Can you tell us about the Bebe Harvey Glory Box?
I’ve always wanted to be a mother. For as long as I can remember, it’s all I think and dream about – that longing for a baby of my own becomes greater each day. I’ve been with my gorgeous fiancé for almost 10 years, but we both agreed we wouldn’t start trying until we were both truly ready. My hunger to be a mummy was always present, so I started collecting little baby toys and clothes to fill that constant craving. Over the years my collection grew and that’s when the Baby Harvey Glory Box was born. We knew we would one day start trying for a baby of our own, so collecting neutral baby items seemed like the perfect preparation for an arrival.
How do you choose the items?
I try and select only neutral, unisex items so that they can be used for either boy or girl. I’m not a huge fan of bright colours, so I can’t see myself dressing our babies in lots of gender-exclusive colours. I’m not focussing on what the trend will be when it’s born, or what will be the most fashionable at the time –I’m purely focussing on what’s timeless and unique so that I can keep these items for years to come. I adore handmade, knitted clothes and blankets – each item holds a special sentimental place in the glory box.
When did you get started with your collection?
I started about 10 years ago when I first started dating Ben after we left school. Ben’s mum has kept a lot of his baby clothes and toys and this encouraged me to start the early collection. At first I didn’t really talk about it so openly because when I did, I didn’t get a hugely positive response from friends. I would often hear negative comments; they would tell me not to get excited about something I had no control over. They would shake their heads in disapproval because they couldn’t see why I would be planning on something that didn’t exist. Over the past decade, I grew into a stronger person and became more in tune with my needs and wants in life. I finally realised that I should only ever do what makes me happy and I found myself questioning why I felt the need to keep this part of my life so top secret.
Wanting to be a mummy is a part of who I am; it’s a part of my nature and embedded deeply in what I want out of life. Why should I keep this private? I told myself that surely there are other women out there having the same feelings as me and who are also creating a future baby glory box. When I started writing about my feelings and our glory box on my website this year, I was completely blown away by an overwhelming positive response from thousands of women from around the world. Women who share the same longing as I do, women who just wanted to talk about this longing with someone else (without being frowned upon), and women who were collecting adorable baby items just like I am. At last, I can now find comfort in knowing I’m not alone, but in fact, surrounded by an army of gorgeous women who have completely opened up to me about their own experiences.
Does your fiancé ever add to the glory box?
Yes, Ben often adds items to this box. When we go to the local markets, he usually comes out with one or two second-hand pieces. We know a baby could be in our near future (whether it happens naturally, with fertility treatment or through adoption), adding to this box only seems natural to us both. Over the years, Ben has never once spoken a bad word about my collection. He can appreciate why I started it and loves me even more for wanting our children so much.
What’s your favourite glory box flatlay so far?
My favourite to date is the tiny hand-knitted vest I bought from Target teamed up with the adorable striped moccs made by Mini Mocs Petra and handmade bloomers by Maiuki. This whole outfit makes my ovaries burst!
What’s your top tip for a fabulous flatlay?
Make sure you incorporate some green foliage or another type of natural element into the photo – this softens the look and creates a more interesting flatlay. Try to layer some of your pieces so that your eye is drawn to a focal point – this creates a seriously trendy overall look.
You have amazing images and styling tips on your blog and Instagram feed. What’s your background and what led you to where you are today?
I have a journalism and broadcasting degree and decided to start writing again through a blog, because I was always bursting at the seams with creative ideas. I am passionate about interiors and am building my styling business in the hope that I can influence and encourage people from all over the world to be just as creative.
What inspires your creativity?
I’m not sure what inspires it, or where it comes from – all I can say is that styling is all I think about. All through the day and all through the night, I have all these amazing ideas flooding my mind with how I should change the look of something, what would look incredible in a photo, and what other pieces need to be added to my glory box. These ideas are never ending, but I love it!
How would you describe your style and how has it evolved?
I love simple, neutral and Scandi styles. Anything white and bright makes my heart flutter and I’ve made our home into my own style. Over the years my style has changed a great deal, but definitely for the better. I’ve become a far more independent and confident person and my style, both personally and in our home, is true to this change. I like to be unique and pride myself on creating a style that’s truly mine, not stolen from anyone else.
When did you know you had a flair for styling?
I actually was never all that confident with my style. It wasn’t until I started spending more time on my business and Instagram that I realised people were loving what I was creating. This constant love and appreciation from total strangers encouraged me to keep on pushing barriers and helped me to evolve and flourish.
Was creativity encouraged when you were growing up?
Yes definitely, my mum is one of the most creative people I have ever met – she thrives on being different. She’s one of those magical people who always can stand out from the crowd instead of blending in. Looking back on how amazing she was and still is today, she is who I am striving to become now.
What aspirations do you have for the future?
I would love to continue growing my styling business and seeing where it will lead me. I imagine myself working with Australian and international businesses, styling their amazing products, and providing a successful marketing avenue. Eventually, I want to style complete room makeovers for clients and showcase my ability to create stylish, life-changing spaces.