Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New House - the Verdict

Remember when I said I was going to visit this Metricon Denver?

Some wise person said to me that you know a house is the right house for you, when you walk in and it feels like home. It just feels right.

Well this house felt like home to us.

Besides a few minor changes, like the addition of plaster cornice, different doors, and the possible addition of a powder room found in  the larger model, it just felt right. Unlike many of the other houses we have looked at, there were no major changes we would make (we can do without the powder room if need be). And when we looked at display homes afterwards, we kept comparing it back to this house.

Seems like a pretty fair indication to me that it is our house. Now to get the husband to actually speak to the house of moolah (ie the bank).
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

At My House

This week at our house we are patching all the new skirtings in the bathroom, ready for painting. I am hoping that I can convince the husband that we should paint the bathroom this Friday seeing as though we have the day off work (and because Kerry comes for dinner on Sunday).

Click on over to Buttons by Lou Lou and play along.
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Monday, March 29, 2010

Christmas Wreath

Despite being reasonably organised, I hate not being able to find what I want in November/December. So, when I found this wreath, I had to have it. Isn't it pretty!

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Blog This Challenge 37 - My Favorite View

Blog This asked what my favourite view was. And I got thinking (as you do) about what was in my favourite view. And there was only one thing that popped into my mind.

As long as I have my husband (who is highly likely to want a divorce after I have published a photo of him crying on the internet) in my view, it will always be my favourite! I love him more than words can describe
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Paynesville - Part 3

So, onto my favourite part of our trip to Paynesville: house stalking.

It's always nice to see how the other half (the richer) live :)
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

A calming space

One thing I love about display homes (oh yes, I am sure you have worked out that I did a massive Display House Tour one weekend - I infact made it around 28 houses in one day...never again!) is that they are designed to be lived in. Designed for the average Joe to say "yes, I can see my stuff in this house". In the majority of them, they are styled with every day items, from regular stores like Target and Adairs. It is one of my hates when glossy magazines show items from stores that aren't readily available. Sure, I get that people pick things up in their travels, but honestly, I hate it when I see the worlds best bookcase, to see it was brought home in a shipping container from Egypt!

This is why I love display homes for inspiration!

Oh, and I love blogs - some of my favourite house pictures are from regular blogs! So keep em coming, if you see something I should know about, email me!!! Pin It

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spotlight on an iPhone - Sleep Cycle

I am one of those people who have sucky sleep. I wake up tired, generally because my alarm goes off at all the wrong times.

So, when a friend told me about Sleep Cycle, I thought I would give it a go, to see if it improved. 

The Sleep Cycle alarm clock is a bio-alarm clock that analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you when you are in the lightest sleep phase. 

Waking up in the lightest sleep phase feels like waking without an alarm clock - it is a natural way to wake up where you feel rested and relaxed.  
Since you move differently in bed during the different phases, Sleep Cycle uses the accelerometer in your iPhone to monitor your movement to determine which sleep phase you are in.It then gives you a read out map of your cycle from the night before.

It has made a difference, and as the number 1 app all around the world, I am guessing a few others have thought that too. 

Find out more here.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

This is me!

The husband and I had the privilege of attending my step-brother's wedding this weekend. Melbourne nicely turned on the sunshine for one more day, allowing me to not have to find a jacket that matched my dress.

I do love a wedding. It's nice to sit back and remember our own wedding...and then laugh that it isn't us going through all that stress!

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I first heard about Trunki's when my god-daughter was given one for her first birthday. I loved how practical it was, not to mention how pretty it was.

So when I saw the limited edition Trunki on MetroMum, I couldn't resist.
Isn't he cute?!?
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Friday, March 19, 2010

Paynesville - Part 2

Day two of our Paynesville holiday included fishing. 

I am not a fan of fishing, I find it to be incredibly boring. Hence I brought a book. The husband however was mighty happy

He was even happier when he caught a fish. We named him Brim.

Isn't Brim pretty in a fishy sort of way? Anyway, Brim was only a baby, and was allowed to swim back to his family.  We also caught a bigger fish, also named Brim, but we threw him back as we had nothing to do with him. Either way, the husband was mighty happy to have caught two fish in the one day.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Paynesville - Part 1

The husband I decided to take a break a few weeks back, booking our leave late last year. Origionally we were meant to be going on houseboat with my best friend, but it turns out she is pregnant with triplets! Extreamly exciting, but killed our holiday plans.

So in order to go see this house, we decided to go to the Gippsland Lakes and stay in Paynesville. Neither of us had ever been there, and, well, it seemed like a good idea. 

Only one thing stood in our way. My car is a Toyota Corolla, and does not have a towball (probably because it is a small car, and has no need for a towball). That was overcome $450 later when a tow kit was fitted to my car (yes, I laughed at it too, until I realised going to Ikea would be so much easier with a trailer).

So we packed up the car and boat. And started the 6 hour drive.

The husband had booked a cute little cabin at Allawah. I can not recommend them highly enough, they had great facilities, including 7 waterfront cabins

Each cabin has its own private jetty (I think this was why husband chose this particular place, but anyhoo)

So a boating trip was needed. Unfortuantly there was a terribly low bridge ahead. It is at this point I wish to point out the husband failed to give me adequate notice to this fact, and I was forced to crouch in the bottom of a wet boat.

Thank you husband, thank you.

to be continued....
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Heritage Homes

From Highview Homes. We're not quite ready to give up on the heritage look (plus I always wanted an attic room)
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kitchen Tiles - TICK!

After a week of walking on glued but not grouted tiles, it was starting to wear thin. Even when being careful to lift my feet, I would occassionally stub my toe on an edge. Hence a call was made to my step-dad to come and help with the grouting. Coming home on Friday I was greeted with this beautiful sight:

But, me being me, that wasn't good enough. I needed one last thing to be done by the husband. I needed the kickboards installed. Luckily we had set aside this weekend to do jobs around the house. Saturday we achieved little, mainly due to him being called in to work (convenient much?). But Sunday was the day. He had a choice: kickboards or paint the bathroom and do the skirtings. He chose kickboards.

And the bathroom

For the first time since renovating our bathroom three and a half years ago, we have a secure toilet. See, we never bothered to screw it to the floor. It was meerly held to the floor by the sucky black pipe underneath. EVERYONE who used our loo commented on how it rocks, but it never really bothered us to spend a grand total of $12.35 (screws - $1.30, floor plugs $2.50, drill bit $8.55) on fixing it to the floor. But with tiles in, it has now been secured, and no longer rocks.

So, it is now fair to say that our kitchen is 99% finished. The last two tasks are installing a phone line behind the freezer, and putting the handles on the new rangehood cupboards (which were finally replaced AGAIN, and third time was the charm). The bathroom needs a little bit of work in the coming weeks though.
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Glass Jars

Does anyone know where to go jars like these from Pottery Barn?

I would prefer them without the monograming, as I am thinking of a display on the bath landing, one with decorative soaps, and assorted goodies.
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