Monday, December 21, 2009

Spherical pendant lights

We had a new window installed in the upstairs room over the weekend.  We are also having a bench seat built-in underneath it.  We will be painting the room on Boxing Day.  Then all we need is carpet, a balustrade and a wardrobe.  Yay!  I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We also need to pick lights for the upstairs room.  I had decided on Florence Broadhurst ‘Japanese Floral’ drum pendants to hang above the bedside tables, but due to the slanted ceiling there is not enough height on my side of the bed to suspend such a light.  We have instead decided to install one big light above the middle of the bed (and maybe add some bedside lamps or reading lights later).

I am thinking something spherical and quite large might look nice.  The following are my favourite finds so far.  What do you think of them?

Above:  David Trubridge ‘Floral’ light (see

Above:  Moooi ‘Random’ light (see

Above:  Studio Italia ‘Genie’ light (see

All of these are a little pricey, so I may have to go searching for something similar instead.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas wish list

Here’s something a little different, completely unrelated to our home renovation.

Whilst browsing for Christmas gift ideas (I know I’ve left it a little late with only two and a bit weeks to go), I started compiling a wish list of my own.  I have included both a ‘luxe’ (read: I’m dreaming) and ‘less’ option for each item.

I am loving the combination of pearls and black lace at the moment, so these necklaces were first on my list.  I have ordered the Betsey Johnson one (perhaps a Christmas present for myself).

Left: LANVIN glass-pearl necklace US$840 (on sale from $1,200) from Net-A-Porter
Right: BETSEY JOHNSON tulle trim pearl necklace US$48 from Nordstrom

Next is a funky little purse, because my everyday wallet takes up too much space in my small evening/party bags.

Left: LOUIS VUITTON Monogram Vernis Ludlow wallet US$390
Right: KATE SPADE Big Apple Darla wallet US$55

Next is a big purple handbag, simply because I have been wanting one for ages.

Left: VERSACE eelskin shopper US$1,579.90 (on sale from $2,645) from Nordstrom
Right: MARC BY MARC JACOBS Croc of Q hobo US$278 from Nordstrom

And finally, a diamond (or diamante) bow ring.

Left: TIFFANY bow ring with diamonds in platinum AU$2,500
Right: JUICY COUTURE pavé bow ring US$42

Sunday, December 6, 2009

My first purchase from Etsy

Etsy is the place to buy and sell all things handmade.  Yesterday I made my first purchase; three prints from seller ‘theloveshop’.

I’ve ordered the white letter in ‘M’ (for Melinda) and the black letter in ‘H’ (for Harry) to possibly hang above our bed.

I also bought the ‘do what you love’ print (which featured previously, in my ‘un-boring walls’ post) to hang in our study.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

After floor plan

Following on from my last post, this is our planned (after renovation) floor plan for the house.  You can click on the image to zoom in and read my descriptions.

Left is the ground level floor plan, from front to back:
  • Home office or study
  • Games/Music room or informal living room
  • Living room (opening onto enclosed courtyard)
  • Bathroom and laundry (built-in behind cabinetry opposite the bathroom)
  • Kitchen and dining room
Right is the upstairs floor plan.  This will be our bedroom.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Before floor plan

Here’s the original floor plan of our house and backyard.  I drew this to scale using Microsoft Excel.

Left is the ground level floor plan, from front to back:

•    1st bedroom,
•    2nd bedroom,
•    Living space (lounge and/or dining),
•    Kitchen, and
•    Bathroom.

Right is the upstairs floor plan (3rd bedroom).

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Updated bedroom mood board

It’s possibly still a little bit too me, but at least I’m making progress (it’s much less girly than the last one).  Here’s the updated bedroom mood board, with product descriptions this time.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Real estate photos

For those who have not already seen the real estate photos of our house before we moved in, here they are.

The facade:

The second room downstairs:

The upstairs room:

The living/dining room:

The kitchen:

The backyard:

I’ll post a copy of the full ‘before’ floor plan at some stage, to give a better understanding of where all these rooms are located.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Glebe Street Fair

I finally bought a StudioOat print on the weekend, from the Glebe Street Fair (which was great fun by the way).  We ended up choosing a new limited edition print that is similar to the ‘Spirited’ collection I posted pictures of previously.  It is called ‘Apple Tree’.  It will be matted and framed (both in black... very moody) this week and we’re picking it up from The Rocks Market next Sunday.  Yay!

We also found a great painting from Desperate Damsels (they’re at Glebe Markets every weekend) which I think could be very appropriately hung near my wardrobe.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Our herb garden

I planted our herb garden today.

