Putting it into Perspective

It’s kitchen design time!

We have gone daring with a black cabinetry kitchen and the classic timber worktop. And I’m excited! It’s also going to help add a bit of masculinity into the overall design of the home, as it could have easily become very feminine with all the rustic woodwork, antique furniture, wallpaper and pastel wall colours.

After receiving a rather breath-taking quote from one kitchen company, we reigned it in (cost wise) and went with an IKEA kitchen. I DO poo poo IKEA furniture, however, I do rate their kitchens. And a HUGE thumbs up to Wayne, our kitchen design consultant who was an absolute wiz and knew the kitchen products inside and out.

Now to add the floor tiles to the perspective to show the fam (and you) the overall look (excluding splashback tiles)…

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Paper on Walls

So making selections for clients is a lot easier than making decisions for ones own place. Even though this place isn’t exactly MY OWN, it will be a home for the extended family to come and stay in on the seaside, so it is a little more personal than making selections for someone else.

Nick, the brother-in-law and I have been throwing around ideas for wallpaper prints since the very beginning, really. I LOVE wallpaper, so it’s usually the first thing that pops into my head when someone says “renovating” or “decorating”.

Here are some of the designs we have considered. All of these designs are from Wallpaperdirect.com

To then help get an idea of what some of these prints would look like running all the way down the Lounge/Dining room wall, I dusted off my Photoshop skills (which I think can do with more practice) and made up a few perspectives. My opinion is that the Flamingos are an absolute winner! But I’m still to do up a few more examples.

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What do you think?

Life as a Stripper

Got ya! I meant a wallpaper stripper, ya seedy creeps.

But, my life has been just that for the past week – intermittently, stopping to visit cute nannies on Mother’s Day (UK date) and surviving food poisoning. While the husband gets on with fixing floors, I stripped old wallpaper with decades and decades of changing paint trends off eight metres of 2.7 metre high of wall. Who needs a gym or any fancy shoulder weight exercises! Just find 20 square metres of stubborn wallpaper to strip off.

But in all honesty, I did find the peeling and the scraping quite satisfying, possibly in one of those sicko, I-like-popping-pimples kind of way.

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Aaaaaaaaaaaand we’re done… Now to prep wall and REAPPLY WALLPAPER! 😉

 

“You’ve gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette”…

This saying could not be more appropriate than at this stage of the renovation!

It’s demolition time!

So here is the stage where we pull all the unwanted or damaged bits out. Boy did I have some sore muscles after a few days of ripping up vinyl and laminate floor boards, pulling off skirting, ripping nails out, smashing tiles and deconstructing cabinetry.

We were super excited to find some original tessellated tiles under vinyl and original oak floor boards  under laminates. But, with the good comes the bad. Water damaged floor boards, an entire rotten bathroom floor and a million nails used in the worst diy retrofit and home fixes. By the time the boss (husband) and I had finished pulling up unneeded nails, we had blistered hands!

Que destruction music…

Flooring pulled up; old vinyl and laminate floor boards. We found old oak floor boards underneath the flooring in the original parts of the house, but they’re in very, very poor condition.

So much rubble was pulled out! Old flooring, wall paneling, a completely rotten bathroom floor, bathroom fixtures, badly built in cabinetry and bookcases and an entire kitchen that when we tried to salvage, it pulled the wall off!

See, completely rotten! Once we pulled the aqua wall paneling off we also had to let the original brick walls dry out.

Next step… Bring in the skip bin! And the helpful hands of our Aussie visitor, Pat!

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And voila! A clean slate to begin again with!

An entire 8 square yard skip bin was filled… quickly… and satisfyingly!

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Next step… Wall prepping!

Before the Wrecking Ball Enters

Let me introduce to you, Doubleview. No not the suburb, but we took the name from the concept of that name. From the top balcony, this stunning building has a view of Dane Park to the left and the sea to the right. Plus, all the whimsical old rooftops in between.

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View from the top level balcony

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This building is an 1880’s Victorian style semi-detached house. Many of the places in the area used to be large, 8+ bedroom homes which were later turned into 1-2 bedroom flats to help house growing populations. At some stage in its history, this house became a hotel and then later, arranged into its current layout of four self-contained, two bedroom flats. I am hoping to find out more of the history of this building, so I shall share as I discover.

So now, in 2017, this baby will get a make-over. The ground floor flat requires an entire gutting, touch up and replacing – mostly all aesthetic, but still a big task. The other three flats are in good condition and working order, so they just need a little sprucing, or joojing – if that is even a word that can be typed? So maybe a paint, new light fittings, cool door handles and maybe some new flooring in the kitchens.  

