Magdalene Liacopoulos is a Sydney-based stylist that has spent the last decade working for some of Australia’s most well known magazines. Then in early 2017 after the birth of her first child, she was made redundant and had to start all over again. Then with a creative itch she needed to scratch, Magdalene founded The Bebe Style Co., a children’s nursery and interior styling service that is worthy of a Pinterest board of two. And that was the just the beginning of her story.
The new MUMOKI Market is a place to shop and discover beautiful, unique products that are owned by talented Australian women and that’s why “Go To Bed” fits in to the mix perfectly. We sat down with Magdalene to find out more about what makes Go To Bed special and how to fold a fitted sheet (hint: grab one corner, roll it into a ball, then throw it into the cupboard).
Q: Where did you grow up and what are some of your fondest memories of your childhood?
I grew up in the St. George area in Sydney. My fondest memories were playing tips with the neighbours kids, using our street as a tennis court every summer (because the Australian Open), and learning to bake a traditional English sponge cake by my lovely late neighbour Lorna – which is probably why I love baking!
Q: As a career, what did you do before you started your own business?
I worked in publishing as a lifestyle stylist. My last full-time role was Lifestyle Market Editor at InStyle Magazine and I still do the occasional freelance styling job.
Q: How has becoming a mother changed your work life?
I went from working full-time to being made redundant while I was on maternity leave with my first-born Alexa – so it changed dramatically. In many ways I had to start over, even though I had been in the publishing industry my whole working life.
Q: What’s been the most challenging thing about motherhood so far?
The answer to this question changes for me everyday! Right now, it’s definitely navigating the right balance of caring for two small children (who need you every waking minute) while building my business. I am an over thinker by nature and some days I do feel as though I am failing in all departments and pushing through those intrusive thoughts and anxious feelings is a constant challenge for me.
Q: What is something special you always try to do for your kids?
I don’t know if it’s the stylist in me but it’s always been important to create a beautiful room for my girls. Every morning after they have woken I tidy up and make their beds and potter around moving things around. Thea is way too young to even notice but I always tuck a different toy into Alexa’s bed and constantly in their rooms changing things up and re-arranging. I want their bedrooms to be special and their safe place.
Q: What are some of your everyday mum life hacks?
I am most productive in the morning so I like to start the day at least half an hour to one hour ahead of the girls – to drink my coffee and get some work in uninterrupted, write my to do list, and plan the day ahead.
Q: How do you approach self-care?
I haven’t done a great job in that department lately and so I am making a conscious effort to eat well and fuel my body. I do enjoy going to the hairdressers, or getting a manicure and listening to the Second Life podcast by Hillary Kerr– that time away always leaves me feeling refreshed and inspired.
Q: Why did you originally decide to start your business?
I was putting together Thea’s nursery and I was on the hunt for some beautiful coloured fitted cot sheets for her room that weren’t in the typical pink, blue, grey or white. I was frustrated that the only available option on the market retailed at whopping $115 in flax linen, and so I started looking into designing a more affordable option. I have always been a firm believer that style is achievable for all and that you can have a beautiful home, no matter your budget.
Q: What makes the Go To Bed range of linen so special?
The colours are beautiful and designed to work seamlessly in your home to suit most interior styles, and grow with your child, well past the newborn phase. It was important to me not to compromise on quality which is why the range is made in 100% jersey cotton, a soft, breathable fabric that is suitable to use throughout every season.
Q: What does the future look like for Go To Bed?
The plan is to grow the range to include bassinet, single and king single sizing. I have had already so many requests and I can’t wait to expand the range in 2020!
Q: What are your time management tips and how do you get everything done?
I love a to do list and I almost always include a task that has already been achieved so I start the day by ticking something off immediately! But in all seriousness, I like to be organised with a list of my daily tasks, as well as a list of goals I would like to achieve throughout the year and writing everything down helps to keep me accountable.
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