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Not so Mumsy Founder Marcia Leone Talks to Us about Her Local, the Inner West

Q&A with Marcia Leone

Tell us a bit about yourself and where you grew up? 

I grew up on a 400+ acre property outside of Camden. I'm one of six and had an amazing childhood riding horses and playing make believe in the bush!  

What suburb do you live in now and what made you decide to move there? 

We are now in Petersham. We lived in and around Bondi for over 10 years and after having Archie decided we wanted a house rather than an apartment - and that was much more achievable for us in the Inner West. Although it's not quite the lifestyle I had growing up, it's nice to give my son a big yard and bigger house. There is a real sense of community in our street. There is a 'kids gang' and in summer they all play in each other's front garden. We love how central we are to everything. 10 minutes to the city and surrounded by multicultural hubs and culinary delights of Marrickville, Newtown and Leichhardt.  

With young children, were there any must-haves on your checklist when deciding which area of Sydney to live in? 

For us, we wanted a little more space, but still central enough to be walking distance from a park and cafes. I think most areas of Sydney offer this, but for us the Inner West was the choice because it is very family friendly, centrally located for my meetings and my husband’s office in Alexandria; and still easy enough to travel out of the city to visit my family who live outside of Camden.  

How would you describe your personal style and how it's influenced the way you style your home? 

I like a minimal, clean aesthetic that is still homely. We have lots of indoor plants and pops of colour in our artwork to break up the Scandinavian monochrome style. We love to combine treasured pieces of furniture we have collected in our travels with modern pieces. 

Do you have any secret homewares stores that you frequent in order to maintain this aspect? 

My favourite homeware store is Design Twins in St Peters - one stop shop for all interiors (including kids) and the most gorgeous showroom! 

Do you have a favourite piece of furniture in your home and why? 

It has to be our dining table. It came with my husband so we've had it for over 10 years. It’s handmade timber and seats eight. Dinner time is so important for our family bonding and we have shared many memories around that table.

What is one restaurant/cafe everyone should try in this part of the Inner West?  

Oh there are so many! I have to say our current favourite is Hello Auntie Vietnamese in Marrickville. The Vietnamese pancake and Pho are out of this world! I also have to make mention of the Tella Balls flagship cafe in Dulwich Hill. I'm a Nutella addict! 

Where can you find the best breakfast in the Inner West and what should we be ordering? 

The Grumpy Barista in Petersham. The shakshuka-like baked Italian eggs and if it's a cheat day they have the best Cronuts!  

Tell us a bit about Not So Mumsy and why you created the channel? 

After becoming a mother I found like many of my peers that although I loved parenthood it was still important for me to retain a sense of self and style. At the time there weren't any sites or blogs that spoke to the kind of modern mother I was so I set out to fill the gap between 'fashion blogs' and 'mummy blogs'. 

Where would you say are the best shopping hot spots that are also kid friendly? 

Balmain is very family oriented but has really cool stores.  

You have great personal style, it is the epitome of 'effortlessly cool'. What are the top five essentials everyone should have in their wardrobe? 

Firstly sunglasses - they hide a multitude of sins! Basic tee-shirts in black, white and grey that are easy to match with everything. A great pair of jeans that are comfortable, flattering and can take you from day to night. Good quality active wear - it will motivate you to work out and white trainers - Stan Smiths are my favourite.  

You have a special event coming up and you really want something 'wow' to wear. Where is your 'go-to' shopping destination? 

The intersection at Paddington will deliver without a doubt. All of my favourite designer stores are there. Zimmerman, Sass & Bide, Camilla & Marc, Willow and so many more!  

Outside of the main shopping districts around Sydney, do you have a favourite local store in the inner west that you love going to?  

It's not exclusive to the Inner West, but I love going to Bassike and there is also a store called The Local Store in Rozelle which is a go-to. 

Staying local, how would you spend a typical Sunday with the family? 

Breakfast at a local cafe, then wander to the Marrickville Markets to stock up on produce while Archie jumps on the jumping castle and goes on pony rides. The afternoon is spent chilling on the back deck reading the paper and then burgers at the Hub House Diner in Dulwich Hill.  

Complete this sentence. When I get home, the first thing I do is... 

Put on my PJ's and slippers ;)