Wednesday, 21 September 2016

It's been such a long time coming, I'm pretty excited that we almost have a fully functioning kitchen. We designed the kitchen almost a year and a half ago, before our VCAT woes. When it finally came time to ordering it were still really happy with the design all those months on which was a great sign.

We spent quite a bit of time (and money) getting a heap of 2 pak samples to make sure we were absolutely happy with the cabinetry colour. I was pretty nervous about it but glad we did all that sampling as some of the colours that were really dark on the wall were super intense in 2 pak. We went with Dulux Oolong in matte 2 pak in the end and it's the perfect dark navy.

Here are a few snaps, more to come once the rest of the house is finished - we still have tools and materials stacked in the living space!

Fireplace progress

Monday, 5 September 2016

I have been meaning to post some updates for a while, week 8 has quickly progressed to week 16 and it all seems like a bit of a blur.

Last week was spent finishing our fireplace. We used glazed brick facings and did a heap of research and planning to make sure it was all going to work. We ordered corner, half and full facings and we built the fireplace surround so suit so there wasn't a single cut.

It still took around a week in labour; the glazed bricks were quite organic (well they were actually warped and cut at slightly different sizes) so it was very slow going to lay them and hide any imperfections. As usual my other half got stuck with doing all the hard work - it was worth it though, we love the end result.

Progress | week 8

Saturday, 16 July 2016

So this is where we're at end of week 8. Completely locked up and fireplace is working, which is such a nice change from being freezing all the time! Will show some more shots of the beautiful steel window soon, it's a bit cramped in the backyard so difficult to take a nice image.

Progress | week 6

Saturday, 2 July 2016

I love it when the weekends come around and I get to spend some time on site, I feel like I miss out during the week as it's generally dark when I get home from work.

Things are moving along so well. The top roof is on, exterior is pretty much clad and almost all the windows are in. We've been marking out where lights and power points will go (not as simple as it seems)! Ben will work on installing our fireplace this week and beautiful steel window, can't wait to see that in and glazed.

We should be at lock up by next Saturday...bring it on!!

Cabinetry inspiration

Friday, 1 July 2016

There's nothing like beautiful bespoke cabinetry to help spaces function well and look amazing. Now that our kitchen is all locked in I have been designing the rest of the cabinetry for Hume Street. 

We already had a beautiful walk in robe made for the master suite so with the other bedrooms we're building in some Ikea robes. I might need to get the paintbrush out for the doors and do a little customisation with handles but it's a perfect, affordable solution for our spare bedrooms.

Ikea PAX wardrobe
In our living space, we're creating a TV nook in between the fireplace and back windows. It's about 2 metres wide but it will tuck in nicely next to the fireplace without taking too much focus. Loving this shallow cabinetry with bench top found via Made Measure.

We're lucky enough to have a second living space at Hume Street and our vision from the beginning was to have some wall to wall bookshelves on one side of the room. I have since tweaked the design to incorporate a desk/studio space for me! We have no budget for this so it's very much going to be a DIY job, I have no doubt it will be a mammoth task so we'll get to this after the build is completed. I found a fantastic step-by-step guide online via Right Up My Alley.


Kid's bedroom inspiration

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Here's a super quick moodboard I put together for one of our spare bedrooms. Not entirely sure why I decided to make it a kid's bedroom when we don't have kids! But the room is quite long and having two single beds just seemed to work in there. I want to keep things neutral and fairly sophisticated so it still works for adults guests too. Can't wait to have my niece come and stay in these cute beds from Domayne. See below for suppliers.

Bedding: Aura Home and Abode Living
Lighting and robes: Ikea
Bed: Domayne
Wall stamps: Quercus & Co
Dresser: Freedom (old range)
Carpet: Hycraft Valley Gorge in Fracture


Progress | week 5

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Things are progressing so well at home at the moment, here's an update from the weekend. Very exciting to have a first floor, it's now becoming apparent how generous the spaces are.

Lighting loves

Sunday, 19 June 2016

I've been putting together a lighting plan for Hume Street. There are so many great affordable lighting options around at the moment, so it's been quite easy sourcing what we need.

Only thing I'm missing are some hard wired wall lights for the upstairs bedrooms but we might need to do an IKEA hack with the Ranarp wall light. I would love to use some from Schoolhouse Electric is the US but I really can't go past the $30 price tag of IKEA!
Ranarp wall lamp from IKEA
Isaac Sconce Schoolhouse Electric
Replica Serge Mouille Two Arm Sconce from Sokol

Vitemolla ceiling light from IKEA

Various lamps by Beacon
Double Perryman Sconce via Anthropologie
Huxley by Park Studio
Silhouette Chandelier by Ross Gardam
Askel wall light from Beacon

Norwest brass outdoor light from Beacon

Bellis pendant light from Schots


The Balcony Garden

Friday, 17 June 2016

We've designed a small 1.2 x 1.2m internal garden in our extension, mainly to let natural light in to the windowless sitting room. Our plan is to place a large feature pot and tree in the space, but I had been struggling to find something. Then I came across The Balcony Garden on Instagram and am loving their pots. Just need to find some suitable plants that will grow in limited light!

Here are a few things I have stalked on their lovely Insta feed.

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