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the new kitchen

Finally I am able to reveal my new kitchen. It has taken much longer than anticipated, but I am very happy with the results.

If you read my post about buying an Ikea kitchen you will know that is what I was thinking of doing. Pleased to report that we ended up doing this and here are the results.

I love my farmhouse sink. I also love the grey which goes so well with my wooden feature wall. My bench space has tripled in size and I have much more cupboard space even though the footprint of the kitchen only changed by 12 inches.

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Finished powder room

We have finally finished the downstairs powder room. We actually completed it a few months back, but I was still trying to find something else to put in the space. I wanted a surface where visitors using the bathroom could place their belongings. I bought one thing, a small hall table to go in there but it just didn’t suit. I shall have to find another place for it as it is a lovely old piece.

You can read my original thoughts on what I was going to do here.

I then found this great piece at the vintage store. It is an old plant stand (I think) that has a part of a wooden table attached to the top.

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We ended up painting the walls in Dulux Duck Egg Blue, which is a lovely constrast to black and white tiles.  I also love my little sink.  The tiler was none too happy about my floor layout but he did a great job on it. The top tiles have a rolled edge on them, hard to see in this photo. I wanted a vintage looking bathroom, no modern large tiles here. The builder told me he last tiled a bathroom like this 40 years ago as an apprentice, so mission accomplished.

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The table fits perfectly in here and matches really well.

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I have some hooks to put up on the wall yet and I will get a wire basket and fill it with pool towels as this the change room for the pool for both us and visitors.

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We have been picking paint colors for the house. I really like Grey Pail by Dulux but hubby thought it was a bit dark. What he actually said was that it looked like a battleship and we should christen our house the U.S.S. Missouri.  Hilarious!  What do you think?

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So then I chose to have some walls in white and some in Grey Pail and a paler grey. That’s grey pail in the centre, another one I tested on the right and the one I chose on the left. I thought the one on the right was too silvery.

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I may paint my dressing room in a pale pink, maybe this color called Lily Legs Quarter by Dulux, and then paint the furniture in Grey Pail.
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I am going to paint my bedroom in this color called Tidal Green. So pretty.  I may even end up using it in my dressing room as well.tidal green

I love this color. This image from Forever Decorating is the one that inspired me. As you know if you read my blog, I just love love love this blog. I am not sure what color this is but I think it is close to the one I selected.

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The other thing that influenced me was a photo frame. I actually went to buy a different color green that I had decided upon with my DH this morning, however I was sidetracked to another store (what I call the pretty shops, the ones that sell lots of gorgeous bric-a-brac) and bought this photo frame which is just beautiful. I loved the green so much I took it into Bunnings and matched the paint color to it.

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I will use this frame in my bedroom. I think I shall print some black and white photos of my family and put in these frames.

My bedroom is just an ordinary bedroom but I want to make it as pretty as I can. The quilt I am making for my bed should match these colors perfectly. I have not seen the fabric for a while as it is packed in a box (of course!) but I think from memory it will match well.

Here is the “before” picture of the bedroom, a work in progress. You can see the neighbours out the window and a gorgeous winter’s day in Brisbane. I also have the side window that looks over the carport.  It is a very bright room so will take the dark paint well.

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My DH has painted the ceiling and prepped the walls. I painted the inside of the cupboard and patched the walls.  The trims need doing and then finally we can paint the walls. Really looking forward to seeing the paint on the walls.

The finished product will be up soon.

new seating

When we moved into our house recently we had a servery off the kitchen window that goes to the outdoor entertaining area. This was a great idea as it meant not carrying things up and down the stairs, there are 6 steps. However, we are both vertically challenged (although don’t tell my husband I said that) and it meant that the servery was above our eye level, so pretty dangerous and not much use.

The builder was working around the house so I asked him if he could he move it down to make a bench as it was a very solid piece with solid looking brackets.  Here is the result, pretty cool, eh?  It seats 3 people comfortably and I will make a nice cushion for it.

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what type of window coverings should i get?

My new house needs window coverings and I am struggling with what to put on them.  I don’t like curtains that much as I think they catch the dust. I dislike vertical blinds. In a previous house I had roller blinds. These are OK but when you put the blind down with the window open they rattle.  Our new house is quite breezy so that will be a problem.  At the old house I had to hold the blind if I wanted to watch TV with the window open. I had to put the blind down so I could reduce the glare but the rattling drove me mad, so I sat there holding the blind. I don’t want to fall for the same mistake here.

Shutters would be good but I think they are pretty expensive and I wonder if they block the breeze at all.  I also love how you can change the angel of the shutters depending on the time of day. The front sliding door gets heaps of morning sun so we definitely need to cover that window.  I love the look of the shutters in the picture below. So calming.  I can image sitting here and reading a book.

