Dear Nice Wolf,
Don’t bother to read this post. It’s not really your thing. Mostly about interiors. I’ll send you some pictures of building progress very soon.
Okay, readers. Just between you and me, it’s possible that I’ve spent more on shopping in the last 6 weeks than I did in the whole two years prior to that. There wasn’t a lot to tempt me in Brazil and anything of interest was exorbitantly priced. So I’ve been patiently planning for two years and refining my interiors style. We’re calling it “modern Australian with a touch of earthiness” or “surf and turf” for short. Well now I’m home and we are on the countdown until House By The Water is ready for occupation. We’ve had a run of birthdays and, yes, the
mother father of all consumer events is just around the corner, so some rather lovely things have been purchased. I’ve been buying only things that fit with the mood boards I’ve created for each room. Here’s some highlights:
The Nice Wolf sourced these locally for my birthday. They are the real deal. The man who made them thought it was such a waste to use them for lighting when they could be catching crayfish. They have so much character and a lot of weight. I plan to age them in the weather a bit, then hope they’ll bring a relaxed, natural vibe to our house.
I got some sofa quotes, but I’m not entirely happy yet, so I think I’ll extend the search. My dream was an Australian-made linen sofa, but practicalities (read: removable covers) lead me to look at the Lazy Time sofa. Its fabric is mixed, with only a small percentage of linen and the sample fabric I chose in the show room is not quite right:
The First Little Pig turned 11 and, with strong reader encouragement, we gave her a hanging chair:
After 20+ years on the same mattress and 15+ on a homemade, rickety bed, we are upgrading. I’ve been researching beds for the past year and had my eye on several Australian-made options. I like very plain, blond coloured timber, with the focus on a comfortable backrest for my breakfasts in bed! My shortlist of beds did not include any beds stocked in Western Australia so I went in search of a bed that didn’t come with shipping costs. What do you think of this one?
I love the way it appears to float off the floor. I haven’t bought it yet. I don’t want to peak too early with my purchases and have to deal with moving lots of furniture when our floors are installed. I did, however, buy some linen sheets to celebrate my first pay cheque for my new job.
So the master bedroom mood board has morphed to something like this:
I’ve a few other items that cannot yet be revealed. I’m finding it useful to shop with the mood boards in mind, helping me stick to the big picture and to make quick decisions.
At House By The Water this week, I’m actually locked out – not just for accounting purposes. Of course, it’s cramping my photo-taking style. The internal painting is in full swing, and thank goodness there is some tiling started. The tiler is also working on our stacked stone cladding which seems to be a case of “don’t rush the artist”. It’s certainly an art fitting all the pieces together while trying to balance out the different colours and shapes to give the illusion that it’s all random.