First I lined the base and sides of each tier with coconut fibre, to stop anything else from falling through.  Then I filled each tier with sphagnum moss (to retain moisture – so that it won’t matter too much if I forget to water them occasionally) and an organic potting mix made especially for herb and vegetable gardens.

I planted coriander and sweet basil in the top tier, strawberries and snow peas in the middle tier (the snow peas should trail down the stand as they grow) and mint, chives, parsley and oregano in the bottom tier.

Here are some pictures:

I also bought a bougainvillea to grow up the wall where the plant stand is currently hanging.  I figured that by buying a small plant now, I will be able to get it growing so that it looks a bit more impressive by the time our backyard landscaping has been done.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A little shopping

We went to a HorganS sale today and I bought a few goodies for our home.  I thought I’d share some pictures with you.

Firstly, a wrought-iron plant stand (and the herbs and strawberries I am going to plant in it).  I will post some photos of the finished project once I’m done.

A wrought-iron bench seat for our courtyard.  I’m thinking of doing a Parisian theme, starting with a black and white striped cushion for this seat.

A Louis-style chair for my dresser in our bedroom.

And finally, a wicker lantern (either for our courtyard or our backyard).

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A gallery?

We have lengthened the opening above the stairwell, so that people taller than me no longer hit their head and also to let more light into the downstairs hallway.  You can now see the entire height of the right wall of our bedroom from the downstairs hallway (see pic below).

I’m now thinking about painting the wall in a colour and turning it into a gallery, to draw the eye up the full height of the wall from downstairs.  It looks like I’ll have space for a lot more of those pictures from my last post.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Un-boring walls

It's been a while, so I thought I should post something. We're still progressing with the upstairs renovation. The flooring has been taken up and this week we have the Electrician and Plumber coming to fix up the lines so that new flooring can be put down (we're going with carpet upstairs, but the original floorboards will be reused downstairs).
I have been looking for interesting stuff for our walls. Nice paintings are a bit outside our budget at the moment, so I've been looking for alternatives. For the bedroom, I’d really like the PrintDolls 'All Stops To... Pyrmont' screen print seen in the mood board of my previous post, but at $880 it’s not likely to happen anytime soon. As a possible alternative, I found this cute poster on etsy (seller theloveshop).
And this one also on etsy (seller NestaHome).
For my side of our home office, I'm considering a Bally print from PictureStore...
This cute poster (also from etsy seller theloveshop)...
And 'Fashion' wall stickers from Ferm Living.
I'm also coveting (and have been patiently waiting until I have the space to hang them) StudioOat’s 'Spirited' collection of prints.
'Finding Our Roots'
Another contender, which we found at the Art Sydney event last week, is Geisha Yume by Nanami Cowdroy. The detail in this limited edition print is amazing.
P.S. I am aware that un-boring is not a word. I just couldn't think of a real word that worked better (I've been up since 5am this morning).

Monday, October 19, 2009

Bedroom mood board

I had completed what I thought was an excellent mood board for our new bedroom (yes, this is the room shown previously that currently looks like a demolition site), but I have come to the realisation that it is a little too me and not enough Harry. But it's so pretty that I decided to post it here anyway.
I already have the Tord Boontje Garland light (top, left), the Florence Broadhurst Japanese Floral fabric (bottom, right) and the Florence Broadhurst Tropical Floral wallpaper (second from bottom, right). They will stay, but I may not use them all in the bedroom.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Our new wall

We had renderers here on the weekend and we now have one lovely smooth wall upstairs... now what colour to paint it?

In the second picture you can see the new framework for the back wall. We're adding about one metre in extra depth to the room.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Upstairs floor plan

Following on from my last post – this is my basic floor plan layout for the upstairs room.

A little explanation:
  • The pale blue line around the stairwell is a frameless glass balustrade. 
  • The pink rectangle in the window bay is a built-in bench seat. 
  • The grey boxes jutting out of the right wall are from the fireplaces on the ground level.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2009

    Progress... finally!

    We moved into our 120+ year old (but new to us) home in March of this year and not much has happened since (except for a new colorbond roof and ceiling insulation in the front section). In the last seven months, we (or was it just me) have changed our minds about the plans about a hundred times... but finally we have made progress.

    The Surveyor came today and did all his measuring up, so we should soon get the boundary and elevation drawings to have our plans drafted. Yay!

    Also, the upstairs room (this will be our bedroom) was demolished over the long weekend.

    It went from this.

    In progress...

    You may think this looks bad, but we had already removed a tonne of rubbish (literally, it weighed 980kg when dumped) at this stage.

    To this.

    You may think it currently looks much worse than it did before we started. We had to smash out the walls as they were in very bad condition and we intend to extend into the roof space at both ends of the room.