When life gets in the way

Unfortunately, the blog has been neglected for the last two months.

Why? Well, as the title implies; life gets in the way. Who would have thought keeping a house was this time consuming? Haha, no, but seriously. Gone are the days I would just go home at night and make mood boards of future rooms in my house and browse Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration.

Josh and I have actually never lived out of home before now! Shock, horror, I know. Almost 8 years, and we still lived at home! In hindsight, even though it was challenging at times (my god, do I appreciate having our own space now), it really was a blessing. If we had of rented, there is no way we would have been able to save the amount we did, or built the home we have. So I am forever grateful to our parents for putting up with us for as long as they did and providing us with the opportunity to save our butts off and build a home we have both dreamt of!

A glimpse of what has been happening via the camera roll.

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Our living room. This is still one of my favourite rooms in our house. I love the pops of colour and that it feels so homey as soon as you walk down the hallway.

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Our floors are Spotted Gum Timber and the walls are painted in Solver Floral White. The gorgeous artwork is by Julia Robertson and is from United Interiors. 

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Coffee Table Styling. These are actually the side tables from Kmart for a whopping $35. I bought them as a temporary piece until I found something I loved. But, you know what, I love these and I think they will stay. 

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I love this corner in our living room. Unfortunately, the gorgeous Icelandic Sheepskin has had to be put away because our puppy thinks it’s a toy!

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White Kitchen Addicts / UNITE! To the left is where our scullery will go. Josh used to be a cabinet maker so will be fitting this out when he gets some time… So, likely 2030! Haha.

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Coffee Corner ft Menu World Grinders (why are they so photogenic?)

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Living / Dining

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Getting into the Christmas spirit. This is the Kmart Vase with Target baubles placed inside! 

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Oh hey there, dining table! Finally, our dining table made it into our dining room. Josh made this himself, so the wait was justified. It’s Marri Wood on steel legs powdercoated matte black. 

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Landscaping of the front yard is now complete! 

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Thank you to each and every one of you who have followed our building journey or have connected with me via my Instagram over the last 18 months.

2016, really has been amazing and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

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Engagement Photos and a Wedding Website

With just over four and a half months until we tie the knot, we finally had our engagement photos taken.

Carla Atley, our photographer is actually amazing. I know most say this, but she really is. The photos below look like we like each other?! When in reality, getting Josh to agree to these photos was an absolute NIGHTMARE! It was as if I was asking him to stick needles in his eyeballs.. In fact, I am sure, if given the option, he would have chosen the latter.

But he had no choice, because I needed the photos for our Wedding Website (Say, what? A website, for your wedding? LAME! But I will get to that in a second).

In the meantime, here’s a few of our photos.

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This one is my favourite!

So, the wedding website. Well as you know, or have heard. Weddings are a MASSIVE rip off. Yes, it’s one day of your life, and one of the most memorable. But when you’re spending well over 20k on one day, you start to feel a bit sick… I mean, that could pay for our non-existent driveway, our landscaping , a lovely occasional chair for my bedroom and endless amounts of homewares from Adairs. Or, if we wanted to be practical, it could take a massive chunk off our mortgage. But the occasional chair and shopping spree at Adairs sounds more appealing.

So anywhere we can save money on our wedding, I am all for. So that includes ditching the traditional invitations with 99 bits of extra paper, that just end up in the bin, for a tech savvy alternative – a wedding website. Hence the need for our photos. Although, Josh did suggest we just use a stock image of a couple on the beach… The worst thing is, he wasn’t even joking.

On our website, guests will be able to get all the extra information, including: registry info, directions and be able to RSVP. Yep, all online. They can even choose if they’re gluten free, like me! Oh, and did I mention I don’t have to include a postage paid return envelope with our invites? Yep, just once piece of paper (Nice paper, but let’s face it, it too, will end up in the bin) is being sent with a link to our wedding website.

I used Minted to create our website – and it’s easy peasy!

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Sneak peak at our website homepage

Another great site for online wedding invitations is Paperless Post.

Do you have any tips for saving when planning a wedding? And no, don’t suggest an elopement. I’m already beginning to wish we went for that option!

