Note this is not an infertility or parenting post!
We moved into our new home six months ago and things have been going along well. The backyard is now finished and Chippie is starting work on the side (now affectionately called Snake Alley*) and I will get my washing line finally up and he can clear all his residual building gear. Then we really need to tackle the front landscaping.
Front of House
Our house is really an advertising billboard for our business so it needs to pack and instant WOW.
We have a rammed earth wall that runs from the exterior all the way through to the kitchen and then a space and an additional internal wall in the living area. There is a boatshed that is clad in a blackbutt timber and we have a front fence that has a limestone column. Our front door is a bespoke hand crafted timber door. There are four really big things that need to tie together in the landscaping and at the moment we are drawing a blank. All four on their own are stunning and together work really well but the landscaping needs to be the thread that makes it all pop.
I think we are going to get a landscape designer to help us with a concept plan.
The pro’s of using a professional are clearly that. You are using someone for their skill in that specific area. This time we used an architect to bring our vision to life in a set of plans. Only to elevation stage because after that Chippie was covered but when we compare this house to some of our other builds the use of space and layout really stands out. All the space is usable and flows from one end of the house to the other.
The other thing to consider is that the soil and area is coastal. We are 400m from the surf beach and our area is known as limestone country. That is how we built the front column from massive boulders that were pulled from our block when we excavated for the pool. Even now when we were doing the back garden I would often hit limestone literally 5cm under the ground. The plants have to be drought tolerant, limestone tolerant and wind tolerant because we can get some nasty coastal winds coming through.
This works well for us because we love native gardens.
Lastly, the one thing we do know is that the front door area will be paved in the same bluestone pavers as our swimming pool. We will probably do that first as it will be the biggest expense. This is our swimming pool below. The garden area there is really starting to take shape.
because of course! we are going to paint the fence as even though once the plants grow it will hide the fence I think it will make the area more, well more classy.
This is where I am having a design confidence issue. I really love the Scandanvian look – the contemporary minimalist nature of it. However, I like colour and I need colour. I am always drawn to reds, burnt oranges and vibrant yellow in paintings so to go a complete muted accented house it just doesn’t sit well. I have halted the next phase of decorating because I don’t really know what direction to go.
We need a rug, artwork, the book case to be finished and the cupboards below to also be completed. These are both being done in a blackbutt timber to match the floorboards and Chippie needs to finish building them. It will look awesome when finalised.
I need to decorate the walls. I need to start the front “good” living area which is actually a space we go in a lot because our old brown leather couch is in there and hot damn the couch is so comfy that we gravitate to this space consistently. Plus, it gets amazing light and is just the spot for an afternoon kip.
I need to finish the guest room and Molly’s play room and I haven’t even started on Molly’s bedroom. This is because we are transitioning to a bed so until I get her official big girl bed it is pretty thrown together.
I need to finish our bedroom. I need a mirror and again art on the wall. I want to put more of my photos up. I found this awesome app called Brushstroke that turned your photos into art but they don’t send to Australia. I am gutted as I had a great shot converted. I don’t know if it will print well due to the iPhone pixallations if do it myself. I would like some professional family shots done but I am a bit hesitant having family photos all over the wall. I don’t know it isn’t really my thing.
Yesterday at lunch I was looking at art on line and I am definitely moving back towards COLOUR so I am keeping the Scandavian feel in the furniture and the clean lines but I am going to keep my own style and not change everything to fit into that look by incorporating colour through art. Besides, our walls are so white they we need some pop! That way I will feel like everything is working together because we have kept our dining table which is not scandavian it was handmade by Chippie out of Queensland recycle rainforest timber (blackbean it is stunning) but I think eventually I will change the dining chairs as they don’t really fit at the moment.
Looking at the art made me feel re-energised and ready to tackle the rest of the house. If you follow me on pinterest you would have seen some of this pop up before. It was good to go back and look at it.
David Bromley – Jade I wish I could afford a piece of his work. I have loved it for a long time. Now it has become very mainstream appearing on the Block and often in design and decorating magazines.
Kirsten Jackson – Happy Me Chipipe and I first saw her work in a Byron Bay Gallery and fell in love with it immediately. Wish I could afford the price tag!
Leon Lester – Metropolis I found this on a website called stateoftheART gallery. Um, yes please. Can someone lend me $5,000?
Raelene Stevens – My Country I love Aboriginal art.
Rosetta Santucci – Scrub Walk First saw her work on Offspring in Nina’s bedroom and have coveted a piece ever since. Her work is actually really affordable but the size is a bit small 50cm. Still, I think I will one day splash out. I know exactly where I want to see her work in our house.
Writing this has given me a renewed sense of confidence. I just need to win the lottery, or rob a bank!?
* snake alley refers to the fact that a few weeks ago on a stinking hot night a freaking baby tiger snake came down the side of our house in search of water. It was clearly disorientated and not normal but a bite from a baby is no different to an adult. Cue: major freak out. It was instantly beheaded (sorry for any animal purists but no) but it put the wind up. it actually came down the clean and populated side of the house. A snake normally veers away from noise not towards it. However I said to Chippie we have to clean the other side which could be a snake haven with lots of places to hide. It’s been a bad snake season. Gross.