Wednesday, November 30, 2016

xmas spirit...

I love decorating for Christmas, unwrapping the decorations, turning on the lights for the first time, getting out the advent calendar.   This year I am loving simplicity and the use of eucalyptus that is everywhere right now.  I paired metallics and eucalyptus with this table setting a few years ago, and last year I madepastel & metallics advent calendar, this year... not sure yet but it will be simple and hand crafted.

Brown paper star advent calendar, mini posies for gifts or table settings, message in a bottle advent calendar

Sweetest Swedish candle wreath, blue and white floral wreath, star wreathgiant Joy Christmas wreath

I have to admit to feeling pretty exhausted this end of year, its been a busy work year, a full school year for the kids, and an emotional roller coaster with our house on the market.  I think that is why I am drawn to these simple natural designs.  
The festive season should be a pleasure rather than a chore, so I am giving myself permission to relax into this one and just see what happens, do what we enjoy rather than what I feel we should.  
Perhaps there is a life lesson there that it has taken me a rather long time to learn.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

faux flowers for show forever...

Faux for show!  Yes I have totally changed my tune, but let me tell you fake flowers have never looked so good.  These are not the plastic looking roses with even more plastic dew drops of my childhood, these fake flowers will have you believing they are the real thing.  
Keeping our house styled to show home perfection was always going to be a lot of work, but investing in these faux beauties has definitely made it much easier.  Good fake flowers are expensive, but keeping the house filled with fresh flowers would have cost even more.  

I used amazing double stem orchids in the entrance hall (below) and bedroom (above), definitely my favourite.  Even live orchids look kind of super real, and seriously, I don't think anybody would be able to tell these were faux without looking in the pot at the base.

I bought two large Robert Gordon pots from the Monument range, the perfect size for a cluster of hydrangea heads, and for the large orchids.  I am going to get years of use out of these lovelies.
I chose white, going neutral again, but I love the glazed look of their other finishes.  Liquorice, salt bush and indigo all sound good, its a pity there was nowhere local I could see the pots before ordering.

Selling a home is stressful, and any way you can make the process easier for yourself is a good thing.  And using faux flowers is a definite win.  Make sure you invest in a really quality product, I bought fabulous ones through By Sabine.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

byron bay meets bahamas style

I am dreaming of a new project, something sub tropical.  I am thinking wide decks, shutters and filtered light, lush planting, with tons of white wood panelling and details of stone and weathered wood.  A very different feel from the modern home we have now.

This is a style made for Sydney with its balmy summer weather and mild winters.  We use our verandahs all year round.  A style that makes your home a holiday destination every day of the year.

I love this eclectic tropical style dining room with super sized pendant and panelling.  Doesn't have to be to beachy.

Now all I need is the new project where we can make this all happen.  Does anybody else hate house hunting?
Images sources & other renno inspirations

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

on the market ...

We are officially on the house selling roller coaster with all its ups and downs.  We have put so much of ourselves into this house, every little detail has been planned, every space used to its best potential.  I am very proud of the home we have created and I know the next owner will be very happy here.
I love love love these evening shots of our home!  You can just see the pool cabana on the right.
Looking from the kitchen towards the pool, a favourite view.  The kitchen really is the heart of our home with a large pantry on one side and a butlers pantry behind for all the messiness.
Looking from the courtyard through the living space towards the back garden and verandah.  All houses should have courtyards!

My lovely luxe bathroom, going to miss this space and the walk in robe that comes off it even more.
The entrance looking lovely at dusk.

The only picture I really don't like is this one of the living area, the estate agents insisted on shooting it without the rug, and I do have a rug, which I think looks quite unfinished.  And then they photo shopped a hideous screen picture on the tv which was neatly out of eye sight against the wall.  This room is far nicer than pictured, see my pics here and detail WITH RUG below.

What I do really like is the video they shot, link here if you want to watch.

Where are we going next?  I am not sure yet.  We are looking for a house to renovate, I have some ideas brewing in my head but it will depend on what we find.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

three birds 5

A fabulous before and after renovation fix in this great reveal of House 5 by Three Birds Renovations.
This is definately my favourite house yet from this team, and is a fab resource for any of you looking at a reno any time soon. 

