Big Art.

A little birdie told me that….. not only do we have bricks at our block, but we also have bricklayers! Alas, no photos yet, so I’m going to fill this space with some art.

Courtesy of my mother-in-law, who is rather artistic, we have a lot of paintings.  Probably the hallways and bedrooms of our two floors will become mini impressionist galleries.  But in our living room, there will be a great big wall that calls for something different.  Kinda like these:

The wall that needs art (shown here with the black meshy thing):

Ruben living room.

The display house model of our future living room. Photo source: Webb and Brown-Neaves.

What I want:

  • Australian spirit.
  • Big  (eg. 2 x 1 metres)
  • Colours that work with my grand scheme – blues, blacks, greys, whites – all OK.  (Other colours OK too – but in moderation.)
  • Paint or textiles.
  • Maximum price $2500.

Here are some Australian artists currently on my radar:

Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa

Paintings from: Japingka Gallery.

When we visited Yulara in central Australia last year, my kids were lucky enough to experience a short “dot painting” workshop with Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa.  Maureen was the “artist in residence” at Mulgara Gallery at the time.  Some of Maureen’s art was for sale at the gallery and I loved them!  She has plenty for sale online but the prices at the gallery in Yularu were far better.  I should have squeezed one into our camper van…

Sean Wilkinson

Sean Wilkinson calls his style “Australianism” and I think his paintings ooze Australian culture and scenes.  Most of these paintings are too small for our wall, but I reckon I could commission a piece especially for House By The Water.  Fancy a trip to Mandurah, Wilkinson family?

Adriane Strampp

Nina and Patrick's "Offspring" home featuring "Ghost Garden" by Adriane Strampp.  Source:  Homelife.

Nina and Patrick’s “Offspring” home featuring “Ghost Garden” by Adriane Strampp. Source: Homelife.

OK, so I may be a little big biased towards this artist – lured by the love scenes filmed in her home.  Unfortunately large paintings by Adriane Strampp are out of my price range, otherwise I don’t think I could resist a piece of her oil on linen.

Sarrita King

My perfect colours.  Serrita King is a young Australian aboriginal artist with her finger on the pulse.  I can’t wait to see some of her paintings in person the next time I’m visiting Fremantle.

Do you have some Aussie art that you love?

Tween room.

The First Little Pig is about to turn 10.  There are days when my stuffed-toy-loving daughter still seems like a little girl and, gradually more often,  there are days when she seems all grown up.  She’s certainly old enough to have her own opinion on most things, including her own room.  I’ve been trying some gentle persuasion using my favourite pictures of bedrooms, many of which my daughter has categorically dismissed.  And, in turn, she has collected some pictures that I’m not too fond of.    We’ve managed to find just enough common ground:

Purple bricks.  Girls bedroom.

Source: Originally on Vertbaudet. (No longer available.)

OK, so we are not painting a wall purple, but if we had a brick wall with daggy bricks, I’d go for it.  My daughter’s favourite colours are blue, white and purple.  She is attracted to drawers, shelving and boxes – probably a good thing given her genetic predisposition to hoarding.  (Nothing to do with me.)

Girl's bedroom.

Source:  Original source not found.

Hands up all 10 year old girls who’d like a four poster bed?  What about a hanging chair?  I understand the attraction, but nope, that’s not happening either.

Red bedroom.

Source: Originally on Pottery Barn, no longer available.

I like the more adult colours here.  Still fun and feminine, but fresh too.  Originally I was drawn to this picture by the red and pink tapestry above the bed.  We bought two similar tapestries in India a few years, one for each of our girls.

Source:

Source:  Daily Dream Decor.  (Unverified.)

The hanging chair is definitely popular.  I have no idea whether our ceiling could cope, but my daughter is happy with any kind of space dedicated to book reading – so I am planning a book-nook of the more traditional kind.  I like the light colour pallet used in this picture, with a bit of red to avoid it looking too young.  We already have a few things in this colour pallet.

A whimsical room.  Still dreamy but definitely not babyish.  I love this one in every way, though my daughter is not keen on the quilt.

This week’s “Top 5″ inspiration pictures are such a hotch potch.  The internet is overflowing with gorgeous baby and toddler rooms and there is plenty of inspiration for adults too.  But where are all the pictures of rooms for the inbeTween years?   Are photographers too scared to enter?  I see my kid’s rooms as a chance to let loose a bit.  To inject some fun and personality.

So here is my mood board (take 1) for my daughter’s room, approved (without any particularly great enthusiasm) by my daughter:

First little pig's moodboard.

Based on furniture and decor we already have.

