BIG NEWS: My Online Vintage Shop is Now Open!

Filing Cabinet

  If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I am a lover of vintage wares. While living in the USA, I collected vintage pieces from flea markets, auctions and antique stores. But I was limited in what I could buy, as I always knew I would have to ship them home to Aus. Well no more! Thanks to a handy invention (called Dad's Landcruiser), I am a woman on a mission! Last Sunday, Matt and I drove to Bowral to attend an antique auction. I. Was. In. Heaven. I … [Continue reading...]

Sketching My Kitchen Floor Plans PART 2


  Last week I shared with you my kitchen floor plans for the wall-unit part of the kitchen, if you missed it, you can take a squiz at that here. This week, I bring you - the island! The island will essentially act as a divide between the kitchen and the living area. It won't have any shelving on top so you can see straight through to the living area from the kitchen. I want to ensure that the counter top is significantly wider than the shelving unit underneath so that we can put … [Continue reading...]

Sketching My Kitchen Floor Plans: PART 1


  This week saw us meet with two different kitchen designers. Now, you would think that a kitchen designer would, oh I don’t know, design your kitchen? However, what we found was that we really had to come to them with a series of ideas first, before they could start their design process. So back […]

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Designing our Dream Kitchen

Kitchen Grey Painted Cupboards

  Well, our builders are due to start in a couple of weeks, but we are still waiting to receive our Construction Certificate (CC) from our local council. The CC is needed before any work can begin on the property. So, we thought we would take advantage of the next few weeks and start designing […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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