30 September 2011

Concept Board - Children's Bedrooms

Created by Mr nearly 5!

Created by Miss 7
  This is what our older kids have been up to over the last couple of days of the holidays.  Miss 7's is a shoe-in, and I think she's done quite well.

As for Mr nearly 5...  Not so much!  His taste in clothes suggested that he would have better taste in furnishings.  Oh well, plenty of time to work on him.

I hope all the Queenslanders have enjoyed their holidays, and that those still on holidays are having a safe and happy time.


28 September 2011

Master Bedroom

Having three small children, it is really important to me that the Master Bedroom is retreat-like.  No toys, no nonsense, no night-time visitors (we can dream, right?!)

However, I am also wary that I share the room with a man, so I don't want the space to be too feminine.  I think that would just be nasty.

So, with all that in mind, here are a few pictures that I keep coming back to whenever I think of our little haven (conveniently located at the opposite end of the house to the minor bedrooms).

Our bedroom in the old house.  Furniture will be staying.  Lamps may move to Guest Room.  Undecided on artwork at this stage.
Little person will be refused entry!


I love the configuration of the windows and doors in this shot.  Will explain further later...

Husband is going to build a little retreat outside our bedroom.  It will be a.mazing!
 So, the bits that we're pulling out of the images above, are:
  • Dark wall behind bed, and maybe even darker walls for the whole room.
  • Same bed and bedside tables as in the old house
  • Tall floor mirrors behind bedside tables (I am currently considering the Hemnes from Ikea, but need ideas on frame colour - maybe that will be another post)
  • Door/window configuration will be as above, leading to the outdoor retreat, covered with some lush curtains and/or roman blinds
  • A beautiful, relaxing alfresco retreat with pergola
Obviously, whatever we do in the Master Bedroom will have to tie in to the Ensuite.  I will post photos of our Ensuite selections after meeting with the colour consultant.

What are your 'must haves' in a Master Bedroom?

Hope you're having a great week.

23 September 2011

Paperwork central

Hey there blog fans!

We got our tender letter last week and have been madly reading and re-reading and double checking the information for days.  I have never in my life seen such a comprehensive building document.  Let's hope that this means the building process will happen to the letter, given that we've dotted all those 'i's and crossed a million 't's.

We've sent it back for a few changes and should have the updated document this weekend.

Husband has cleared the block.  It looks much nicer now, and is devoid of the three chunks of driveway and kerb that a lovely, professional concretor decided to leave on it.  God only knows why I did not include clearing of the block in the land contract - blonde moment and a half.

Husband has put up a barrier to deter would-be rubbish droppers!

In other news, my stomach is absolutely tied up in knots waiting for the big game tonight.

Have a great day!

Thankful Thursday

Today, this little lady turned three! Can't help but be thankful...

13 September 2011

This is where it's at

Drop beams and import fill and increasing costs and decreasing costs and...

Our tender letter was due last Friday, and then yesterday and then...  (cue birds chirping)

But in more exciting news, our little girl turns three next week, so we are off shopping for special treats for her this afternoon.  No time to visit the builder.

Tomorrow, I will visit the builder.  For someone who usually hates to wait, I am so unfazed by this slowness.  I must be mellowing in my old(er) age!

It's been fun watching some fellow bloggers start to decorate their new homes.  A great opportunity to live vicariously through others!  And the houses are looking fan.tastic!  Great job, girls.

Anything exciting happening at your end?  Please feel free to share!!!

Have a great Tuesday.

08 September 2011

Thankful Thursday

So, what to be thankful for today?  Even on the days when you are busy and tired and have a small person screeching at you for a Hash Brown (for 30 minutes, no less), it is worth taking the time to sit, reflect and review.

This week I have a list:
  • I am feeling better!  Still tired, but less flu-y.  Yay!
  • Our little guy had a great time at his Prep assessment day.  He went off happily, even though his friends were in a different session.  Yay!
  • We nearly have a price for the house.  Yay!
  • We are part of a fantastic community, filled with lovely people.  Yay!
  • We're going to the Broncos on Saturday night.  Yay!
See, they don't have to be huge things.  In fact, I think being thankful for the small, everyday things really makes a difference.

Anything little, or big, that you're particularly thankful for this week?  Let me know, as your comments are but another thing that I'm thankful for.

Happy nearly Friday!

06 September 2011

New Caesarstone(R) Colours

Long time, no blog, peeps!  I hope you've all been well.  We have been living a life of sickness and work, and zero house progress.  However, it looks like that will all change within the next week, so we're gearing up again!

The latest edition of Australian Home Beautiful tells me that Caesarstone has released five new colours in the Classico range!  Why does this always happen just when you think you've made a decision???

Of course, I was straight onto the Caesarstone website to find out whether they were part of the Standard, Deluxe, Premium or or Premium Plus, because, of course, the builder only provides 'standard' as part of the base price.

Shock horror, the colour that we liked is in the Deluxe range.  Oh well, we might just have to splurge...  It looked a lot better in the magazine than on the computer monitor though, so I'll order a sample.

Caesarstone Classico - Shitake
You can see the other new colours here.

In even more interesting news, or so I think, I was reading a magazine that said thinner benchtops are the trend for the coming season.  We were going to go 40mm on our island bench, with waterfall edges, and then 20mm on the bench along the wall.  Again, you make a decision, and then things change on you!  I think this may be a case of going with our hearts, rather than the trend though.  We never have been particularly trendy...

I would love to hear your take on the bench thickness debate.  It might just help us get a decision made for sure.

PS: Let's go, Broncos!