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Friday
Nov112011

Progress report ... my bedroom

I was in a state of panic. My bedroom had been painted weeks ago and it was still in disarray. I had blog friends dropping in to visit and I knew they'd be going over everything with a fine tooth comb. Don't we all when we visit fellow bloggers? What if they opened the cupboard doors? Saw the mess?  OMG! Anyway back to the bedroom. I tidied, I hammered nails into walls and hung art, brought out knick knacks, put them away and found others, cursed that there were still two boxes in the big shed right at the back behind the old couch and I'm sure that's where the murano glass bowl was and I wanted it, needed it .... I was hyperventilating. Calm. A room in progress would have to do. My to do list includes sewing curtains, changing out the ugly fan lights on the ceiling, upholster that love seat not just drape a kilim, paint a large triptych for the wall above the bed, find that damn murano bowl and change the knick knacks over and over and over again :)  I can't believe that except for a couple of the larger pieces of art (two of which I didn't even get into shot), the screen (a student exhibition piece bought when I was at uni too many years ago) and the actual bed and basic bedding everything is thrifted, bought on eBay or Etsy. Oh the leather chairs were bought from a friend of a friend at a bargain price so does that count as a new buy? I needn't have worried. Anita and Katherine were too busy checking out my west german pottery and scandinavian bits and bobs to look in the cupboards.

Things I have learned from photographing my room? I'm going to paint those eye ball lamps. Not quite the right colour. Suggestions for new colour? Not sure if the fibreglass bedsides should stay white but my husband had them professionally sprayed for me and he'd kill me if I changed them. Need a better mirror cleaner if I'm going to do reverse mirror shots. Streaks!! And yes Kim I need a wide angle lens.

Friday
Nov042011

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!

Monday
Oct312011

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.

Sunday
Oct302011

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.

  

Saturday
Oct222011

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 :)