The main task for this project is clearly flat 1. And so I had better give you something to work with. Something to start your curiosity and to measure the progress of our works. Stay tuned for more… more changes, more photos, more stories – probably of triumph, disaster, arguments, hi-five moments. I am assuming this may be an emotional adventure we are embarking on – if my sister-in-law’s blog from their home renovation is anything to go by. (insert winky face here).

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Moving to the Seaside

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand we’re here. In it-never-rains-in-Margate Margate. And its raining. Snowing even. Or, if you want to get technical; its sleeting. Sleet is a form of precipitation between hail and snow. Its lighter than hail but it doesn’t settle like snow.

Also, to fill in some gaps, we are now located in Margate, a seaside town in the county of Kent, England. Here for a period of time to renovate a flat owned by my (new) husband’s brother, whilst living in the flat above. AKA the most exciting adventure of my life!

So we arrived here in Margate a month after returning to Perth after the honeymoon and three months after getting married. Way to test that “first year of marriage is the hardest” theory. As much as there’s something in it for Liam’s older brother, Nick, as the owner of the to-be renovated property, he is still the most generous of creatures, offering this opportunity and adventure to us. I also saw beneath the surface and called them out; they just want us to live in England so we are much, much closer to them. Them being Liam’s brother and sister and their partners and our gorgeous new nieces. Correct!

So here we are in Margate, a once bustling seaside holiday destination for the coolest of Brits. Until it was made easier for them to visit Europe on a last-minute EasyJet deal for their getaways, letting the town fall by the wayside. But alas, here comes our economical knight in shining armour, the hipster. Artists of the sorts have rediscovered Margate not only for it’s dirt cheap property but also for it’s acceptance of the inspirational form of earning a living that London lifestyles cannot be supported by.

And what a gem Margate is to venture through. I have been having a ball photographing old buildings – derelict structures and ones that have been given a new life – and experiencing new ventures – vegan cakes at Cliffs and HotPod yoga at the in-the-process refurb of Dreamland.

So here I am to present to you a few photos (that you may have already seen on my Instagram (@staceyjane87) or Facebook) that I’ve been taking to show you the most amazing activities, art, architecture and history that this amazing place has to offer us in 2017 and beyond!

So many places to visit, here is just a little list of some of the gems:

  • RG Scotts Furniture
  • JunkDelux
  • Peoney Vintage
  • Margate Interiors (only just opened)
  • Simply Danish
  • Papillon
  • Breuer & Dawson
  • Paraphernalia
  • HunkyDory 24
  • Light Keeper
  • Cliff’s
  • The Tap Room
  • The Bottle Shop
  • The Harbour Arm
  • Lighthouse Bar
  • The Old Kent Market
  • The Little Prince
  • GB Pizza

So there you have it for now. Hopefully I’ve sparked your interest into this gorgeous seaside town, and also the surrounding areas!

Next time, we talk renovations and design!

 

 

Dreamland

I love a good day dream. Whether it’s dreaming about being in a cabin in the middle of the forest, having the perfect breakfast, reading my favourite book with a cup of tea or laying in bed listening to the rain on the roof. I loooooooooooooooove a good day dream.

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rainImage: thingsUmissWhenUblink, We Heart It

There are some amazing images out there that just encourage me more and more to do a little day dreaming. Even if your day dream is about living in a completely different location (or world), or about that perfect Prince, or just the chocolate-iest of chocolate cakes, keep dreaming!

We can’t always get everything  we want, sometimes reality is just too much of a cunt bitch. But it can’t hurt to dream! These dreams are also the beginning of something! Many-a dreams that started off as day dreams can surely come true!

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I hope to live in a house, surrounded by big trees one day. I sometimes make stories up in my head about where I would keep the chickens. And where would I house llama? Which style of gate would I have to the opening of my organic veggie patch? What colour would I paint the front door? Would I have a big four poster bed or a more conservative frame? Oh, and I could put a great big window in the bathroom that the bath tub sits next to, with lots and lots of trees outside, so it’s like I’m bathing in the forest.

So then the day dream moulds into an interior design project. Where will my imagination lead me! Dreams use the imagination. As does interior design!

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I may associate a shade of colour, or a pattern, or a shape or texture with a particular style or theme. Then let the imagination run wild! It’ll surely never lead you astray!

So [day] dream a little, it’s good for the soul.

Tiles, Tiles, Tiles!

Tiles! I love them! Although what interiors product don’t I like, huh?

My new absolute love is tiles that make a statement. I find standard modern bathrooms these days a little on the dull, sterile side. Why so boring when there are so many design options out there!? So, here is a very image heavy post by me to let you know what my heart thinks of the tiling options available.

Bring on the retro! I love the colour. I love the pattern. Works amazingly with the timber.

Bring on the retro! I love the colour. I love the pattern. Works amazingly with the timber.

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I love the design illustration these tiles make! Using it in a more subtle colour would appeal to a lot more people.

