April 23, 2012

Farmhouse inspiration and a progress report...

image via pinterest
There's so much that I love about this kitchen - the antique butchers' block, the marble splash-backs and the copper accent pieces. Not to be fussy, but it does feel let down by the generic white canisters and the bamboo roller blinds..

Meanwhile, on the renovation front... lovely hanging lights have been installed in the main bedroom and walk-in-robe, making this space complete. That means the first ever Chambers Before & After shots are coming (as soon as I find time to iron the bedding for photographs). The iron orb chandelier also arrived, and we unpacked it only to discover a very odd brown splotchy finish over the metal work. The lovely ladies from Two Pairs were on to the supplier in a flash, so I'm sure we'll have the kitchen light hanging soon. And my long awaited landscape painting for the entrance has arrived and is currently at the framers. I'm thrilled with it and can't wait to show you!

April 19, 2012

If I had to pick an all-time favourite...


... it would be a classic black and white stripe. (I know, who doesn't love it?). And my pinterest boards continue to swell with more gorgeous examples of this print in action. The hardest part is not completely draping the House on Chambers with striped fabric (I've limited myself to three rooms... so far).








all images via pinterest

April 16, 2012

Tour the White House...


Let's take a tour of the White House, a renovated 1850's brick cottage in Daylesford, Victoria. Decorated with a mix of industrial and vintage pieces, the house features original 1930's bathroom fixtures, hand-painted wallpaper and vintage art finds.




Best of all, the White House is available for holiday rentals - view availability and pricing {here}. And if you've never been to Daylesford, put it on your list. This foodies' paradise delighted Farmer Joe and I on a mini break last year


all images via Dalani Magazine
You can view the complete home tour {here}.

April 12, 2012

The first crisp days of Autumn...


The first snap of cold weather for the season arrived over Easter. After shooing a slightly dishevelled sparrow out of the chimney, Farmer Joe lit the fire (and if last year is anything to go by, it won't go out again until Spring).

There's nothing quite like a crackling fire for creating a warm and cosy atmosphere...


above images via pinterest





Almost time to pull out the scarves and boots, I think...

April 3, 2012

Decision made... (really this time)


It amazes me that I chose our entire bathroom fit-out in less than an hour, but it has taken me eighteen months to select a feature light for the kitchen. Finally, after excessive bloggy agonising, indecision and desperate emailing to girlfriends, I have ORDERED and PAID FOR this beautiful orb chandelier from Two Pairs in Adelaide. At 66cms diameter, I'm hoping that it will provide the atmosphere and character I've been looking for, while still leaving enough head room over the island bench. If you're having trouble visualising it, here is a similar light fitting that I spotted on Decorpad...


images via decorpad
I'll update you the very minute she's installed...

April 2, 2012

Grunt work and bribery... (New Lawn Part 2)

Farmer Joe modelling the Australian Farmer's uniform... Blue work shorts, blue singlet.
Farmer Joe says that every major renovation job has a point of "rock bottom" - when you are so mentally and physically exhausted that you'd almost rather move house than finish the work. Well, raking up dead Kikuyu runners did it for me last week (above). Kikuyu was popular for lawns in the 1970's and 80's, but is now a noxious weed in agricultural areas, so all the runners had to be gathered up and burnt.


With the hated Kikuyu eventually disposed of, Farmer Joe dug trenches for the new automatic pop-up sprinkler system, and Farmer Sim arrived to help with the plumbing and electrical work...

Farmer Joe and Farmer Sim discussing the finer points of lawn irrigation infrastructure
There is a very simple trick to recruiting (and retaining) volunteer labour... just the right amounts of food and beer. Too little and your workforce will head home by lunch time, too much and your working bee will degrade into a casual weekend boy's hangout. We must have got the balance just right, because by yesterday afternoon, the sprinklers were operational, and the boys were gleefully spreading new lawn plugs...


This morning my whole body aches and my arms are like jelly, but the job is done. And I couldn't help but smile when a startled Farmer Joe cried out "What the hell is that noise?" when the sprinklers popped up automatically at 6.00am...