Tag Archives: Inspiration

Wire Fairies by Robin Wright


Insanely inspired by this man’s work right now:


dandelion fairy

(image pilfered from his site for illustration purposes only – click to enlarge)

Please go visit his site because his work is amazing! I love the dandelion fairies, such a simple but beautiful idea. I really want to get some wire and have a go myself considering he’s in the UK and it would cost a mint to buy and post one. But I reckon I could give it a go sometime after I’ve moved in and my workshop is set up. 10 days to go! Can  you believe that… 10!

My brain is fritzing out trying to tell me that there’s so much to do and so little time but really I’m good to go. One teeny setback today is that I can’t put a bullbar on my truck without getting the suspension upgraded and I just frickin well had all the shocks replaced! Hmmm guess that means I have to buy a new truck hahahaha!  I had actually considered that before as I need a 4×4 to get up one of the mountains in my place (apparently) so I thought about it. But I will need a bullbar (aka kangaroo bar). Heard on the radio traffic report this morning that someone had hit a kangaroo near my new place so…. crap. Not quite sure what to do about that yet so will have to mull it over for a while.

But other than that I’m just biding my time til the 30th which is the day I’m planning to move. Keys and settlement in the afternoon on the 28th, gonna take a uteload of stuff out of storage and go clean and clear on the 29th then moving in on the 30th 🙂 Oh man I can’t wait… have I mentioned that lately???  ;}


When life gives you lemons, make gin and tonics :)


So I was thinking about that bit of land that was not “THE ONE” and maybe how I could make it “THE ONE”. (and that’s not my aforementioned super sneaky plan btw). A kind friend who understands my addiction obsession with building my house recently sent me a link to a site about earthships. First I thought she might have been taking the piss and subtly stating that perhaps I needed a tin foil hat but no, it’s a thing. I’m still not entirely sure why it’s got the word ship in it as it’s nothing ship-like at all but I guess it’s a quicker way to describe the thing than “half buried house that is usually fronted by glass” (see no shipness (shipiocity?)).

You know come to think of it I think I’ve seen one of these built out of tyres on Grand Designs (another obsession along with the current season of The Block). It’s basically a house which is sometimes built into a hillside but is made of environmentally friendly or recycled materials and is well insulated and solar passive. It recycles just about everything (water/air) and is generally fronted by a wall of glass which acts as a greenhouse for your veggie plot

Anyway it’s an interesting concept and certainly in line with my whole sustainable, don’t pay the utilities pirates merchants for services house thing that I’m trying to do. AND I could build it into the side of a hill as that would help with the insulating properties. I really like the idea of the pretty glass bottle walls like the below too (especially the Bombay Sapphire bottles!).

glasswalls            glasswalls1 glasswalls2

(Plundered from here)  soooo pretttttyyyyyy

BUT as much as I like earthships and the concept behind them I can’t help but feel that it’s not what I want. I like to wake up to a lot of light in the house. And if I built it set into the hill then the likely spot for the bedrooms would be at the back… and then I’d almost never wake up because it would be too dark and I’d become Sleeping Beauty without the aid of a prince to wake her up with a kiss. I am, however, considering the use of the glass walls… somewhere, somehow. Not sure if I’ll be able to incorporate it into the house exactly but maybe in the entertainment area outside or something.

Now… for those gin and tonics! cheers to my 40th post 🙂

Am I addicted to porn??


Surely there’s a website I can go to to find out… one with a poll or multiple choice questionnaire?? Is there therapy for this??? Trawling through the lunchtime blogs today and I came across this lil article:


I was snickering in anticipation as the page loaded up but as I read on I realised this does actually kinda sounds like me in my current state of impatiently-patient-waiting-for-the-right-piece-of-land-so-I-can-build-a-house. The little selection of blogs you see to your right somewhere in the handy widget is but a sprinkling of the interiors blogs I have bookmarked… and sorted into categories, in folders…. which I keep synched between my work and home computers… hmm.

I feel like addiction’s probably too strong a word for it. I’m not jonesin’ for a fix if I don’t get a daily jab of glossy magazine inspiration or wracked with the shakes if haven’t clicked on my top ten fave blog sites for the day. Yes I maaayyy think about the house and what it will look like every 5-23 seconds of the day and get random furniture ideas which make me spring out of bed at 2:45am to search bleary eyed through the interwebs to see if there’s a YouTube tutorial that shows me how I can make it so I can exorcise the thought out of my head. But that’s just an investment in my future home comforts is it not? Hmmmm.