My mother-in-law painted Van Gogh’s “Almond Blossoms” to celebrate the birth of our first daughter.  In real life, it’s beautiful and is the only “must have” in the room.  Something’s not right with this mood board, but I can’t put my finger on it.  Any suggestions?  I tried adding some bold yellow.  My daughter screwed up her nose and I admit that it’s not right for her.

Adding yellow to the mood.

With yellow?

Of course it can be work in progress and I’m sure it will evolve.  We will be using an old wooden bed that belonged to my Aunt before it belonged to me.  I think it needs a lick of paint.  White?  We’ll also make use of an old wooden bookshelf, bedside table and storage bench – all ripe for the painting.  It’s just a matter of picking a colour.

Edit:  Following your suggestions and photos, the First Little Pig and I prepared this mood board together.  I think it’s much better.  She’ll probably put her very bright coloured donna cover on at first, while we search for “the” perfect bed cover.

Hanging chair bedroom.

Bedroom mood board – Take Three.

The Scullery

Our kitchen is going to be fairly spick and span.  In theory.  But I love to bake, and the Nice Wolf doesn’t mind getting in touch with his inner Frenchman either.  So I want a space where we can let it all hang out, have everything at our fingertips and make a lovely, floury mess.  Introducing the scullery!  Otherwise known as a butlers pantry, the scullery sits behind the kitchen.  It will be also be the place to hide the dirty pots, out of view from the main living area.

My scullery inspiration:

Beth-Kirby-Local-Milk-kitchen-by-Jersey-Ice-Cream-Co-Remodelista-10

Essential floating shelves.  Source: Remodelista.

Farmhouse kitchen

Source: Vintage house.

Kitchen shelving

Simple and useful. Our subway tiles will be light grey. Source: Our House.

I know, all a bit samey, just different degrees of rusticness.  (I hope you enjoyed those two new words.)  At least I know what I like.  Some floating wooden shelves and a couple of potted herbs is all I need to get started.   I already have the vintage scales, wooden chopping boards and Kitchen Aid mixer.

Here’s the basic layout of our scullery as shown in the display home:

Photos from Webb and Brown-Neaves.

That’s more than 3 metres of extra cake-baking heaven!  We will install our own open shelves for easy access to baking staples and some hooks and racks for our favourite tools.  My Kitchen Aid mixer will have pride of place, but…..da, da, da, daah (insert “wrong answer” sound effect) – it’s red!  For many years my favourite colour was red.  I have lots of lovely Le Creuset pots and pans in red and a matching mixer.  Now my favourite colour is not red!  I am considering painting my mixer a neutral colour, but Aunty Kate strongly advises me against it.

My scullery:Scullery mood board

Featuring:

  • Floor:  NSW Blackbutt timber.
  • Splash back tile:  Vogue grigio gloss, subway tile size with white grout.
  • Caesarstone bench top: Alpine Mist.
  • Cabinets:  Classic white sheen (polytec)
  • Antique kitchen scales.
  • Well glass pendant light from Dunlin.

To finish my post, for Deb at “Deb’s Dream Home“, I’ve been trying to imagine the first thing that I’ll make in my brand new scullery.  My first thought is macarons – but in reality, when we first move in, life is going to be chaotic and macarons are not going to be a priority, so I’m going with home-made pizza or pasta!

Do you have a scullery?

What’s the first thing you cooked in your new kitchen?

And, should I paint my Kitchen Aid mixer another colour?

 

Gallery

Top 40 homes and gardens.

To end a month of celebrations and self indulgence, I’m sharing my Top 40 favourite pictures of homes and gardens.  I thought it would be a cinch to post my favourite pics, but it has actually taken me all month to pull this together.  I’ve included all the links to the photo sources, so if you see something you like, click a little further and you’ll often find pictures of the whole house.  When you get to the end, leave a comment to let me know which photo you like the best.

Top 5 Houses that I just keep coming back to look at:

  1. Previously rentable via One Fine Stay, this New York apartment was renovated by Athena Calderone from Eye Swoon.
  2. A little on the sparse side, but I imagine this house to be very similar to HBTW once we put timber floors in.   Somewhere between the extremes of the house above and this one is where I’d like to see HBTW’s aesthetic lie.

    Amalfi Residence by Bayden Goddard Design Architects.  Source:  Home DSGN

    Amalfi Residence by Bayden Goddard Design Architects. Source: Home DSGN.

  3. An irresistible entrance and home amongst the trees.  This house says “Australia” to me.

    Storrs Road Residence by Tim Stewart Architects.  Source:  Home DSGN.

  4. Bondi home with a beach vibe, without being obvious.  I love the splashes of blue with white and wood. The brick walls are original.

    Source:  Trends Ideas.

    5.  And, if I wasn’t starting with a new build – I’d want a warehouse, or a barn to convert.  This Amsterdam loft conversion is just the ticket:

    Picture source: Vosges Paris.