 

5 Tips to Creating a Cosy Bedroom

The master bedroom is your own personal sanctuary and needs to be a cosy, warm and inviting space.

Throughout our build I had a vision of a white, grey and pink bedroom. Lots of natural light, fresh and airy, is how I envisioned it to be. But unfortunately, due to south facing windows, the room is not airy or bright at all. In fact, it’s the opposite, and the colour scheme I chose just didn’t work! To make it cosier, I needed to inject darker, moodier tones.

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After: Varying tones of grey, a pop of blue and a dark grey linen headboard

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Before: Pink & Grey with white timber bedhead

So here are my 5 Tips to achieving a cosy bedroom:

  1. Don’t make your bed!

No, seriously. Don’t. Take a look at all the photos of styled beds. What’s one thing they all have in common…? Crumpled sheets and misplaced pillows. Why? So they look more inviting and cosy! Try simply pulling your sheets up, folding back your doona and throwing your cushions on and seeing where they land.

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My unmade & cosy bed! (Before the new bed head arrived)

  1. Layer & Texture

Include lots of different textures and layers on your bed to make it more inviting. On my bed, I have a fitted sheet, top sheet, a linen coverlet, a doona and a throw rug. All in varying tones of grey. The vintage linen coverlet gives the bed a relaxed and natural texture whilst the knitted throw adds a bit of dimension.

I also replaced our bedhead with a gorgeous linen bedhead from Tommy Swiss. It’s a bargain for $149 and was delivered to my door in 3 days, from Melbourne!

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  1. Include Personal Photos

This is probably one of the most important. After all, the bedroom is your own private sanctuary and photos help to inject a bit of personality into your space.

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  1. Accent Lighting

Pendant lights in lieu of bedside lamps are a great way to free up space on your side tables. They also add an element of luxe to your room. I rarely use our ceiling lights as I much prefer the mood the pendant lights create.

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Liteworks Perri Pendant from Masters

Tip: Buy warm light globes instead of cool for your accent lights.

  1. Invest in good linen and upsize your doona

Want your bed to look like an Adairs shop window? Go up a size in your doona to create more of an overhang and if you want a fluffy doona, try doubling up on the insert.

If there is one area you can’t skimp on, it’s linen. The quality of linen makes the world of difference. My Home Republic bamboo cotton sheets from Adairs are divine and even my other half who doesn’t appreciate linen as much as me, commented on how soft they are! They’re also a lot more breathable AND are currently on sale at almost 50% off!

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And how bloody cute is our new fur baby? #LailaTheBoxerPup

Our room isn’t exactly how I want it to be and there are still a few things on the (never-ending) wish list, including a nice comfy occasional chair to create a reading nook and a floor mirror. But it’s definitely a lot cosier (and more unisex) than my original colour palette!
We’re also waiting on our plantation shutters to arrive from iSeekBlinds. I will share a post about our window treatment choices when we have installed them.

Do you have any tips to creating a cosy bedroom?

Links to all the products I used in my room are below:

 

  1. Throw Rug – Home Republic Casbah Coal
  2. Coverlet – Home Republic Vintage Washed Linen Coverlet in Indigo
  3. Bed Head – Tommy Swiss – King Size Upholstered Fabric Bed Head – Florence Collection (Dark Grey)
  4. Sheet Set – Home Republic 600TC Bamboo Cotton Sheet Sets Nimbus Cloud
  5. Round Cushion – Pinwheel Cushion Freedom

 

  1. Doona Cover – Cooper Quilt Cover Set from Target
  2. Pendant Lights – Liteworks Perri from Masters
  3. Velvet Cushion – Kmart

Tips For Building Your First Home

Building a house is exciting, but at the same time it’s daunting as hell. Especially when it’s your first house and first mortgage! I remember feeling so overwhelmed with all the new terminology and things I needed to know. I’m the type of person who researches and googles absolutely everything. This is sometimes to my detriment, because I quickly build up a list of all the negatives on any given topic and read far to into it.

