Tuesday tour

Today's tour comes from the lovely people at Seventeen Doors and it is just to die for...
The kids rooms aren't cute - they're STUNNING! Take a look around...






The Block: Kitchen week room reveals

You knew what today's post would be didn't you? I just can't help myself. Why is it though I always get really hooked on shows just as they're finishing? 

So, in case you missed it, Sophie and Dale have finally won the judges hearts completely (and I do wonder if the timing of Mr Whittaker coming around to their style coincided with viewer feedback that Team D&S were a favourite - by my calculations it started going to air about two thirds of the way through the build....hmmm?). Anyway, they effectively won both the room saver and the kitchen but were pipped at the post by the boys with their bonus points. That's ok though, everyone's broke and D&S seem pretty flush to finish their outdoor areas so I'm happy for them to share the moola.

Here are a gazillion pics of all the spaces because they were all gorgeous...

Dale & Sophie...



Brad & Lara...



Dan & Dani...



And by using their 2 bonus points they win by a measley half a point...
Though that ceiling is quite special....
Mike & Andrew...




So, now we just have to wait for the outside to be done and then it's all about who's going to win! 
Who do you think...?

8 Rambling Realistic boys rooms...

Minimalist schminimalist I hear you say? 
here are 8 more boys spaces that are a little more realistic in their approach 
(and I think the boys who live in them might even prefer them to a minimalist style as well....).








Ace space saturday - of a different kind...

Sigh. It's raining today in Sydney. Again. And my two little monsters are a little cabin feverish. They aren't giving me much of a chance to write up a post, so instead I've decided to turn our living area into an Ace Space (of sorts) to keep them occupied and perhaps use up some of their abundant energy.

I found this idea on Pinterest this week and it really is quite brilliant. It's kept these guys busy for a good 40 minutes (and in their world that's a lifetime). Simply cut up a bunch of squares out of bubble wrap (we just happened to have some in the laundry from a recent delivery), and tape them to the floor with masking tape. Voila! Instant Bubblewrap Hopscotch! They think it's an Ace Space - and that's all that matters today.



Pressed metal decorating

If you've been paying as much attention to Dale and Sophie on Ch9's The Block as I do, you would also have noticed this week, a small snippet of the couple shopping for pressed tin panels for their kitchen splashback (which immediately restored Sophie's status in my mind to creative genius). I think it will look amazing and can't wait for Sunday nights room reveals. (Though I have to add that I'll be waiting to see how those herbs are going to drain planted in those cute blackboard labelled jars she's made????)

But back to pressed metal... It did bring back to mind though the pressed metal feature wall in Nina's old apartment from Ch10's show, Offspring (there is a small possibility I watch too much TV yes). Do you remember it?


I loved it immediately. And not long ago, Home Beautiful ran a trend page about it too...


So even though traditionally, as we all know, pressed metal goes on the ceiling like this....


There's nothing to say you can't put it on the wall in your kitchen like this...


Though I lean towards thinking that Dale and Sophie's kitchen will be much more stylish than that example and feel a bit more like this....


Either way, I want to use some... now. Love it! What do you think?

Window seat inspiration

One of my favourite, under-utilised elements of my home is it's bay window. The house itself is a 1940s semi, and apart from this one redeeming feature at the front of the house, it's street appeal is rather "unappealing". So, what with all this building and upcycling I've been immersing myself in of late, I'm finding the itch to develop this corner into a more attractive and useful spot more and more difficult not to scratch.

Here are 3 stunning bay window seats that I'm drawing inspiration from. Mine is more like pictures 1&3 with the angled side panel windows rather than a squared cove which in my mind makes the job a bit harder, but slowly I'm feeling more confident about tackling the project, and have even downloaded some plans to build it. What I'm wondering though, is what's the best approach to using as a storage area? Should the top have a lifting lid under the cushion? Or should it have drawers accessible from the front? Or cupboards? I'd love to hear if you have one and what you love/hate about it most so I can design and hopefully build the best window seat possible. I mean, after all, this is no small project. If I'm going to tackle it, I want it to be perfect and arm myself with all of your experience... So... Tips people?



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Party Inspiration - The Very Hungry Caterpillar

As often as I find myself wishing time away - that my boys would be older and more self sufficient - I'm also grateful that time does march on at her own gentle pace and that I have plenty of kids parties to plan before this wonderful stage of my family's life is over.

And parties like this one, inspired by Eric Carle's famous childrens story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar that I found over at Little Sooti, are so inspirational! 








Mismatched lovely - Dining delight

Last weeks post Seating Splendour has been lingering with me ever since I found that lovely picture. This past week, I've been accumulating chairs at a rate only matched by those hoarders over in Bondi who keep turning up on the news. Seriously, I'm currenty in possession of 2 spindle backs, a set of 4 balloon backs, a couple of randoms I found on the street in a local hard rubbish collection - one is kind of folksy and the other is a danish Eames style... My husband is being very patient. I'll show them to you as they're done.

So with all this chair interest, I thought I'd delve into the coffers of more mismatched dining gorgeousness. It does seem to be a bit of a trend at the moment and is popping up everywhere (including in Team S&D's first room design on The Block).







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And in case you've forgotten, here's Sophie and Dales take on the style...




Tuesday tour

Today's tour is a stunning Melbourne home in the illustrious suburb of Albert Park. I stumbled across it over at Desire to Inspire, but there's an exciting fact to be known about this home... It's actually for sale, and by-golly-gosh-oh-goodness-me I'd love to be it's new owner. I think we'd be very happy together.

Here's the tour starting with the cute kids room...


And the rest of the place...





















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