The fact that I was a little miffed at reading the section on “style files” and that I might just have a little folder of magazine cuttings which I intend to put in a “style file” of my own (not to mention this blog which in a way is one giant “style file”) But to say that they’re *GASP*  “regularly containing too much information to be meaningful” and that “clients are encouraged to cull (!!!) their images down to two types – those that they really love, and those they really hate” wtfuckery?? I can only cull down my cherished image collection down to “those I really love” and those “

And did I click on ALL of the links at the bottom of the article with anticipated glee at the new styley goodness awaiting my eyeballs?? um yesss… but but but… the writer, how can she write an article on house porn addiction and then FEED the reader’s alleged addiction with SEVENTEEN sugar coated enticing neon lighted linkages. That’s just mean and cruel and unusual punishment. *sigh*

Maybe there’s a smattering of addiction there. I was in a furniture shop on the weekend and discovered that they had wishbone chairs. I’d never seen one in the fleshy flesh. I was doing a little jig around it (no salaaming and claiming I wasn’t worthy, I promise) and pointing them out to my Mum who just looked at me blankly… as did the overly aggressive sales lady. I felt like standing on the seat and yelling at the top of my lungs “but they’re WISHBONE CHAIRS!!! HANS WEGNER???!! a design classic you heathens!” but I just settled for some quiet eye rolling instead.

Addiction feels like such a dirty word, I don’t like it. Addiction, no. Obsession yes 🙂




You need to click this link http://www.viralnova.com/dream-home-items/

so fkn coolness.

3. – gonna try and make this
5. – if I had stairs oh hell yes
8. – this is happening outside with an aquaponics setup but oh yessy yess
9.- I’ve seen these advertised and if I could afford one it would be in my floor plan *insert drools here*
10. – great idea for the “flooring” of my firepit, hadn’t thought of that but I LOVE sand underfoot… so consider it done
11. – LOVE love love this idea… will be sourcing projector and screen to make it happen 🙂
12. – Love this too… idea for future ;}
14. I love this BUT where did they find those square shaped bottles in those pretty colours eh?
22. I’m loving this but if I ever get cats I can imagine this being one giant kitty litter tray…. 😦
23. hells yes 😉
24. even more oh hells yes + adults… aka me… 🙂

Modern country… who knew?!


Doing a little lunchtime drooling over the latest offerings from Temple & Webster (yes yes I may have ACCIDENTALLY bought something… my finger slipped I swear!) and was just browsing their site and they have a Find your Style section… with Modern Country! I didn’t even know that that was a thing… just thought it was me being finicky.


I found myself nodding along to the post agreeing with the style definition EXCEPT when it came to the “ongoing love affair with timber” part. I must confess, I’m really not a wood fan. It’s probably the main thing that bugs me about the country themed decor, wood on wood on wood. Bleeeeh. I’d be okay with it if it was whitewashed wood or painted wood. But au naturale… pass. Just not my thing… hope that doesn’t stop me joining the “proper bumpkin club”!

I also wanted to share this with you too:


Be sure to check out the video. Freaking AMAZING! I really want to make the door in the video. It looks relatively simple but to me is just so mind blowingly beautiful in it’s simplicity. A true cleverclogs door. I’ve been thinking about where I could put it in my house. Speaking of the house, a friend suggested I draw up my house plan in MS Visio to help “see” it, stroke of fkn brilliance there! So I have… wanna see?



sas houseplan

(clicky clicky if you want to view it in it’s full glory)

This is probably what I’d call houseplan 1.0 because there are already tweaks in my mind going on. And all the windows haven’t been added in etc etc etc… it’s a very rough first draft modification of Viva Homes’ Ants Pants design (linkage in the blogroll). I’ve already bombarded them with a whole stack of questions and they’ve been brilliant so far so I can’t wait to actually start building with them 😉

Been really busy this week so I haven’t had much time to post but I am brewing a couple more decor type posts for you, hope you can wait til next time!

Chestnuts roasting on an open…firepit


So today’s thrilling episode is all about my latest plan for DIY awesomeness. I’ve been reading about building with earthbags lately. Looks like a fairly simple process – fill long tube bags with a sand mix, sandwich with a few strands of barbed wire, tamp down then render.  Et voila! a solid construction for just about anything. There’s lots of websites with tutorials explaining how to do it in detail so have a google if you’re interested in learning.

I was thinking I could apply it to one of the outdoor features I really want in my new garden which is a round sunken firepit. I saw this image ages ago when I was thinking about firepits and this is what I want to base my design around. Although obviously outside, without the flue and with earthbagged rendered curves.