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My number one source of information throughout the build, but especially in the early stages, was the HomeOne forum. It’s such a great space for like-minded people building or renovating in Australia. No question is deemed silly, and if you don’t want to ask a question – you can easily just do a quick search and more likely than not, you will find someone else has already asked what you need the answer to.

I’ve shared some tips I’ve learnt along the way:

  1. SAVE! And save more than what you budgeted to save. Easier said then done, right? Also, don’t believe the sticker price of a house when you’re researching online or talking to sales reps, try to add at least 10-15% to this and then some! Our Sales Rep was always upfront and transparent with this – so we knew what to expect.
  2. ADD all the “extras” during the pre-contract stage. Do not accept the standard spiel “oh you can add that in at pre-start”. During the pre-contract stage you have the upper hand – they want your business. At Pre-start you have already signed your contracts so you have less bargaining power.
  3. Together with the HomeOne forum, Pinterest is your new best friend, as is Instagram when it comes to choosing finishes and a style for your home. Once you have an idea of what you like – search #hashtags across social media to see other candid shots of your selections. This is especially helpful for looking up your benchtop choice (#essastone #newcrystalsalt) and paint colours (#duluxaus #solverkittygrey etc).
  4. Start buying homewares, now. Yes, you read that correctly. I know #1 said to SAVE, but honestly, if you don’t buy them now every other purchase is going to take priority when you move in. I am so glad I had a stash of goodies that I had collected over the construction of our house. I actually got a majority on sale too, as I had the luxury of time on my side and didn’t require anything immediately, so could shop around!
  5. Swallow your pride. Yes, it’s your first home and yes you see everyone’s beautifully styled homes on Instagram, but people offering second hand furniture and other items are helping you. You don’t have to keep the items forever. Think of them as keeping the spot warm until you can afford the items you really want.
  6. NEUTRALS are your best friend. Especially if you’re like me and change your mind every second week. Give the permanent fixtures of your home longevity by choosing neutral colours and textures that won’t date as quickly. You can then change up the look with inexpensive homewares and decor.
  7. PAY EXTRA off your home loan. Okay, it’s a no brainer, but if you’re in a position to do so, pay above your minimum repayments during the construction of your loan. We were very, very fortunate to be living with our parents, rent free! (I think we will forever be indebted to our parents for this – it helped us massively with pulling together the 20% deposit to avoid mortgage insurance and we are so, so grateful for it). With our house still under construction we were only paying interest. So I made sure we paid the minimum repayment we would be paying on our full loan amount. This means we now have surplus in our homeloan account. It also meant we are used to paying our full mortgage amount and don’t have to adjust now that we are in our home.
  8. Order your window coverings now! We measured a good two months ago and only ordered our blinds today. OOPS! We now have a 10 week wait for our shutters and 3-4 weeks for our roller blinds. Hello, newspapered windows!
  9. Befriend your neighbours! We are so lucky on this front. Our neighbours behind us are bloody legends and let us use their power when our site wasn’t energised. This saved us over $1000 in generator hire through the builder. I have also “virtually met” our neighbours directly next door on the HomeOne forum and another neighbour who is building in the next door estate to ours.
  10. Read your contracts, and read them again. In fact, have them read by at least 3 people.
  11. Get everything in writing. I mean everything. I used to speak on the phone to our sales representative and Client Liaison Officer, and then, immediately after send an email asking them to confirm what we just spoke about. This means you always have a record and go back to it, if required.
  12. Lastly, ENJOY every minute and try to stress less. Yes the wait is annoying, and you just want to be in right now. But you’re going to enjoy your home for much longer than it took to build. So just take a step back and enjoy the process. I am so proud of what we have achieved together and cannot wait to start this new journey in our new home.

Do you have any tips you can share?

P.S – Today is handover day.

I will write a full post on how it went next Friday. But until then, if you want to see a few happy snaps and progress shots – follow me on Instagram! @HouseAmour

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House Progress: Practical Completion Inspection and a Handover Date

I still cannot believe I am writing a PCI post? After 51 weeks, we are finally at the pointy end of our build with our second PCI meeting scheduled for next Friday! Which means this time next week we will officially have the keys to our home.

