Progress on our Renovation

The renovation of our home in Sydney is starting to take shape. For many weeks we would visit the site on the weekend and look at a new hole in the ground.

Laundry Excavation

Then a few weeks later the holes were filled with cement. It seemed to take forever before anything interesting happened.

Laundry Foundations

My office was the first to take shape which was very exciting. I could start visualising myself working away in there.

Inside my new office

Still more weeks went bye as we reviewed our doors and window schedule and made our final selections. The architects had specified certain window sizes and we received a quote for those windows. However, we also sought a quote from another window supplier that we had seen at the Home Show many years ago and kept their flyer. This company provided windows in their own standard sizes. So we reviewed our schedule and worked out that if we went with the windows they could supply as standard sizes we would save about $5000.

Windows and Doors Schedule

The windows were very similar in measurements differing only by a few centimetres. I was thrilled because the money we have saved can now be redirected to putting window coverings in sooner, rather than later! It was an exhausting task checking all the measurements and visiting the supplier to make sure the quality was good and we were not scrimping now to suffer later. But all the windows have now been ordered and the extra time was well worth the effort.

Even the dogs checked out the new extensions

In the last two weeks, the floor has been laid on the bedroom extension and now the frame has gone up. My daughter had great fun on the weekend working out which of the two new bedrooms she would claim as her new room. So now she’s busy drawing up floor plans working out where her bed and desk and bookshelf will go.

Which bedroom will be best?

Once the frame is up you can get a really good indication of the size of the rooms and the layout. It’s so much easier that looking at the drawings.

Suddenly the renovations that have been six years in the planning are now very, very real.

Coco found a little hole she could poke her head through when she was banished to the front and we were out in the new renovations.

If you would like assistance with your home renovations, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Designer Office

I’m having a week in Brisbane this week. It’s school holidays so my daughter and I have escaped the cold weather to visit the family. The skies are blue and the sun is bright, just the way I like it. Although the mornings and evenings are a bit chilly, but not too bad for we Sydneyites.

Back home, at our house in Sydney, the concrete slabs have been poured for the office and the laundry. I’ve been redesigning my office as we have moved it’s location and therefore the layout is a little different from our original plan.

Pinterest is providing loads of inspiration. I am going to bring down my Grandparents old Breakfast Room Dining table and place it in my office. I want it in the middle of the room so I can lay out all my colours and tiles and fabrics on it when I’m putting together a scheme for a client. And I’ve found the perfect pendant light to hang above the table.

Wish I could wiggle my nose and be up to the part where the floor coverings and furniture is going in. Oh well, I guess it will come soon enough.

The Queensland Gift Fair starts tomorrow so I’m going to check it out while I’m here. Have a great weekend.

If you would like assistance choosing furniture and fittings for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

White Hot

An all white room usually leaves me cold. But I did a double take when I saw this study recently.


The all white room has been punched with colour bursts making the room so much more friendly and fun.

White Bedroom via Elle Decor

What about you? Do you like all white or loads of colour?

If you would like assistance choosing a colour scheme for your home, contact us for an online or in-person consultation.

Monkey Business

It’s been one thing after another with this wretched computer. We lost internet connection for two days and I could’ve sworn someone had chopped off my arm.

Anyway, it would appear everything is back to normal so no more monkey business.

We will resume normal postings tomorrow.

Thank you for your patience.


You’ve Got Mail

A number of clients have asked me lately to advise on placement of the computer.

These days most families have a computer….or two and most of the family use it……or them. From online shopping, paying household bills, children’s homework, researching the ideal household pet and running home businesses, the computer and a suitable workplace is one of the top priorities for most families.

The problem comes when we want ready access to the computer yet we don’t want it to dominate the living the space or be “pinging” away letting everyone know “you’ve got mail.”

This is probably the most popular image on the internet of a compact, yet stylish office.

Image via Kelly Green

It has everything required to undertake household officework. The idea that the door can be closed when someone is not actually working on the computer is a great bonus.

This is another take on the same theme.

Armoire via

The beauty of this one is that you can take it with you when you move houses.

Home Office Made Easy supply this unit which is practical though not as stylish as the above two.

Desk In A Cupboard

The kitchen is an ideal spot for a laptop. I keep all my recipes on the computer and having it right there in the kitchen would save paper and energy. I always find that things come to me as I’m peeling the vegetables and I down tools and rush off to send an email or look something up on the ‘net.

Image from Australian House and Garden

Image by Lucy Interior Design

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Either way you look at it, the computer is here to stay and having it close at hand where everyone can use it makes alot of sense.

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