The below image gave me the idea to make my firepit out of earthbags:

firepit earthbag

I can’t find the original article that I snaffled the image from but it’s this lady’s entertainment area (love the hot pink!):  http://warmingtrends.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/do-it-yourself-fire-pit-earth-bag.html

The original article showed them building their garden area step by step and they actually have a little firepit in the structure. That gave me the idea to apply it to what I had in mind with my sunken firepit to be able to create the lovely soft curves (although mine won’t be hot pink haha). Just add some comfy pillows and a cold beverage and it sounds like bliss to me.

And just because I want to get the word out there about making fires upside down (ie properly!) – which results in a cleaner, hotter fire – have a read of this:


And of course if I had a massive lake like dam on the property I’d do something like the below. Isn’t it gorgeous!


How’s the serenity 😉

All these ideas bulging out of my brain…. just need that land! *sigh*

The boudoir


Soooo I’m not entirely sure how I got onto this pic but it’s kinda defined how I want my new room to look. My whole house style is “modern French country mixed with vintage Hollywood glam slash Art Deco”. Sounds a little odd but I make it work 🙂 My current furniture is pretty much the latter half but I figured that since I’m going to be a bumpkin and I really hate the cliche country look I’d go with one I do like which is the French style. That and it works with the ideas I’ve got in my head! I think I must have done a google images search on French country bedrooms or Hollywood glam bedrooms and came across this image:

bedroom grey green

(clicky clicky to see it in glorious hugeness. I should add that I can’t find the source of this image so I can’t credit it or get more info on the goodies)

and instantly fell in love. The wallpaper is my fave shade of teal, I already have mirrored bedside tables and my couches are almost that exact grey velvet type fabric. I think it’s going to be a bit difficult to find similar wallpaper and then actually wallpaper rendered strawbale walls… I know it’s possible with a wallpaper liner but that’s all sounding like a pain in the beeehind so I was thinking a milk paint or lime paint as the walls will be lime rendered. And I love the washed look of lime paint, Porter’s Paints make one in a shade I like (Summertime 2012) but in my quick google search this morning there’s a company I’ve never heard of, Bauwerk, (http://www.bauwerk.com.au) who have a massive colour range so I might be in luck to find “my” shade of teal AND they’re in Australia – bonus! Think I’ll have to get some sample pots and do some testing once the walls are up, can’t WAIT!!!

The grey bed and teal walls all go with my current doona cover sets so I’ve got no excuse for bedding shopping… damn! Should have thought that one through better ;}

So then I set about looking for a similar bed and fkaduck they’re expensive. The closest one I could find was one on ebay for $1700 + shipping. Sooo me being the cleverclogs I am decided to have a look and see how hard it would be to make a winged tufted headboard and hey presto – a zillion tutorials via google! Most of them say a headboard could be knocked up over a weekend for around $200 depending on fabric choice so I think I’m going to give it a go and hybridise my current bed to fit the new headboard on it and make a fitted slip cover for the base. I currently have a cream suede upholstered bed base and headboard (not tufted though) so I think it would be pretty easy to modify and just take the fittings off the current headboard piece and fit them to my handmade headboard so that I can attach it to the bed base frame. It’s easy enough to make a fitted slip cover type things for the padded railings which are the base and I get the same look for probably more like $300 if I include the extra fabric costs for the base coverings. And of course impatient lil ole me wants to get started now but I don’t have the room to work on it and my bed is in storage 😦 Will just have to keep dreaming for a while. More importantly I need to decide on fabric… and then find it… I’m torn between a grey velvet type fabric like the pic above or a grey silk dupioni like the below:


(image shamelessly ripped from http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/Thai-Silk-Dupioni-Grey.html  sorry!)

I like the look of both… good thing I’ve got some time on my hands to make up my damn mind. (your opinion on which you like better is also highly appreciated… if I could work out how to set up a poll I would!)

So then I was also thinking I could make a lil end of the bed tufted bench too similar to this one:


I could even make the bench first as a practice run to the tufting of the headboard so I can get the hang of it and not mightily bugger up the headboard but again I don’t have any space to store it although I probably have space to work on it. Patience grasshopper, patience…. And of course I’ll keep you updated with pics once I get started.

For the windows, I’m thinking of getting plantation shutters on most of the house windows but for the bedroom I was thinking of getting some soft silvery floaty drapey type of fabric curtains hung from the ceiling edge like a new york loft stylie as well just to soften it all up. Think I’m going to have to haunt some fabric shops eh?