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, Practical Completion Inspection (PCI).  It generally means the point where all building work is complete or all but completed, in accordance with the contract, and the house is reasonably fit for occupation (more info can be found here http://www.mbawa.com/blog/practical-completion/).

Items to be completed prior to PCI

  • Organise Home & Contents Insurance. We ended up going through RAC as they were the most competitive.
  • Tip: ensure your insurance PDS includes *new for old replacement*

PCI Overview

PCI went better then expected. If you read my post a couple of weeks ago you would know that we decided not to engage an Independent Building Inspector. I’m still a little unsure if this was the right thing to do… But overall, considering we visited the house almost three times a week, every single week since the slab went down, we’re confident everything is fine.

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Ensuite Bathroom with Laminex Sublime Teak Cabinets and EssaStone New Crystal Salt Tops.

8:45am: I arrived to the house early so I could have a walk around and take photos. I hadn’t been inside the house for a few weeks. Josh manages to get in at least a few times a week because he finishes work earlier. However, even after 50 freaking weeks – he still can’t take a decent photo!?! He definitely isn’t an #instagramhusband….

9am: Met our Site Supervisor (Chris) who was awesome! He immediately apologised for the state of the windows. They were meant to be thoroughly cleaned early that morning but unfortunately the cleaner’s child was unwell so they couldn’t make it. Life happens! It didn’t matter, just as long as they are cleaned prior to handover.

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My absolute favourite part of the house. Our front door stained in Wattyl Red Cedar.

9 – 11:30am: We walked around the house inspecting every single room. I had a notepad and paper with me (of course) and was noting down all our items so I could match them with the list the Supervisor was making. Our Supervisor had already noted a lot of defects down himself, which was reassuring.

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Kitchen and window splashback. Our cabinets are Laminex Polar White – Silk Finish and the stone top is EssaStone’s New Crystal Salt.

Items on our list are mainly to do with aesthetics:

  • Lots of paint patch ups to the doors
  • A few screw pops to the ceiling
  • Extra grout to the wet areas
  • Patching to walls
  • Fix the roof flashing
  • Air conditioning panels to be installed
  • Fix the stone benchtop in the kitchen – it hasn’t been installed correctly and has a slight bow under the window.

The builder generally allows 10 working days to complete the above items. Once complete, a second PCI meeting is scheduled where we will walk through our house again and ensure all items have been rectified. Once this is complete, we can schedule a meeting at the builder’s head office to organise payment and pick up our keys! (WooHoo!)

Items to be organised after PCI

  • Receive final progress payment document from the builder
  • Send progress claim document and your Insurance Certificate of Currency to bank and request a Bank Cheque (I just called our bank rep at BankWest and requested this)
  • A Bank Cheque is the preferred method of payment over an EFT as it means the transaction and paperwork has already been processed by the bank. The cheque can simply be handed over to the builder at time of key collection.
  • Before they will issue the funds the bank does a valuation of the home. This is organised by the bank on your behalf.

Tips for PCI

  • Take your time!
  • Be prepared – we had been visiting the house and taking note of items we wanted fixed at PCI
  • Write your own list whilst walking through the home so you can check it off against the supervisors at the end of the inspection.
  • Stress Less! This isn’t a test, and it’s certainly not the last opportunity for you to spot any defects. You still have a warranty and the builder still needs to comply with this even after you move in! Plus there is the 6 months maintenance period.

House Purchases

Our poor bank account has been getting a work out of late (on the upside, at least something is. The wedding crash diet and exercise regime is yet to commence – haha).

We got the Maine Dining Chair from Domayne at the mid-year sale. Reduced from $179 to $116 each!

A living room floor lamp from Freedom Furniture (Titan Floor Lamp – Freedom)

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A polyvore mood board featuring our Maine Dining Chairs from Domayne, Titan Floor Lamp from Freedom, Jute Rug and Print from Adairs

And less exciting – but oh so practical. We bought a washing machine!

I also had a voucher for Adairs and with 30% off I couldn’t resist the beautiful Soho Console Table. Unfortunately this was the last of my purchases – as I’ve now been put on a strict budget!

