Thursday, 2 October 2014

Friday finds

Be still my beating heart, how I love beautiful quirky chidren's illustrations and art. If you have not heard or seen the work by Schmooks by now you are probably missing out.  

The artist behind Schmooks, Claire Cimbora is based in Canberra and is also a mama of three. Her work is whimsical and timeless full or quirky characters and magic.

ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a little girl who loved rabbits and kites and pink and all the enchantments of childhood. That little girl grew into an adult but her heart continues to pitter-patter with the wonders of make-believe.

A few months back I shared a image of one of their new wall decals on instagram





These are perfect for a serene and calming nursery or play area for your small people. Made without vinyl they have a lovely fabric texture and can me moved and re-positioned without damaging the walls or falling apart.

For those who are not a fan of decals, Schmooks also have a growing range of completely darling prints which can also be customised to suit your decor.








Then there are these beauties...



When I was a little girl I had a pair of Clarks magic steps *** If you have no idea what I am talking about you can see a very vintage ad for them here)*** as soon as I saw these pendants it took me straight back to being a little girl, those shoes with the hidden picture on the sole and the wonder and excitement of a magical secret world.

I ordered one as soon as they came out for one of my good friends and it was as beautiful in real life as in the pictures.

If you want to have a look at more of this beautiful range you can find the Schmooks shop here or to read more about Claire and her work you can visit here

Dani x

**All image credits to Schmooks www.schmooks.com.au

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

My camera isn't broken...

IMG credit Studio Bomba instagram

After having a DSLR camera for a few years, I am completely embarrassed to admit I have NO IDEA how to use it. So finally after so many feeble attempts to use it in manual mode armed with online info graphics and cheat sheets galore and still just not getting it I gave up.

Then a few months back one of my gorgeous friends suggested we enrol in a workshop Studio Bomba in Perth was running on getting out of auto mode and into manual  run by the very talented Angela Higgins and I jumped at the chance to learn what the hell I was doing wrong.

This is not a joke, but an actual attempt I made to use my camera in manual mode... so very very bad.


Turns out it was a lot! 

No big surprise there but it's taught me that I am very much a hands on learner. As I read a text on how to do something, no matter how interested I am in the subject my eyes start to glaze over and my mind starts wandering.... I wonder what I'll cook for dinner.... 

The best bit about our class was that Angela is not some hardcore classical photographer we could never aspire to be, she is actually self taught so I instantly felt at ease. Everything was approached in an easy to understand way that made so much sense to me. 

There is actually a point here aside from telling you how hipster I am participating in Studio Bomba workshops... Just bear with me here

After years of not knowing how to do something, something I actually really wanted to know how to do. I put myself out there and took a class on it. Now I know. 

It was so simple I'm not sure what was holding me back for so long. So now I'm not an expert, my photos are a bit s**t still BUT they are already better and I know they will get even better the more I practice.

Like I said NOT perfect but oh so much better.


So that's it, that's my point.

If there is something you want to learn go and find a class and learn it! Wishing you knew more really doesn't do a whole lot.

-Dani
Xo

P.s if you are in Perth and a bit if a crafty type Studio Bomba has some great day workshops you might be interested in their schedule is HERE and if you can't see any give them a call!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Friday finds

I won't try and deny it, I am unashamedly a shopping junkie in store, online wherever it's all good. I have however been TRYING to curb my habit to save a bit of the moolah for our house. So in the meantime there is no harm in just looking and maybe sharing my favorite fines
with my readers... right ???

Hidden in among the fever that is replica furniture these days, there are some incredible furniture designers out there bringing us new, creative and irresistible designs. My latest loves are for Redfoxandwilcox  two kiwi chicks over east making beautiful furniture like this...







There are options of steel frame colours, dimensions and top material (wood, marble or glass) and that's not even the best bit...

They also can make custom made dining and hall table tops in some really exciting and beautiful custom designs.





You can pick your choice of legs...



Or if you already have your own table top, you can purchase these cool hairpin legs on their own.

I strongly suspect that once we have recovered from this home renovation one of these might be sneaking its way into our home.

