THREE BIRDS RENOVATIONS

When I first heard about these women, I thought to myself, I want to be just like them when I grow up! (Never mind the fact I’m already fully grown with almost three kids). I love that three busy Sydney mums who were already successfully ruling the corporate world decided to jump off the comfort of that corporate cliff and plunge into the unknown to create Three Birds Renovations. Now they are working together to buy and renovate homes in just 6/7 weeks before selling them and making a tidy profit. Hmmm yes dream job right there.
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They are currently renovating their third house, after two incredible results. We all love a before and after right, so feast your eyes…

Reno one, aptly named the Hoarders House
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Reno two, the Hamptons House
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Their style is inspirational, but attainable and they generously share their experience (right down to budgets and profit made) and design tips – who would believe these lights are from Bunnings?! 3 birds cheap lights
And this great idea for a laundry bench top, less than $100 also from Bunnings.cheap laundry bench

You can follow along their current reno on their new youtube channel, it’s must see viewing for me each Monday night, it’s so exciting watching their real time progress. It’s also brilliant to see three strong, talented women working hard together to create something amazing, their chemistry and humour is infectious and leaves you wanting to join their squad.

It takes a huge amount of bravery to follow your dreams, especially when you have already created a strong career in another field. I know many of my friends who are in their 30’s, having forged successful corporate careers and especially after becoming mothers are wanting something more. A job that will feed your soul as well as your bank balance. I’ve been going through the same process, with the knowledge that I will be going back to work next year and so have decided to take my own little leap. I am currently doing a Diploma in Interior Design, hoping to turn this passion of mine into a career. Watch this space! xx

Adore Magazine

Sometimes the best things in life really are free, like this stunning interiors magazine that I love reading every issue! Adore Magazine is an Australian online home and lifestyle magazine that can be delivered to your inbox every issue at no charge.
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Their latest issue is definitely one of their best, here’s a sneak peak at three stunning kitchens they have featured. The first is possibly my favourite. The mix of a simple subway tile laid to create a beautiful herringbone pattern pared with raw timber floating shelves. Ahhhh, kitchen envy is currently washing over me.
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I love the modern take on this farm style kitchen, black cabinetry is such a winner.
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Lastly a stunning coastal kitchen from the talented girls behind Three Birds Renovations (more on them on the blog later in the week), every kitchen should have an outdoor servery that looks like this!
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Grab a cuppa and click here to enjoy the entire issue of Adore xx

INSPIRE ME

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(all images via my pinterest page where original sources can be found)

HOME RENO: GARAGE CONVERSION INSPIRATION

With our baby due in November, our children will soon outnumber the bedrooms in the house. Our oldest will be 16 then and very keen to have their own space, luckily we have a garage/granny flat that will be perfect, with a lot of imagination and hard work!

Although part of our garage (which is about 70 square metres) has already been turned into a granny flat, the part we want to renovate is still used as a garage, it has the most natural light and bags of potential.

I was so happy to hear my oldest loves the vibe of New York lofts and monochrome palettes. Definitely my genes running through her veins! We are wanting to leave the wooden beams along the ceiling exposed and painted white, add tongue and groove jib board to give the impression of wooden walls and create a loft bed. We will restore two large wooden framed windows that I love, and replace the garage door that opens to our courtyard with bifolding stackers. I’m really excited that I will be able to use a few of the items I have left over from my clothing boutique, like vintage industrial style light shades and a custom made iron freestanding clothing rack.

Here’s some spaces inspiring our renovation…
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Now lets see if we can transform our garage into something incredible that resembles these amazing spaces! Hopefully we end up with a little slice of New York style right here in the Bay, I’m excited to get it under way and show you the results!

(all images from my pinterest page where original sources can be found)

HOME RENO: LIVING ROOM, A WORK IN PROGRESS

Although the main extension to our house was completed last year, there is still so much on the to do list, it’s very much a work in progress. My interiors budget was eaten up by boring but necessary things, so our living and dining space are very, very…minimalist may be a polite way to say it, e.g. we have outdoor furniture in our dining space!