 

5 Best of the West.

For more details and pictures of all 5 of these Western Australian homes, check out one of my favourite blogs:  House Nerd.

  1. Cambuild’s “light, white, wood-filled house“.  Inside and out, I’ll take one of these, please.

    Photos by Joel Barbitta of D-MAX Photography.

    Photos by Joel Barbitta of D-MAX Photography.

  2. The “rustic modern house“:

    A new house with character.  Photos by:

    A new house with character. Photos by: Joel Barbitta at D-MAX Photography.

  3. Jeremy’s house was designed around a marri tree and some special needs.  I wish all kids with special needs could have a house like this.Jeremy's house
  4. The Old Stone Farmhouse is a piece of rural Australian history.  It’s filled with goodies old and new, many of which you can purchase on the owner’s website, Cranmore Home.

    The Old Stone Farmhouse.

    Photo by Sally Mills.

  5. House Nerd has a special radar for interesting houses.  This spacious living area was once a church.

    Photographs by Heather Robbins of Red Images Fine Photography.

    Photographs by Heather Robbins of Red Images Fine Photography.

Top 5 Kitchens from around the world.

  1. One from South Africa:

    Unrestricted by safety regulations!

    Unrestricted by safety regulations!  Source: Home Adore.

  2. Norway:
    Norwegian kitchen.

    Natural light galore and a neutral pallet. Source: Planet Deco.

    3.  France:

    Old mill kitchen.

    19th century oil mill. Source: One Kind Design.

    4.  Canada:

    Canadian kitchen.

    Old meets new in a light and homely kitchen.  Source: Sophie Burke Design.

    5.  And, the United States of America:

LA kitchen

My size kitchen bench.  Room for the whole family.  Jenni Kayne’s Los Angeles kitchen found on Architectural Digest.

Top 5 Backyards

  1. This garden by Tim Davies Landscaping belongs to the original “Rubix” display house – our house plan.
  2. There’s so much I love about this Melbourne back yard; the decking, the timber “soldiers”, the pizza oven, the brickwork, all designed around the tree.  
  3. From Punta del Este, in South America, my ideal outdoor kitchen and dining room.

  4. With similar “back yard” space to us, this Sydney yard has always stuck in my mind.  The fish pond and pool connected by a “jetty” is such a unique touch.

  5. This garden is in the U.S., but it would look equally at home in Australia.  Rust for the outback, big trees for the bush.  

5 rooms I love.

  1. Sofa ✔ timber floors ✔ single grey wall ✔ art made from material ✔.
  2. A master bedroom that manages to be light and moody all at the same time.
    Bedroom.

    Source: Lonny.

    3.  Probably any room from this house could make it onto my Top 5.  Check out the whole house, it’s full of nice surprises.  The stand outs for me are the art, the large windows and the floral additions.

    Mill house open living

    Remodelled mill house. Source: One Kind Design.

    4.  I like my light and I like my trees… you might need high fencing between neighbours for this one.  The house to which this bathroom belongs is probably not what you’d expect.

    Transparent bathroom.

    Source: Mi Casa.

    5.  A delightfully welcoming hallway:

     

    Top 5 “Australian-made” showcases

  1. Mark and Louella Tuckey’s home, filled with Mark Tuckey‘s Australian made furniture and relics from an Aussie life.

  2. Jan Juc house showing off custom made cabinetry and Aussie-made sofas.

    Source: House Awards

    Source: House Awards.

  3. This award winning Australian house was met with mixed feedback in its unfurnished state.  I think the view speaks for itself.  Here it looks modern and homely with Australian-made furniture from Domayne:Domayne Furniture.
  4. Inspired by and built into the sand dunes near 13th Beach, this house is a beautiful work of art.

  5. Have I already mentioned that I love Melbourne?  Fitzroy is the place to be.  Australia’s answer to New York’s loft conversions.  So cool.

    Source:  Home Adore.

    Source: Home Adore.

 

Top 5 “By The Water” houses

  1. My kind of beach house.  Relaxed.

    On the New South Wales Coast.  Source:  Desire to Inspire.

  2. A villa in Majorca.

    Source:  Planet Deco.

  3. Not your average display home….

    Pacific view.

    Apartment display suite at Bondi Beach. Source: SJB architects.

  4. Jaw-droppingly beautiful grounds on the Mexican coast:

    Photo source: Freshome.

  5. Somewhat extravagant, but I could do it if I had to:

    Sydney knows how to do water views.  Source:  Home Adore.

    Sydney knows how to do water views. Source: Home Adore.

Top 5 spaces for “my next life”.

  1. As a child I will grow up in this bedroom:

  2. I will, of course, be French!

    French home.

