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Laundry Renovation – Mood Board

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

I am already over the bathroom renovation and have moved on to the next thing.

Our Laundry.

Only since cleaning the laundry to make it ready to use whilst doing our bathroom renovation did I start to appreciate the space. The AMOUNT of space we had. Boy, we never use it! I am ashamed.

I always thought we would knock it down and extend out the back, but I don’t want to lose any backyard space and a friend gave me the genius idea of where to put the staircase if and when we do a second store extension that I never though of. Because until that I point I thought it was going in the laundry or our second bedroom. Lose the bedroom, have a stair case and a small study space and put the bedroom upstairs. But there is no need to do that. As I can put the stair case in the living room dead space. Knock out 1 wall.

Since I have been spending a lot of time in the freshly cleaned out laundry I have come up for a plan. Drawn up preliminary plans for joinery. Worked out the function.

The laundry will become a laundry/water closet/butlers pantry all in one.

Currently it is a laundry with a shower in the corner, a separate room with a toilet in it and one tall cabinet.

The only change we will make is by removing the shower. We have NEVER used it in 5 years besides doing this bathroom renovation which we are extremely grateful for. So I am guessing once the bathroom is back operational, we will never need it.

Instead we will replace it with floor to ceiling cabinetry as we are short of storage space. Somewhere to put my sewing machineS! Fold out iron board for quick touch ups. Mops! Plenty.

This time we will take charge and not use a builder. Try and take on more d.i.y and project management. The trades that I liked from the bathroom renovation will be asked to quote.

The bathroom trade bill is astronomical and I don’t think it needed to be that high. And I have personally been micro managing the builder to no end.

This room is much bigger than the bathroom and requires a lot more joinery. I just tallied up everything I will need to buy/employ for the laundry and the price is dazing. Ugh Oh well.

On that note, let me share my mood board.


This room needs A LOT of work. New window. New WC door. New cornice, bulk heads. A lot of cabinetry. More stone counter than the bathroom. More expensive sink. Thankfully less tap ware and I got it already on super sale with Masters closing down.

Less wall tiles but more floor tiles. Going to do the same flooring I did in the bathroom as I have 3sqm’s of tiles left over.

More cement rendering once I remove all the wall tiles and there is a lot of that. Bigger surface area than the bathroom.

My husband and I want to do some wood panelling/wainscoting in the water closet. I am sure it will be very tricky especially as it is brick walls not cavity gyprock walls. Then we want to do wall paper above. No idea how we will do these d.i.y’s ourselves together as we will hardly ever be together with our conflicting work schedules, but where there is a will there is a way. Hopefully if I draw up detailed plans and leave it with him, he can put it all together.

I am sure this room renovation will consume all of next year, just like the bathroom consumed all of this year.

We will purchase things slowly slowly. Pay off the credit cards and purchase more and then once we have everything and a detailed plan. We will commence. I have already purchased a few things for this project such as some floor tiles. A toilet. Taps. Window hardware. But that is about it.

Just need that U.S Dollar to drop so I can purchase the rest of my lights for my house. That would be nice.

Kitchen Renovation – Part THREE of three – reflections

Sunday, July 20th, 2014


The layout of the kitchen. I spent YEARS on this. I was always playing with the layout. I drew it to scale and moved everything around and in the end I believe I came up with the best solution. Having utilised the kitchen for about 9 months now, it is working nicely.

The knobs and handles!! They are so glamourous.

I like my down lights. They are pretty inconspicuous when turned off. And when turned on they give amazing light and I like the way we wired them. 2 sets of 4 on an individual switch.

The kitchen sink. I am so glad I swapped to a big single bowl! I can wash the tray from the high chair, the fridge shelves, the oven racks all with ease! I also have a small suspended drainer that acts like a small secondary sink/drainer without taking up any extra bench space. Thankfully I was able to get one from ikea for less then $40 as opposed to the the abey optional extra drainer that was ~$180 (from memory)


This is how my sink normally looks. I really try to avoid having the dish cloth hanging off the tap. When I want to quickly wash up a 1 or a few items I just place it in the drainer, if I washing up more, I just lay out a terry dish towel to drain everything that place it over the back of a dining table chair for the sun to dry it.

I love my pull out bins! SO HANDY!!!!!!!



