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    From the humble beginnings of working in an art gallery to products being stocked in London's iconic Harrods, the incredible interiors company Olli Ella is taking the design world by storm. And it all started with a nursing chair! 
    We had a #cheekychinwag with this inspiring Mama of two and discussed business, baskets and chunky knitwear.

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    Incredible images fill the squares of Clancy Paine's Instagram – long dusty roads, muddy kids bathing in buckets and the elements of our stunning country captured by her lens. 
    We had a #cheekychinwag with Clancy and discussed life on the road, photography and her advice to fellow rural mothers.

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    INSPIRING MOTHERS AND THEIR STORIES. 
    WE SIT DOWN WITH WOMEN FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO DISCUSS LIFE, WORK AND MOTHERHOOD

    Self-confessed “Instagram Mum” Bohannah Geritson (@thesimplefolk_) gifts us daily with beautiful images of her children Indiana (3) & Archer (almost 2) and their family life in Western Australia.

    We sat down with Bohannah for a #cheekychinwag to discuss her photography, the story behind her blog, The Simple Folk and motherhood. 

    The world of Instagram offers a form of connection between people seeking inspiration or advice, especially for mothers. “Everyone has a different reason for being on IG. For me, I've always loved taking and editing photos and Instagram has allowed me to share my work” Bo explains. 

    “Growing up, I secretly had a dream to pursue a career in fashion photography, so the world has a funny way of working out because now I mostly photograph my children in beautiful outfits. I would love to extend my passion of photography in the future but for now I am mostly self-taught. I've always loved the editing process and creating beautiful images brings me so much joy.” 

    Having two children so close in age and another on the way, motherhood has had a profound effect on Bo.

    “Every day my children teach me to be more patient, to love harder, to find joy in tiny things and to savour every moment. To let go of any negativity because there is too much in this life to be grateful and happy for.”

    For someone who inspires many people daily with her stunning photographs, Bo finds her inspiration in the outside world around her, “Open fields, the ocean, music, my children and sunsets. I love beautiful scenes and encapsulating the magic of childhood amongst those scenes.”

    Lastly, a few cheeky questions -

    Where do you and your family live?
    We live in the beautiful hills of Perth in Western Australia and are so lucky to be surrounded by nature--kangaroos on our doorstep, hundreds of birds and other wildlife--but our dream is to live by the ocean, something we hope to pursue in the coming years.


    What are your favourite activities to do together as a family?
    We love getting on the road and exploring our beautiful countryside. It's been something my husband Tye and I did before we had children and something we want to continue to do as our family grows. We are lucky with Tye's work roster to be able to get away for a few days at a time and have loved spending time all over the north and south of Western Australia. When we are at home we enjoy cooking together, reading books and cosying up on the couch watching movies--something we've been doing a lot of this Winter.

    Are you the cook at home? Favourite mid week go-to meal?
    My husband is a FIFO [fly in fly out] worker so while he is away I cook (because I have to ha!) but when he is home, he's the main cook. We both enjoy cooking and our favourite cuisines are Italian and Mexican. Our kids aren't big on eating meat so I usually steam a few different veggies and a fried egg if I'm feeling lazy. When I'm feeling more adventurous, they love a good pasta or vegetarian chilli con carne.

    What special [clothing] pieces do you think are important for young children?
    I always try to buy simple yet timeless pieces for my children. Items that will get worn over and over again yet still be passed down to future babes. I love clothes that they can play, eat and get dirty in. I think it's so special that a piece of clothing can hold so many memories and when pulled out years later can give me nostalgic feelings.

     

     

    YOU CAN FOLLOW BO AND HER BEAUTIFUL FAMILY ON HER INSTAGRAM @THESIMPLEFOLK_

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    INSPIRING MOTHERS AND THEIR STORIES. 
    WE SIT DOWN WITH WOMEN FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO DISCUSS LIFE, WORK AND MOTHERHOOD

    Bek Halliday Art


    Living by the sea on the Central Coast of New South Wales, creative artist Bek Halliday is raising her two daughters Willow and Avie whilst creating abstract art and children’s interiors.

    We sat down with Bek for a #cheekychinwag to chat about the inspiration behind her works and her life by the beach.


    Having studied interior design and fine art, Bek explains that she has “always had a creative soul and vision on life," but it wasn’t until she was pregnant with her second daughter, Willow, that she decided to make a career out of her creativity.

    "I hope the passion and love that is put into each piece, flows through onto paper and canvas."

    Her artworks are unique and affordable and are created for the modern home or nursery. Incorporating a variety of mediums, her pieces are a wonderful expression of her environment.

    “Over the years I have been inspired by masses of colour, and pattern. At the moment, I am sticking closer to my heart and closer to home. I am always inspired by the sea,” explains Bek. Living by the beach has had a large impact on her works and can be seen in her natural and coastal personal style.

    Bek has a positive outlook and attitude to life and offers encouragement and advice to fellow working mothers; “I believe we as women, as mothers, can be it all and have it all if we choose to. Sometimes it takes that nudge to make a start, but once you do, have fun and enjoy the journey!”