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For the bedroom I wanting to make a doily curtain just for the side panels. There are 2 windows in there so 4 panels, plus I think I should do the same in my dressing room, so 6 panels in all. I have been collecting doilies for just this reason.  I want to use the linen ones with embroidery on them not the round crocheted ones. I also have a bunch of guest towels. These normally come with a pastel strip of fabric on the bottom and were used when guests came so each guest could have their own hand towel. I had some on these when I first got married.  Again, I have been collecting these.  This is kinda what I am thinking of but not quite. I definitely want it to be random.

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All of this is in my head currently.  I always have lots of ideas floating around my head.  I think it will be a case of doing something and seeing how that looks and then trying something different before I settle on the final idea for the window covering.

In the lounge, dining, kitchen I have the sliding doors and windows at the front, 2 side windows in the lounge and dining, one side kitchen window and one big window on the back wall of the kitchen, so 5 windows in total.

I have made roman blinds in the paste quite successfully. I might try that again.  The image below is the look I would just love.  These are my colors.

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This is a really nice look for the bathroom that would fit in with my idea of having a black and white bathroom which you can read about in my recent post.  The only problem with this is that I am putting my shower under the window and the window is long and not that tall so a roman blind may look really weird. Kind of like a short person wearing clothes designed for someone long and leggy.  There goes that idea, but I do still like the look.

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This book pages blind is a cool idea. I wonder if I can convince hubby to get on board?

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This is a gorgeous idea for a window. This would work on my kitchen window overlooking the pool as I don’t need a full blind there.

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I also love this idea that I found on one of my favourite blogs, Forever Decorating.

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Here is another doily blind.

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Brooklyn Limestone have posted a tutorial on how to make this fabulous air mail letter roman blind.  The instructions look pretty easy and she has even provided the images so you can replicate this.  Unfortunately I don’t have any tall windows that I could use this on but I still love it.

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Now this is a doily curtain that I do love. Simply put, it is gorgeous.

 

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What do you think? Should I try any or all of these? I hope I have provide you with some inspiration if you are currently in the market for new window treatments.

 

should i paint my floors white?

I have 3 bedrooms that are currently carpeted. The carpet is nasty. We knew when we purchased the house that we would replace it. However we are now thinking that it’s not such a good idea. Actually my DH doesn’t want carpet as he is the one who does the vacuuming and complains that my hair is always hard to vacuum up. I lose a lot of hair, handfuls of it every day. Lucky for me I have a lot of hair so plenty to lose. Anyway, back to my dilemma.  Our house has wooden floors.  It was laid when the house was built in 1975. We pulled up a section of the carpet in the bedrooms to find the same wood underneath. It is not stained but in raw condition. We have not yet checked it all but are assuming that the same exists in all three rooms. We would have it stained similar to the downstairs area but that would mean trying to match the hallway floor color so maybe not. I love painted wooden floors so I have suggested to my DH that we paint them.  He is a bit sceptical. The downside is that once painted they will have to stay that way as the paint soaks into the wood and cannot be removed. Here are some ideas I like. I definitely want to paint them in a matt finish.

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This one is too glossy for my tastes.

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I love green so these ones I find really cool but I am getting sidetracked….back to the bedroom idea.

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I don’t know that I would like to paint my floor in a pattern but here are some ideas incase you do.

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Really cool idea.

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Very hippy.

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Who has the patience to paint their floor like this but it is a gorgeous example of a painted wooden floor.

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And if you are into doilies (which I am) how cool would this be. I showed this painted floor to DH but he immediately dismissed it. Too bad.

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This is what I am talking about! Simple but gorgeous.

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Now the next problem will be to rug or not to rug?  My DH wants a rug because he thinks his toes will be cold stepping out on the floor each day. However, we do live in Queensland where it is mostly warm to hot. Perhaps a compromise will be a rug in winter?

 

home reno: new lights

We have selected our new lights and our order is in. We have gone for the Manor range from Beacon Lighting. These pictures show the range in a brown color but we have gone for the grey. The dining table will have the dome light with the cage beneath. This will also be in the entry. We have purchased the lamp and also 3 other cages that will just have the bare bulbs.  I shall show you once they are fitted.  Two cages will go over the kitchen bench and one on the stairs.  The lounge and kitchen will have spot lights in a matching color.

 

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For the bedroom and my dressing room I am having some bling!  Hubby is having a matching fitting from the manor range in his dressing room. Here is my pretty blingy light.

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Debra

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my new craft room wants

Having recently purchased my house I am now looking to set up my craft room. See my previous post on planning my craft room.  This will be a few months away as we have a lot of other renovations to do before that room, but a girl can dream.  I have been thinking about having my own personal space for years now, I have a little notebook of ideas that I jotted down at various times with ideas and inspirations. I also look online to see how other crafters have setup their rooms. My dilemma is that  I want so much in my room.

Here are some ideas I have found.

