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Feature Home: A Sea Change

I was struck by an article in July 2011 issue of the Country Style Magazine. It was about a Mum, a Sea Change and Vintage Fabric. Okay, so that got my attention. I invited this Vintage-Sea-Change-Mum to share a little with me over here at Be A Fun Mum. Welcome Haidee, aka founder of Miss Haidee clothing line.

Haidee, her husband Ben and their children, Millie and Tommy, recently made the move from Bryon Bay to the Tasmania coast. Ben manages the Peppermint Bay dining complex and Haidee runs her Miss Haidee clothing line from their cottage. I looked Haidee’s clothing range and it spoke to me. It brings together the past and present as well as encouraging sustainability and so much more! It’s just beautiful: in form and concept.

What stood out to me about Haidee’s story was the living-life together-concept she is creating with her family. This is something I want to incorporate into my own family (I talked about in this post).

Family life for Haidee seems to encompass work, play, home and family. All these things mesh together in a beautiful way of living. It’s less about working, and then trying to find time for family, and more about living life together as a family, encompassing all its parts. I believe living life like this gives way to so much time (and moments) without the need to be “less busy”.

Kelly: What advice would you give to others contemplating a “sea change”?

Haidee: Go ahead and do it! I talked about “doing it” forever. Talk, talk, talk, and weighing it all up. Honestly, if you’re thinking about it then you have already planted the seed and with out movement, you won’t grow.

Before our move, we had just finished renovating our house in Byron Bay: all white walls and timber floors and vintage 1930’s stain glass windows from a Victorian farm house. The house looked so good! And family life was good.

And now here in Tasmania life is just as good! There’s great food (actually really, really good food and lovely wine) and I have met new friends. We live in a wonderful community full of people of all ages. The kids have divine teachers and are both in supportive enriching schools. I walk my son to school and am blown away by the beauty of Tasmania!

{Tasmania Sea Change}

tasmania sea change life

I am so glad we made the move. We are creatures of habit so its lovely to experience more.

“Honestly, if you’re thinking about it then you have already planted the seed and with out movement, you won’t grow.”

Kelly: What is the concept behind your Miss Haidee Label?

Haidee: It is a labor of love! I love fabrics and anything vintage. I think Kelly summed it up: “They bring together the past and present as well as encouraging sustainability and so much more!”

I love to add stripes with spots, orange and brown with hot pink flowers, 80’s fabric with retro and vintage; it all mixes and looks fabulous! I am not afraid of contrast. This is the thing people admire the most about the Miss Haidee brand: it works! Fabric that people would never think to put together, looks so beautiful!

{Miss Haidee Vintage Clothing Range}

miss haidee vintage creations
“I am not afraid of contrast.”

Kelly: Does this vision extend to how you live your life with your family?

Haidee: Mmmm, my husband is cooking and I am doing this. He likes things very clean and organized, hence once we converted the garage to a studio and we got along famously. He does all the cooking; I do not have the cooking gene. I am fiercely creative yet when it comes to food I have no inspiration. It is one of the things that astounds me: that my creativeness does not roll over to food.

{Ben’s Food}

We live very well: we have 6 chickens, get produce from our neighbors and fish. In the summertime, we catch squid right from the jetty in front of our house.

The cottage [we live in] has been renovated and it looks fantastic with our inherited Parker furniture. I have a boat thing going at the moment and cannot walk away from a garage sale or market without that cool ship lamp or 70’s picture of boats.

{A snippet of Haidee’s Home Life}

a sea change

Kelly: How do you find the balance between family life and running a business?

Haidee: Having the studio three meters from our family cottage is perfect. I can be mum first, and then as soon as every one is happy, I go into the studio. It wouldn’t work any other way with a young family. Tommy is only at school a few days so he sits with me in the studio and makes a mess.

{Haidee and Tommy}

haidee and tommy

Kelly: What is your best tip for organising home life?

Haidee: Family first, and when you have any other time, work hard and eventually you will see your business grow.

“Family first, and when you have any other time, work hard and eventually you will see your business grow.”

Kelly: What is your favourite room in your home and why?

My studio. It is only a few meters from the house but it is big and white and full of all the magic to create at whim. It’s my cocoon; I emerge a much better person.

{Haidee’s Studio and Creations}

peek inside miss haidee studio

“[My studio] is big and white and full of all the magic to create at wim. It’s my cocoon; I emerge a much better person.”

Kelly: What activities do you enjoy as a family?

Haidee:

  • Fishing and entertaining people (Ben is such a good cook!).
  • Going out for breakfast.
  • And now, going for holidays in the sun!

Have you thought about a Sea Change?

See the Miss Haidee Gorgeous Creations

Miss Haidee Clothes

One of my absolute favourites!

Gorgeous vintage style clothes by Miss Haidee

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly Be A Fun Mum
    July 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Haidee, thank you so much for sharing a little of your family life with us! I am sitting here feeling very inspired by your story and your gorgeous clothing line.

    You know, I’ve never thought of my self a “sea” person but I’ve been living close to the sea for about 6 months now and am just LOVING IT! There’s something about the openness that feels like freedom. And so many wonderful family times for us are happening on the beach!

    If I’m visiting in Tassie, I’ll make a point of visiting Peppermint Bay!

  • Reply
    Kelly Be A Fun Mum
    July 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    OH, and I share your love of vintage fabric!

  • Reply
    Christie
    July 8, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Haidee does seem to have the work/family balance just right, very inspiring. I love how adventurous she is with her designs too.
    Thanks for sharing, Kelly, this is right up my alley!

  • Reply
    Country Style Magazine: July 2011 Issue | Becky and James
    July 9, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    […] juggles motherhood and her growing business; Miss Haidee Clothing in a picturesque setting. You can read an interview with the Vintage Queen herself over at Be a Fun […]

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