Archive for January, 2016

Bathroom Renovation – Inspiration Pictures – Part Two

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

The previous post featured my Pinterest Pins, but ohhh my do I love Instagram? Yes, Yes I do. So let’s look at my screen shots!

I love this mirror. I would like a medicine cabinet that is recessed with a door like this. A metal frame with a shadow. Where would I find this?? Or just a mirror like this that I could attached to a medicine cabinet?

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Horizontal light above the metal framed mirror.

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63 weeks – STALKER. Bahahhah

I like the small square undermount basin. Has been hard to track one down. Everything is OVERSIZED!

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Herringbone floor! Subway tiles and capping/dado tiles. Except this is inverted. Marble on the bottom and white capping tile.

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Oh heaven! I love this bathroom! This is the tiling I would like to do. Large format marble subaway tiles on the bottom. Capping/dado tile and then smaller tiles on top (except mine will be plain white subway and white capping tile) Medicine cabinet. Horizontal art deco style light above mirror.

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Horizontal light above metal framed mirror.

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Wall mounted art deco taps (just not on the mirror) Undermount basin. Grey vanity. I like the wall treatment. VJ, Beadboard I don’t know what it is called. I was going to do this, but then I thought it was just getting too busy. I LOVE that wall light. Ralph Lauren do one, but too expensive for me.

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I do like that wall treatment. . .  What is it. The stripe wall thingo?? I do like it. . . Part of me says to keep it a bit contemporary. . . hmmm.

I’ll return with the tiles I have short listed, the taps/fittings I like and my plans.

Bathroom Renovation – Inspiration Pictures – Part One

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Next up in our house is a bathroom renovation.

If we were to sell tomorrow, we would have to renovate the bathroom prior. At this stage we are not looking at selling.

In the shower the tiles have come loose and water is getting behind them and soaking into the wardrobe of our bedroom. I had to toss most of my shoes as they grew mould.

We got 2 quotes on just replacing the tiles in the shower area. Then the tiles would be different and the whole thing would look worse than to begin with. We decided to just bite the bullet and redo the bathroom, which was on the list of things to do already.

As soon as I got the green light from hubby, I was off like a rocket. PINNING to my heart’s content.

Here is a look at some of my pins.

All image credits can be found here –


This is very similar to what we are going for. Dark floor tiles. Marble wall tiles. Vanity that touches are half wall to the shower. A bench in the shower. A horizontal light above the mirror. A window in the shower area.


What I am on the hunt for – capping tiles. I really dislike how they finished the subway tiles in this picture. It looks unfinished. I like the vanity though. Simple.


Similar again to the layout I would like in our bathroom. Vanity that touches the shower half wall. Capped with marble slab. Recessed medicine cabinet.


I have decided on 75mm x 300mm charcoal tiles to do a herringbone floors. But I do like this medium grey as well.


Bench in shower capped with a marble slab. And a concealed niche. Art above the toilet.


Vanity that touches the shower half wall. Horizontal light above the mirror. Window in the shower area. Marble wall tiles.


Stone slab capping on the shower half wall. 2 different size wall tiles. Diverter, slide bar hand held shower, wall mounted shower head. Dado capping tile.


Dark floor tiles. Capping tiles to border the window in the shower.


The tiles I have chosen for the floor aren’t as long as these ones and not as shiny, but I am digging the herringbone.


This is elba marble slab.


Dark herringbone tiles.


Vanity touches the shower inclosure. Bench in shower.


Vanity with marble slab. Touches the shower half wall. Bench in shower. 2 different wall tiles. Stone capping on shower walls.


Wall of bright shiny white subway tiles!!! And the tiling doesn’t go to the roof and is finished with a capping tile.


Capping tile.


Small window in shower area which has been tiled.


This is pretty close to what our space will look like. Marble tiles on the bottom part. Capping tile (except we will have white capping/dado tiles as capping tiles in marble to match our marble is not a product that is made) Then smaller scale white subway tiles above.



This is the real estate listing picture. The greenish wall paint has all flaked and peeled. The laminate on the vanity is peeling.