I am not a fan of the bench top colour. It is a warm white. Obviously not what I wanted. I just wanted a white. I hate my range hood. It honestly serves no purpose. It does nothing. I couldn’t get anything else or would mean touching my cornices which I wanted to keep as is. I couldn’t duct it out through the wall behind, because that is a bedroom. If we are frying something on the cook top, all doors and windows are open . .  even in winter. . . I am constantly wiping the cabinets door fronts above too. To keep everything pristine. The 2 pac poly finished makes that easy. It honestly is driving me to the point that I want to make this kitchen a show kitchen and put a butlers pantry around the corner (where the current laundry is) in an extension. An induction cooktop, ducted quiet range hood and another fridge! HA!


The fridge. I wish it was built in. I hate the way it is just plonked there. Doesn’t look well resolved. We wanted to use the current fridge because it wasn’t that old and we were trying to keep costs down.

The grout colour of the backsplash tiles. I am not entirely happy with the grout colour of the back splash. It should have either been white or DARK grey. The grey we used just matches the tiles and blends in.

 Would have chosen fake stone tiles that look like slate. We spent a small fortune on sealer for the slate tiles and it doesn’t appear to be working and they are staining. Even though we are diligent with cleaning up spills straight away.


Art work for the wall between the windows. I would love a demi lune console table to go between those 2 windows.



And have a grand ginger jar or really nice ceramic on top OR this GORGEOUS lust-worthy candy dish I spotted the other day from on Juliska’s instagram.


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But I have visions of a rogue ball hitting it and smashing it to smithereens. Or kids bumping the table. I think this idea might have to go on the back burner until kids are moved outta home!

I am yet to make curtains for the dining area. I want to make curtains for that space to mark that it is a different zone or space from the rest of the kitchen as this house does not have a dining room!

(Ohh I wish!) I am going to make dreamy soft flowing white cotton curtains.


But with an aqua trim tape to pull in the colours of the bench seat and the back door. And also to just add some colour. Because I don’t want it to be too monochromatic. I am not that bold.




With the window above the banquette. I want to make a fake roman blind valance and use the same trim tape.


The windows need extensive work. They need some TL C and some painting. Then I can swap out all the old painted over hardware for shiny new brass hardware that I purchased. This is a big job and I can find people that will do the fixing up of the windows but also point out that they won’t paint the windows.

This is also a very dirty job! Probably should have been the first thing to be done.

Chandelier. If I can pick one! I keep going back and forth about what I want. I still like the original one I picked out from my mood board.


The French doors need to be painted white. Along with the laundry door. Lots of bits of trim painting here and there. As well as the architraves.

Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to return with the reveal of more finished projects.

Kitchen and dining mood board

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013


Clockwise from top left

White shaker style cabinets – Chinese black slate floor tiles – Top Knobs Chareau polished nickel knob – Carrara Marble subway tiles – Top Knobs Chareau polished nickel handle – French door entrance – SCP Josiah medium pendant light – Planet Furniture Slab spotted gum dining table – Charcoal dining table chair – Visual Comfort large vendome chandelier in antique silver – Ilve cooker – Brodware tap.

I am missing my bench seat and window treatments from this mood board, but is there any other items that should be included in the mood board?

Do you think the SCP white pendant would work with the room and the other chandelier or it is just too modern? I don’t want to pick 2 pendants that compete against the dining table chandelier.



I think it will work.

ALSO!! We have a date! Kitchen to be demolished on Friday 27th of September. Yep. That is NEXT Friday!

I am so excited, yet so nervous. I hope it all goes to plan! Then Kitchen to be installed on Thursday 10th of October.

I would love to hear your feedback so I can start ordering things!! I have not purchased dining table chairs either, but I am after something like that.

Return to work and kitchen updates.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Post maternity leave return to work was a success! It was as if I had never left. I rolled up early on Saturday to put in a good effort.

I picked up the handset of the phone and instantly all the extensions, phone & fax numbers returned to my poor old head and I was back in business!

I went to another Court House on Friday to ring the service desk to make sure that my account was active and that I would have computer access over the weekend as there is no technical support on the weekend. I went out of my way to make this happen and I was sorely let down come Saturday morning to get a big fat exclamation mark and bold writing stating my account was disabled.

But I carried on and did what I could. I was welcomed back into the workforce by the community of Sydney committing a rape, a murder and a stabbing!

I’ve spent 5 months of loved up heaven with my gorgeous blessing of a daughter, cuddling and kissing her and living in utter bliss to have this snap me back into reality and the grim world we live in. Having this job makes me sad but grateful for what I do have.

On the Monday was able to rectify the login access, after only 6 calls to service desk. I was rostered into a customer service roll. All the long winded processes were back with me too. I completed a variety of applications and inquiries.

Monday morning sees me send out an email to the whole department part of my job requirements and I received quite a few responses with “welcome back” That was sweet.

