Friday, August 22, 2014
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll remember when I used to do a Friday Five. A selction of 5 songs for your weekend listening pleasure. Well spotify have made it way easier for me to do, so I'm bringing it back like Georgie Pie. Happy Friday Friends!
Thursday, August 21, 2014
So I'm pretty sure that this little collection of images makes me a legit blogger, right? Well, I'm saying it does. And I was hooting and fist pumping in delight when I started to figure it all out. I also threw my toys (aka a mandarin skin) a couple of times and decided to hide half of my cane chair because it was becoming the bane of my life. But.... I'm still counting it as a win.
I decided to have a go at being a real life blogger and do a moodboard when I realised that I was failing miserably in my quest for a rug for our living area. Nothing has been working, I thought my prayers were answered last week when Freedom got a large Melibu rug in store (which they have discontinued in that size) and I thought it was a sign...That we must be together. Alas, the online image tricked me into thinking it was a shag rug, upon inspection it was really, really not. The staff thought I was crazy a person, I had stalked them for a whole week waiting to hear it was ready to be picked up and when we got there it was a total 'No'...ew....people like me suck. But it has to be right, and it has to be soft, because I'm a floor sitter and our concrete floors are not made for sitting, they are made for dancing. Which is equally as important buy not my current priority.
The other items are things that are vintage or in the process of being made. Except that leather sofa was a pic I found online and was the closest to our actual couch that I came across because I couldn't photograph it with the right light to cut it out. Not quite the awesome blogger just yet then I suppose.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
This house building stuff can get expensive, it drains your pockets along with your energy (tiny violin) and there is always something cooler / would fit in that space perfectly / looks just like that one you saw on San Francisco Girl by bay's blog / waaaay out of your price range. Alas it is all just a part of life and sometimes you can buy a cheap knockoff which is what happens when life feels like giving you the big thumbs up (sorry design guru's out there who despise knockoffs, I'm just a tall girl with a small wallet, building a big house)
So, I have seen so many HUGE mirrors on Pinterest. Those really cool big ones that are just casually leaning up against the wall like "who me, I'm just chilling....the lady that owns this house bought me for a gazillion bucks so I'm set for life and I'm sending my tiny mirror babies to college".... You know the ones I'm talking about. Smug and gigantic.
Well I wanted one (of course I did) to go in our wardrobe and I do not have a gazillion bucks to spend! Not even close, in fact, not even 100. So I started thinking about how I could copy them without the price tag and then I thought about the big mirrors that are part of those sliding wardrobe doors in a lot of newish houses these days AND THEN I thought about how many newish houses were pulled to pieces after those heinous earthquakes of ours. I did a search on trademe and sure enough there were loads but I found a really big one for $50 and I hit the buy now so hard my index finger felt a little sore for about 5 minutes.
It was ugly.... And I didn't care. It was big and in this case. Size totally mattered.
I bought some black etching primer spray paint.... It sticks to anything, dries super quick and goes a great matte colour. I taped the mirror up, then went outside with a head torch and started spraying.
It looks awesome, sure... if you get real close you may notice it's 'wardrobe door' like frame but I don't mind. Most people when they're looking at a mirror are checking that their teeth are clean and their bums look not too small/not too big so I'm thinking no one else will notice and everyone will just assume it's the kind of mirror with trust fund babies. Result.
I'm also finding that whenever I finish a space I want to spoil it with gifts of cool stuff that I've been collecting (aka buying and hiding from Guy) and in my wardrobes case it got well and truly spoilt. I can't say these things will stay there forever because when I have an actual living area to deck out I may want to steal them back but for now..... They're all yours wardrobe.
The wardrobe got my favourite pouf ever that I found at LETLIV.... You can't really go past a tan moroccan pouf, all they're going to do is wear in and keep looking more and more awesome, which in turn will make you (pouf owner) look awesome. It's science.
The madras rug from freedom
My Clare Elsaesser prints, these may stay.....and I may just have to buy more. Oh darn.
A little vintage macrame and toolbox find + all of my hats
This wardrobe without all the cool poufs and prints was actually cheap as chips. A couple of pieces of driftwood and twine, the bottom piece a little shorter in length so there's room to hang the long dresses I never wear and a $50 giant mirror.
Next on the list are some cheap DIY plywood shelves..... We have a dresser with drawers in the bedroom for all the folded stuff so we don't need to worry about that and when we have more time and money we may change the driftwood to matte black metal piping but for now it's as good as gold.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
For those of you who rely on my updates here, not instagram. I'm sorry, blame instagram and all of its easy instantaneous-ness. You probably thought we had been slacking off. Quite the opposite though. So I'm going to drop a photo bomb. 3,2,1
Starting with the kitchen/dining
Friday, June 20, 2014
Help!!!! Remember that giant feature of a fire place we have? Well it seems the council are having second thoughts about it and whether or not it actually complies to the code..... Cheers guys, awesome news. (I don't even care about sarcasm being the lowest form of wit, that's the only wit I've got right now and it's just gon' have to do) so we were given a few options to make it comply,
- Raise the false ceiling behind the brick wall above the fire. No problem.... Just bang out a few bits of timber and Bob is the uncle you never had.
- Have a shield made to protect the lowest part of the brick wall (closest to the fire) ummmm ok, not stoked you'll be able to see it, but ok....if it makes it all legit then I won't quit.
- Create vents in the brick wall by leaving out at least a couple of bricks or using weep holes....screeeeech (record player needle sound effect) hold the phone!!! No way! Deals off compadre! You want me to put holes in the main feature of my room. Are you mental?
I am feeling a little gutted and I need to snap on out of it, because it is just a wall.
BUT, it's a wall that I had looking a certain way in my head long before this house was even drawn on paper. So I just desperately want it to be right. So.....from where I stand, these are our options.
Taking a few bricks out and covering the holes with white vents of some sort. Interesting that I have included this as an option, seeing as in my head....it really isn't.
The next option are the weep holes. Do you know what they are? No? Neither did I. They are this...
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Last weekend was HUGE, we ticked so much off our ridiculously long to do list and it felt goooooood.
Let's start with the floating fire plinth (plinth? That's what we're calling it, we could be wrong) Guy and Dad poured it a few weeks back and we had it sitting in the middle of the room with all the framing and braces attached to it while it cured. Well it was well and truly cured by last weekend and it was time to reveal it in all it's floating glory.
I got all the kitchen/dining nail holes filled, my Father in law sanded them all and then I started painting all the grooves ready for the roller.