28.7.14

F*#%, what a R I D E !

 If I know you personally or if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you'll know that my life hit an unexpected road block a few weeks ago...

An intimate look at my gizzards during surgery # 1.

After suffering from acute upper abdominal pain on and off for three years, a week of back-to-back episodes saw me take action and go to hospital. 
Long story short, after three hospital admissions, one each of transesophageal echocardiogram, X-ray and ERCP, two MRIs, Ultrasounds and Surgeries, four ECGs and days without any food or water, 5 cannula's and my own body weight in analgesics (including narcotics) being administered via injection, intravenously or ingested - I am one gall bladder and one very problematic gall stone lighter. 
(and I've put on a kilogram....W.T.F.! Go figure!)


I received some beautiful flowers...and have ploughed my way through some great mags


I have to say that the paramedic, nursing and medical staff that I encountered in the emergency department (public hospital) and wards during the surgery procedures (private hospital) were absolutely wonderful. I feel so grateful to have been looked after by such professional, dedicated and caring individuals.


This was the westerly view at sunset from one of our top balconies tonight. Stunning.
Am soooo glad to be home.
I am allowed to drive again on Wednesday (Hooray!)

Thank you to those who have kindly wished me well throughout this ordeal!
 
Am glad to say all is again well in my world!

x KL

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3.7.14

bits and bobs

I have come to the conclusion that my blog will never be regularly attended to. Thank you to my regular readers for your perseverance with me...
 I do like having a record of this house's progress though (albeit slow) and life in general (whizzing by), so here's an update...

Both the Main Bedroom En suite and Guest / J's bathroom upstairs have been waterproofed. After a council inspection next week we can organise the under-floor heating guys to do their bit!
No pretty pictures - sorry!

The dilemma regarding black walls - where? was resolved. I said 'there, there and there' and the stark white is history! If I win the Lottery I might add a bit of feature wallpaper!

TIP!  Use a tinted undercoat for dark coloured walls to ensure perfect depth of colour.


Painting the dining area end wall means that I'm also committed to my black kitchen! Eeeek!


My wee upstairs linen cupboard is complete and will adequately handle the overflow from the larger / main downstairs version!

I've also discovered Gumtree ... and have / am having great success; saying goodbye to furniture from previous homes. It's also an excellent way of helping those starting out with cheap goodies or freebies! And it's more simple to list than eBay!

Bye-Bye Bali Style...
 The Gumtree discovery was prompted by the return of one of our nest leavers (yay!) who was accompanied by a house worth of recently purchased appliances and furniture (um...not so yay). Some major culling was required!

All listed on Gumtree!
Fast forward to now, just three weeks later and a new work opportunity has seen her announce she's moving to Newcastle...never a dull day!
 Her 3-month old fridge is still for sale on Gumtree!  (RR$700 $500)

P.S: NOW SOLD

 The Scalamandre Leopardo Silk Velvet fabric I bought on eBay arrived but was not the correct length. Given its poisonous value, I was very grateful that the U.S. seller replaced it. Equally disappointing was the arrival our long awaited dining room lights which were damaged. It is at times like these that I really appreciate honest vendors and good customer service policies!


J is on school holiday but has the flu. Again. After he received the flu shot. Humph.
He slept till 1:45 today....I was tip-toeing in and checking on him like a new born babe!

At least I got time to finish and frame, a trio of little artworks for a friend's daughter. They should sit above her bed nicely!


 Hopefully J and I can have some holiday fun together tomorrow...

x KL

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1.7.14

pink

I may have mentioned this before but...

I'm having a bit of a 'moment' with pink.

And not just any pink but the softest of blush colour. 

I first succumbed last year and added gorgeous linen pillowcases from Cultiver to our bedroom.


Then came a few cushions...

Mercer + Reid Ivy cushion from Adairs         Country Road Hosk cushion
 ... and a pair of Mercer + Reid Sanchia Euros from Adairs.


And it was with this addition that my darling hubby said W. T. F ! ?

Today I found these:


Morgan & Finch Nami flannelette sheet set from Bed Bath n Table at 50% off!

 What's a girl to do?

This one, snapped them up. And Dave will be grateful they're intended for the new spare bedroom...
(Daughter # 2 is on the move yet again...!)
I think they'll look divine with my other items and will soften the dark charcoal feature wall.

Might just have to have a sleep-over there myself!

x KL

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29.6.14

Reluctant Restraint

When I first started blogging and commenced this build, I had a very clear image of how I wanted the interiors to look. Going back to THIS post of 2012, dark eclecticism stopped my heart!


 I think those stunning Chinese black and gold lacquer cabinets played a huge part in my adoration of this apartment and desire to replicate that here...


 So imagine my excitement when I discovered this beautiful piece on eBay...


Although the seller said pick-up only, she agreed I could obtain a courier to collect.
As it was such a substantial size (over 3 meters in length), I was hopeful that I would not have a huge amount of competition...



and it sold for a song...


I reluctantly decided not to bid.
Unusually for me, I showed some very rare restraint as, although it was a once in a life-time chance to own something of such beauty, the only spot I had to accommodate it was in the playroom.
As a television console! Sacrilege!

 I will probably kick myself forever for passing on this opportunity ...


x KL

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20.6.14

Admirable Architecture ...

You may remember a beautiful home designed by Architecture Saville Isaacs which my husband David built, and I blogged about, back in 2012. If not, do yourself a favour and have a peep HERE!

Last weekend, whilst perusing the Sydney Morning Herald I spotted Steven and Lisa's own home for sale, featured as House of the Week. It has the same contemporary lines and dramatic spaces as the Avoca Beach House and is environmentally friendly as well!



No trees were removed during construction of their semi-detached home which is situated on a waterfront reserve. 



 Located in prestigious Hunters Hill, the home uses wholly sustainable and recycled materials. 
As the SMH article notes, this is "a feat that earned 'the treehouse' a spot on the Discovery Channel's The Worlds Greenest Homes show. 



 It should be no surprise that it has collected eight design and building awards too.

Want more info? Go to Domain.com.au

Can't wait to see their next project!


x KL

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