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Stay tuned for next weeks update! #keys

 

Solver Floral White and PCI is in sight!

The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur!

I’ve been so busy at work, planning our wedding (I still think I am a little crazy for booking it so soon – February 2017), and preparing for our big move.

PCI is in sight

Unfortunately we still haven’t received a confirmed Practical Completion Inspection date (hoping to hear from our Client Liaison Officer tomorrow), but it’s anticipated to be around the 4th or 6th July. If all goes to plan, we should get our keys two weeks later. So the week starting the 18th July! That will make it almost 12 months to the date since our slab went down.

With PCI in sight, we have thought long and hard about an Independent Building Inspector. We almost booked one, however then decided that we would put together our own checklist and do it ourselves. As I was trawling the internet searching for information I came across a ready made printable PDF checklist via http://www.anewhouse.com.au. It only costs $4 and has some pretty good information. If you want to get a copy for yourself. I have included a link below.

https://anewhouse.com.au/sample-page/pci-guide/

We’re hoping this guide together with my other half’s construction knowledge (now is your time to shine babe – because I have no clue!) we will be fine.

Now it’s time to Paint!

Another major decision we made was the painting. And no, I am not talking the paint colour, although that is a pretty freaking major decision to me, and I will get to that soon! But what we did decide on, was a professional painter. Yep, we will not be spending 7 days + painting our home. Instead we will be paying someone…a lovely man by the name of John, actually.

From the very beginning, we always said we would paint our house. I think deep down we wanted to paint it, so we could feel like we had contributed and worked for our house. What a joke right, of course we have worked hard for our home! In fact, we have worked for every penny of our house (with the help of a few dollars from BankWest and the First Home Owners Grant- thanks guys!), so if we want to spend a few more dollars getting a professional painter in, so we can walk in our front door and have that “wow, holy crap this is our home” moment – it’s worth it and totally our choice.

AND I may have got an EPIC quote. I am talking thousands of dollars less than what we were quoted via our builder. Now let’s just hope the works are up to scratch (I’m sure they will be).

So that leads me to the most important factor in all of this – the paint colour. Our Painter messaged to say he uses Solver. “Umm, what!? So you mean to say I am now confined to one brand..?” I’ve looked at Dulux, Resene, Haymes & Solver!

This was actually a blessing in disguise, as I was now forced to make a decision..  I know I could ask him to mix up a different colour, but to make things easier – I decided to stick to the Solver range. And guess who the winner is – Solver Floral White! She appeared on my blog post – Choosing Paint Colours back in August last year, so I feel kind of good about that. At least I am somewhat consistent*

*I am apologising now to all of my friends who I bombarded with paint photos over the last 12 months 😐 You know who you are!*

I’m even going to be a complete rebel and not even bother with a sample pot.. Am I crazy?

Instead, here are a few photos I’ve sourced of Solver Floral White looking the goods.

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Solver Floral White as seen in the Aster by Ben Trager Homes


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Solver Floral White as seen in the Aster by Ben Trager Homes


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Paint: Solver Floral White (source: Webb & Brown Neaves Display Montauk)


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Solver Floral White as seen in the Cambridge by Webb & Brown Neaves


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Solver Floral White as seen in the Cambridge by Webb & Brown Neaves

The other colours on my short-list prior to deciding we were getting a painter were:

  • Dulux White Exchange Half
  • Resene Sea Fog
  • Dulux Unforgettable
  • Dulux Lyttelton Half / Quarter
  • Haymes Greyology

Head over to my Pinterest for photos examples of each colour.

Thanks again for stopping by. Next week I will have the long anticipated PCI post with an overload of photos!

House Progress & a Proposal..

Oops, it has been a whole month since I’ve posted…

In my defence, A LOT has happened over the last month, and not just in the house. We got engaged on the 22 of April! So my focus has shifted to planning a wedding instead of the house. It has actually been quite a nice change as I’ve been less obsessive about the house, making the build seem like it’s going faster..

