For creative Olivia Babarczy, travel has always been one of her greatest inspirations. “Australia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world but transport yourself to a flea market in Paris or a beautiful hotel in Spain or Italy and that really starts to get the ideas flowing,” she says. And she’s inspiring wanderlust in her four children, too...
Last year, Babarczy and her husband took three months off and travelled around Europe (their youngest was 18-months-old). “I think the fact we were so much more present with our children and our lives were simplified substantially, the day to day became a whole lot easier and more interesting. If we could, we would do it again in a heartbeat. After all, life is about the journey, not the destination,” she reflects.
Inside her newly renovated Palm Beach holiday home, there are memories from their travels in every corner. Photographs from their trip hang on the walls (as well as their good friend Stuart Cantor’s beautiful prints); there’s furniture sourced from flea markets in Paris, objects from around the globe on the shelves. Minimal in style and filled with neutral textures, it’s a calming space and the perfect retreat for this busy family.
Babarczy left the corporate world after a 15-year career in finance to launch resortwear brand The Plunge Collective and more recently, interior design business, The Interior Collective (you can see the dreamy interiors she’s designed here). How does she juggle it all? “My biggest downfall has always been when I try to do too much or if there is a disaster in the family that wasn’t expected. In those circumstances, I have learnt to ask for help; whether that’s from my husband, a friend, a family member. Sometimes you can’t be everything to everyone and it has been an enlightening journey to realise and accept that,” she says.
Ahead of Mother’s Day, we spent the morning with Babarczy to talk motherhood, fashion, travel, interiors and more.
Images: Alice Mahran | Hair and makeup: Jess Diez | Go to www.theplungecollective.com, www.interiorcollective.com.au| Ole Lynggaard Copenhagen jewellery worn throughout