Before you start feeling all sad and think that these are insanely expensive they are not (the freight over to WA isn't obscene either) Did I mention they are also made from recycled wood to??

To see some more of their custom work not on their webpage you should definitely go and visit their Facebook page.

Cool affordable design AND green friendly for the win!


Dani
x

P.S I was not PAID for this post, nor did I receive any goods to do so, my opinions are purely my own - I just think hooray for lady furniture makers doing cool stuff you should know about. 

Monday, 22 September 2014

Bathroom tile selection

Clearly I must be mad, in the past few weeks I have gone not once but twice to tile shops with the small fries in tow. Not to say my madness wasn't without method as I have finally picked our tiles!

I have been to so many tile shops over the past 6 months I am a walking encyclopedia of where to find what in Perth and although I had a rough idea of what I wanted, it was harder than I thought to find it.

We really wanted to create a more grown up bathroom that still flowed nicely with the rest if the house so I wanted something that will look good against the polished concrete and wood veneer.

These images have been in my inspiration file for some time.


IMG source - The Interiors addict (from previous seasons of the Block)

For the longest time I was set on having dark tiles on the walls and floor. The en-suite has only one small high window so I had assumed it would be a dark room and felt that we should go with it and go for that dark moody feel. 

It turns out our building designer knew what she was doing and that smallish north facing window actually lets in a lot more light than I had ever imagined. Still set on my original design plan for our dark moody bathroom I found some beautiful charcoal hexagons  that so happened to be insanely expensive at over 250$ a square metre. We are tiling up to 2.2mtrs so it was just not going to happen.

I was so certain that I still didn't want white tiles on the walls because it would be boring but then I came across this beautiful bathroom on Instagram. It is from a Perth designer Susie Q


You can find SusieQ design on Instagram right here and I highly recommend you do for more photos of her 
lovely and stylish home. (thanks for letting me share your photos!)

I really like the visual interest of the penny rounds with the round mirror its far from boring and looks so clean crisp and fresh. She also made mention of Myaree tiles and I am so glad she did. If you are in Perth and looking for the kind of tiles you find in magazines, this is the place you won't be disappointed by their selection. So after a few trips back and forth I finally made the decision to go with these tiles
Matte rectified charcoal tiles for the floor, matte white rectified tiles for the main walls and matte white hexagons as a feature for the main shower wall and vanity wall. The wood sample hanging out right there will be our vanity top.** I would also like to make a public statement that I have been looking at the matte type tiles long before the judges on the block said that Matte is what is "in" I'm just completely stylish and in the know (haha) Rectified tiles are more expensive to lay than traditional tiles as it is more complex but they just look so damn good I couldn't didn't want too compromise (sorry hubs)This week we have had some tilers come round to quote on the job so we should have someone to start in the next few weeks. We had planned on tiling ourselves to save some money but that went right out the window when I insisted on rectified tiles. Ultimately we would both rather bite the bullet and pay the pros to do the skilled jobs and get a perfect end result than DIY and be disappointed in the end.Just so I am not keeping you in the dark, here is a bit of an ugly photo of our new en-suite looking from the powder room back into the room. To the left under the bulk-head we will install a floating vanity and directly below the window is our shower which will be tiled with the hexagons.

Tiles and bathrooms aside, things are moving along really well and I can't wait to share some more progress photos with you folks later this week. It is looking much more like a home these days not a lump on blue board and steel.I also found out that my building designer Cherie has finally launched her website. If you are in Perth and you like what we are doing you can find her here www.designpitch.com.au So what do you think? Would you ever have a bathroom tiled in all dark tiles or are you a white and bright fan? Did you get to pick your bathroom tiles or did you inherit someone else's good (or terrible) taste?Dani xo






























Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Project owner build- almost lock-up

In my last blog post I talked about our window and door choices. Being owner builders and having this project stretch on for as long as it has, there were times I thought this might never happen but guess what?? They are 99% in! I also happen to think they look kind of amazing.

The house now has all the wiring, plumbing and wall insulation installed ready for internal gyprock. 

