I love how you can add a little pastel to it to give it some warmth…just a pop of pink hydrangeas or our mint bentwood chair in the living room breaks it up a little.
I know Instagram is a really important part of your life and it has connected you to a lot of people all over the world. What are the pros and cons about being so active on social media?
I have met many amazing people and been so inspired by the talent and creativity out there! I think sometimes you can overstate where you are and what you are doing and of course if you are going to throw images out to the world, occasionally you are going to get a negative response! 99% of the time I have going Instagram to be very positive and supportive!
Motherhood is a full time job and it’s often easy to forget to take time for you. How do you take care of yourself amongst the busy demands of daily life?
Totally! I don’t think anything is harder than raising little people!! I like to find time for yoga (Creche has been great for some gym time) walks and occasional dinners out with the girls when I can!
You’ve dealt with and overcome some major health issues in the past when you were diagnosed with chronic fatigue. How do you feel about that experience now and how did it change you?
I think when life gets the better of you and you literally can’t get up, it gives you the chance to look at your lifestyle, make some changes and try to heal yourself as best you can! I had a terrible few years but am much stronger for it and thank god I didn’t have it when I had kids as I’m not sure I would have coped!!
As an event stylist, what do you think the 3 most important things are when organising a party?
Choose a theme or 2 colours and stick to them, through to cake, decorating, Lolly bags etc. don’t overdo it, less is more! Try and work with the colours of your kids room so special gifts and decorations can be kept and look pretty in their room.
What are some of the biggest challenges with having 3 kids under 5 and how do you cope with those?
Different personalities are of course going to be challenging! I had 3 kids in 3 1/2 years and they were really all still babies. I had a tough few years and it’s still tough as we navigate daily life and personalities together but they are all very loving, kind and confident little people that teach me lots each day.
I found the first 6 months with a new baby incredibly hard. I felt like everyone kept me in the dark about what it was really like. What piece of advice do you wish you had been told before you had kids?
Yes!! I still had chronic fatigue when I fell pregnant and had a really rough time! After Noa came I didn’t really get any relief as he was a screaming baby and made life very tough! I wish I had been told to prepare yourself to never sleep again!! Ha! In reality we are all sleeping very well now!
Did you breastfeed? If so, what did you find challenging about it and what made you stick with it? Loved breastfeeding! That moment to sit with a tea, look at the tiny features and watch them eat! I fed all my babes til about 12 months. I had plenty of milk and didn’t have any issues there.
What has been your biggest parenting fail? Toys! I hate them! Learning to reward in other ways than toys or treats! Using play dates or a special place as a treat instead. The fighting with toys kills me!
If you could fly anywhere and do anything in the world for 24 hours, where would you go and who would you take with you? My favourite place Noosa QLD with husband and kids! Or NYC!! Man I love it there!!
What are a couple of your favourite brands and websites?
Who should we follow on Instagram – tell us what accounts inspire you and why?
So many! Not sure where to start!
For house Inspo and amazing styling
@concretehoney (my sis)
For cute babes and fashion
@sunday_collector (also my sister In-law)
Foodie and amaze sweets