Thursday, September 30, 2010

Etsy find

Oh wow. I just stumbled upon artist Yellena on Etsy. Could these illustrations be any more beautiful? These are my fave:






Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blue lamps

Just like anyone who is reading this, I spend hours reading blogs, and for some reason, I keep coming across BLUE LAMPS.. Not just any blue, more of a light turquoise - but not too green.. So anyway.. I think I smell a new project.....





(Haha the last one is tucked away in a corner but thats the first thing I saw when I looked at this pic!)

White walls

The new house is exactly how I wanted it. Crisp white walls and dark floors. The windows are high, leaving more room to shove things up against the wall, but all of this blank space leaves a lack of depth throughout the entire house.

I know we just moved in and we dont have thousands of dollars to throw around on art, but I really want to invest in a few pieces. Back in August when Jess and I went to the SALA opening on Queen St, the work by local artist Sue Ninham really grabbed me. I LOVE colour, and anything a little bit fun and quirky. So for now its just drooling.. but I'm definitely adding her to my wish list!


Gaspard the Matador

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday arvo fun

This afternoon after a beautiful baby shower for the most stunning pregnant woman I have ever seen (I dont even look that good and Im NOT preggo!), I put together the bed head for our spare room. Here are the pics:


I got David put together this frame. I honestly thought it would be fine without the trimmers, but it "wasn't rigid enough" and now at least I can sleep at night knowing that if an earthquake happened to strike, the bed head would make it through. I pulled apart an old quilt to pad the outside.

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I covered it with this weird recycled felt material that is used as moving blankets (You know, for removalists to cover furniture with so it doesnt get scratched) I have no idea how we gained possession of this.

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I covered the frame with the fabric. This was surprisingly the easiest part.

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Excuse my terrible photography. Bad light + not knowing how to use my slr properly = this. But you get the idea.. Room is far from finished, but Im reasonably happy with the result. Being the perfectionist that I am, I wish I had pad all the way down to the floor, and the corners aren't perfect. But its not bad for 30 bucks and a couple hours work I guess!

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

$4.95 scarf = new pillow case!

Saw these gorgeous scarves in Just Jeans at Harbour Town for $4.95 yesterday and Im sure the sales lady was thinking "This womans a freak" when I yelled out to Al, "OMG THIS WOULD MAKE AN AWESOME PILLOW CASE".. So I pulled out the sewing machine last night for the first time in a while and whipped this baby up.. cute huh?

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

My sisters got style

My baby sister (who I absolutely ADORE) put together this little display on my temporary shelves before our built ins are installed. I wouldnt change one little part of it, shes got some seriously good styling skills dont you think?

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Step up

All the cupboards are too high! So I painted this $14.95 Ikea step stool thingo in Easyway waterbased enamel spray paint in Light Green.. ok so the paint cost about $5 more than the stool.. but I think it turned out cute.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

So pretty

I picked up this gorgeous purple corduroy fabric from Lincraft today to make a headboard for the spare room.. Not normally a big fan of the home made headboard, but im going to tweak it a little!


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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Is it just me....

... or is every quilt cover set in the stores absolutely revolting? I have spent a good week on and off scouring Spotlight, Myer, DJ's, Target, even good old Kmart, and absolutely nothing! I am horrified at the amount of disgusting swirls and stripes that are available for people to vomit all over their sleeping haven with. I am not even totally sold on the $300+ sets in Country Road or Aura online.. I cant even find a decent throw rug for under $100.

So what on earth is going on? Can someone share some secret bedroom accessory store with me? I settled on a white waffle quilt with a dark grey fitted sheet.. looks like I'll be heading to the sewing machine! I need some colour in there! Maybe a bright geometric patterned headboard? Or some second hand bedside tables painted in yellow.. Here are a couple pics that have caught my eye..




Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Rebrand

So Dave got his company builders licence, meaning he can now legally build up to two storey dwellings no more than $330K. Pretty cool huh?!

So, its time for a rebrand. We want this name to be the first and final name for the business to enter the market with. They want to build residential houses, but specialise in additions, extensions and renovations.

A few weeks back I came up with Residence Building and Construction. I am obsessed with it and will not stop going on about it until they agree (ha). I came up with it when looking up "home" and "house" in the thesaurus - clever idea I thought! So its another name for home, its classic but still slightly cool, and it leaves them open to any residential work they want to do. From the beginning i've had this logo in my head - what do you think? If anyone can come up with a better name I'm interested to hear it!


Monday, September 13, 2010

Sustainable House Day

Yesterday was Sustainable House Day in little old Adelaide - I'd say most people here wouldnt have had the fainest idea about it and probably dont give a shite anyway! But, being something David and I are, and are becoming even more, passionate about, we were lucky enough to have a tour of a property on Ada Street in the South-East of the city, by John and Maggie Maitland. John has his own architecture practice, Energy Architecture, which has been around for quite a few years now and after seeing the dvd of his home renovation and new extension, I had to see it in the flesh.

They concentrate on key elements in design - Insulation, thermal mass, orientation and ventilation, and their amazing extension incorporates all of these. They have created a space which is flooded with northery light, with no windows to the west. They have a massive water tank under their patio where they 'harvest' water, air is let out of the house through vents in the ceiling and floors, and these vents can be closed if necessary. They have used methods such as 'reverse brick veneer' which I find a fascinating concept - we as society in Australia build our houses with brick on the outside, a cavity in between and clad them with gyprock on the inside to look pretty but by reversing this, the thermal mass is on the inside, holding the heat in winter and keeping it cool in summer.

Well, I wont bore you with details - although this shouldnt be boring! Sustainable building methods really need to be the way of the future, and I hope that Im a part of that. Click here to read more about Ada Street.



Thursday, September 2, 2010

Friends

This is just a little post to let you all know how lucky I am to have such an amazing friend. Well, I am lucky enough to say I have amazing FRIENDS, but this is more about one person in particular. My beautiful friend Hayley (and her boy) have kindly let us stay at their house while we wait for ours to be finished. They have welcomed us with opened arms, never snarled at Dave's messy habits, never gotten annoyed for us coming in and out at ridiculous hours. In fact, yesterday after I picked up a couple things from the grocery store for her, she tried to give me $10 (of course I yelled at her "You are letting us use your water and power and spare bedroom and you are trying to give me $10 for groceries!!!!!?"). I have just realised more than ever that friends are like diamonds. I dont know what we'd do without them right now, it really means the world..