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We’re still on track to have handover within the 12 months they said it would take to build our house, so that’s a positive! It probably could have been sooner if trades were scheduled on time… However, overall it really has been a positive experience. Although we won’t be building again anytime soon – haha.

So what has been happening? Our cabinets were delivered and installed this month! I absolutely love the Laminex Sublime Teak we chose for the bathrooms. They look great with the City Grey wall tiles.

I’m a little underwhelmed by the kitchen.. I think it’s because at the moment everything is so white and there is no contrast, so it looks really bland. We also deleted the handles at pre start as my partner used to be a cabinet maker so we’re going to source and install our own after handover.

I’m also thinking of either incorporating wood into the kitchen with Laminex Sublime Teak overhead cabinets, or open wood shelves similar to the inspo photos below.

It was also my birthday this month and I treated myself to the best birthday present, ever! A matte black tap from Meir Australia. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to see it in the kitchen.

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Matte Black Kitchen Mixer Tap from Meir Australia

I also used a voucher I got for my Birthday last year to buy a ceiling fan from Beacon Lighting. We ended up getting the Futura Fan in black.

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Futura Fan from Beacon Lighting

Another big purchase we made this month was a sofa… Yep, I finally decided on one. And no, it wasn’t the Adara from Nick Scali. I almost feel like I cheated on the Adara after I had been lusting over it for umm, at least 18 months 😐

But anyway, I walked into Furniture Bazaar and they had this!

I love how polished it looks and I think it will suit the space nicely. It was also quite a bit cheaper than the Adara as they had 25% off. We got it in the lighter stone colour. It is scheduled for delivery mid July – so let’s hope we’re in by then!

Our pavers were also delivered. We’re only paving down the side of the house as we will be having poured aggregate for our driveway and eventually a timber deck for the alfresco and portico. We did however opt to keep the pavers to the alfresco for the short-term as it will be one less job we have to get done when we move in.

And our mirror wardrobes and real front door!

We are very close to the finish line with appliances scheduled to be delivered this week and the plumber and electrician also scheduled to return and complete finals by the end of this week. Hopefully the tiler also comes back and does the finishing touches to the bathrooms.

Once the above is complete, all that is left to do is the paving and gloss paint and then the final touches before PCI! We’ve been told to expect PCI by the end of June, or if not sooner.

So excited to finally get our keys and for the house to finally feel like it is in fact ours. I still walk through it and feel so incredibly lucky that it’s actually our house and we’re going to live here soon.

Thanks again for stopping by and I promise I will do my very best to write a couple of posts in June.

 

 

 

 

 

House Progress: Tiling and Painting

Our build is on steroids at the moment! So much has been happening.

Firstly – all the internal painting is now complete, with the exception of the gloss paint for the doors . And secondly, and the most exciting part – our tiling has started!

I chose our tiles back in April last year (a whole year ago!) and the rate I change my mind, I was so apprehensive about seeing them again…As soon as they were delivered, we tore open the boxes to see them.

Wall Tile: City Grey (200x400) Floor Tile: Lily White (400x400)

Wall Tile: City Grey (200×400) Floor Tile: Lily White (400×400)

Thankfully, I still loved them!

All of our tiles are from European Ceramics in Perth and are from the standard range. Our allowance was $44m2. We decided very early on that we didn’t have a massive (actually, we had nil) budget for “extras” as we had already gone slightly over budget on the actual house. This meant it was a big fat no to any fancy feature tiles or full height tiling… In hindsight, I am now glad we didn’t do feature tiles as we now have a blank canvas and a very neutral scheme to (hopefully) last the test of time!

I plan on adding colour and texture with towels, wall prints, canisters (I bought about 25 from K-MART – ooops), candles and other bathroom knick-knacks.

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Brickbond Wall Tiles in the Second Bathroom

Master Bathroom Tiles (no grout yet)

Master Bathroom Tiles (no grout yet)

However, despite not having any feature tiles – we did ask the builders to lay our tiles in the brickbond pattern (or subway style) in both bathrooms and I think this has made a feature out of standard tiles! This shouldn’t cost you any extra to do as it’s simply a different way of laying tiles.

