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Morning sun

The painting is done ... sort of. The painter, after doing an excellent job with the rest of the house, painted the window trims in the living room, dining room and third bedroom the wrong colour. White not the same colours as each room. In this room then the windows were to be brown gloss. Going with my idea of matt and gloss in the same colour for each room. Painted, finished quickly, left the bill on the table and skedaddled to his next job. One more tradesman to sort out. Never mind. I now have 6 months off to repaint them. We decided to do it properly and sprang the sash windows from the frames, sanded smooth and now I need to paint. That's the reason I only took photos of this corner. I have no windows in any other shots. We also decided to seal the walls inside the old cedar cupboards. The painter did not do this. In all fairness we hadn't thought to ask him but now realise that if we have prepped all the rest of the walls for any future damp problems it was a little silly not to at least seal the insides of these cupboards as well. Hence no photos towards the fireplace as the cupboards are in pieces to reach the back walls within. They came apart surprisingly easily. Let's just hope they go back in just as easily.

The sofa is vintage. Fibreglass and leather designed by Robin Gibson for the Queensland Art Gallery in the late 70s, early 80s. (More about how I found it here.) The beni ouarain rug was a splurge but I love it. The tribal pieces are Papuan New Guinean and African that I have collected over the years. The hand chair is from Bali. At the moment these are lumped together in the corner until I figure out their final homes. The pine chest of drawers I got on eBay and must finish stripping the last paint off it. The cane drum table was another thrift store find. The kilim pillow is from eBay. Most of the accessories are thrift store finds. There is a long wooden bench running along the wall behind the sofa. Another eBay score (thanks Katherine). Soon it will hold stacks of books, a lamp, some large art leaning against the wall at the other end. Maybe I'll put one of my framed vintage bus rolls there. I need to paint a large colourful piece of art for the wall behind the hand. Something to bring in oranges and pinks, a touch of red. There will be linen curtains on the windows when I have windows again. Lots of things on the to-do list but I guess it will never be finished as I arrange and re-arrange. That's half the fun!


20% off

Did a quick run to IKEA today to check out some storage, buy a few things I didn't need, lust after a couple of kilims and hatch plans about how to use the goose feather pillow inserts. Saw this on the way and just had to take a snap. Or should that be snip. I wonder if you get 20% off the price or only 80% of the job done. Tickled my fancy anyway.


What a grown man finds seriously sexy

An ice maker fridge. That's what my husband finds seriously sexy when it comes to the home decor side of things. He went and bought this without telling me. Always a life threatening action. To his credit he bought a stainless steel fridge and although I think it is huge I have definitely seen larger. Oh the double entendres that spring to mind. You may notice that it still has its stickers and protective plastic in place. Hell we haven't taken it off its styrofoam base yet. The reason why is that this big bad puppy has to fit in that seemingly tiny space. My blind husband has measured and bought. I have measured after the fact and I pray. It will fit but only after the plumber comes to remove that old hot water system. It is attached to the wood burning stove in the kitchen and apparently still works but the height necessitates a tiny fridge if it stays or that horror of home decorating, the fridge in other living area scenario. It's going. New fridge is moving in. Plumbing is there waiting to go. Now that's a bonus. Looks like I might have to splash some paint around before the plumber comes. That's what it looks like behind the fridge when you haven't cleaned for 150 years :) Gotta fly. Say a prayer that the blind guy got his measurements right.



My husband wants to buy me this ...

... and I want to be sensible and save the money for something boring like an electrician or a rainy day. Not the chair but the large venetian mirror on the right. It's from my friend Kerrie's shop ES Traders. (Yes Anita it's the one you took a photo of so long ago. Kerrie's website is still under construction. I've set her up a blog. Just one test post so far but I'll let you know when you can see all her gorgeous stock and meet the fabulous Ms Kerrie as well.) Back to the mirror. I love it. It's a good price considering how extravagant it would be. But it is too tall for over the mantlepiece in the living room and my walls are so old and crumbling I'm afraid to hang it. It's not quiet tall enough to lean elegantly against a wall (I think). I thought maybe I could go for a smaller one but they look a bit too small for the spot above the fire. I could lean it on a dresser/credenza but now I'm thinking about my entrance hall. I want. I want. I want. I want to be sensible maybe. I'll let you know how it pans out.

P.S. Don't you love the chocolate walls. Great minds think alike :)


A view of my office


I haven't had much of a chance to move things into their final homes at the new old house. Rooms are sadly jumbled or empty. I'm swamped with work. I've been unwell ... again. I have a couple of very exciting projects on the boil and I'm tired. So tired. The good news is that things will definitely change for the better in two weeks time. I've been keeping it very quiet until it was closer to the time but I'm taking 6 months leave from my government job. Yippee!!!!! Time for myself. Time to get better. Time to create and blog and scheme and enjoy life! But boo! My income will drop at first but that's why I am scheming and planning and looking into new business opportunities. Yippee! Expensive renos are on hold for at least 6 months. Boo! No new light fittings for the living and dining rooms. Boo! But time for myself again. Yippee!

Just a little sneak peek at my office reversed in a mirror I popped on my orange cupboard then started loading on some (yes just some) of my west german pottery. Maybe I'll swap it out for the white ones or the brown ones or the green ones. How about the blue collection? Maybe I'll be able to take better photos soon. Maybe after I go on leave, catch up on sleep, get well, take a deep breath and start enjoying life again. You won't be able to stop me then!