Come on in. The cottage looks promising. The yard is a little overgrown and the frangipani is putting out it's first leaves. I'm sure it will be green and lush soon. Is anyone home? Lovely living areas and simple serene bedrooms. Kitchen is cute. What's down there? A little grey studio but we can't get in. Is that the water? Oh and a boathouse with a jetty. Open the door.... WOW! The house is lovely but I would be happy just sitting here forever, glass of white wine in hand perhaps some cheese. Sometimes I hate real estate stalking when it's not for real. House for sale on Dangar Island in the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney - from my usual stalking ground realestate.com.au. (And here's the link while it lasts.)
I am blogging my entire kitchen renovation from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, and I'm taking care of the rest.
If you'd like to be brought up to date, check out my kitchen remodel blog for an archive of previous posts. I posted recently about the removal of the old kitchen, and now for more demolition and work begun by my contractor.
Once my boyfriend and I removed the old cabinets and tile floor, the contractor started his work. And of course as it always goes with an old house, there was more work than originally anticipated. And it probably didn't help that I added a little project (ummm, not that little) onto the ever growing list of things that needed to be completed before the cabinets arrive.
I've got to start by talking about the amazing discoveries on the walls behind the drywall and wood panelling. I have never seen so many layers of wallpaper and newspaper in one space. We all got a really good laugh out of that. My boyfriend counted 15 different wallpapers on one chunk he removed.
When we discovered newspaper on the walls behind the wallpaper, I was excited to see how old it was and if there were any dates visible. When I bought this house the age was not disclosed and all I got was the inspector's guess that it was about 90 years old. I did find one date, and although the builders may have used old newspapers they had stashed away, it is amazing to think that this house was built so long ago.
So once the kitchen was stripped bare of all the drywall and the plywood removed from the floor, the contractor got to work on levelling the floor. This was a crucial step as the cabinets would have been on a really obvious slant. The contractor nailed down new thinner plywood over the floorboards (the floorboards were in too much of a rough shape to have skipped this layer), then added strips of wood which he used to level another thin layer of plywood. This will mean that the kitchen floor will be higher than the living room floor but there's nothing I can do about it, and with the floors painted the same colour throughout it won't be that noticeable that there is a little step up into the kitchen.
During the process of removing all the drywall, conversations were had about the wall covering the staircase. I was concerned that it would be a tight fit having a table down the center of the space and trying to get around it with people seated there. Before the demo I took my desk out of my office (which would be a similar width) and we tried it in the kitchen. In the photo below you can see a bit of the wall in question on the left side. On the right there is a little brown rug that shows the depth of the cabinets.
If you'd like to see what I decided to do with the wall (a HUGE success) and more of the construction in preparation for the cabinets, click HERE.
Comfortable luxurious living. Isn't that what we all crave? New York based interior design firm Foley & Cox create homes that are just that. Both Mary Foley and Michael Cox worked for Polo/Ralph Lauren and even though you can see influences here their style is more about what the client wants not what the trends are. Rooms are serene and casually elegant, classic with a refined aesthetic.
One of my new favourite sites is The Selby, created by photographer Todd Selby who photographs the homes of artists, models, designers, musicians...pretty much any creative person with a cool pad. They are completely authentic spaces that appear to be left in their 'normal' states for the camera. As much as I love a beautifully styled photograph, it's so much fun to see how people really live.
London-based interior designer Rose Uniacke has the most incredible sense of style. It's all about glamour, but with a lived-in, comfortable feel. Using mainly strong neutrals with rich textures and fabrics, it's a striking look that is sure to please all tastes. Many of the photos below are of her own unique (and totally fabulous) home.