Inside is pretty much done. I’ve still got the odd picture to hang and a couple of little things to buy or paint (like Gretel’s desk needs to be painted white). But this is as good as it is going to get for a little while.
I love the entrance. I’m really in love with long hallways that you find in old federation houses in Melbourne and tried to create something like that. The stone wall at the front looks amazing (well worth all the agony posts) and the pendant hanging at the end of the hall throws an amazing pattern on the wall at night. The third photo above is a purpose build wine area – just need to buy the wine cabinet to put it in.
The LITTLEMAN’s ROOM
The LittleMan’s room is the old master bedroom. It is nearly a bedsitter and will be perfect for when Grandma comes to stay (or other guests). I still want to buy a sofa bed so you can sit and watch tv and play the wii but it will be the perfect teenagers hangout. (Marky Mark took these photos and clearly if I’d have taken them they’d probably have a straightened bedspread, clean desk etc but love that he took the photos for me). The LittleMan desperately wants to hang copious amounts of Adelaide Crow’s supporters gear but we will pass for now (or ever).
THE WINGMAN’S ROOM
The Wingman’s room is a completely new room that is roughly 3mx3m. I’m really happy with it and so is he. He is loving all the Star Wars stuff (without going completely over board). He said to me the other day that he can’t wait to go to bed at night and snuggle in his sheets and look at all the cool stuff.
THE GREMLIN’S ROOM
The Gremlin’s room is the first (and only) room that I’m slightly disappointed in my spatial planning. It is 3m x 3m and was her old bedroom but just made slightly bigger. In my head it was going to have a hanging chair from Ivory and Deane in it but the builder said it would be difficult to get into the roof trusses to hang it. I’m still thinking about how to make it extra special. In saying this, if you saw her gorgeous walk in wardrobe you’d probably want to move in. Still need to hang the painting her and I drew (it certainly isn’t going to win a prize but happy that we created it together).
KITCHEN / DINNING
The kitchen and dining area didn’t get too much of a change. We bricked up an existing door and knocked out (and enlarged) a window into a mega sliding door. Originally we wanted french sliders but that would require a new steel beam that I wasn’t prepared to splurge on. I’m very happy with the end result.
Painting the wall black was a late ‘on a whim’ decision that I’m in love with. The old part of the house had a cosy country vibe and by painting just one wall black it now has a more industrial/coffee lounge vibe. I may have had black paint all over my hands but so worth it! We are going to continue the photo wall wrapping around and have already picked five awesome photos to get enlarged from our recent trip. Amazing how one dramatic change (that took maybe four hours to implement) has completely changed the vibe of the room.
The stairs are stairs! Not a feature but probably more just a function need. I splurged after looking at Pintrest from hours and got the foot level down-lights. I’ve hung the same pendant light in the void space to throw the same cool pattern at night time.
As the build went on I was a little nervous about the master bedroom. Compared to the LittleMan’s room the master looked tiny. At the end of the day all we needed to do was sleep there. But I think when you combine it with my mammoth ‘dressing room’ complete with black chandelier you realise how spoilt and lucky we are. (Apologies for the messy drawers but I figure essentially this is a massive closet
So if you come and visit my house one thing you are going to say is ‘how big is this bathroom?’ And in reality it is big (we acknowledge it) but it was cheaper (and easier) to build on the existing walls downstairs. Hence it is as wide as one hallway wall to the beginning of the LittleMan’s ensuite.
The shower combo is so nice in the morning that pulling yourself away from it is hard. The reflection in the big rain shower is so flattering (lol).. hence the photo. I would highly recommend the bathroom layout we have (but maybe ask me after the first water bill). The black tapwear, shower heads and bathroom hardware is a personal preference and will probably polarise some people but absolutely… 100 percent.. no regrets!
RUMPUS aka Parents Retreat aka Lounge aka Dance Floor
So this room is just heaven.
We new it was going to be and it has delivered. The impressive windows capture the beautiful mountains at every turn. I sit here in the morning and night, eat most meals and drink wine just thinking and taking it in. The view just doesn’t change… dad is looking down on me I’m sure. I talk to him from here; it is the one place I feel connected to him.
We still have the fireplace to put in but we are debating if up here is the right place given how warm it can get in the afternoon. One afternoon as I sat in the beautiful sun streaming in I was debating turning on my awesome fans (hmm wonder how hot summer is going to be – thankfully we have air-conditioning).