Pretty much everything is going to stay where it is. The layout works. We are deleting the bath tub. I am vehemently ANTI shower over bath. I get why they are put in, But I absolutely HATE them. Grew up with one. DISLIKE. Also no good for elderly or people with limited mobility. The demographics in this area seem to be to geared to downsizers and empty nesters, so I think it will work out ok in re-sale terms. But we are making it to suit us (even though I will have 2 small children) Mostly Audrey showers with me and stands/sits at my feet. When she was really little, I bathed her in the laundry tub and then I started showering with her in my arms to get the skin to skin contact as I didn’t breastfeed.

When she showers with me, I much prefer her to sit as she has had many a tumble in the bottom of that stupid tub even with a non slip mat!!!! No part of the floor is flat. I have fallen with her in my arms too! Frightening. (She wasn’t too little then and all that happened was I got quite a bruise on my bottom but just very lucky I believe)

These kids will just have to learn to love the shower like I do!! But while they are still little, I want to hunt out the biggest flexi tub to place in the bottom of the shower. They will love it and won’t be deprived and when we go to grandparents house or on holidays they will be treated with a bath, it will be exciting.

The toilet is to the right, cut out of the picture. The only other change is to delete the window on the left and have a mirror centred over the vanity. To make up for deleting one window (the room isn’t bright even with both windows) is to put in a skylight.

Next up is my screen shot inspiration pictures.


Friday, January 29th, 2016

Good day my wonderful people!

Let’s fill you all in on what has been happening.
I finished up work on Monday the 4th of January. I just had to work 4 days of this year and I am done.
Maternity leave has been great so far. I feel so CALM! And productive. The nesting phase never really occurred when I was pregnant with Audrey, I guess, that’s what happens when you work into the same week you give birth .. .
This time I decided to make it different and give myself plenty of time. I have also found this pregnancy harder than the first time around, but throwing a full time job and toddler in the mix would make it harder.
I have got some food in the freezer. I have managed to keep the house tidy. I have been cooking and preparing lunches the next day. I am making a concerted effort to use what I have and to be thrifty. The financial income is just not the same, so obviously, changes have to be made. With all that said, We are aiming to do quite a bit around this house this year! And yes, that will cost, but oh well. Life goes on.

Goals for 2016? Ohhhhh so many!
We have replaced our aluminium windows with western red cedar windows to take the house back to how it would have looked. We placed the order for these windows months ago and they are finally ready now. . . They have been installed and I am THRILLED with the way they look.


This was the original windows. They don’t look tooooo bad in this pic, but believe me they were bad.



Gosh it is hard to take a pic into a window. The lighting goes all dark. But this is the ugly, no soul or style alu window.



Maybe if they were powder coated white, they *might* have been okay. But they were just sad and I hated them.



Replaced outside front window. Yay, some character (this window is slightly ajar in this pic)

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This was the internal angle of my bay window. WHAT A FEATURE!!!!! They were so gross.

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So much better!! Ahhhh ZEN! I would like some lead light now!

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My neighbours house. . . something kinda sorta like that.

Just need to decide on paint colours now and the colour for the new gutter we need to get. Our downpipes are ROTTEN and I don’t like maroon.

Getting the windows installed gave us the big push to tackle the clutter in Audrey’s room to make space for the builder to do his job. We removed the top bunk of Audrey’s bed and the room instantly feels better. My husband is in the process of drawing up a built in wardrobe for that room as well.

I bought a bassinet for Baby girl No. 2 off gumtree! It is in perfect condition. I bought a new mattress for it and washed the white mesh. Came up a treat.

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It fits through the doorways and down the hall. BG2 will be playing musical rooms I think. I never had a bassinet for Audrey. I opted to put her straight into her cot in her room. But we are a 2 bedder household and a newborn with a toddler in the one room doesn’t sound like a good idea. So we will utilise the bassinet for as long as possible and trial putting them in the same room and then drag the cot back out to go in the room when the time comes.

On January the 9th, we celebrated 5 years of wedded life. The traditional gift for 5 years is wood and we agreed a while back to get a display cabinet. The right one just hasn’t come up yet, so when we do see it, we will buy it. So there was no gift exchange. . . which made us both feel terribly unromantic. . UGH. We had a nice night out and took some pictures of the city.

Lots of other great things have been happening, like me diving head first into bathroom renovation planning. That will be my next blog post.