The Tale of Jane Schofield
Photography: Heidi Boardman Words: Georgie Abay
Motherhood has taught me that I really didnt know much at all! says Sydney-based advertising manger Jane Schofield. You think you know what its going to be like when youre pregnant, and then the baby comes along every cliché becomes your reality: the overwhelming love, the hormones, the sleep deprivation, learning how to do things with one hand whilst holding a baby and the bickering with my husband over whos doing things the right way.
Ive known Jane for over a decade. We first met when we were starting out in magazines and have stayed friends ever since. Shes one of the most chic, creative women I know (not to mention the only mother I've met who still manages to wear cashmere all winter long and keep it clean). Given her innate sense of style, it's hardly surprising that her baby girl Chloe is always perfectly dressed in a mix of J.Crew, Oeuf, Mini Rodini, Country Road and Baby Gap. I also love printebebe. They make the most divine bibs - the perfect amount of pretty for any outfit. I also adore Freshly Picked moccasins. They come in every colour and stay on little feet, she says.
Jane also happens to be an Etsy expert and has spent hours trawling the site looking for unique pieces to fill her daughters nursery with. Mission complete. Isis room is a vibrant space that reflects her mothers colourful sense of style. I was so excited to decorate Chloe's nursery, we started buying the big pieces of furniture early on in the pregnancy. The Kalon cot with yellow rails is the standout piece and sets the tone for the whole room. It's so joyful! I had a lot of the furnishings custom made on Etsy such as the chevron storage baskets, graffiti artwork, cot sheets, footstool, soft toys everything in the nursery has been a pleasure to curate. I wanted Isis first home to be memorable. I love re-styling her room with new discoveries from Etsy. I find it hard to resist buying for Chloe.
Since going on maternity leave when Isis was born five months ago, shes also launched an Etsy store called Oonch Pom Poms, named after her daughters nickname. I always knew I wanted to explore my creativity during maternity leave. Pom Pom garlands seemed like a great idea as it meant I could create beautiful gifts for friends with children, says Jane, who makes the charming garlands while her daughter naps or after shes gone to bed at night. Its been good to use my hands and I love exploring colour combinations. My mother has gotten involved with creating the individual pom poms she is seriously talented. In fact, one of the best parts about being on maternity leave is the time she has with her mother. We hang out every week like best girlfriends. The time is priceless. I dont know when well ever get this time again.
Janes little list of loves:
A glass of red with my husband once Isis is in bed.
T2's China Jasmine tea in my Limoges tea cup.
My daughters laugh. Its just the best and I live for those moments.
A good blow-dry. Never needed it more since my hair has been falling out in clumps post birth.
Manis and pedis at The Nail Lab.
Weekends! I know I'm not working, but it means that Chloe and I get Peter to ourselves for a whole two days!
Spending maternity leave with my mum.
Catching up with friends. Its nice to talk about things other than the baby. And when we do, its good to laugh about some of the tough moments.
Instagram. I am an avid Instagrammer. Its so good for staying in touch and getting inspired.