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Such a bold statement. Masculine. This could also look feminine in a pastel tone.

Such a bold statement. Masculine. This could also look feminine in a pastel tone.

Via New York Times

This green colour suits a bathroom so much. Makes me think of mermaids.

This green colour suits a bathroom so much. Makes me think of mermaids.

Via My Tile

Colour pop!

Colour pop!

Via Ali Almeida

I am very obsessed with the Turkish and Moroccan textures, colours and patterns for tiles. What a statement!

I am very obsessed with the Turkish and Moroccan textures, colours and patterns for tiles. What a statement!

Via Eget Rom

Keeping all the other bathroom features, fittings and fixtures elegant and simple allows for lovely tiles like these to do the talking.

Keeping all the other bathroom features, fittings and fixtures elegant and simple allows for lovely tiles like these to do the talking.

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Oh the beautiful patterns and colours used in tiles like these make me weak at the knees!

Oh the beautiful patterns and colours used in tiles like these make me weak at the knees!

Via Art Value

Don't these colours just make this room so inviting! These tiles on the floor and up the shower wall in a bathroom would be my dream!

Don’t these colours just make this room so inviting! These tiles on the floor and up the shower wall in a bathroom would be my dream!

Via Southern Living

Feature tiles on the floor and up one wall in the bathroom, like this!

Feature tiles on the floor and up one wall in the bathroom, like this!

Via The Design Files

Sweet, antique looking tiles. There is shape, pattern and colour within these!

Sweet, antique looking tiles. There is shape, pattern and colour within these!

Via Artistic Tile & Stone

Such elegance! Aiming more for pattern impact than colour here helps for a more conservative approach.

Such elegance! Aiming more for pattern impact than colour here helps for a more conservative approach.

Via Décor Pad

Beautiful marble and sophisticated herringbone meet for a gorgeous bathroom floor.

Beautiful marble and sophisticated herringbone meet for a gorgeous bathroom floor.

 

Via Gen’s Favourite

Love these tiny penny sized tiles. So chic.

Love these tiny penny sized tiles. So chic.

Via Statigram

The marble look screams elegance while the hexagonal tile shape keeps it casual.

The marble look screams elegance while the hexagonal tile shape keeps it casual.

Via Christina Ramirez

Such elegance! Those floor grates are such a fabulous idea. Much more out of site.

Such elegance! Those floor grates are such a fabulous idea. Much more out of site.

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Wow! What an impact! This Art Deco tiling screams glamour.

Wow! What an impact! This Art Deco tiling screams glamour.

Via New York Mag

A twist on the timber grain tiles.

A twist on the timber grain tiles.

Via Antique Home Design

The colours in these tiles really compliment that gorgeous bathtub.

The colours in these tiles really compliment that gorgeous bathtub.

Via Sacramento Street

This geometric pattern works so well with the subtle colours. Natural lighting is working so well here too.

This geometric pattern works so well with the subtle colours. Natural lighting is working so well here too.

Via Notebook

I love these arabesque tiles. They look fabulous with pastel colours.

I love these arabesque tiles. They look fabulous with pastel colours.

Via Anakainisi-Daikosmisi

This pattern on the tiles is something I have never seen before. I am in love with everything it is teamed with in this image too.

This pattern on the tiles is something I have never seen before. I am in love with everything it is teamed with in this image too.

Via Vintage Luxe

What are your dream tiles? What’s your idea of fabulous bathroom or kitchen tiles?

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

We all love a mirror. Let’s not deny it, we all take a quick glimpse of ourselves as we walk past the mirror. “How’s my hair looking?” “Was this a good outfit choice?” “Any black smudges around my eyes?” “Woohoo! Skinny mirror!”

And then there is the lovely effect a mirror can have on a space. Making it look larger, brighter, more elegant. Practical (putting on straight eyeliner) and pretty. Mirrors come in so many shapes and sizes and the styles of frames out there are almost unlimited.

So here is a collection of images showing mirror styles and mirror styling. What’s your view on mirrors?

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Behind Closed Doors

Doors are sometimes a very forgotten element within the home. Whether it’s the front door, doors to the courtyard, the bathroom door, bedroom door, they tend to be taken for granted and never really expressed. Such a shame.

Here I go once again… “when I have my own house…” Well, a girl can dream can’t she? I am dreaming of a coloured front door, lots of glass in the doors leading out to my outdoor entertaining area, a yellow bathroom door (easy way to let visitors know where to find the toilet!), fancy doors between bedroom and WIR or ensuite. door handles that get a reaction before turned or pulled. I even dream of gorgeous doors or gates used for the vegie patch or the chicken coupe – all still non-existent.

So, below are some lovely images of timber doors, colourful doors,  gates, decorative doors, quirky gates, elegant handles and exciting knockers.

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