The list keeps on growing

Now that we know our kitchen has asbestos, the list for our kitchen renovation has grown.

Because we are removing the lower half of the walls to get rid of the asbestos we have decided to remove all of the walls as the top half of the walls are quite textured horsehair plaster and are going to look weird with fresh flat plasterboard below them.

This also means that the goal of having the kitchen complete before Christmas is looking unlikely.

People reading this might think,well of course you have to plan an addition to your budget and time for unexpected things that crop up. And I agree, in this case we didn’t plan for something like this because prior to purchasing the house we had a building inspection completed which provided us with a false sense of security in this case.

All in all it’s not the end of the world, but I am left wondering what else was not found during our building inspection. There’s no point in dwelling but instead just forge forward one foot after the other and prepare for this weekend and the removal of the asbestos*.

On the positive side it means that things like a slide out hideaway for coffee and tea can be considered straight away. I was planning on stealing some space where the kitchen meets a bathroom cupboard. The cupboard won’t be helpful in the bathroom once we renovate it so stealing the space to keep my kitchen benches clear is something I’ve wanted to do from the start. It will be a little like this but going into the wall instead of a cupboard.

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Image from The Kitchn

We’ll also get a glimpse of where the chimney sits under our wall and if I can squeeze yet more storage in around it. Storage is a huge fixation for me.

And we’ll see if the divide between our kitchen and lounge will be able to look something like this.

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Image via Planete Deco

Or this.

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Image via Down and Out Chic

I also have plans for a slide out pantry and something special down the hallway wall.

It’s all going to take quite some time but hopefully we’ll have something unique that makes the best of our small space.

*We’re now pronouncing this as arse-bestos now in an immature attempt to lighten the situation.

Light up

Whenever I reach an impasse with the house renovations (such as our kitchen roadblock) I like to search for interesting fittings for our home.

Today I’ve been looking at lighting and there’s a lot out there to love.

The Hull pendant light by Cummins Design

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Inspired by the hull structure of boats and the wing of an airplane, constructed using lasercut plywood and LED lights, an absolutely gorgeous feature to add to your home.

The Cloud suspension light by Kenneth Cobonpue via Kezu

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Moon suspension lamp again by Kenneth Cobonpue via Kezu

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Prometheus via Inlite

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And last but favourite works from Michelle James NYC.

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Do you prefer lighting that makes a statement or just quietly blends in?

Light up

Whenever I reach an impasse with the house renovations (such as our kitchen roadblock) I like to search for interesting fittings for our home.
Today I’ve been looking at lighting and there’s a lot out there to love.

The Hull pendant light by Cummins Design

20121107-151233.jpg

Inspired by the hull structure of boats and the wing of an airplane, constructed using lasercut plywood and LED lights, an absolutely gorgeous feature to add to your home.

The Cloud suspension light by Kenneth Cobonpue via Kezu

20121107-153057.jpg

Moon suspension lamp again by Kenneth Cobonpue via Kezu

20121107-153651.jpg

Prometheus via Inlite

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And last but favourite works from Michelle James NYC.

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Do you prefer lighting that makes a statement or just quietly blends in?

Tile style

Since collecting our cabinets from Ikea I’ve been scouring the Internet in the hope of finding inspiration for our new kitchen design.
While I love the sleek look of either no backsplash or a solid stone / steel backsplash I think that tile provides more opportunity to get a unique look.

I’m planning on coming up with something unique for our home but here are some of my sources of inspiration.

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Via Studio Toogood

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Via Canalblog

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Via Apartment Therapy

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Via Design Sponge

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Via La Maison D’ Anna G

Hopefully we’ll be showing you the end result before this year is out.

Project – a place for everything

This week has been limited to a very simple project, I’m a bit worn out with Miss E being sick again, but I didn’t want to do nothing and get out of the organisation rhythm.

I have a bad habit of tucking bills into a “safe” place and then having trouble finding them when I need to pay. I also have trouble remembering everything at the supermarket and am very lazy about writing a shopping list before I go.

