The Upstairs Renovation Floor Plans

Upstairs Floor Plan

Greetings renovator-lovers! Last week I shared with you our downstairs floor plans for our big reno, and this week I'll share with you the UPSTAIRS renovation floor plans. So in brief, currently there is NO upstairs. It is a single story house. We will therefore be building the second story from scratch. By "we" I clearly mean, our clever builders. Here is the upstairs floor plan...   As you can see, the upstairs "Parents Retreat" will consist of: The main bedroom A … [Continue reading...]

Hand Picked flowers from Mum and Dad’s Garden


Is there a sweeter gift than hand picked flowers? I think not. Since moving back to Australia, my hubby and I have been living with my parents while we begin renovations on our house. They live on 5 acres in the rural suburb of Dural, which is quite a change from the concrete jungles of New York. Think paddocks, horses, rabbits and flowers! My parents are wonderful gardeners, so the expanse of gardens is heavenly. It's funny, I grew up on the property since the age of 4, and I took these lush … [Continue reading...]

The Downstairs Renovation Floor Plans

Downstairs Existing Floor Plans

Well, it has been a hectic week! But I finally have time for a blog post… and this one is all about out downstairs renovation floor plans! So as to not bombard you, this post will just show you what we are doing downstairs. We are also building another story on top, but that’s for […]

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Our Sydney Renovation – The Background

Sold Sign, Balmain House, Ray White

  Well, we are officially Sydney-residents once again. After a hectic month, we have finally relocated from New York back to Australia and have started working on our Sydney renovation plan! For those that don’t know, here is a quick run-down of what has happened so far: In 2010, my husband and I bought a […]

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Painting the Outside of our House

Cutting In cropped

Well, we are less than 3 weeks away from leaving New York, and as such, I am starting to freak out about how much we have to do in preparation to renovate our house! I have been looking through photos I took before we left to try and remember what it even looks like – […]

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4th of July Party Ideas!


Hey YA’LL!! America’s favourite day of the year is coming up this week – Independence Day! A public holiday in the U.S, the 4th of July commemorates the date in 1776 when the U.S declared independence from Great Britian… something us Aussies don’t know anything about It takes place at the beginning of the summer […]

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Some Big Changes in My Life!

House Crop

Hi friends! Firstly, let me apologise for my obvious lack of posts lately. It has been for good reason though I promise. I am very excited to say that I am pregnant, and as a result I have spend the past few months lying on the couch. First trimester has been brutal! I am thrilled […]

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Why Choose a Gas Fireplace?


  As you may or may not know, my husband and I are planing to renovate and extend out little house in Balmain in the not so distant future. With that in mind, I often research different ideas I have about things I want in my new home. And a must have for me, is […]

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10 Clever Craft Storage Ideas

Craft Wire hanging

This is a selfish post. I wrote it for myself. But if you happen to be in need of some organization and craft storage for your bits and bobs, I’m happy to be of service! If you asked me where I keep my wrapping paper, ribbons, sticky-tape, thank-you cards, scissors, paintbrushes, pens and stapler, this […]

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Manchester Warehouse Beauty Giveaway


It’s GIVEAWAY Time folks!! Manchester Warehouse have been soooo generous by donating this amazing Bathroom Package exclusively for Darling Street readers. Throw out those old towels and make room for new ones, it’s time to give your bathroom a brand-spanking makeover! How to Enter To the left, you will see ‘Darling Street Newsletter’ under STAY […]

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