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May 5, 20204 min read

New to the Nest.

Kellie Hush portrait

by Kellie Hush

I’m nesting. It’s the only word for it. And the last time I nested was when I was pregnant with my first child.

This new nesting phase, however, is less about an urge to clean and wash everything in the house, but more a strong desire to get organised. Like most working mothers up until now I spent a lot of time out of the house. Weekends were once filled with hot yoga classes, school sport and getting ready for the work week ahead. Cupboards remained chaotic, my weekend wardrobe never got attention and that home office I’d promised myself was still filled with handbags, magazines and memorabilia I’d collected over the years as editor-in-chief of Harper’s BAZAAR. In there somewhere was an awesome snow globe from a Christian Dior show I attended at Blenhein Palace in 2016 and an Alexander McQueen Amadillo shoe from the 2011 Savage Beauty Exhibition at New York’s MET Museum.

My to-do list started with my home office and a visit to The Daily Edited to nail my desk style. As my house is monochrome, I chose black accessories for my white desk – re-usable coffee cup, airpod pro case, memo desk set and compendium — with silver San-Serif monograming. Home schooling also meant we had to quickly upgrade the kids’ work spaces and Fantastic Furniture has some great desk options which are easy to assemble. I also added to cart a clothes rack for our storage room to hang up ski gear, which won’t be used for the foreseeable future.

Feature & above images courtesy of Australian Home & Garden

I love cut flowers and realised replacing bunches every couple of days is not a smart option economically, so I solved that problem with a pretty pink Cyclamen and classic white Phalaenopsis orchid delivered from my local florist. Both are hard to kill, unless you water them too much which isn’t a concern for me.

My working from home (WFH) wardrobe was next as I knew my current wardrobe was not going to be suitable for the months ahead. I’m a huge fan of Melbourne label Alpha-60, and stocked up on their gorgeous knits and soft-tailored pants. General Pants is a one-stop shop for comfy Champion sweatshirts and my favourite Nobody Jeans. Kookai was also on my hit list for great basics, like long-sleeve tops and t-shirts. I’m still practicing yoga daily via Zoom so I also surfed Running Bare and The Upside for new active wear to motivate me onto my mat (lighting a candle seemed to help as well).

Nobody Denim, Skylar Jeans Long Always Blue

The Upside, Forest Midi Pant

My two daughters didn’t miss a beat and were soon online ordering “essential” new trainers from Wittner and glitter nail polishes from I Scream Nails.

We all had a shopping spree at Go-To and Mecca because every Netflix session requires a facemask and deep nourishing hand-cream. And, to juxtapose all that screen time, we also spent up at Booktopia – cookbooks for me and Stephen King novels for the girls.

Go-To Skincare, Transformazing Sheet Mask

The nest is now feeling just that little bit more organised.


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