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Dining room before

Another week has passed and I still seem to be drowning in boxes. Half the furniture is still to arrive (long story) so we are making do. There is some movement forward though. The first painter is coming next week to quote on the interior. I don't even want to think about the exterior yet. The conservation architect is due in the next few days too. I have quite a few ideas to run by him ;) Today's video is of the dining room and peek towards the third bedroom which will become Kelvin's office (more next week). Thinking white walls for the dining room with a fab 80s glass table and some funky chairs. Maybe multiple bare frame lampshades hanging from the ceiling and one huge art piece for the longest wall. The office will be dark and cave like with a gentlemen's club meets eccentric artist vibe. (You can read more of my ideas here.) I managed to video the entire house before most of the "stuff" arrived and will be posting one each weekend until I have some afters to show. I need to make myself a strong cup of tea and run a hot shower. I'm dusty and sore from lugging furniture upstairs. Don't you hate it when the bookcase is 2cm too big to fit beside the fireplace?

The blurry befores with the previous owner's things. The lighting is low in these rooms and my hand unsteady but you get the idea.



Update - Kelvin doesn't want the third bedroom as an office. He just wants a space at the end of the breezeway. You'll see that next week. Looks like the third bedroom is now the guest room for Kim and Jeff. Should I still paint it Oreo brown or a dark dark black blue?


The living room ... before

Welcome to my living room. There isn't much that needs to be done here. Paint ... white I think. New light ... a Gino Sarfatti 2097-30 by Flos is high on my wish list. New curtains. A rug for the floor because the tiles will have to stay for a loooooooong time and move the furniture in and hang the artwork. Done. Any bets on if I'll still be unfinished by Christmas ... next year?


The beginning of the befores

I managed to shoot video before most of my crap furniture arrived. Kim hounded me and I'm actually glad I did it. This first video is just a taste of my "front" door positioned at the side of the house. It opens onto the staircase and leads you down to an entry space or up to the bedrooms. Tomorrow I've got the living room walk through scheduled to publish here instead of WINKS or a reading list. Wish me luck for tomorrow. It's the last day of the move. Then the fun really begins!



I bought a videocam and I have no house to shoot

Kim wanted video of my new old house. "It will help me understand the layout." So I bought a Sony Handycam. (I actually wanted a kilim but Kim insisted!) Today was going to be spent taking photos, shooting video, measuring and drawing up floor plans. Ha! That never happened. (Read about it here.) So we went to breakfast instead, saw cafe friends for probably the last time, visited the local thrift shops for one last treasure hunt and came home to more packing. BUT ... the handycam works a treat. Here are two quick test shoots. The first is at the cafe's kitchen entrance where Mickey insists on waiting to chance his luck with stray flying pieces of bacon. That's Stix, the best chef around! You can also hear Kelvin's voice. His is sooooooooo Australian (nasal). And shit I don't really sound like that. I'm sure my voice is deeper, sexier.

And if that isn't bad enough friends at the cafe said Mickey looked like Barbra Streisand. Well that lead to the obvious next step ....

At last Kim you get to hear my voice. Perhaps I'll go back to silence now ;)


What's been happening this week ... besides packing

Mickey got his work ID badge this week. Each day he takes the train to work with Kelvin at the bank. That's him waiting at the railway station. Such a diligent employee. He gets to the office, checks out the staff he oversees, plays with his toys, sleeps, hoovers the floor of any food scraps and once even quality tested some sausage rolls he found hiding in an employee's handbag. (He said they tasted great but needed sauce.)

Notice that like every one of us his ID photo is most unflattering. He thinks he looks like a dork. Why couldn't it be as good as the top one? He thinks he looks handsome but world weary in the top one. Co-worker Andrea took this photo of Mickey hard at work herding crocodiles and supervising employees. It is a little known fact that soft toy crocodiles are in plague proportions in Australian banks.

Andrea also included some of her own pets. "I've also been trying to get some pics for your pets on furniture section on your website, but so far, have only managed the other couple of attached pics.  The bike is a Yamaha Big Bear, 350cc Quadbike and the cats are Mumma Puss (brown, yellow) and her daughter Smoky (cream, brown).  I'm still trying to catch the goat kids and lambs in the appropriate places, but they seem to be rather alert and a bit camera shy on the topic ... if I can manage some kids in the wheelbarrow, would that qualify?  It's an old Council wheelbarrow, and has certainly done some 'miles' in it's life.  Will keep trying." Mickey confided in me that these two girls scare the bejesus out of him. Big tough biker cats! He just hopes they don't start work along side Andrea!

Here's a pic of Mickey at breakfast this morning. Kelvin had headed into the office today but Mickey decided to spend his Saturday morning naked (no harness) under the cafe table, chatting to friends and eating bacon.

He had hoped for a leisurely day watching me pack and taking the occasional nap. Unfortunately it has been rather noisy here because of a couple of war birds buzzing the burbs. We live near an army barracks. Today they are practicing troop pick ups and drop offs (I'm sure there is a technical term for it). They really creep me out. I keep imaging what it must be like to see and hear these in a war situation. Funny thing is we are moving away from an army barracks to a city with one of Australia's largest air force bases. So more helicopters. And definitely fighter jets. Fun! Back to the packing :)