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.

HOME RENO: MASTER BEDROOM

bed aaI have always dreamed of an epic walk-in-wardrobe, I actually squealed when I saw what Big built Carrie in Sex & the City, now that’s love. You can imagine my heartbreak when the scaled back version of our extension meant no walk-in-wardrobe and to twist the knife further, no ensuite. I admit I moped around like a deeply heart broken woman for days.

Once I got over my perfect example of a first world problem, I really enjoyed making the most out of the space we had. First we built a ‘headboard’ that ran the width of the room behind the bed. With such a basic square bedroom, we wanted to add some architectural interest and it’s the perfect spot to add art work and other special things.
bed2We placed a large mirror opposite sliding doors, that will eventually go out to a private tropical inspired courtyard (check back on me in a few years to see if we have completed that yet!), to make the most of the abundance of natural light. The mirror is one of my very favourite possessions, I bought it for a clothing boutique I owned many many years ago, from an amazing store called Haunt in Lyttelton (anyone know if it’s still around?). Incredibly it has made it through five house moves following me as I gypsied around the country. I just love the look of the festoon lights around it!
bed4bed16bed11bed5bed23bed3The room is quite small, so creating a feeling of spaciousness was paramount. Luckily the high raked ceilings give the illusion of the room being a lot bigger than what it really is. We managed to steal some space out of the dining room to give us a very generous wardrobe the full length and height of the room, allowing all our clothing and storage to be housed behind three huge 2.4 metre stacking sliding doors. This meant no need for extra furniture taking up valuable space within the bedroom itself. We also took our king size bed off the ‘feet’, so it sat lower to the ground, you would surprised what a big difference that made to the overall sense of space.bed40I love the bedroom we have created, it has a very relaxed vibe, my little escape from the world. I almost don’t even care about the walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite anymore (almost).bed21Linen Duvet: Nest
Cushions: Pony Rider
Bedside Tables: Citta Design via Paperplane
Festoon Lights: Flux Boutique
Leather Pouf: Let Liv
Hanging Basket: Ponsonby Plant Store
Light: Lighting Plus

RENOVATION: BATHROOM

After the kitchen, the bathroom renovation was definitely what excited me most! Any of you who have lived somewhere with a low pressure, dribbly shower would have dreamed of the bliss of a spa like experience each morning instead.

Our bathroom is tiny (you will see from the photos I couldn’t even get a proper shot of the whole space as it’s so poky!), and unfortunately we had no room to extend so we had to make the most of the existing space. I was a wee bit gutted we couldn’t have a separate shower and bath, but seriously – first world problems. We did swap the positions of the bath and vanity to allow a mirror to sit above the vanity, that helped the room be as functional as possible. I chose a timeless palette of white walls, grey/stone floor and black joinery, softened with wooden accents. As we are planning on being in this house possibly forever I needed to choose a look that wasn’t necessarily my favourite right now, but that wouldn’t date as we won’t be redoing it again.
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Size Matters
The major issue was how tiny the bathroom was, so creating illusion of space was paramount. With this in mind we tiled the walls floor to ceiling with 300 x 600 Easy White Gloss tiles. I was a bit overwhelmed with tile choice, however one of my favourite bloggers, Michelle Harford of The Design Chaser used these inexpensive tiles in her recent home build and it helped create a polished, timeless look, so I totally copied her. We chose a floating vanity which helps give extra space on the floor and added smart storage solutions to eliminate the clutter; from baskets under the vanity to a mirror covered cabinet. My favourite tip to help keep clutter at bay is to store all your shower needs out of sight (shampoo, conditioner, body wash etc) in a drainable plastic storage container. I just pop it on the window sill when needed, otherwise it is out of sight in the vanity draw.
bathroom container

Flooring
I would have loved to have had polished concrete floors throughout our home, but settled on large concrete tiles in our bathroom and toilet. These 600 x 600 Textured Grey tiles were perfect.
bathroom floor tiles

Future Plans
I’m on the look out for a really stunning hanging plant to go over the end of the bath. I pretty much believe you can never have too many plants, they are such a beautiful and inexpensive way to add colour and soul to any space. I would also love to get one bright piece of art to put above the towel rail on the back wall. I’ve been looking for a while and haven’t found anything just right, so if anyone has a suggestion that would be fantastic!

Any Regrets?
In hindsight I would have loved to have a reclaimed timber vanity top, maybe if I ever get my dream ensuite I can put it in there instead!

Get The Look
Bathroom Reno Polyvore 1Clockwise from top left: Timber Hooks from Paperplane | Plants from Freedom | Kip&Co Freckles Bathrobe from Letliv | Wooden Pendant Light from Green With Envy | Baskets from Citta Design | Ashley&Co Candle and Handwash from Paperplane | Tolix Replica Stool from Cintesi

Renovation Suppliers List: Tiles – Bay Tiles, Paint – Resene Black White, Vanity – Michael Cesar, Basin – Roca Terra, Tapware – La Torre, Lighting – Green With Envy