This week I made a place for each of these things to try to change my bad habits.

First I went to the stationary store and bought an A5 clipboard, I then nailed this to the wall next to our yearly planner.
I then saw a pin on pinterest that recommended putting a notepad on the fridge to write things down as they are used. I figured while a good idea I would instead put it next to the bill clip as this is right near the bin. Hopefully that will mean that when anyone puts an item in the bin they will write it on the list, I’m trying to reform the family’s habits so that it’s not just up to me to make the household run somewhat smoothly.

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The notepad came from the hotel we stayed in in Boston on our honeymoon, the clip I pilfered from my art box, you’ll note I also tied a pen to the clip to avoid excuses from the children when they don’t write on the list. Please don’t pay too much attention to my grotty light switch.

So again, little not fascinating steps but hopefully we’ll be a more productive household as more of these things come together.

Previous weeks:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Project – a place for everything

This week has been limited to a very simple project, I’m a bit worn out with Miss Eve being sick again, but I didn’t want to do nothing and get out of the organisation rhythm.
I have a bad habit of tucking bills into a “safe” place and then having trouble finding them when I need to pay. I also have trouble remembering everything at the supermarket and am very lazy about writing a shopping list before I go.

This week I made a place for each of these things to try to change my bad habits.

First I went to the stationary store and bought an A5 clipboard, I then nailed this to the wall next to our yearly planner.
I then saw a pin on pinterest that recommended putting a notepad on the fridge to write things down as they are used. I figured while a good idea I would instead put it next to the bill clip as this is right near the bin. Hopefully that will mean that when anyone puts an item in the bin they will write it on the list, I’m trying to reform the family’s habits so that it’s not just up to me to make the household run somewhat smoothly.

The notepad came from the hotel we stayed in in Boston on our honeymoon, the clip I pilfered from my art box, you’ll note I also tied a pen to the clip to avoid excuses from the children when they don’t write on the list. Please don’t pay too much attention to my grotty light switch.

So again, little not fascinating steps but hopefully we’ll be a more productive household as more of these things come together.

Previous weeks:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

The list keeps on growing

Now that we know our kitchen has asbestos, the list for our kitchen renovation has grown.
Because we are removing the lower half of the walls to get rid of the asbestos we have decided to remove all of the walls as the top half of the walls are quite textured horsehair plaster and are going to look weird with fresh flat plasterboard below them.

This also means that the goal of having the kitchen complete before Christmas is looking unlikely.

People reading this might think, well of course you have to plan an addition to your budget and time for unexpected things that crop up. And I agree, in this case we didn’t plan for something like this because prior to purchasing the house we had a building inspection completed which provided us with a false sense of security in this case.

All in all it’s not the end of the world, but I am left wondering what else was not found during our building inspection. There’s no point in dwelling but instead just forge forward one foot after the other and prepare for this weekend and the removal of the asbestos*.

On the positive side it means that things like a slide out hideaway for coffee and tea can be considered straight away. I was planning on stealing some space where the kitchen meets a bathroom cupboard. The cupboard won’t be helpful in the bathroom once we renovate it so stealing the space to keep my kitchen benches clear is something I’ve wanted to do from the start. It will be a little like this but going into the wall instead of a cupboard.

20121120-173924.jpg

Image from The Kitchn

We’ll also get a glimpse of where the chimney sits under our wall and if I can squeeze yet more storage in around it. Storage is a huge fixation for me.

And we’ll see if the divide between our kitchen and lounge will be able to look something like this.

20121120-175129.jpg

Image via Planete Deco

Or this.

20121120-175735.jpg

Image via Down and Out Chic

I also have plans for a slide out pantry and something special down the hallway wall.

It’s all going to take quite some time but hopefully we’ll have something unique that makes the best of our small space.

*We’re now pronouncing this as arse-bestos now in an immature attempt to lighten the situation.