Audrey had her second day at daycare and it appears to be going well.


A smiley photo!!

In house news.

I’ve found the mirror to go above my mantle.


Coco Mirror by Made Goods (Can be purchased at Coco Republic)

2 problems:

1) It is $2,500. 2) it is too big by only 10 – 20cms in each direction!

It was love at first sight when I stumbled across it on the internet a week ago and then again in person at the Coco Republic showroom in Crows Nest.


So, with all that said and shown, I am still on a mirror hunt for the living room.

In regards to the kitchen.

I have started spring cleaning and preparation to completely rid any item in the kitchen for the impending kitchen demolition.


This is my pantry.

All we are doing is replacing the doors, so that they look like this:

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But hopefully you can see in the picture that the interior goes into a triangle. It is the perfect environment for losing items into the back corner where they are un-reachable. Does anyone have any good ideas on how I can still utilize this space successfully? It is actually quite a lot of storage space.

I have been holding off buying another cake stand (I only have 2 pink glass ones) or Le Crueset iron cookware because I was under the impression that I didn’t have room for them, but there is LOADS of space in this cabinet. I just need to be smart about it. We have never put anything in the top part of the cabinet, but I can easily whip out that step ladder (from the laundry) to reach things up top. Perfect place for a new cake stand!

Look at our poor old fridge.

Can’t wait till that fits in it’s new space nicely and we can actually open the new pantry doors properly.

All the cabinet doors have been ordered. We are in business.

Hopefully things should kick off in 2 weeks time.

I had a brainwave about the marble tile splash back. I always felt that they were too big for a splash back at 300mm x 150mm but I thought I could easily have them cut down to 150mm x 75mm (so one quarter of the original size) but on closer inspection, there is a very slight bevel on the edge and it would be a costly and timely operation so it was more efficient to just buy new tiles.

ARGHH SPLASH BACK. I now I am saying it wrong and my husband keeps snickering at me, but it is just what comes out.


Wait. I am confused now. I don’t know which one is right. AHAHHAHAH

So I went out on the hunt for 75mm x 150mm tiles.

I had a list of 3 places to go to. It was a hot day and traffic was a bit of a nightmare in the inner city so when I walked into the first place and they had cheaper tiles then the third place I was going to visit, I just called it quits right then.


My original tile at the top. It still has a honed finish but it is smoother then the others and the white in the marble is whiter then the carrara tiles I purchased.

I love my original tiles, but I will use them one day in a bathroom where I can use them at their original size.


Pastel blue and red is a match made in heaven. What a stunning choice in finishes. Bravo.

Can’t WAIT to see that red go!!! RED. Oh I dislike red.

I also can’t wait to see power cables running from here, there and everywhere go too!


I bought them from Bisanna tiles in Surry Hills. They had them on a display board with medium grey grout which is exactly what I was thinking of doing. I like that little bit of contrast.

I still have no idea what dining table light fitting I want and what 2 kitchen island pendants I want.

Cannot decide.

I know what light fitting I want for my bedroom though and beside table lamps.


Ruhlman pendant from Circa Lighting


Lamp from Coco Republic.

And while we are at it. I would love this for either side of my couch in the living room because they are really tall!! (900mm)


Enough day dreaming. Best to stick to the current schedule which is the KITCHENNNNNNN!!!!!!

Hope everyone had a good weekend and a good week ahead!

Kitchen – Kitchen – Kitchen

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Just when you think you have it all sorted out. . .

you don’t.

The travertine floor has been playing on my mind. I love it. I also love my marble splash back tiles. But just because I love both doesn’t mean I will love the room!

They don’t go do they? I was trying to be savvy and sophisticated and make it all work, but no. I don’t think I can pull it off, so I am letting one of them go.

Because I have the marble tiles and they were my first love, they are staying.

I wanted a nice tonal room with a cool palette and it not be a boring white kitchen, but at the end of the day, when you are an amateur like me. KEEP IT SIMPLE!


 Source –

I saw this kitchen a little while back and instantly I thought “Oh I love it”

But then I look at it more and more and I talk myself out of loving it. Saying things, like, Laura, don’t you think it is a bit boring? A bit bland? It is just black and white, where is the colour?

I make myself not like it by over-thinking. But when I look at the picture, I like it.

So if I like it, I like it. Go with it.

(I’m working on LISTENING to my instincts!)

This house isn’t my dream house, so I will do a fail proof kitchen in here as a tester for the next kitchen.

The other day, my hardware arrived!! YUMMY

They are hefty in weight and make my knees buckle.