For the flooring… dunno 🙂 The flooring will be the whitish polished concrete but as for a rug or something nooo idea yet. I think that will all depend on how it all looks together and what I find in my shopping travels.

More kitchen coolness


Some things I forgot to include in my Ikea post (I was all afluster with the Ikea goodness):

One of the things I really wanted to get from Ikea was this grandfather clock wall decal. They have a nifty clock that can be purchased to go with it but I already have one which would go nicely. Thought it was seriously cool and for $15 bucks it’s on my gotta have list!

grandfather clock sticker

from: http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/80209029/?query=MORTORP

The other is either (or both?!) of these nifty chalkboard stickers. Seriously how awesome are they??? Functional and gorgeous… It’ll probably cost me just as much to ship it to me (hmmm could that be a good excuse to further browse the shop and make the shipping worth while?? heheh ;} )

chalkboard sticker

From: https://www.wallcandyarts.com/chalkboard-decal.html

chalkboard sticker square

From: https://www.wallcandyarts.com/chalk-frame.html

Think I’m going to need to start a new tag… Must Have List 🙂

Oh and did I mention that I learned how to crochet granny squares over the Christmas break? Just to get myself into the spirit of my impending bumpkin life 🙂 Almost have enough to make a blankie!

And just a quick update on the new land situation. I spoke to my council guy again on Friday to clarify everything and it is possible BUT I’d have to be the land owner for the council to release the surrounding land owners details to be able to get consent for the right of way road (which I need to be able to register it). AND I’d also have to get permission from everyone who is “burdened” or “benefited” by the road which basically means any land owner whose block the road runs through or anyone who uses the road… and that could be a lot considering I can see at least 8 blocks that the road runs through but I’m not sure if that means all users of the road because there is a little sub road running off it which contains another 3 residences. So I might need all their permission too! So basically I need to firstly go out there and see if it is suitable and then work out what to do after that. Even if I did get all their permission, I’m still not guaranteed to get a building entitlement as it will depend on my development application (which I’m pretty sure will tick all their boxes). So it’s all a bit of a gamble. Not gonna stress myself out just yet… need to see it in person first… even if from photos and google earth it looks perfect :).

Next topic is bedrooms… have been doing a lot of surfing and planning in the last coupla weeks while work has been quiet. So I’ll show ya what I’ve got planned.

PS. and ooooohh this is post number 30! who would have guessed I could blabber on so much huh?!



So I took a lil daytrip to Ikea on Monday and woah $500 bucks later…. So much for my list of things that only totalled $150… But I did buy 5 ceiling pendant lights for the house and saved myself about $300 on the ones that I was considering before. 3 to go over the kitchen island and 2 to go over the dining table (or bedroom lights if I don’t like them over the dining table). Bought a bunch of other things in the house so most of it is going straight to storage, don’t even get to play with my goodies 😦 (well apart from the gorgeous doona cover and purple glass water bottle heheh).

I also found the kitchen I want! Even down to the handles I like so looks like it’s an Ikea kitchen for me. I’ve used the SmartPak kitchens from Magnet Mart before so even if I have to put the kitchen together myself, that’s fine with me. The benchtop I’m getting from a family friend and it’s the same as what I had in my other renovated kitchen. It’s a white caesarstone type bench with little mirrored chips in it. Of course I can’t find any good pics of it so you’ll just have to go here and have a look http://www.caesarstone.com.au/Colours/Colour-Detail.aspx?Collection=3142-White%20Shimmer%E2%84%A2 to get an idea of what I mean (and those pics aren’t the greatest either, doesn’t really show off the mirror chips).

The last two kitchens I’ve build have been all white and I’ve been longing for a black kitchen since I saw a budget kitchen makeover done by Better Homes and Gardens, and of course I can’t find a bunch of pics from the episode but swiped this from Tara Dennis’ Facebook (sorry Tara!).

black kitchen

I also found this episode video for it so take a squizz:  http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/renovation/photos/p/17095661/kitchens-we-love/16989827/