    Source: AD Design File.

  3. I will have chooks and a veggie patch large enough to be self sufficient.

    Vegetable garden

    Source: not known.

  4. And, probably a very expensive oven where I will bake ’til my heart’s content and never get fat:

    Oven

    Source: Remodelista.

  5. Then laze in my outdoor bathroom.
Outdoor bath

Source: Living.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slab!

Slab

My friend, who was wishing for a concrete pool lining for her birthday this week, tells me that concrete is the new diamonds. Cut, clarity, colour and carat (weight) are all looking good.

 Happy Birthday to me!

Our building inspector, visited our block prior to the slab pour and gave everything the thumbs up.  He very kindly sent me some extra photos.

Under the slab.

Just prior to slab pour.

Pre-slab pour.

Retaining walls

Our fancy (read expensive!) retaining walls.  Later they’ll be rendered.

There will be celebrations here tonight.  We will be trialling the first contender for House By The Water’s signature drink, a Blueberry Mojito.

Blueberry Mojito

Source: Inspired Taste. Thanks for the suggestion, Miranda!

Cheers!

 

 

Earthworks and slab preparation.

My blogging fingers are poised above the letters “S, L, A and B”.  My local sources are at the ready to snap photographic evidence.  The invoice has been received!  The sun is shining on Mandurah.  And, ingredients for trial #1 of House By The Water’s signature cocktail have been purchased.  Any moment now…

Last week, Nearmap‘s plane flew over our block and captured pictures of a big yellow machine back filling and levelling our land.

Earthworks.

Pool scaffolded over, backfilling earth up to the retaining walls, levelling the block. Could that be piles of bricks already?

Yesterday the block looked like a hive of activity.  It’s quite incredible the amount of work that will soon be hidden under the slab.

Front entrance.  Downpipes will be hidden in the exterior walls.

Front entrance. Downpipes will be hidden in the exterior walls.

Looking from the laundry across to the living areas.

Looking from the laundry across to the living areas.

Concrete pour for footings.

Concrete funnel?

Slab preparation.

Concrete footings going in? Garage area yet to be prepared.

I hope I’m not leading any one up the wrong tree with my captions.  I’m only guessing what is going on.

Thanks to Progress Realty Photo Services for the photos.  Apologies for the not quite perfect photo quality – I think their camera was hidden in a shoe.  Stay tuned for the next post!

 

The cellar.

Well more of a cupboard really, but anyway….

Photo thanks to Webb and Brown-Neaves.

The display home version.  Photo thanks to Webb and Brown-Neaves.

There is a generous space under our stairs, accessible from the kitchen, that we are calling “the cellar”.   I looked up a couple of DIY instructions for converting a cupboard to a proper cellar, you know with temperature and humidity control.  Oh my goodness, it’s way easier just to drink the wine!

Over the years, the “Nice Wolf” has managed to purchase a small wine fridge or two, when I wasn’t looking.  This cupboard is for them.  We’ll also use the space to store all our glassware, drinking paraphernalia (margaritas are a serious business) and any overflow from the pantry.  We are going to need some shelving and, since the door is glass, it needs to look good.

If you have a real underground cellar, then little more than several cases of wine is needed to create a nice atmosphere.  But for a cellar cupboard, my web search revealed very little to get me in the mood for a party.  Never-the-less here are some of my favourites:

Wood cellar

I love the recycled/raw wood used here. Picture: Kevin Knight and Company.

Home bar

I like the simplicity of this bar. A bit old fashioned for HBTW, but the basic idea is great. Picture: Shelterness.

Cellar cupboard

I’m flirting with the idea of brick wallpaper, but sensibility will probably prevail.  Picture: Home Bunch.

Great shelving layout.  DIY-able.  Picture:  Segreto Secrets.

Great shelving layout. DIY-able. Picture: Segreto Secrets.

Cafe inspiration.

Stylish shelving and modern style. Source: Bungalow classic.

HBTW’s cellar mood board:

Cellar mood board.

Featuring:

  • Wooden book cases that we already have. (Minus their ornate edges, plus some extra internal structure for easy access to any wine bottle.)
  • Wine crates as drawers to hide the less beautiful items.
  • Vintec wine fridge.
  • Open shelves for glassware.
  • The Nice Wolf’s homemade cork board.  (Yes, we can be very daggy sometimes.)
  • Black pendant light.  (This is a maybe.  I’m starting to wish I included more pendant lights instead of down lights on our lighting plan.)
  • An off-cut of caesarstone for a small bench top.

What would you do with a spare cupboard under the stairs?

Do you have a space dedicated to wine, beer or cocktails?

Has anyone tried those cooler drawers?

And most importantly, what should House By The Water’s signature drink be?  I’m thinking blue.