Sunday, May 21, 2017


So...this happened! The land is sold and another stage ticked off on my big plan of everything. The sign definitely wasn't very creative, though it is pretty hard to make much of a vacant block of land. Interestingly though, most of the enquiries did come from the sign, which indicated that most people are looking local.

The journey wasn't without a few hiccups, there were a number of offers and contracts, but they come to nothing really until settlement. It's definitely been a lesson in patience and sticking to your guns.

I'm so excited this stage is done and I now have the time (and funds) to concentrate on getting the house ready for sale.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Plant Love

I have no idea why people think I have a problem with plants. All I want to do is fill my house up entirely with greenery and if I spend hours repotting, planting, watering, researching and scouring the markets, I hardly think that's an addiction.

Meanwhile, how amazingly beautiful do my new indoor plants look? I have no idea what half of them are, other than beautiful.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Reading Nook Update

The reading room is almost complete! The replacement console, for the one that arrived in the wrong colour, now looks perfectly matched with the other key pieces in the house.  The supplier came good on their promise to make the replacement in the old style (just naturally waxed, no stain), but only as a one off. It took another 12 weeks to arrive but so worth the wait and the American walnut grain now shows through as it does with the dining table, Josh's bed and bedside table.

I've moved the retro chair from the lounge into this space, now that my bargain Don Draper chairs are there. Truth be told, the reading nook was always the place it was meant to be.

The lamp and lamp table were both on sale from Adairs (surprise surprise) and both were pieces I've been looking at for a long, long, long time, waiting patiently for them to go on sale.

The rug was from the office and probably not a permanent piece, was just left over from a bit of shuffling that I've been doing. It's definitely fine for the moment.

While our little reading nook is ALMOST finished, I would like to make a change, not now, but down the track when our budget allows...
I would love this walnut Sean Dix bookshelf (from for this space and then I'd move the console to the top of the stairs. I love the simple, clean lines and I could imagine this filled with some books, photos, plants and board games.

But for now we just love our little reading nook just as it is. It's a quiet little escape pod to just read a magazine and have a cup of tea. I'd really like some more photos in frames so that will be my little project over Easter.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

More of a bargain than I ever imagined

I'm still madly in love with the Don Draper chairs I picked up from Gumtree. They're so unique, but so classic AND comfy! Two are in the lounge room and the remaining eight are over at Jansen's office, being used as meeting chairs until such time as the new house is built.

The curiosity of the history and designer of these chairs has been killing me though. I did a bit of google searching, but it's hard to trawl through thousands of results when you're searching for 'walnut and black leather chair'.

Seriously, look at this! UNBELIEVABLE!! I came across this purely by accident. It's a retro furniture store in the city that I follow on Facebook and I was just scrolling through some of their old pics not specifically looking for these chairs, but then there they were. Mystery sold - the chairs have a designer! Fredrik A. Kayser!!

So with further research, based on the timing that Kayser was working at Vatne, it looks like these chairs were designed and manufactured in the late 1950s, a lot earlier than I had originally thought. And surprisingly, the timber frame is walnut stained oak and not walnut as I had thought.

BUT, the unbelievable thing is the price!! They were listed at Vinyl Frontier for $465 EACH but some overseas sites (I found, after more research) had them listed for up to $800 each. I bought all 10 for $250 so I'm absolutely astounded (and stoked) that they may be worth up to $8000! It's a moot point though because I love them and have no intention whatsoever of selling them or breaking up the set.

In my original post, I said these were in my top five of amazing finds. I'm pretty sure this has just shot to the number one.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Can I come in?

Bahahahahahah Bella cracks me up so much. She's so serious sometimes! It must be a whippet thing. Oh and we bought a new car. A red one. One that can fit lots of plants, lots of IKEA flat pack and lots of tall teenagers. #finally.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

New pieces for the lounge

It's amazing how a couple of pieces can change the look of a room. We've put a new rug in the lounge which is very different from the last one. The previous one was a plain, grey, wool one which I loved, but was getting a bit tired. When I saw this one with its bold geometric pattern I thought it would look awesome in the lounge.

The new clock was a Christmas present from my son, who knows his Mum so very well - it was a perfect gift and I love it!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Wonderland under the house

One thing I didn't consider when designing the house, was outdoor lighting under the house. On paper it didn't really look like much of a usable space and I never realised how large it was, how useful it would be and how much time we would spend down there until after it was built.

During the day is fine, in fact it's an awesomely large and breezy space that's nice to just chill or rest during gardening. Since we completed the first stage of the underneath part of the house, we've added some chairs and at a later stage we'll add some tables and maybe a hammock and it will really become an outdoor room.  The dogs have their dog house and a few pillows for them to relax on. The clothesline is also under there, safely undercover out of the rain.

At night though it's a different story. It's pitch black and can be a little scary. I often have to put out or take in washing or check on the dogs and there's been a number of times that I've tripped over things, or even run into poles. There is a torch stored under there, but it's a bit useless to light up the whole space. I've even put those press button, battery operated lights you get from the junk store, but they're nowhere near bright enough and you have to walk around to turn them all on and off.

Just before Christmas I bought 50 metres of warm LED fairy lights, with the idea of hanging them around underneath to light up the area so it could be used whenever we were down there, but also for parties and gatherings at night. It's sat there on my "to do" list since November, but last week I kicked my toe on a piece of timber at night while carrying a load of washing. I kicked it so hard I actually thought I might have broken it, but it just cut the skin and bled everywhere. I guess that was a sign. 

I finally put them up on the weekend, just using some screw in hooks and I could not have imagined how amazing they look. They light up the space amazingly and bathe the entire space in a warm glow. It's like our own little wonderland. It will be a fabulous place for a party of just a casual BBQ. I don't think it will take Josh and his mates much time before they use it. I really wish I'd done this earlier.