Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lissanne from SORTED! in Perth

Lissanne Oliver from SORTED! will be running a workshop in Perth (Mandurah actually) on 3 July. This is very exciting, as I regularly refer to great tips in Lissanne's book (also called SORTED!) to get me back on track particularly during renovations when things are all over the place.
It will be a good opportunity to spend a day in Mandurah as I haven't been in ages.

Maja xxx

Friday, June 18, 2010

Great finds

I had a lovely day today looking at the treasures over at the Greenwood Salvos store. I found a lot of great things (bags, clothes, shoes, art, bric-a-brac) but as I only allocated $20 for this trip I had to compromise. So here is what I managed to get for the twenty: a pretty tray for only $3.99, a little acrylic of Esperance WA that was living in an ugly frame - $4.99, a pretty oil on canvas with pink roses also living in an ugly frame $3.99, a pretty wooden frame $3.99, a wooden mug holder $4 and a pretty ceramic figurine for $2. Isn't she gorgeous? OK, so I went a little over budget, but it was worth it. Oh, and the latest issue of Home Beautiful from my local newsagent :).

Have a lovely weekend
xoxo Maja

Monday, June 14, 2010

Kitchen reno

One of the main projects we've so far undertaken was kitchen renovation. This was something I was desperate to do as the original kitchen was nasty. It was smelly and greasy and had serious lack of adequate storage space. Not that I really stored anything in the cupboards anyway, things lived in boxes for quite a while. The first thing that went was an old exhaust fan and it was discusting (oh-my-God)!. It's a shame I didn't take a picture of it because it looked like something from an episode of CSI!


We got a few quotes but they were all above our total budget of $10,000 (and this was meant to include new appliances) so we decided to tackle the job ourselves using the flatpack kitchen from our local hardware store.

The old kitchen decided it wasn't going to go away without a fight. The old wall tiles were stuck to the wall with cement or concrete or whatever it was, it was pulling big chunks of plaster off the wall so we had to do a lot of repair and that slowed the process somewhat.

During (even Bella decided to land a hand)...

As we were doing most of the work ourselves (apart from plumbing and electrical), we could afford better quality kitchen tops and we opted for granite. I wanted a glass splashback, but again the cost was prohibitive and instead we discovered these awesome Spanish tiles that look like glass and finished the rest with handmade Turkish stone mosaics.

We are thrilled with the final result. The new layout makes cooking a breeze and we use the central island for meals very often.

xoxo Maja

Almost French

My windows, that is. One thing I loved about our house when I first saw it was that all the joinery was made of hardwood (jarrah), hidden below the layer of mission brown enamel. Right at that moment I saw the potential - French windows!

They were very painful to restore as they had been neglected for over 30 years so they needed a lot of TLC. Some window panes were warped and the putty was missing in quite a few places. Paint caused some hassle. We used shiny white enamel on the inside but DH decided to go with a water based high gloss externally. Let's just say that we quickly returned to the trusted enamel :).

There are still a few to go (there are only so many weekends in a year), but already the neighbours have commented how pretty the 'new' old windows look. 

What do you think?

xoxo Maja

Friday, June 11, 2010

Label away - Win a DYMO Labler or $5000!

I've always wanted one of these. $5000 would be useful as well :).

•$5000 cash
•DYMO LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo
•DYMO LabelManager 210D

•the first 99 runner up winners each receive a DYMO LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo
•the next 99 runner up winners each receive a DYMO LabelManager 210D

Friday, June 4, 2010

First ebay purchase

I promised to show you my first pretty purchase from ebay. Tada! Isn't she pretty. But the fabric is soiled and worn so that will be my project in the next few weeks - to find a fabric and pretty it all up.
I got all excited about it and bought 3 pretty cushions as well. I have to admit it is all rather addictive. I think I'll be freezing my credit card soon.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog! Today has been an interesting day with two firsts for me - my first blog post and my first ebay purchase. I know, I know! What was I thinking?
But here I am, wanting to share with you my trials and tribulations as we try to convert a small 1970s house into a pretty, functional and above all sustainable home.
Oh, and as for my ebay purchase, it's a pretty dressing table stool in a desperate need of some TLC that I hope to present to you on Friday.
Have a great week!


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