Displaying posts from November, 2008

What’s cooking in the 70s?

Posted on Mon, 17 Nov 2008 by midcenturyjo

Perfect timing for a retro kitchen post. Kim has reached the stage with her kitchen renovation where she loves her new kitchen more than she hates her contractor. Today’s retro inspirations are from The Australian Kitchen, by Babette Hayes, Cassell Australia, 1979. I used to feel that kitchens like these dated a modern home but look closely and there are great ideas and a look that is perfect for those who choose not to have the cherrywood and granite dream.

And the winner is…

Posted on Mon, 17 Nov 2008 by KiM

In September we posted about this contest held by Material Girls blog and Swank Lighting. Well, the winners have been announced here on Swank Lighting’s blog. What great entries, and congrats to the winners!! Below is the first place winner, a design board made by Joshua for Big Bird’s big city nest.

Christmas at 2Modern

Posted on Sun, 16 Nov 2008 by KiM

I know, I know, I hate to break it to you all, but it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. And if you’re lacking in ideas, go have a look at 2Modern‘s gift shop. They have it divided up in sections – for the pet, for the kid, for the cook and many more, and also by price. I went through their “for the trendsetter” section and LOVE what they’ve got as suggestions. Here are some of my favourites – click on each photo to see details.

Playing hookie on a Saturday

Posted on Sat, 15 Nov 2008 by midcenturyjo

I’m a bad bad girl. I’ve run away from my computer and set up camp in a luxury apartment on Hastings St, Noosa for the weekend. This holiday town is a couple of hours north of Brisbane and the perfect place for seven co-workers to leave their cares behind, kick off their shoes, take in the view and open several bottles of Australian wine. So I’m not writing a winks this weekend. I’m not doing a reading guide. I’m enjoying the company of my workmates and friends and leaving the stress of my “real” day job behind. To make up for my tardiness I thought I’d share this holiday apartment for sale in Noosa. Just down the road from where I am at the moment. Not quite my style but you can’t fault the location! Ocean, national park and holiday hot spot. If you’re standing where the rocks are in the top picture I’m further down the beach. All I can say is thank goodness for Blogger’s advance publishing option! Cheers!

Images from realestate.com.au

Awaiting the cabinets

Posted on Fri, 14 Nov 2008 by KiM

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 more demolition and some of the progress with the walls going back up and plumbing/electrical. Now for some final sketches Greentea created for me and some decisions I’ve made.

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my cabinets – and today is the big day! This is about 2 weeks later than initially scheduled, but when you they are coming from the other side of the world, you need to factor in the possibility of issues arising on their way over. The delay in my cabinets was due to the Olympics, as they were held up at a port due to extra security. Totally understandable. Then Greentea contacted me to let me know that my cabinets were arriving a bit earlier than anticipated and if they could be delivered on the 6th of this month. I panicked initially. I knew the construction in my kitchen would not be completed by the 6th and because my house is so small, I would have nowhere to store the cabinets in the meantime. I asked them if it were possible for them to be delivered on the 14th instead, which would give my contractor and myself enough time to complete the space enough to be able to put the cabinets in place. (Turns out I am barely able to make this happen). The guys at Greentea were more than happy to hang on to the cabinets until I was ready to receive them. Unexpected things can happen but they are able to work with their customers to solve issues like the timing of shipments and such. I am so grateful they were accomodating because my house would be in complete chaos otherwise. This has been such an awesome experience dealing with Greentea and I’ve got to give them props for this. They couldn’t be nicer and I’m going to be very proud to have what I know will be a stunning kitchen.

Ok, enough of the warm and fuzzies. Mike, who’s a whiz at sketching up kitchens, sent me some final sketches of my kitchen and I was SO excited to see what the finished product will look like. It’s one thing to have an idea in your head but to see it with all the finishing touches is amazing. I love technology! Greentea’s ability to do sketches is a fabulous feature that is incredibly helpful for their clients, especially those who are new to renovations and designing a kitchen (like me). So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to what will be my new kitchen!

To see more, click HERE.