Very spiff!

I’m addicted to looking at cabinet hardware now. I want to find something nice for my wardrobe doors that need a make-over but I have no idea what I am after.

I also picked up my tap


And I have purchased my appliances.

I ordered them through winning appliances. I was in discussions with appliances online as I was receiving and overwhelming response to use them and that their prices are great. I have purchased from them before and they are great. However, when it comes to a RENOVATION, I thought it was best if I had a bit of face to face customer assistance. I need to place the order and pay it off and not have it delivered until the room is ready and at this stage, who knows when that is. This isn’t something that Appliances online can offer and I wasn’t having a big huge $$$ cooker taking up space and possibly being stolen. Husband and I discussed and we placed a value on buying from a bricks and mortar store and we came to the conclusion that a couple of hundred more would be okay to spend.


When I went in there to place the order, I ended up with a FAR better deal then appliances online. Fancy that.

I didn’t even need to haggle. I think it was the cute kid I had with me. Everyone was ohhing – ahhing over her.

Then I told my mum about this and she told me that she was going to purchase her washing machine from Appliances Online after experiencing the same kind of praise I did and she found it cheaper at the Good Guys.

So there you go.

I went out to the tile showroom with my marble tile to get to the bottom of my problem. In the end I am going to go with black slate like the image above.

It will be a sexy monochromatic kitchen that is striking. It will have impact, just not the subtle, serene blue/grey look I was going for.


Marble, slate, white, polish nickel.


Turns out that the slate is cheaper then the travertine and also because I am ditching the extra coloured island, I will be saving a little bit of $$$

So maybe my dream of having this light will become reality. (No probably not. The tiler just came! WOW! Tiling is expensive. More expensive then the expensive tiles and that doesn’t include ripping up of the old floor)


And won’t it just sing in this space?

It lends it’s self more to this palette then the other.

In terms of progress, I have purchased everything the kitchen needs besides lighting, floor tiles and the bloody kitchen cabinets!

Waiting for people to quote is the worst.

Hopefully soon it will start trucking along.

Speaking of kitchens.

In this month’s House & Garden, they featured this beautiful kitchen by Tania of







Monday, July 15th, 2013

I’m trying my hand at some kitchen drafting. Making sure that all my ‘i’s’ are dotted and ‘t’s’ crossed.

So that there is no ambiguity in what I want. I don’t trust anyone these days and it clearly needs to be spelled out. Hate disappointment and I would definitely feel crushed if the kitchen I have been planning for 2 years isn’t what I explained.

Black and white 2D plans are the go.

Also, I would love your feedback before it is too late.

Be open, love to hear it.


You can click on the image to see it bigger.

Drawn to scale. 10:1

Is that how you do it ^^^^ The ratio?

I failed maths. I did, but I still think I am pretty good at it ahahhaha.

10 mm in real life equals 1 mm on my plan.



What do we think of the paneling solution?

Each door is 500 mm wide. Top Door is 620 mm high. Bottom door is 1970 mm high.


Island bench.

Left to right – Sink Cabinet 800 mm, Asko Dishwasher 600 mm, Bin Cabinet 400 mm


The other side of the island bench.

600 mm cabinets x 3


The sides of the island bench.

The square is a power point. I only want 1 on the island as the other side is right near the sink and I don’t think I would ever use that side for prep as there is not much room and the other side has a double point. Also the side of the island bench without the power point is the view you will see when you walk into the kitchen, so it being unblemished is better.

The mouldings at the bottom of the island looks like this island.



(Love that light!)


Bench seat under window.

2000 mm wide

500 mm high (excluding padding)

500 mm deep

4 drawers for storage.

So that is all the cabinetry that I require.

Any issues with the design?

The only issue I am anticipating is the fridge door. I might have to order doors that open the other way, because we can only open it 90 degrees, and the vegetable drawers don’t come out the whole way, but we will assess when we try at completion.

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And here is the first kitchen mood board.


Vivid White for the wall colour. Natural White for the white cabinetry. Alpine Shadow (or something similar) for the island. Caeserstone Raven. But I don’t want to put a dark colour bench top on the bluey island. Marble tile.

Need to get a sample of the travertine tiles. That is what is throwing me the most. The beige/cream/warmness of them. Will it clash with the marble tile splash back? Can I make it work? I fell that blue/grey/green colour of the contrast island helps link the travertine into the otherwise monochromatic scheme.

Fireplace, fireplace, WE ARE GETTING A FIREPLACE

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

Readers with partners,

Do you pick your own birthday presents? Do you, not so gently, steer your partner in the right direction. Do you blatantly tell them what it is you want?

