August 20, 2013

Before and After... Living Room

Living room before
Living room after
We wanted the living room to be warm, light and relaxed. New gyprocking, fireplace, down-lights, and oak floors helped to modernise the space. We (eventually) painted the walls in half-strength Dulux Stowe White (low sheen). The ceiling is Dulux Ceiling White, and doors and architraves are Dulux Vivid White (semi gloss).


Red ticking and damask add a touch of warmth to neutral linen tones...


On a recent trip to Thailand, we commissioned a local artist to paint a still-life inspired by my favourite Stephen Trebilcock work... 


Farmer Joe wants you to know that he stood out in the rain last night to chop 'attractive' wood to fill the wood basket for this post. Thank you Farmer Joe, it's very pretty wood.


We replaced the old slate hearth with limestone outdoor pavers that we sealed and adhered to the slab. Several tradies told me this wouldn't work - luckily, I am extremely stubborn. It worked brilliantly.

If you are in the market for a wood heater, I strongly recommend a Nectre. They are made in South Australia and this little unit keeps our entire house toasty. (Our dinner guests have learnt to dress in layers, so they can gradually disrobe to avoid overheating).


Here's a list of suppliers for those who are interested:
Rug: Two Pairs Homewares
Standing lamp: Balhannah by Design
Blind: Blinds Online
Entertainment Unit: House and Garden
Photo frames and candle holders: Country Road
Striped bench: Interiors Online (reupholstered)
Wood basket: One Rundle Trading Company.

August 14, 2013

Just between you and me

Several months ago my secret little blog became a bit too well known in our local area. Farmer Joe was suddenly actually being called "Farmer Joe" by locals, and more than once he was stopped in town and asked his opinion on the various strengths of Dulux Hogs Bristle. Feeling a little shy, he asked me to stop blogging until the interest died down. So I did. But now we're back. (And at some stage soon, I will get around to telling Farmer Joe that too). So for the lovely ladies who have been following from the start, and those of you who have quietly encouraged me to get back to it, here's what you've missed while we've been away...

In a fit of energy, Farmer Joe completely demolished the laundry...


We started to tame the driveway garden beds (with a front-end loader, of course)...


 And created edgings using recycled red bricks...



We resurfaced the driveway with limestone gravel...



 We finally said "Hello!" to our new windows...


And (not a moment too soon) said "Good Riddance" to the old brown aluminium...


And, with much groaning and complaining, we repainted all the timber work, cornices and walls in every room that we'd already painted...

Corgis are wonderful at many things. Acting as Painting Assistant is not one of them.

Finally, after THREE YEARS, we have finished rooms. Properly finished, rather than "come look at our new kitchen, but please ignore the leaking ceiling, the brown aluminium and the lack of window coverings".
But that's for next week...