Not many of us have the ability to go on a Block-style shopping spree to furnish and decorate a space, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan it now, even though the end result may not become a reality for a while. By planning a space you eliminate the possibility of purchasing sometimes expensive items that don’t end up even working in the room and you have to either replace or live with it begrudgingly. A plan will also allow you to know when to jump on a second hand store treasure or pick up big ticket items when they are heavily discounted. Slowly but surely you will piecing together the puzzle of your dream room.

Our living room has great bones, the high white wooden beams on the ceiling my favourite feature, great natural light thanks to floor to ceiling windows and light wooden floors. We have a few items already, just the bare necessities; a comfy large couch to relax on, a soft rug for kiddies to play and a ridiculously large TV (all husbands think these are a necessity right?!). I’m really thankful we also got a custom made wall cabinet made by our kitchen supplier, designed to hide all the electrical wires, DVD’s and kids games. We designed it to be floating so it takes up no floor space, as our lounge isn’t a very generous size.
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blog lounge shelvesI love the look of custom made large shelves filled with books, magazines and collected treasures (also a great way to sneak some toy storage under the bottom shelf!). I’m not sure if I would like to go with white or a light oak finish yet.

lounge hanging chairPerhaps not the most practical thing with wee children, but I don’t care, I loooove hanging cane chairs, they are the perfect mix of scandi-boho-beachy looks that I love.

Lounge dreams coffee tableA round coffee table would balance the hard straight lines created by the existing furniture and be the safest style with children running around. I am in love with the round coffee tables Australian designer Mark Tuckey creates, just got to save my penny’s and get someone to start stocking his incredible range in New Zealand!

lounge finishing touchesEven more so than big ticket items, the finishing touches are what really give a space soul and personality. I love to add colour through plants and accessories and texture and interest through layered throws and cushions. Hopefully when our living area is finished it will feel warm, inviting and relaxing…when ever that will finally be!

All inspiration images are from my pinterest page where original sources can be found.

LET THE NURSERY INSPIRATION BEGIN

I’m not even half way through my pregnancy but am already excitedly planning the baby’s room, I’m loving losing myself in pinterest and instagram feeds. You may remember this super talented and stylish pair from their time on The Block Australia. Sophie and Dale Vine’s nursery for their new baby Van is predictably amazing. Yes his name is Van Vine, you just know he’s going to be one cool kid right.
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DREAMS ARE FREE

Just because I don’t have the bank balance to buy everything I fall in love with, a girl can still window shop right! Here’s what I’ve been dreaming would suddenly appear in my life…

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Shades of black, white, dark navy and grey are my go to for my winter wardrobe. Country Road has 25% until midnight tonight, so this grey sweater and cute beanie are like every item on sale, a lot easier to justify! The dark navy slim line coat from ASOS would give a lift to my otherwise monochrome daily looks. Dark navy goes with everything, but is a nice change from a black or grey coat.

I’m already daydreaming about cute baby things, these booties from Superette are so adorable! Although my two year old may find it a little unfair that I stick her in $8 Kmart kicks and the baby gets these flash digs!

And finally on this cold Sunday morning, I could think of nothing better than being cozied up in bed in the gorgeous linen Jaimie Kay Duvet (in my dream I’m still lazing in bed after a sleep in, so far from my 6am wake up call reality!) and checking out some interior inspiration from one of Paperplane’s many amazing books.

INDIE HOME COLLECTIVE

One of my very favourite home stores in New Zealand is Indie Home Collective, an eclectic mix of vintage furniture, incredible lighting and art, on trend interiors and lush plants all set against a raw, white backdrop. I think I could happily transfer the entire contents to my house and not want to change a thing. Until now I could only get my fix when I made a rare trip up to Auckland, but happy days are here with their online store now live.

Owned by husband Nell Girl and his talented interior stylist wife Claudia Kozub, what makes this store so breathtaking isn’t just the products it houses, but the styling by Claudia is incredible, you really feel like you’ve walked into a live version of a Vogue Living.