I am that terrible, terrible person!

Since winter last year, no scratch that, since we first inspected our home I said to my husband, I want to put in a gorgeous fireplace, that room NEEDS it.

Then we suffered through our first winter last year at this place and I said, ok, my birthday next year, I want that fireplace.

Here are the before shots of our living room



It did have some sort of faux fireplace thing. No gas connection, but a chimney that went out the wall and up the side of the house. But it was then covered with that amber glass.

Lounge (During)


Lounge (After)

Because we didn’t understand (nor visually like) the fireplace, we ripped it out.

I said to my husband, I would love to have one of my mothers quilts on the ground in front of the fireplace and a baby enjoying tummy time in the winter.

So with that in mind, we made a baby. With my birthday, baby and winter fast approaching, we have now put the wheels in motion to get a fireplace installed.

We have employed Stephen and his team from Chippendale restorations to make this happen.

It will go in the same place the old fireplace was. The room is long and skinny and it needs something in that part of the wall. It will also greet you as you enter this room as it will be right there bang, smack, in the middle of your face.

We had a site inspection yesterday, I then went down to Rozelle to pay the deposit and pick the mantle.


This is what we are going for. (Please excuse the terrible photoshopping. Can you believe I am a graphic designer?? Me neither!!)

To achieve this, a chimney breast is going to be built. This will affect our cornices. Our cornices can’t be matched, so they are taking a mold of our cornices and pouring what they require to go around the new chimney breast.


The timber mantle will be painted glossy white, to match all the skirting and architraves in the house.








These are some inspiration picture for what we are trying to achieve.

All these images have white paneling/mill-work on the wall/chimney breast. I don’t think we are going to do that. Just paint the new chimney breast in the same paint as the walls.


I then went to my favourite shop in Sydney! Laura Kincade and purchased 2 Reed sconces by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort in polished nickel.

These will flank the artwork or mirror we will eventually hang.

Work will commence on Wednesday and should take about 3 weeks to complete. Then husband will have the task of painting everything. Then my sconces should arrive and we install those.

Then it will be nearing my due date and we will be ready for late night feeds on the couch, by the soft light from the sconces and the roaring fireplace!



Schumacher Hakuri Lavender

Monday, February 4th, 2013

My wallpaper has finally arrived! Only took 2+ months.

Despite this, the service I received from The Elephant Room was world class. I was refunded my money for this order due to the delay. And I can say I would definitely shop there again. This was hopefully a one off.

Here it is taking centre stage.


In the image is curtain fabric from our bedroom, lavender wallpaper, nickel tack, shell handle from Pearl and sons trading, limed white wall paint colour, roman blind fabric sample and the green silk Lorca fabric.

I can now crack on with my Ikea Hack.

First thing tomorrow morning I am working on this little project!

Then later this week I want to go to the fabric shop to buy curtain material. I am still so unsure as what colour and what to buy!!! Why doesn’t this come naturally to me. . . . so indecisive.

Nursery Updates

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

I have hit pause on the nursery, reluctantly and completely out of my hands.

I am stilllllll waiting for the Schumacher lavender sisal wallpaper to arrive. There is constant communication going on and it looks like it should be here by the end of Jan or first week of Feb!

So I cannot really go on with much else until I have that paper in my hand and can take it to fabric/decorating shops to match colours.

I.E pick curtain fabric!! That is the major one.

But here is a little snap shot of how it is coming along.


The first row is my ikea hack plans.

The second row is my lamp, my cot and my armchair

The third row is my framed shell artwork and 2 samples of fabric I would like for the curtains. I want a paisley fabric. The last picture is of my window with my white roman shade.

The fourth row is fabric that will feature in the room, my wardrobe and the floor plan.

(right click on the pic and go “view image” if you wish to see it bigger)

Mood Board – Living Room

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Things I own:

Antique side tables x 2

Marimekko “Magnolia” print fabric stretched on frame. (Just needs to be hung)

White Roman Blinds are ordered and should be installed in the Bay window soon.

French Settee (I would love to re-upholster in a different colour, but not anytime soon)

Floorboards are stained and polished



Things to buy:

Ceiling light fitting

Fireplace & Mantle

Oval Coffee table

Pastel Persian rug. (Like the one I snapped a pic of from Melbourne)

Table lamp from Laura Kincade.

Marble slab for top of tv unit

2 arm chairs (not featured in the mood board)

Things to make/do:

Restore Antique side table and grout in the marble tile.

Go to Real Flame and organise fire place.