A Little Bit of Decorating

A Little Bit of Decorating

O.k. so I am officially the worst blogger in the world. So please excuse my lack of posts.

We have part way completed decorating a few rooms to we want them to look like but some still remain frustratingly incomplete, my search for the perfect lounge suite is still ongoing and even the two feature chairs we recently purchased may still end up in the bedroom (who knows) because I feel they need to be patterned, but I thought I would at least post a few pockets of what we have done so far.

It hasn’t been as easy a process as I first thought as I am trying to give it a lived in feel by using both new and old pieces. Wall art seems to be my downfall as the wall spaces to fill are so large I am still pondering what to do with some so any suggestions would be great 🙂

I will post what I have so far, let me know what you think xx

downstairs ensuite

Downstairs Ensuite

living room close up 2 (450x800)

Great Room Close Up

ladder bookcase (450x800)

Ladder Bookcase in the Great Room

living room toward stairs (450x800)

Great Room Looking Toward the Stairs

upstairs living (771x800)

Upstairs Living Area. The view of the ocean isn’t visible due to the glare (and my rubbish photography)

upstairs living dining (450x800)

Upstairs Dining

upstairs view 2 (450x800)

A peek of the ocean in the distance from upstairs living area.

upstairs hall table (433x800)

Upstairs Hall Table

External Colour Scheme

We have finally decided on our external colour scheme for the house.
This was not an easy task and one that we were still debating right up until the night before the roof colorbond had to be ordered.

For ages now the house has been (and still is) littered with paint swatches and computer print outs of houses in various colour schemes stuck on the fridge. We finally decided to go with a dark colorbond roof in monument in a trim deck profile as opposed to the usual corrugated profile.

trim deck profile

trim deck profile

colorbond monument

colorbond monument

American colorbond profile

American colorbond profile

That sorted we knew we still wanted white gutters, window surrounds and garage doors. You would think that white would be pretty simple colour to find in gutters and garage doors, WRONG, unfortunately the closest colour to white that colorbond makes is Surfmist which is not white but a very light beige colour. Admittedly it does look white in the sunlight but you would think that with the squillions of dollars a year that colourbond makes they could produce a basic white. The reason for them not doing this is not clear to me, maybe all whites discolour over time, I’m not sure, but again I refer to the squillions they make and wonder why they cant come up with a UV stabilized white. :/ So we had to go with surfmist for the guttering and hopefully the slight difference wont be noticeable. Anyway rant over about surfmist.

Colorbond Surfmist

The second dilemma was the weatherboard colour, after many failed attempts to convince my husband that there is a colour referred to as ‘greige’ which is a warm toned grey we finally decided on Dulux Flooded Gum at 50% strength which we think will look brilliant with the dark roof and white trim around the windows (we hope) below are a couple of pics of schemes that we like.

Dulux Flooded Gum and half strength Flooded Gum

Dulux Flooded Gum and half strength Flooded Gum

Light grey weatherboard

Light grey weatherboard

Greige exterior Colour Scheme

Greige exterior Colour Scheme

Grey weatherboard Hamptons style house

Grey weatherboard Hamptons style house

Tin or Tile Roof Dilemma

Shingle roof

Shingle roof

The time has come for us to decide on a roof covering.

For the most part we had decided to use shingle style roof tile but recently we had been contemplating colorbond because of the proximity of the house to the ocean, I’m not sure if this matters as we have had colorbond and tile in the past but only colorbond near the ocean which has and still is perfect.
I think I am still leaning toward tile roof but the trick is now trying to find a tile that looks close enough to actual shingles without looking too modern and that was the look we were going for originally.
If anyone has any opinions I would love to here your views.

Shingle style roof tiles

Shingle style roof tiles

Colorbond roof

Colorbond roof

colourbond roof 1

dark colorbond roof

 

Kitchens and Bathrooms

This what I consider the fun stuff. Tile selections and door profile decisions are my idea fun.
We have engaged The Kitchen Factory Malaga to make the kitchen and bathroom cabinets as I saw some of their previous work in a kitchen magazine and after meeting with them had a good feeling.

I must say that tiles were a major drama trying to fit what I had in my minds eye with what was available at tile shops around Perth, it wasn’t impossible but the selection available tends to be more on the modern side. We have settled on Prestige Tiles in Osborne Parkas we dealt with them in the past and they always do us a good deal.

There are a few things I wanted in this house that aren’t yet that popular or readily available in Australia.
Bathroom wall sconces was one of these things, I had to order mine from the U.S. and they will have to have some re-wiring of some sort doing to them by the sparky.
We are also going for a dado height wall panelling in some of the bathrooms and this has caused more than a few raised eyebrows when we try to explain the look we are going for to people.

Below are a few photo’s of some of the looks that we trying to achieve, the kitchen is almost exactly what we are having and the bathroom ones are just so you can get an idea of the style we are going for.

Tile selection

Tile selection

Bathroom wall sconces from the U.S.

Bathroom wall sconces from the U.S.

Hamptons style kitchen in black and white

Hamptons style kitchen in black and white

Shaker style kitchen cabinets

Shaker style kitchen cabinets

Hamptons style kitchen cabinets

Hamptons style kitchen cabinets

Bathroom wall sconces either side of mirror

Bathroom wall sconces either side of mirror

Picture of bathroom wall panelling

Picture of bathroom wall panelling

Style of bathroom we like for second bathroom

Style of bathroom we like for second bathroom