    Lastly, a few cheeky questions -

    Your Instagram offers daily inspiration to many, what inspires you?
    We live by the beach and I feel that my work reflects this. I love a natural, earthy toned palette, but then I can be inspired by a mass of colour in a floral arrangement and then I change my mind again!

    Are you the cook at home? What is your favourite midweek go-to meal?

    I love to cook because I love to eat! Haha. My go to favourite is Italian pork meatballs with rice. Yum!

    Which other Australian designers, artists or creative people are you loving at the moment?

    Oh gosh there are so many! But I have been a long follower and lover of Zilvi's work, Jai Vasicek, Yoli and Otis, and Leah Bartholomew.

    What special [clothing] pieces do you think are important for young children?

    I think little rompers are brilliant and look adorable! They can be worn by themselves in the warmer months and layered up with leggings and a long sleeve top, knit or blouse in the cooler months.

     

    YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BEK AND HER WORK ON HER WEBSITE BEKHALLIDAYART.COM OR FOLLOW HER @BEKHALLIDAY

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    INSPIRING MOTHERS AND THEIR STORIES. 
    WE SIT DOWN WITH WOMEN FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO DISCUSS LIFE, WORK AND MOTHERHOOD

    Pip Spiro Watercolour Artist and her family

    Local Brisbane girl Pip Spiro, is an incredibly talented artist who can bring sunshine to any room,
    (and not just because of her watercolours!).
     
    We sat down with Pip for a #cheekychinwag to discuss her art, home life, inspiration and the magical addition of her darling daughter, one-year-old Sydney.
    Pip Spiro Watercolour Art

    Mindful of her creativity from an early age, Pip explains ‘I always loved drawing and painting and art was my best subject at high school; however, I never contemplated following it as a career path.’ It wasn’t until after a University degree and working in advertising for five years that she said she ‘plucked up the courage to take the plunge’.

    And thank goodness she did!

    Pip’s story is really an inspiration to others wanting to pursue their creative dream.

    “In those early days after making the switch I just painted and painted every spare moment, while working a part-time office job to pay the bills. After about three years of juggling the two, I made another big decision to do [painting] full-time, which turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made,” she explains.

    Pip Spiro Watercolour Art
    And now a working mother, Pip manages to juggle her work and motherhood by making the most of each moment. Her advice to her fellow working mothers? “Be patient.”

    Kids are only young once and we don't want to miss it, but it is possible to do both, just not at the speed that you might have been used to, and that’s ok’ she explains. ‘It is easy to put a lot of pressure on yourself to 'keep up' with others and even with your former self’ explains Pip.

    Her words are an inspiration to others who might be struggling with the day-to-day; juggling motherhood, work and general life.

    “I am slowly learning and have to remind myself daily to be in it for the long haul…to keep plugging away with the faith that there will be a time in the future when the toil and hard work now will start to pay off a lot more.”

    Pip Spiro Watercolour Artist and her family

    Lastly, a few cheeky questions -

    Your Instagram offers daily inspiration to many, what inspires you?
    My husband and I both grew up holidaying at North Stradbroke Island, so going there is definitely a source of regeneration and happiness for our little family... I find I sleep better at Straddie and I always come back with heaps of ideas and inspiration for new work, completely recharged. It is a complete tonic for me; mind, body and spirit.

    Are you the cook at home? What is your favourite midweek go-to meal?
    I'm not a huge eater of meat; so I cook it a few times a week for my husband but we do end up eating a lot of fish and pretty much as many colours of vegetables as I can cram into any given day! At the moment I'm doing lots of roast veggies with cumin and cinnamon and turmeric - it's really warming and tastes so good. I also cook a lot of Indian style curries from scratch - once you have all the spices on hand it's such an easy meal to make in big batches. They're really fragrant but mild enough for our little girl to eat too, which is a double win!

    Which other Australian designers, artists or creative people are you loving at the moment?
    I love the work of a local Brisbane artist Sam Cranstoun - his work is smart and thought-provoking and always makes me smile. I am also loving the colours and tones in the work of an oil-painter named Kiata Mason who paints lovely still life scenes. And then, I am always following and drawing inspiration from about a thousand different florists on Instagram.... I paint a lot of flowers so am obsessed with everything floral! The compositions and colours provide endless inspiration to me.

    What special [clothing] pieces do you think are important for young children?
    I find it's really lovely to have a couple (2 or 3 is always enough for me!) really lovely outfits for each stage as your baby grows, and you just wear them to death. In Summer, Sydney had a couple of really beautiful rompers that she would wear pretty much every week so when she finally grew out of it, it didn't feel like such a waste. Kids get so grubby a lot of the time so they don't need to be always wearing something perfectly cute and clean; but it's really lovely to have a few special outfits in the mix.

    Pip Spiro Watercolour ArtPip Spiro Watercolour Art

    Pip Spiro Watercolour Art

    YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PIP AND HER WORK ON HER WEBSITE PIPSPIRO.COM OR FOLLOW HER @PIPSPIRO