Friday, February 8, 2013

Deck the Halls...?

This post was scheduled to be completed prior to Christmas, hence the gratuitous Christmas reference in the title. But alas, life gets in the way and Cam only finished oiling the deck in early January.

Here tis'

Stumps and beams

Our nephew Patrick inspecting the stumps!

All ready for boards

Our friend Clinton, the talented chippy who together with his chippy brother Anthony built our deck.

The finished product, all oiled.
The timber is beautiful spotted gum from our local timber yard, Tait Timber and Hardware in Tooronga.

Our gorgeous front portico!

The deck was built using concealed screws called camo that are screwed in using a guide tool into the sides of each board and therefore are not visible on the boards themselves.

The edges are all picture edges to give a more polished finish.

There's some serious love here for our finished deck. It really softens the front landscaping and I am so happy that we used it!

Kirst and Cam!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Presenting the kids playroom!

Its a bit bare but given it gets covered with toys all over the floor on a daily basis... less is definitely more.

The obligatory Ikea Expedit units

Four Ikea Lack side tables being used together as a train table. The little red chairs are also Ikea.

If only it stayed like this...

Kirst xxx

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Lounge Room REVEAL

Our gorgeous King Furniture Modular Lounge and ottoman.

 TV unit from Nick Scali

Bally poster from Etsy Shop (that I will not recommend... its a long story).
Yellow bamboo vase from Freedom.

Yellow side table from Freedom

Matching cushions in Dandelion Clocks from Etsy shop Charles and Oliver in UK.
Yellow square and grey round cushions from Sheridan.
Yellow pashmina throw purchased in Florence on our honeymoon nearly 6 years ago! Cant believe the colour is back in vogue!

I'm still missing a few things like a lamp and a rug... All in good time and when the budget allows of course!


Monday, February 4, 2013


A little over 2 years ago, Cam and I began this blog as a way of documenting the building of our new home. We were only weeks away from having our second bub. 

It is hard to believe that 2 years has now passed and our little baby has grown into a curious, cheeky and lovable little boy.

Happy 2nd Birthday Hamish!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The green, green grass of home...

One of three pallets of turf.
The variety is a soft leaf buffalo called Palmetto. We got the turf from a company called Advance Turf.

Final preparations to the soil base

Big thanks to our turf helpers, brother Cam and mate Travis (above)

Finishing off the back

Watering it in...
Putting the finishing touches of sand on.

How lush is this???

The special helper Hamish in his new