The pressure was on a bit with the hubs my little bro and brother in law (who all happen to to be sparkies) as due to the skillion roof there will be no crawl space between the ceiling and roof which means there is no room for error. If we need a PowerPoint moved or an additional light it is wall tearing off business. That means we sorta need to get it right first time round.. Fingers crossed 

Now back to the real point of my post, the progress shots so you have have a snoop.

black framed windows
Looking back to our alfresco area, the original ceiling line on the driveway side has been modified to hide some ugly steel work but also to incorporate some down lighting and extractor rangehood for an outdoor kitchen (we will one day be able to afford). We are planning to replace the rustic concrete pavers and black plastic with recycled brick in the near future.

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Doors to the left enter into our dining area and are waiting on some security/fly screens to be fitted hopefully next week.

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Looking into our dining area which has a really great view of the yard

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You may have seen this if you follow my instagram account (only in an artists impression version) this is so exciting for us to see our vision coming into reality. This is the view looking from the new lounge area onto our kitchen and dining.

polished concrete

Standing at the threshold of our old house and looking through to the main living space. Too my left is our new laundry (see below) and to the right is a walk-through powder room into our en-suite bathroom. 

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Sorry about the ugly picture to finish off but I thought it deserved a mention. I am standing at the new laundry/shoppers entrance looking through to our powder room and ensuite (behind the far back wall is our new walk in wardrobe). This is where our old ugly sleep out once stood with the creepy old laundry. I can scarcely believe it is the same place! You have see how it once looked right here...

So that't it for now! I'm quite happy with the progress and how things are moving along. This month we will see our gyprock internal walls go up, the doorway for our walk in robe knocked through, our kitchen get installed and if we keep to schedule those concrete floors may just get polished (no pressure Mr DD).

What do you think? As always if you have any questions for me in regards to trades, processes or recommendations you are welcome to drop me a line via the comments below or if your shy an email!

Dani x 



Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Project Owner build- windows and doors

One of the biggest questions of the past few weeks has been the door and window frames and what colour to make them. It seems like a relatively minor issue but really when you get down to it the windows and doors are a huge part of this particular project and the way they look will impact the overall style and feel of the space. The pressure is kinda on..

I have had these images floating about the place for a while as different options.





Image credits 1. 2. & 3. via www.realestate.com.au from several years ago (although you can find more images of the gorgeous first house via House-Nerd in a feature post
4. The Design Chaser whom you can also find via Instagram

As well as the image I shared in my last blog post HERE with another example of grey/stainlesss windows.

They really do have a different feel and create totally different looks.

After sleepless nights about it (yeah I know that's a lame thing to lose sleep over) we have decided to go with black frames..

The windows and doors are a pretty big ticket item in the build so we feel like black will really make them a big feature. After spotting Michelle from the Design Chaser's home on Instagram, I was completely sold on black frames (although our style isn't as sophisticated and refined as hers). Our main design ideas for this part of the house is to create a relaxed family space with lots of texture, some bright pops of colour and has a bit of an cool industrial feel to it as well stand to take the rough and tumble that comes with having very active small people.

Initial quotes were based on our architectural drawings followed up by a more specific quote now the frames are up with a measure of the window and door frames and site inspection.

What we weren't expecting was the price difference between the quotes. The first quote through a big company was around $8,000 the second bigger company and third smaller company  were both around the $28,000 mark one including installation the other not. 

My top tips for deciphering the quotes and making a decision are

  • Always ensure you are being quoted on the correct product. If you are not sure ask to be shown a sample and talk to your architect or building designer.
  • Do your own research and decide on what you want and how you expect it to look.
  • Make sure to compare apples with apples. Each quote needs to include install, the same type of windows and doors (or comparative) 
  • Check out local businesses. They may not always be cheaper but there is a convenience factor that comes from your supplier traveling a short distance to you.
  • Ask about and compare warranty and product guarantees. 
  • Get a time frame from them, this can influence your decision if you are trying to keep things moving along or fit to a deadline. 
  • Get them out to your site to take a measure and offer you a more comprehensive quote.

We have opted to go through the local smaller company for several reasons. The first being they quoted us on what we had requested straight up so there was no confusion. They were also able to suggest an alternate product that was of comparable quality but with a saving of 8-10% on the bigger name branding. Finally and quite importantly they were prompt efficient and professional, something that we always look for in considering our trades and suppliers.

