Where is your favourite local Marrickville cafe you love sit down at for breakfast?
I love a good market and Marrickville has a great farmers market every weekend that is perfect to meet friends at for a coffee and to get something fresh to eat, you can even bring your dog.
How do you spend a typical weekend?
I am a fan of Friday night plans because it always makes the weekend feel like it lasts longer. Saturday’s I try to get out and fill up my day as much as I can because I like a good slow Sunday with quality time pottering about the house, at the park, and making time for tea dates with friends.
What hobbies have you picked up lately?
The kettle is usually still hot because from having just made tea and it isn’t unusual to find some new plant cuttings propagating on my windowsill, so I decided to try my hand at a herbalism course. It seems like a really lovely intersection of things I already enjoy, I dream of my own garden one day where I can grow and share all kinds of useful things.
Where did your career journey begin?
My first Product Design and Production role was at ZAKKIA and it was such an amazing time, I am always so grateful looking back at my time with Sarah, Emma and Kelsey because it felt really special, and being such a small team I learnt a lot and fast. It was definitely my broad experience in this first job that helped me score the role Designing Homewares at Country Road in Melbourne. I never forgot my love for the hands-on chaos of small business though, and being back in Sydney with McMullin & Co has me feeling right at home.
What are your favourite pieces in your home?
I have a particular soft spot for handmade ceramics though I think my favourite pieces at home are the ones that mean something to me, that were gifts, inherited or that I got to celebrate a time in my life. I was just given a Clay Canoe and Dasa vessel for my birthday, they were fast favourites, and I feel like the Frank bench is what makes the lounge room.
What are you reading, listening to and watching at the moment?
Alain De Botton’s Architecture of Happiness, SBTRKT radio, Ricky Gervais's After Life
How do you practice self-care?
8 hours of sleep, every time.
Founder and creative director of McMullin & co, Alice McMullin, shares her guilt, joy, laughter, tears and everything in between when balancing being a mum to a three-year-old Spiderman-fanatic, with the daily rollercoaster of owning a homewares brand.
Chaotic, selflessness and love.
Hand drawn cards from Theo. Each year the lines and colours get more and more wild. I love seeing his little personality shine through in everything he does. I also have a ceramic addiction, so any new pots or vessels are always appreciated because I love a good floral. Check out our Flower bar in the studio this week to pick up something fresh or dried for mum.
There’s no surface that stays clean for longer than five minutes in my house thanks to Theo! So when designing pieces, especially furniture, I make sure all our fabrics are durable and where possible removable so they can be washed and replaced as they were when you first purchased them... for five minutes at least!
My advice for working mums?
There’s enough advice given to mums out there, we don’t need to add another straw to the camel’s back! I would only say what I often tell myself which is to stop being so hard on yourself.
Good manners and kindness are always in fashion.
Always try and find joy in the little things in life. They’re the moments that count.