Now that the end of our build is drawing near I am starting to think a bit more about the decor and finishing touches.
We’ve decided not to buy any new furniture until we move in and get a feel for the place. Doesn’t stop me drawing up wish lists though 🙂
Soft furnishings are another matter! The window coverings are all done and dusted: chosen, measured, made and just waiting to be fitted. Lighting sorted too.
We chose to have Clipsal, through Wisdom, do most of it with a mix of LED downlights and oyster lights. The two exceptions to be done are the stair light and dining area light. Stair light sorted, pretty simple, a cluster of three pendant lights. We just need a sparkie with a tall ladder.
The dining light has taken longer. We went to Living Edge in Alexandria to look at a Herman Miller Aeron Office chair. We looked at both it and the Mirra 2, I think the Mirra 2 made it on to hubby’s wish list.
I felt a little like a fish out of water there as it is all original designer and very $$. However I came across a light that I fell in love with. Well I think really it should be called a work of art, it is a feature glass installation not a light. It is from Lasvit in Czech Bohemian glass by the designer Nendo. Behold the beauty that is ‘Growing Vases’:
It is huge at 1000 x 1400mm and I loved it. I read about it being the blowing of glass vases and growth etc but to me I look and see …. Christmas decorations!!! Sorry Nendo. Now for a few weeks I kept hankering after it and eventually summoned up the courage to ask Living Edge how much it cost. Really the clues were already there , Czech glass, designer glossy catalogue, no prices … Well we won’t be having it as at $27K it’s a little too rich for me.
I was on a roll that day so when we passed Coco Republic I made hubby slam on the brakes and went for a nosey. Still a fish out of water 🙂
I saw some ‘interesting’ ideas;
I could easily replicate these book pillars as I have a lot of books but I won’t!
I can’t look at this without grinning and yelling “Yeehaw! Ride ‘em Cowboy!!”, in my head.
So back in the real world, today we went and bought a rather more budget friendly light for the dining area where the feature is wood shavings rather than hand blown glass.
Now no soft furnishings are complete without cushions! I am amazed at the Aussie makeover shows penchant for dressing rooms with copious amounts of cushions. So not to be left out I decided to dig out my craft box, fire up my mother’s trusty old Bernina sewing machine and produced these Aran cushions:
The Aran’s were works in progress of my Nanna B from back in the 70’s.
Meanwhile, back at the Ranch…
Next week two big items, the rain garden and the QA team visit.
Wish me luck, I’m meeting with the plumber on Monday to rectify the rain garden. All I want is what was on the signed off Construction plans so hopefully that will all go OK. Second time lucky! I shall keep you posted.
The QA team come in after the cleaners, inspect and finish up all the little jobs after everyone else. They were supposed to come last week but were held up.
Here are a few sneak peaks whilst cleaning was in progress:
Dining area looking out to where we would like a lap pool:
Dining area looking out to the Alfresco:
Windows cleaned and site scraped:
Scaffolding can come down when they erect the rest of the balustrade. Unfortunately they broke a balcony tile whilst tying to install it but that’s been replaced so they can finish up now. Site fencing to come down next week, portaloo has disappeared since this photo.