Bathroom Mood Board

Bathroom Mood Board

Stay tuned as next on the list is cabinets! They are scheduled for delivery by the end of the week and will be installed by next week.

Frisky Deer Interiors

Last month I was lucky enough to win the Frisky Deers Interiors Instagram competition! I was so surprised, as I was sure winning a competition on Instagram was near impossible. So for all the skeptics out there – Yes. It is possible! Haha.

About Frisky Deer Interiors:

A gorgeous, family-owned and run, homewares shop, located in Mandurah, Western Australia. If you’re a Perthian, it’s definitely worth the drive. Not only do they have the most amazing homewares, they do delicious cakes and doughnuts and the best coffee. Ever!

For everyone else, Frisky Deer Interiors is launching an online store – yipeee!

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Included in my prize pack were the following :

Menu World – Bottle Grinder in Ash / Carbon

Menu World Carbon GrindersI had been lusting over these grinders forever but knew if I spent $140 on salt and pepper shakers, I would end up single (not even joking). 

Robert Gordon – Pot of Gold Mug Set

Robert Gordon Mugs

Status Anxiety – Maud Wallet in Snow Cheetah

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Society of Wanderers – Ivory Icelandic Sheepskin
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This feels and looks amazing!

FREE 2 hour E-styling consultation for any room in our house with EBONY from the Block! 

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What an awesome prize! I am still unsure of what room I should ask Ebony to help me with… I was thinking the living room, theatre room or our master bedroom. What room would you choose?

 

House Progress: We’re Locked Out!

I vividly remember reading other build journeys mid last year when our slab went down and thinking lock up was forever away! Well here it is. And I’m so glad it came. Most people hate the idea of lock up because, well as the name suggests, you cannot get in. But I see it as being another step closer to finally being in our home which we have waited almost two years for!

So here are a few snaps of where we are at:

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External Render Complete & Doors / Windows in!

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Cornices are in! We chose the Trio Cornice for the Entry and main living area / kitchen and Standard Cornice for everywhere else.

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Stairs are in!

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Internal door and shelving delivery!

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Living Room windows overlooking our beautiful side garden (sand pit).

 

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The infamous side access for the boat.. Please let it fit!

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We have a bath!

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Our front door! Although, we are pretty certain it is the wrong one. It should be a stain grade door as it is being stained in Red Cedar.

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A progress shot.

So our builder has really picked up the pace in the last few weeks! I’m really hoping they keep it up.

The next couple of weeks the following should occur:

  • Tiling labour of screed to the wet areas is due to commence by early next week.
  • Tiling labour of waterproofing to the wet areas is due to commence by late next week.
  • Painter is also due to commence internal gloss of the upper walls, doors and door frames after the Easter break.
  • Cabinet installation to follow

Photos from the Camera Roll

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Picked up this gorgeous Stockholm Mirror from IKEA for $69! It’s 80cm wide too.

Lights

Masters had 40% off lighting over the weekend so I took advantage and bought two concrete / glass pendant lights for the Master Bedroom. The towel is Home Republic from Adairs & the cushions are from Country Road!

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Country Road had 25% off so I bought a couple more grey cushions for $23 each!

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Adairs also had a sale (are you seeing a common theme here?) I picked up this coverlet for $59 reduced from $189!

Hmm, so reflecting on the above, I can now pinpoint exactly where all my money went this month… I hope my boyfriend doesn’t read this post. If he does – I’m going to try my best to not buy any homewares during the month of April…….. No, really!

And no post by me would be complete without throwing ANOTHER paint colour in the mix! I’m now looking at Resene Sea Fog. I purchased a sample pot on the weekend, so I will see how I go.

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“Resene Sea Fog is a very pure grey white” – Ticking my boxes!

 

A few others that have made it on my list are – Dulux Dieskau, Haymes Greyology 1 and Haymes Smoky Silouhette; as seen in Gina from Style Curator’s master bedroom below.

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Haymes Smoky Silhouette via Style Curator – I love the moody vibe it creates in the bedroom.

For more photos of Gina’s amazing home – visit her blog here – www.stylecurator.com.au