WE HAVE A KITCHEN

If you’ve ever attempted a semi-small renovation, you’ll understand when I say that it’s the final stages that seem to drag on forever. I think it’s because with demo work, the results are virtually instantaneous – here’s a wall and now it’s gone. But the fiddly bits don’t have such instant visual gratification for me and I really have to push through to see my vision come to life… Continue reading

HANDBAG ESSENTIALS

20150705_143200 finalI’m sure most of us have a few handbag staples – tissues, gum etc (my bag seems to go forth and produce its own lip gloss colony – I put one in and a few months later, its multiplied to at least half a dozen!) But, when renovating and/or decorating, there are a few things you should have on hand to help make the process easier:

1. MEASURING TAPE pretty self-explanatory

2. RENO/DECO NOTEBOOK  It’s what’s in the notebook that really matters… Continue reading

CORAL ORNAMENT

sea foamCoral has always been one of my favourite ornamental decor pieces. It’s angular and irregular features add texture and impact to any display. I have picked up replica resin coral in Hawaii as they are some of the most realistic I’ve seen. Alas, I can’t just pop to Hawaii every time I want some more. Boo. So, when a friend found this piece of sea-foam in a  beach side car park, they rescued it and gave it to me. Time for a DIY makeover… Continue reading

BATH TIME – ROUND 2

I love tiling. There I said it. I’m not afraid to admit it. This is the part of the reno that I enjoy… until it gets to the hard bits. The bathroom is small and does not get a lot of natural light so I decided to stick with lighter colours to reflect back as much light as possible. I had lusted after small grey hexagon marble tiles I had seen used in the States many moons ago but I just couldn’t afford them. (Check out my tile tip under Tips & Tricks!)

Instead I went completely off my own brief and chose what was a relatively new product back then – ceramic “floor boards” for the floors. This was in keeping with the relaxed beachy feel I was going for in the house.

Bathroom reno

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NIPPY TILE TIPPY

There are so many options/directions you can take in tiles so if you have a look or feel or even better, a reference, take it with you when you visit your big local tile store. 

BUT once you’ve decided on a tile and it’s a more “common” variety, go home and do some research. Shop around. Yes, you may have to travel a little further to grab a bargain but if you are like me and working to a budget of next-to-nothing, then a little time and effort can save you big bucks. I saved a few hundred dollars on my subway tiles just but shopping around.