A 'Desk Debacle' is on my mind at the moment purely because the room that we decided to make my/Kims office is a little on the 'cosy' side. Which means my current Titanic sized desk will have to go. Which is a good result, I finally will be forced to scale down my office crap. Most of which is completely unnecessary. I want to keep the room uncluttered but even with only two desks and a book unit it's going to be like peak hour in a corporate lift. We will be installing a heap of shelves to utilise the high cellings and this is where I can put my 'junk', well what's remaining anyhow.
Here's a few lovelies from various other blogs, notably Emma's design blog and Desire To Inspire.
PS. Thaw issue 3 is back from the printers. Oh yeah!
Well, I have to say that it is not quite the same in our household at the moment, without Ro. Helena is prone to fits of "I miss Daddy. When is he coming home?" followed by tears and cuddles. The alarm isn't going off in the morning, at 6am (when Ro normally walks the dog) so I am woken by Helena or Tia at what ever time they get up, and find it very difficult to find the motivation to get up, so stay in bed with them until Helena gets bored and insists on us all getting up. Even the dog is acting weird. She barks at anything that moves. I am going to have to take her for a walk today. She must be missing those mornings with Ro. The other reason that it seems weird around here is the fact that we have finally gone to print for issue three. Now I don't have so much to do every day. Dad has been popping over for visit sake, not just to babysit while I run around doing errands. What a change!
On the house front - I spoke to the Real Estate agent yesterday, and hopefully we will get an update today, on when the tennants will be leaving. They still haven't been able to tie them down to a specific date, and we really need to know, so that we can make plans. Will keep you updated on that front.
Missing you Ro.
Bushfires have ravaged parts of Victoria. It's been the worst loss of life in the states history caused by a natural disaster. I've been waiting for the phone call to be dispatched and it came late yesterday afternoon. So off I go. Finally I feel like I can contribute where it's needed.
Patiently waiting until we can get into the house. In the meantime, foraging the web for inspiration is a joy. I'm not sure we'll know ourselves finally moving in to our own home. No more shifting or rent. It's going to be weird, but totally cool. Kim often say's to me that she still feels like a Kid, and moving into and renovating your own home makes me feel as happy as I was as a kid, nothing brings me down. Well maybe work, and bills, and speeding fines, tax, being time poor, the inevitability of death, being fat, baby poo, running out of milk, a yappy dog, non lick stamps and envelopes, a slow internet connection........
OK, so I have to come to my defense. We are currently looking at all the things that we know we want to do at this place (it's a long list) and trying to prioritise. We are trying to decide what should be done first, with the money we know we will have when we settle. And if Ro keeps going the way he is, we won't be able to do anything. But we'll have lots of stuff to fill the place with ;-)
From the looks of the budget we will be able to paint the interior, including kitchen cupboards and benchtops (just to freshen up before we do full kitchen reno), and polish the floorboards throughout the house, before we move in. We will also put up the shelving we want which will take up one whole wall of our living room - will look awesome! We need a wardrobe in our bedroom, and then we will get a quote on the bathroom. Looks like we will be knocking down a wall or two.
Fun, fun, fun.
I'm in trouble. Well not really, just with Kim. I keep finding little gems at antique shops or on eBay and I just grab them thinking, 'this will look great in the new house'. I think I've gone a little excited crazy because I'm a very impatient person (massive understatement) so this way I feel like I'm actually doing something. But in fact all I'm doing is spending money we need for the real reno's!!! Okay I'll stop......unless you have a real bargain for me....I mean no!
I got this gem for $10 at an Antique store in town. It was really dirty and had a broken hand set which I replace with another. Now it's in really good condition, and these things fetch good money if complete. Why do we need one? Well it looks rad and Laney has a ball calling me on it.
I've been a fan of industrial lighting for a while, and we could get a replica from ikea for half the price but this is a real antique factory light, baked enamel over heavy metal. I'm hoping to use it in the study or lounge. And it's massive so it will be a centerpiece.
What house can't benefit from a real working Cuckoo clock? Imagine this one contrast on white walls. And it's silver! Completely unnecessary. Completely Rad.
Your probably thinking, gee aren't they eager.......they don't even move in until April. Well yes your right. But I'm reminded of my days as a Cub/Scout, and the good version not the bad one (Cashed Up Bogan). 'Be Prepared' was our motto, and it's served me well so far. Nothing like a little bit of planning, or in my case imagination and obsession gone wild.
The recent spate of lovely summer weather takes me back to Tuscany, relaxing under the shade of the olive groves at our lovely Villa, or dining in at a Ristorante under the shade of a veranda or umbrella, cool wine, creamy pasta and cheese out of this world. (what a wanker)??
Inspired by these memories we plan to utilise whatever outdoor space we have for relaxing 'al fresco' with family/friends. We have a concrete section just around the back of the house where we plan to build quite a large deck and veranda giving us an 'outdoor' room well protected from the weather and able to be used any time of the year. There will be space enough for a BBQ section, outdoor table and a small day bed/I can no longer sit up to drink this wine I need to lie down bed.
I've been collecting some great pics from various sources, mainly the brilliant 'Desire to Inspire' blog.
I know it's hard to visualise with the back yard in it's current state, but with some time, hard yakka and a viable line of credit magic can happen!
This is pretty well much what I have in mind, only a little wider. How good does that day bed look!
There will be plenty of plants on the back veranda.
I want those doors for sure
Ahem, this is pretty well much perfect.