The Nice Wolf arrived back from his visit to Australia with everything he needed to stay in the good books for quite some time.
- Australian home magazines.
- Earl grey tea.
- Tim tams.
- A light weight measuring tape, more suited to handbags than my current heavy tape.
- Loads of photos of the house.
But best of all, he brought small panels of sample Solver Paints from my short list. I’ve spent hours gazing at these boards. On the weekend they were perched on a bench in direct view from my bed, then I moved them to the living area to watch them throughout the days as the light changed. Any normal person would stop there.
Feather Dawn, the first to be eliminated from my shortlist. Too white.
Kitty Grey is very pretty and looks the best with our Alpine Mist Caesarstone.
Kitty Grey and Crystal Ball undergoing a warm light, bedroom mood test. You can see that Kitty Grey could be “greige” (grey/brown) at times.
Crystal Ball (I think!) flanked by purples and blues. My biggest fear with using a “cool grey” paint, is it looking like lavender. All clear here. Soft Apparition was next to be removed from my shortlist due to hints of purple in some lights.
Full sun test. Top left: Crystal Ball, Top right: Soft Apparition,
Bottom left: Southward, Bottom right: Kitty Grey.
Final 3: (L to R) Southward, Kitty Grey, Crystal Ball. With some colours and textures that you are likely to find in our main living area. (NB: Timber shown is not blackbutt such as we’ll have at House By The Water )
The colours on my screen are fairly true to reality. Which do you prefer? Southwards is quite dull at night, so I’ve narrowed it down to two. Kitty Grey and Crystal Ball.
And just in case you were thinking of giving me an “A minus” for my home creating obsessiveness, here’s a current view of my rental kitchen.
Dunlin Titan pendants (almost) – 45 cm diameter on left, 36 cm on right.
At $600 a pop for my proposed kitchen bench pendant lights, I wondered if I could get away with a slightly smaller pendant. The answer is no. Now, I just have to be certain that I’ve picked the right style. It would be much simpler to install these lights when everything else is in, taking a couple home from a local shop to test, returning them if necessary before installing. Online ordering and building by a “package system” don’t favour this.
My husband took a lot of photos on site recently. I’m going to be restrained and limit my “show and tell” to just 2 panoramas. One photo to show off the view, the other to give you a sense of our main living area, with the L shaped dining, kitchen and lounge area. Click on the images to be taken to the interactive 360 degree panoramas.
Canal side at House By The Water. Click on image for 360 degree tour.
Standing in the kitchen looking towards the main living area. Click on the picture for 360 degree tour. You’ll see the dining room to your left and the scullery to the far right. The door opening seen here is for the “cellar”.
Home Trends Survey Results
Last week I surveyed readers about Home Trends in 2015. As I suspected, you are a reasonably well-balanced bunch who only let the overwhelming barrage of home deco media and retail get the better of you occasionally. Thanks to 40 readers for participating in the fun, mostly from Australia, but also 9 readers from elsewhere in the world.
What was our biggest temptation? Copper! Almost half of you can’t get enough copper, and the other half like it at least for the kitchen pots. Let’s hope this is one trend that’s here to stay.
What were we most adverse to? Human skull decor, closely followed by pineapples.
Of course there were a few rebels among you. Thank goodness for that. Life would be dull if we were all the same. I’ll let you know when I sign up for a Shibori course, maybe you’d like to join me.