We had our window suppliers round this morning to do the final measure now everything is up and they will be back later this week to start installing them so we will see very soon how our decision has worked out (keep your fingers crossed)

In the meantime here is another quick peak of how we are coming along


You can see our lovely makeshift windows along the top wall made from old scraps of pergola roofing, while unique and a big statement, they will be replaced with our new black frames....

The open expanse to the left of this photo is where we will have our stacking doors opening onto the alfresco (our paving is also a temporary measure to keep the dirt down).

Have you designed a new build or renovation? Did you obsess over every detail too? Or are you planning/ dreaming of a build soon and keep collections of images of homes you love? I am sure it's normal but would love to hear it from you!

Dani x



Monday, 28 July 2014

Mad Monday

Do you ever have one of those mornings that just seems to get a bit mad?? I'm sure you have, and what else can you do but take a deep breath, laugh and crack open the red wine.

We are right in the part of our build where we (I ) need to make choices about the fixtures and fittings and although I realistically have had ages to plan for them, I really wasn't aware of the schedule of when they were all needed. I was completely unorganised  this morning our plumber turned up and casually mentioned that he needed our bathroom tapware and mixers today (this is where you picture me doing a panicked screammy face)

This was followed by a rushed dash out the door with the two small fries, in the rain to the nearest Reece plumbing centre where the plumber was also going. The plan here was that we would be putting the tapware on his trade account so we got the trade discount... This was the Reece plumbing centre that happened to NOT have any bathroom tapware....

Back out to the car in the RAIN and a drive across town to the main showroom in Osborne park. It wasn't supposed to be more than a quick trip around the corner so I was completely caught out without any car snacks for the kiddos. Ally was not impressed and screamed most of the way.

Over at Reece I picked out the tapware, shower and mixers I wanted they were gorgeous and was feeling pretty good about it until the shop assistant mentions it's a 7-10 day wait for the products I wanted (and this is where you picture me doing my panicky crying face) 

F....M.....L (pardon my French)

They had an alternative tap and mixer set that fit our needs in stock scattered across a few different stores but I just wasn't feeling it. It was more expensive than the one I wanted and not as pretty so I thought I might chance Masters and have a look what they have in stock.

How to entertain a three year old in the bathroom shop? Give her official shower testing duties of course


A baby screaming car ride later we were back on our side of town at masters looking at the tapware. It wasn't much in terms of the style we are going for (apparently basins with taps from the wall are not popular around these parts) but the good news is that they did have some that I can happily live with and they worked out cheaper than the Reece ones I didn't really like so I'm calling it a semi win. The hubs is also happy I didn't spend up as much as I could have.

In the end the plumber didn't get round to fitting the mixers today

F.ML....

On a more positive note, our roof is on, most of our walls are up AND I got to meet with a lovely interior designer today I was recommended via Maya from House Nerd. Not that I think I struggle to find things l like but sometimes I do struggle to put it all together in a cohesive way as I like so many things and so many different styles. Plus I was completely unsure about how to tile our bathroom and not make it look cheesy or like a boring display home.. 

Jo-Anne is perth based and you can find her HERE... I decided to go with her for after seeing her own beautiful abode and knowing she was a mum of young children she would completely "get it" in terms of practicality and functionality.

I'm excited to see what she comes up with and has already made some great suggestions that have my head buzzing with ideas.

If you skimmed all the stuff I just wrote because it wasn't funny/ good or interesting enough for you in the very least take note of the important (possibly obvious) lesson I have learnt today.....

If you are building or renovating your home,

make sure all the fixtures and fittings are purchased well in advance......


Maybe not before you put a concrete pad or stumps down but the sooner you decide on the fixtures and fittings and you have them in your hot little hands the more likely you are to avoid the situation I endured in the car today.

With another week down and a new one just beginning this is what our build looks like right now...



Doesn't it look cool?!! That window to the left is where our dining room will be and the open area to the right will all be stacking doors onto an alfresco area. The far inside black doorway you can see is the original French doors to the old part of the house.

Oh and the finished house wont be blue in case your wondering that's just the cladding..

Dani x
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