On the top of my wish list is a stunning Ay Illuminate light, a print from the Pampa Horse Series and one of their larger vintage wooden cabinets in black or white.
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CREATE A STYLISH STUDY AT YOUR HOME

Is it just me whose ‘home office’ is comprised of a draw in the kitchen filled with bills and paperwork, and a laptop proped on your knees on the couch? Now although not every home can dedicate an entire room to a study, every home can and should have one.

In fact personally I think if you are a parent, the best place for it is in one of the main living areas of the home. With how much technology is a part of our children’s schooling and as they get older, social lives, we need the study to be in an ‘easy to sneak a look over their shoulder’ spot.

In our home we have an open plan living/dining/kitchen area and very little usable wall space because of 4 large sets of sliding doors, but we do have just over a metre beside our lounge that I think would be perfect for a study area. You really don’t need a lot of room, in fact I’ve seen a great idea of re-purposing a cupboard space by taking off the door and inserting a built in desk and shelves above.

In my view it’s just as important for the space to be stylish as it is to be functional, the atheistic of our home is a little scandinavian and a little beachy, so I’m wanting our study to also have that vibe. Here’s some images from my pinterest page that have inspired me.

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Recreating the looks of some of these stunning spaces may be cheaper thank you think! Here’s a few options with various price points of my favourite looks.

This black, white and timber palette would be perfect for our home. The trestle desk is ideal for a small space and I love that they have used images that inspire pinned onto the wall behind the desk. final study look 1Desk Ikea Linnmon Desk from Living Concepts $109 Chair Replica Eames DSW Chair from Zuca $79 Lamp Guaride Table Lamp from Citta Design $229 Basket Black Wire Basket from Let Liv $35 Art Prints from Paper Plane Store from $15

This Scandi inspired space is kinda perfect in my eyes. I bet even paying bills would almost be a pleasure sitting at this desk! The trestle desk has really usable shelves below the legs, I’m always looking for extra storage solutions so I love that feature. Floating shelves are perfect in most areas of a home, and work so well here to keep clutter off the desk, personally I’d add the shelf brackets from Father Rabbit. The Wall Flip Clock from Let Liv has been on my most wanted list for a couple of years, I think it would look very at home on one of the shelves. I think this is my fav look!final study look 2 Desk Trestle Desk from Let Liv $360 Chair Replica Tolix Chair in Gunmetal from Cintesi $89 Clock Wall Flip Clock from Let Liv $280 Basket Fog Linen Desk Basket from Let Liv $36 Shelf Shelf Bracket from Father Rabbit $21 Light Hanging Miners Lamp from Let Liv $90 Accessories Dante Set of 2 Stacking Boxes from Country Road $31

This space is actually the home office of Superette Owner Rickie Dee, so no surprise it’s super stylish. I love the paired back palette combined with a pop of colour found in the chair.
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I had so much fun sourcing pieces for these study looks, the best shops I found for furniture were Freedom, Mocka, Let Liv and Ikea via various Trade Me stores, accessories from Paper Plane Store, Father Rabbit, Let Liv, Country Road, Citta Design, Superette and Collected and to complete your space I’d suggest you head along to my favourite very stationery store Kikki K.

ONCE YOU GO BLACK…

Buyers remorse. It’s something I would normally associate with a hot wee dress that cost a mortgage payment and never saw the light of day outside my closet. But after my house renovation, buyers remorse is a much bigger cloud over my day. We only renovated last year, and already I desperately want to change some big ticket items. When I was researching for our renovation I had lusted after incredible black tap ware, but it wasn’t available in New Zealand so I had to settle for silver. Mere months after dancing around my fancy new kitchen, I now see that New Zealand has finally come to the party and does stock black tap ware, and I’m glaring at my silver tap sideways like it’s an impostor. I tried to console myself by thinking it would be stupidly expensive anyway and therefore would never have been an option, but alas it’s not. It’s totally reasonably priced. Damn it.

I torture myself looking at amazing kitchens and bathrooms with their fancy black tap ware hanging out all sleek and stylish, and so much cooler than my chrome, especially when mixed with lots of white, marble, concrete and timber. See what I mean…

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