As always the styling is superb.  Classic, contemporary and fresh.  
I love the pale mint or sage of the kitchen cabinets, I adore the Scion cladding, especially the wide profile Stria, and I love the paint colours both inside and out.

Well done Bonnie, Erin and Lana.  It was clearly a great team effort but seriously, Erin getting the build work all done in 9 weeks is pretty amazing.  I want you to project manage my next build!  

Would love to know what this all cost, hoping that a budget is going to be shared sometime soon.

Catch the amazing before and afters of every space in house 5 here, and their other projects here.  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

inspirations and dreaming

some things that caught my eye...
The cutest reading nook and a fab Ikea hack all rolled into one.  Great use of a small space.

Loving this diy headboard for Miss E, maybe in our next house.

Vintage mirror and glasses, so pretty

I am just loving these paintings by Sally West spotted on Est Living.

Have a fab week

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

busy bee...

Life is a little busy right now.  Something like this little bee in my wisteria.  

I snapped this a few mornings ago, the combined scents of spring wisteria and the first cup of coffee of the day.  Nature is just perfect isn't it?  
So if I miss a few posts, you know it's about being super busy in the real world.  When it all slows down there is going to be lots to talk about.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

meaningful, beautiful & useful

I have been tidying up the blog a bit, and I watched this interview I did when we had just moved into our newly built house 4 years ago.

I was really struck by one comment, that where possible everything you own should be meaningful, beautiful & useful.  I think those three words still say it all.  There are things we need, and things we want, and lots of things we have, but they should all be viewed through the lens of meaningful, beautiful and useful.  As we prepare to move on from this home (sad sad face), I will be trying to take with me only those things that meet those criteria.  Meaningful, beautiful & useful.

I still agree with everything I said in this video, but that hair, hmmm not so much.  Just shows that although styles evolve, and our needs from a home change, the basics of what a home should be stay the same.
Ultimately, home is where my family is, and creating a restful haven for us all is my goal.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

sea side inspired before and after

An amazing before and after by the talented By Sabine Interior Design.  Sabine's work has been featured before on Reno Addict, and I was lucky to get the scoop on this fabulous reveal.  Scroll down for the amazing before and afters!
The design approach in Sabine's own words:
"This project was so much fun, just a perfect combination of dream clients and an already bright and airy space. 
My clients are renting this property, so we opted to invest in things that can be taken with you, like smaller pieces of art, custom made cushions, quality lamps and gorgeous accessories. It made sense to revive existing pieces with new upholstery and fabrics, as they were suiting the space, amazing quality and super comfy too.

On the larger wall we opted for light weight basket art, that does not leave any damage to the wall and adds lovely texture. The colour palette was taken straight from the beautiful Sydney beach on the client's doorstep, a careful mix of neutrals, fresh blues and navy and black to balance the existing dark wood dining table and sideboard. The aim was to create a fresh, light and unpretentious, yet elegant space, perfect for entertaining and in tune with the personalities of the people living in it." 
This is a family home so Sabine chose hard wearing upholstery fabrics for the soft furnishings, making them the perfect place for a family to relax.  The client loved her sofa and chairs and wanted to keep them, but the large floral was replaced with a soft grey blue fabric which makes these comfy oversize pieces less dominant.

Baskets hung as artwork create enormous visual impact.

Taking inspiration from the beach side location, and the client's love of the colour blue, Sabine created a fresh palette by building up layers of blue fabrics and touches of silver and mirror.  Additional texture has been added with accessories in bone, ceramics, and fresh green leafy plants.

Decorative objects, lamps, artwork and a luxurious rug add layer upon layer of gorgeous detail.  The finished result is a contemporary space that is sophisticated and fresh, detailed but not fussy.  Sabine's considered approach and eye for detail has transformed the space, it was gracious before, now it exudes a cohesive easy to live in elegance.

Project By Sabine Interior Design   Photography by Build House Home