Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Chandelier Restorations. He's a genius. And his shop is filled to the brim with gorgeous chandeliers and glass.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Winnings Appliances in the Valley. Kirsty from Winnings has been fantastic (even though I've changed my mind more than once).
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The budget at The Real Block has blown out. It's hard to pinpoint one thing as the culprit as there's been a few unexpected costs. One of them was replacing some beams in the roof. Another one was our decision to add a fireplace. And the other big one, was my plan to convert a small storage area under the stairs into a "mud room". Basically, it's a small room with lots of hooks on the wall and a bench seat. I'm not sure what to call it - the school room? The dumping ground? It's a tiny room with a big job - to keep all the school hats, backpacks, shoes, sports equipment and other paraphernalia in one spot.
The mud room is in between the garage and the rest of the house. So the idea is that all the school stuff is dumped in the mud room at the end of the school day and then collected again the next morning on the way out the door. The pictures above were my inspiration.
So because we're over budget on the building side of thing that means cut backs elsewhere. By "elsewhere", I mean the inside of the house. Due to budgetary cutbacks my budget for artwork now stands at around $50. So I've become creative.
I bought these vintage posters from the Woolloongabba Antique Centre and they're going to be framed and hung as art. The prices range from $10 to $20. Very budget friendly.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I hope you're still with me, because there's another big issue to discuss. Gas hot water or solar? What are your views? I haven't kept up with the changes to the rebates so I'd like your view.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
I'll add some decoration so the bathroom has some personality. I'll use an attractive mirror, add some wall sconces and then hopefully add some wallpaper. This powder room (left) from House Beautiful is a favourite.
The girls bathroom will have freestanding vanities with turned legs, like these ones (right). And a claw foot bath.
And in other exciting news, music from The Spice Girls is being turned into a musical. I admit it, I was a fan many years ago. Read more about it here.
About Spots and Stripes
When I began my third renovation, I swapped the corporate ladder for the rusty paint ladder and began my website and blog, Spots and Stripes, which chronicles the restoration of our 'Queenslander' in Brisbane. I'm also an interior editor helping clients to create a home which is not modern, nor traditional, rather it's interesting. For a home that is unlike any other, I can assist with the selection of lights, tiles, mirrors, wallpaper, paint, furniture and fabric.
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