Here is a room that has provided heaps of inspiration, Karen at Sew Many Ways has a great post on her sewing space.

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I found this at Cool Room Ideas. Such a pretty fresh room with the green and white.

 

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And this is a good idea for pencils and brushes.

 

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Here is some of my stash and some of my family tree files in a cupboard at my old house.

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Here is my current list of *wants*:

  • sewing space including a place for my overlocker
  • I also want to teach sewing from home so I am thinking of having 5 spots for students, therefore I need sets of drawers and bench space for each person. I could also use this long bench for when I do my family tree and need to have lots of paperwork out.
  • a wrapping station – so sick of hunting for wrapping paper and cards. I want one space where I can have all the paper on rolls ready to wrap
  • a watercolour space, I dabble in watercolour painting so I definitely need one of these. Preferably close to the laundry where the sink will be.
  • a place for my computer or should I say computers, yes I am guilty of having more than one. Oh, and the tribe of printers.
  • cutting table, a large table where I can cut my fabrics that is at the right height so I don’t get a backache
  • fabric storage for both quilting and general sewing – doh!
  • I make and sell items at markets so I have a lot of tubs dedicated to that. I need somewhere to store them all.
  • Seating – I need my work chair plus 5 student chairs. I would also like a couch where I can sit comfortably and read.
  • I have a large table that is over 100 years old that I want to reuse. It measure about 1.2m x 2m.
  • Book storage – for all those inspirational books I have.
  • Somewhere to store the endless tubs, boxes and contains I have of “stuff”.  I am in to so many crafts that I have many of these.
  • Lighting – good task and overhead lighting will be a must!
  • Tool storage, especially those pesky large items like quilting rulers.
  • the pretties, I definitely need some pretty in this room for inspiration

I am lucky as my room is quite big, it measures 7.2m x 3.9m. It is currently has white floor tiles and I won’t have the money to change these as yet. It also has an access door to under the house that I need to keep. It is an old carport that has been bricked in so the walls are not that nice and they have ant capping about ⅓ of the way up that I need to keep.  I asked the builder about lining the walls but he is worried about termites if I do that so I have decided just to use it as is.  It is off the laundry and there is also a powder room and study on this level, so I will probably put the printers and computers into the study area. I may even use the study for the couch to free up room in the main craft room.

I shall let you know how it all goes.

til next time,
Debra.

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planning my new craft room

Today I have started looking at how to plan my room.  Firstly, a reminder on what I would like can be found here.  The door is at the top of the room over to the left hand side. As you walk in there is a big window at the end of the room and another 2 windows on the right hand side. I plan to put a long bench down the right hand side of the room under the windows.   My sewing machine and overlocker will go on this long bench.  I should have enough room for some drawer units under this bench and when I do classes this will be the student sewing stations. I think if I make it 5m long it will mean 1m per student and that should be enough.

My big craft table will go under the far window at the top of the room. Here I will do my watercolor, scrapbooking, card making and things. The left hand side wall is interspersed with cavities where they have plastered between the bricks. I have some slat mesh racking from my old shop that I will screw to the wall in these cavities and they will hold any hanging supplies and tools.  The slat mesh is very handy. You can buy from shop fitters or off eBay.  It comes in black and white and either 150cm or 180cm tall. I have both and I think it will fit here perfectly.

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I will also put my metal shelving on the right hand side as you walk into the room.  Here I will store all my plastic tubs. Each tub will be named (very roughly done currently) and sorted in some logical order so I can find them easily.

The centre of the room will be the piece de resistance. This will house a freestanding island bench, I am hoping that i can be at least 1.5m side x 3m long.  This will be for cutting on. Underneath I plan to have drawers to store fabric.  This one below looks pretty nice.  I don’t think my craft room would ever look this neat.

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I have a kitchen to pull apart and replace so I will be reusing the cupboards for that in my craft room but these new cupboards look so very nice.

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I was thinking all white but seeing this pretty coloured island I may change my mind.

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Here is a plan I have made that I think may work. The room is big and this sketch does look cluttered, but I am hoping that when it is actual furniture it will not look so cluttered. The racking is wire so I will be able to see through it.

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I like the way this one looks too. The use of drawers under the bench top would be very handy.

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This one is made from ikea parts and can be found on the Ikea hack site. There are plenty of really terrific things to do on that site.

 

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I shall see how it looks when I actually move everything.
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Debra

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renovations have started

We have recently moved to a new (old) home and have now started our renovations. The house was built in 1975 so it is mid century modern, but I will be adding my own touches as we go through our renovations. My style is much more vintage industrial. I think it will suit. I shall share my journey here.  We have only just started. So far the money has gone toward getting the electrical up to date. The builder came last week and replaced the back door and is doing the front door tomorrow. At least it is a start. Here are some pics of my new house.  It even has a pool out back.

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