I love everything about this dining room. It appeared on the cover of March/April Vogue Living Australia way back in 2006 and I have been carting it around with me ever since. When I bought this issue we were still living in our gorgeous modernist home in the hills of Perth. I had no idea at the time that we would sell (sniff) this house and buy our current funny little shop/house closer to the big smoke. Our new house reminds me very much of Paul Hecker's cottage in Daylesford and this photo (and the others in the article) give me hope that a house built in the early 1920's can successfully pull off a modern uncluttered look and that although we live in a cottage, it doesn't have to look cottagey.
We expected our renos to be in full swing by now, but nothing could be further from the truth. Can someone please tell me why something as architecturally simple as a big(ish) white, light, clean box should be so bl**** expensive? The quote we received on Friday was shocking!
even though we'd given up some of the features we really wanted (polished concrete floors for example)
So it's back to the drawing board for us I'm afraid (not that we actually left the drawing board in the first place)
This week we are going to check out some prefab options available in Perth, something a bit like this
image Nordic Homes
Which would involve demolishing half a century of (extremely ugly and badly built additions - as much as I love the 70's you should see the addition that was cobbled together back then!) hoisting the prefab in place, and making some sort of connection from the original house to the new. It could work and it might look quite nice.
Having said this prefabs aren't as inexpensive as you might think, so I'm not holding my breath or getting excited about this option...yet.
Anyway back to Paul Hecker's lovely cottage. I'm no interior designer, but how's this for a start...
they almost mimic Paul's beautiful Royal Copenhagen faience plates, don't you think? A tip shop version anyway. Just need one more...I don't like even numbers...actually make that two more, I'm not really keen on that light brown one hmmm....
And although I know this has nothing to do with the price of eggs (or renos!) a quick c.i.f. memo to end:
I am happy to say I have five lovely people to join in. Thanks girls. Please don't forget to send me your waist measurement, colour preference and address.
Here's the skirt I made for Claire
and check out the pretty skirt Lea made for her little girl here. It's gorgeous Lea.
enjoy the rest of your weekend x
I'm off to the airport to pick up my husband. Yay! I've got his nurse's uniform ready - I've got the flu and need some tlc.