I love the dark dramatic look but my kitchen won’t have the big bulky top cabinets like the reno as I’ll have my walk in pantry to store most of my appliances and stuff and the cabinets will have DRAWERS (Strictly NO cupboards, I fkn hate cupboards…. Irritating lil bastards) for crockery, glasses & pots etc. I think it will also lessen the “heaviness” of having a black kitchen if the top is light and airy (although I do like those glass fronted cabinets below… maybe just one or two of them :0 ) The below is basically the kitchen I want but obviously white counter top, different handles and white polished concrete floors. The lights that are over the island bench are even the ones that I bought. I don’t mind the white subway tiles but I saw some in stainless steel which look amazing. Not sure if it’s overkill though so I’ll have to do a bit of photoshopping so I can get an idea of how it will all look together. It’s even the same style sink that I want. Not sure bout their tap though, it’s nice but not quite what I’m after.

black ikea kitchen

(clickyclicky the image to make it bigger)

The alternative idea would be the same cabinets but in white and to have a black counter top sort of like the below

kitchen bw

But I think I do have my heart set on the black kitchen. I keep looking at pics (research mhmm) and getting swayed both ways. Below is an idea with the stainless steel tiles (from last season’s House Rules – all kitchen pics here: http://au.tv.yahoo.com/house-rules/galleries/photo/-/17153152/amy-and-ebseans-kitchen-transformation/17153195/)

stainless steel tiles

All opinions welcome if you care to weigh in 🙂



Sorry it’s been so long but I’ve got a lot to catch you up on. So in the last thrilling post I was pretty damn depressed at losing my dream property. I did talk to the council guy to see what it would take to get the river crossing structurally assessed and approved by council but never got an answer due to the Christmas break and the road engineer being away but that’s fine cuz it’s off the cards completely now. I’m interested in a new block of land 5 mins away and when I spoke to the agent about it he told me that he’s the one who actually sold my dream property to its current owners and had a lot of trouble back then as well. So basically that sealed the deal on giving the property a big pass. Pity because it’s the perfect property but is screwed because of council regulations. I feel sorry for the current owner because they’re going to have a hard time selling it if the new buyer does even half their due diligence.

But anyway back to me and the new bit of land I’m interested in. There is a little bit of rigmarole that I’ll have to go through to get a building entitlement but it’s not as insane as the last one. Basically just need to get an extension on the existing legal right of way as the block is landlocked. It shouldn’t be too hard as there is one other property at the end of the right of way road so an itty bitty extension to it shouldn’t be a problem methinks. Yes yes thinking positively 😛

Over the Christmas break I’ve had a lot of time to think about things and really start planning out the house. I’ve now got a pretty clear vision on what I want and I’ve been collecting pics from magazines and all that fun stuff. But today I wanted to share with you my latest discovery and thing on the MUST HAVE list. Glow in the dark chips for the polished concrete!!!!


 glow in the dark concrete    glow in the dark concrete1
(you can clicky clicky these images to make them bigger)

How freaking cool is that!!!!! I don’t want my floor that dark colour, more an off white/light grey. And note that these before/after pics are from an un Boral related website www.koncept.com.au and are only used for illustration purposes. Wish they were closer to me so I could get them to quote but they’re in VIC.

Oddly Boral say that it’s only available in QLD and VIC but there is a phone number to ring for availability outside of those two states so you can betcha that I’ll be ringing that number when it’s time to start thinking bout the slab. I even think it would be brilliant to have some in the driveway, can you imagine it!!!! If you have a look at the Koncept website they have done an outside application on some stairs which looks great. I don’t care how much it costs for the slab, I’ll look for savings elsewhere to ensure I can have it included. It was a toss up between tiles or polished concrete but I think this has sealed the deal for polished concrete!

In regards to the house plans I’m basically torn between two plans. Both are modified from the original plans and once I’ve drawn up the modifications properly I’ll post them for you so you can have a squiz (and give me your opinion?). Both are predesigned plans, one from the company I want to build my house and the second is from the second runner up company. Both deal with strawbale building obviously. I sent a bunch of questions to my preferred builder today so hopefully they get back to me soon.

I’m trying hard not to get excited again after what happened last time but at least I can get excited about the house even if it’s not the right land (which I still need to actually go see hahaha). I’ve got a pretty clear picture of what I want it all to look like (which helps minimise costs as I’ve had a lot of time to think about it and change my mind already!) so I can’t wait to get started! Anyway it’s hometime but just wanted to share before I go home, I’ll be posting a bit more now as I’m positively BUSTING with ideas and I have a need to share 🙂

Hope you’re not melting out there in the heat! Stay safe and stay cool!

And as a PS as I’ve just found the image… check it out!!! Can you imagine this in the middle of the bush?? I’d love to come home to my own private glowing river every night. wowwwwww 🙂

glow in the dark concrete driveway

(image snaffled from Imgur and you can click to enlarge)