Living Room Update!

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The living room is soooo close to being finished. For old time sake, let me show you a photo of the living room from when we first bought the house 5 years ago. Pokey is an understatement. The walls were made of fibro, the french doors were rotting and the floor was made of cold, ugly brown tiles. Glamorous. We essentially knocked down this entire room and started again. This time we pushed the right hand wall out by 90cm, and pushed the doors back by another 2 metres. We crossed our … [Continue reading...]

Designing and Building a Staircase

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Since this is my first renovation, there are many things that completely over-whelm me. Designing a staircase being one of them. I feel I have a pretty good sense of what I like and don’t like, however when it came to designing a staircase, I felt completely out of my depth. I have since learned, that staircases have an entire language of their own. Let me TRY and explain. Behold... ... The Staircase Dictionary Treads: A fancy word for the part of the step you actually STEP on. Risers: … [Continue reading...]

Our Main Bedroom

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  Hi friends, Boy, a lot has happened since I last blogged about our main bedroom. The last post shows photos of the gyprock being installed, but since then our main bedroom has been completed! Here are some photos showing the progress over the past 6 weeks… A while undercoat was applied to the walls […]

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Tiles and Cornices are Up!

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Hi peeps, I have recovered from my mini break-down of last week, and am back on track! In my last post I shared pics of the main bathroom and promised a follow-up post showing you the tiles. Well, here it is! You may recall from earlier blog posts, that we wanted this bathroom to have […]

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The Main Bathroom

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Hi lovelies, Sorry it’s been a while between posts. The last few weeks have been really tough – I am only just managing to keep my head above water. But the good news is, I have come to one giant conclusion this month: Newborns and renovations do not mix!! This may seem like an obvious […]

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Choosing Tiles for the Ensuite

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Choosing tiles has been one of the hardest decisions of our renovation. Once you choose tiles and have them installed, there is no going back. This makes it a very scary decision. Plus, it can be hard to picture what a particular tile will look like once it fills a wall. But we persevered and […]

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Gyprocking and Waterproofing the Ensuite

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On Monday morning, I woke to sound of pelting rain on the windows and thanked my lucky stars that I didn’t have to venture out into it. All the renovation jobs I had to do were admin jobs – paying bills, ordering kitchen appliances, booking a carpet quote, etc. That was at 9am. At 9.34am, […]

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GIVEAWAY: Free 3-Hour House Clean!

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  When Carol from HomeHello contacted me a couple of weeks ago, she told me about a new home-cleaning company founded by a group of NSW Uni students. And can I just say, it looks ACE! They have brought home-cleaning into the 21st Century, with an easy-to-use website which allows you to instantly book a […]

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What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

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Hi friends! Okay, so this is WAY off the renovating topic. But honestly, I wanted a break form writing/thinking/dreaming/talking about the house at the moment. Plus I have several girlfriends who are going to give birth in the next month or two (!!), and I’ve been promising each of them a list of things to […]

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Installing Gyprock!

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It is starting to look like a REAL house! Each step during a reno feels exciting, as it is a step closer to a move-in date. I was excited when the floor went down, when the bricks went up and when the roof went on. But NOTHING compares to installing gyprock! I hadn’t been to […]

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