This is a story about a major renovation of my family's own dream home. Follow me in my search for the perfect home sourcing finishes and fixtures, altering floorplans and dealing with trades people. Fingers crossed it's going to be fun!

Sunday, 23 June 2013


To keep the reno within budget I have had to cut down on all the extras and special details I want (you'd think I'd asked for gold plated walls). It's a shame but I'm treating it as a challenge to design and decorate with some smarts about me. Unfortunately the dream range cooker had to immediately go. Read about it here. But I managed to score myself a gorgeous Viking direct from the wholesaler for $6700 less than the Lacanche. It's a rarely seen brand in Australia but I know in the States you either choose a Viking or a Wolf. The Viking has open burners and a tray under the hob so all the mess that spills over onto the cooktop just lands on the tray underneath. Just pull out the tray, replace the foil and voila a clean stove! Another great feature is the oven. It's a 90cm range but the oven is massive! Biggest than anything I've seen by far.

I love the depth of it too. At 70cm it's a proper commercial size and feels so solid and tough.

The very kind guy at Anolon Imports also showed my friend and I this beauty. A 1.8m La Cornue, royalty in the cooks world. Hence we took photos. It was stunning! But really - who has room for a 1.8m stove?

So now with the slight change in style of the stove, I've been thinking how the kitchen design will work into that. Cue many nights falling asleep thinking of splashback materials, open shelves, rangehood designs....My brain just won't stop. I came across this picture on Pinterest.
c/o Veranda Interiors (duh)
I was drawn to the open shelving around the rangehood. I'd already planned to do that. But the lighting I was impressed with. What a quirky feature and a great way to show off the ceiling height. So that's a big tick. I will probably add another wall light over the sink. I also like the brick pattern tile but wait, our house is MADE of brick. Why tile when you can expose?

c/o Desire to Inspire blog

I love the rustic look of this. It's such a gorgeous kitchen. Of course, our brick would look more like this with a white washed effect.

c/o Apartment Therapy blog

What do you think? Am I travelling in a good direction here? It's hard doing a design job for yourself!

Saturday, 22 June 2013


Holy moly times flies! This month past we've been waiting for the builder to finish squeezing as much as they could out of the budget. We signed off a few weeks ago, Demolition began this week and it has taken them 3 days for the house to look like this.

The guys looked like they were thoroughly enjoying themselves destroying my house. I am so bloody excited to begin to see it all taking shape. Being a renovation a lot of our plans were to change the spaces by opening the house up so I am getting an immediate sense of how it will be, and it's fantastic!