Sunday, September 23, 2012

School Holidays

I will miss this walk twice a day for the next couple of weeks.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Renovation fatigue

This month week hasn't been a good week on the house build. 

1. The pool plumber broke four of the pool coping tiles while he slap happily dug his trenches.  Did he think we wouldn't notice?  Once could be classified as an accident, but multiple times is beyond a joke.  He has also scratched up the pool fencing.  This guy should choose another career.  

2. The water tank has been fitted back to front (the plumber specified the custom build incorrectly) and as a result we have pipes that should be disguised that are now in full view, not only do they look messy but they're a trip hazard.  

This is a plumber who was recommended by a good friend, I'm too mortified to discuss him with her as he went to her recent 40th birthday party so they obviously have a good relationship.  Let me give you some background; this plumber turns up on day one complaining that there is no power on site (it is a block of land, what does he expect!), he then proceeds to hassle the neighbours for power (the relationship is already strained with our ever so patient neighbours), he leaves his tools on site for months and then expects me to be there at 7am (with three kids) to let him get access to his tools.  He is trying to back out of jobs which were clearly itemised as part of his initial quote, he asks for payment and then doesn't show up when agreed, not once but on a number of occasions... I can't bear to write anymore.  Clearly someone else who should change career and shouldn't be trying to run a business.

3. We just discovered that the bi-fold door company have installed two banks of bi-fold doors that don't open from the outside.  Honestly, what is the point! They also said to our Project Manager that they had serviced all the windows and doors (so they actually open and shut) but didn't do it.  The rain is now leaking onto the floorboards as the doors are not sealed properly.

So, that got me thinking about our next project (I wish), once again, I'm drawn to Avalon on Sydney's northern beaches.  The floorplan on this cottage needs some tweaking but what a great view.

I'm obviously going stir crazy with the end of school holidays and Sydney's constant rain, why else would I be considering another renovation before we've even moved into our current new home.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Happy New Year and Pinterest

I have to say that I'm entering 2012 with renewed vigour. So many things are inspiring me at the moment. Not only that, I'm beside myself excited about moving into our new house in the next 8 weeks or so. The lovely Sydney weather is also helping to put a spring in ones step, don't you agree?

I've been a little amiss the past few months on the blogger-sphere. Living in a rental that you can't renovate is killing me! We've also been busy trying to push the new house build through and finally we're able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. For a while there, the journey seemed to be never ending. I have sooooo many photos to upload on the website to get you all back up to speed.

This weeks obsession is: Pinterest. For those of you who haven't discovered Pinterest yet, it's like an online scrapbook of all your favourite things. You can create albums, follow people, repin images and also use it to share your ideas with clients and friends. Take a look at some of my images I've started collecting here...

I've also been working on a new styleboard for a lovely Townsville Queenslander (I want to move there!). We're still working through ideas and concepts but here is a sneak peek of where we're at at the moment.

Have a great day everyone.

PS. No alcohol for January, February, March - feeling good!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Style Board: Bachelor Pad

Here is the latest styleboard I've been working on for a Bachelor Pad, what do you think?

Friday, July 22, 2011

My New Favourite

I discovered these fantastic rugs and poufs a while back on the Salvation Jane blog (aka Jane Hall, actress). You can buy them (amongst many other lovely kids things) at Down to the Woods. They're a fun alternative to the ever popular Moroccan Leather Poufs don't you think?

Little Lamb 'Pixel' Ottoman in Low - $300 Buy here
Little Lamb 'Pixel' ottoman in High - $280 Buy here

Little Lamb 'Freckle' Rug - $180 Buy here

Image: Salvation Jane

A variation on the design
Little Lamb 'Toadstool' Rug (available in 3 sizes) Buy here

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Style Board: Office/Guestroom

I'm working with a friend on some design concepts for her office/guestroom. The theme is black, white and yellow; what do you think?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sale: Cloth Fabric Rugs

Cloth Fabric are having a sale on some of their discontinued rugs... take a look here, my favourite is this one - honestly, we need a bigger house!

While you're there, take a look at some of Cloths other gorgeous products. They have some great ideas for revitalizing old furniture with their beautiful fabrics, cushions that make patchwork look chic and lampshades to die for.

BTW: Cloth Fabric also has a fabulous Facebook page which can be found here.

Today's Favourite: Greg Natale

I can't get over how talented interior designer; Greg Natale is... seriously, the guy is a legend! Grab a coffee and get the second one ordered as you won't be able to tear yourself away from his gorgeous creations that are beautifully photographed on his website and while you're swooning, take a look at his Facebook page as well.

All images:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Reno: Going, Going, Almost Gone

The beautiful (but too far gone) cottage we bought last month is being demolished this week. Sad to see it go, but excited about the next phase.