new home inspiration {upstairs, downstairs}…

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i was determined that the staircase leading to the second storey of our new home would be, in itself, a feature…

as with the rest of our house design i wanted it to represent well-considered, standalone design…

perhaps i’m running from my past of making do in converted old buildings, but in this home i’m desperate to avoid all those odd angled ceilings & awkward spaces you’re so often left with, the culprit of which is more often than not the staircase…

cantilevered stairs

at first i wanted our staircase to lead up from the lounge room at the back of the house with a clean-lined, cantilevered design…

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i love the fact that the structure {or lack thereof} is on show…

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& the workable nooks that can be created in the negative space…

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but this idea was nixed for two reasons…

firstly, the footprint of our house is less than 7 metres wide on the ground floor &, as we have to step-in the second storey, less than 6 metres upstairs: chip away from this a minimum of 1 metre in depth for a staircase & unfortunately it doesn’t leave an abundance of living space…

secondly, placing the staircase at the very back of the house would make accessing the second floor a bit of an unnecessary hike from the front door…

so we resolved to place the staircase more centrally, off the hallway {between the kitchen & the ensuite}…

the only problem with this plan being there’s not the space to accommodate my preferred design {a single run staircase} & instead we’re going to have to install a return, winder staircase {&, with it, its limitations}…

screened stairs

on the upside, i have found a few designs i love the look of, like this screened run {it reminds me of a harem}…

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or this glass-encased version which not only mimics the original open-air & cantilevered design i preferred, but also allows light to flood the stairwell & hallway alike…

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even this enclosed staircase, in the home of ben de lisi, could work if we do decide to go down the more traditional route…

regardless, the best part of this new stair placement is the landing it creates upstairs…

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it took a few attempts to crack the design for this {most problematic was how to get the stair run to end where & how we wanted}, but when i happened across this image i knew this was the look i was going for…

our staircase will open up onto a landing that runs the width of the house & faces {albeit slightly off-centre} double glass doors leading into the study, which itself overlooks the double-height living area beyond…

i think {& hope} it will create a sense of arrival when you reach the top of the stairs & lend the design as a whole an air of intent…

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new home inspiration {master ensuite}

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second to planning a kitchen, i think the master ensuite could ultimately end up being the most stress-inducing of rooms to design: with the cost & detailed planning involved coupled with an infinite amount of options, getting it right is going to be difficult, but crucial…

so, it’s kind of surprising how much i’m enjoying the process {drainage & soil pipe discussions aside}…

after years of being subjected to ill-conceived, cheaply-fitted rental bathrooms squeezed into an alcove the size of a broom closet, it’s going to be positively blissful to have a room befitting the luxuriating it shall accomodate…

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our master ensuite will be accessed via the walk-in robe {which itself is set behind the bedhead wall} &, as it currently stands, sits approximately 3 metres deep & 4 metres wide…

bathroom layouts

 

despite its lofty dimensions it’s proving tricky to resolve the layout {a quick floor plan & some elevations are helping}, but then that could be because of my rather hefty wish list…

freestanding baths

top of that list is a free-standing bath…

there’s something so deliciously decadent about having a bath plonked in the middle of a room surrounded by nothing but empty space: it instantly ups the wow factor & makes everything around it feel more luxe…

i’m tempted by the classic claw-foot baths of old, but at this stage i’m leaning towards the crisp, smooth lines of a modern piece with a freestanding mixer unit…

Freestanding

throw in a nearby window & a full-length mirror & i’m pretty much sold {though i’d swap out this leather ottoman for a rustic wooden stool to provide more contrast & utility}…

walk-in shower

next on my list is a shower big enough to bathe a baby elephant in…

dispense with shower trays & doors {i have an aversion to both} & just give me a lofty, glass-encased cubicle with clever drainage…

wet room

an overhead shower rose & an inbuilt niche for soaps & shampoos up the ante…

open air

& i wouldn’t say no to a bench {what, am i the only person under-50 who likes to sit in the shower?}

bathroom vanity

my dream vanity is long, sleek & floats like a dream on a breeze: simplicity is key…

floating vanity

concrete, stone or perhaps marble counters will achieve the streamlined look i’m after, whilst wall-hung taps leave surfaces uncluttered…

but when it comes to wall & floor finishes i’m still up in the air…

navone

i love the notion of some patterned tile to introduce some flavour…

patterned tiles

though i think the key to keeping this look timeless & classic is by keeping the colour palette simple…

alternatively i’ve recently seen some stunning decorative effects using wallpaper in bathrooms…

plastered

this one beautifully suggesting architectural details which are otherwise lacking…

raw

but then there’s always something to be said for keeping things minimal courtesy of some skillful plastering effects…

decisions, decisions, decisions…

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new home inspiration {master bedroom}…

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happy monday again all!

i hope you enjoyed this morning’s edition of country kitchen alchemy

now i’m back with something a little different for you to ponder this evening…

so last week i kicked off a new series called new home inspiration & i’d like to continue each monday with a different theme {there’s lots, so stay tuned}…

the plan initially is to share my inspirations for each space as i take you on a virtual tour, of sorts, through the new home…

so far we’ve covered the entrance & how my dreams for a dedicated entry were dashed…

now it’s time to shuffle a few paces down the hallway & head into the very first room we encounter along the way: the master bedroom…

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a little before & after {our home}…

so i was doing a little scouting around on my hard drive for a particular image today in the hope of thrilling you all with a stunning inspiration compilation: needless to say, the image i wanted was nowhere to be found…

but i did find this gem…

london 2012

this is a photo of our lounge room as it looked when the flat was advertised for rent…

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& this is what it looks like now {well, actually, it looked like this up until a few days ago but i’ve changed everything around again since then}…

not too shabby for a simple furniture reshuffle {out with theirs & in with ours} & opening that camera aperture a little wider…

that my friends is what i like to call “seeing potential”…

happy hump day!

new home inspiration {the entrance}…

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we’re still tweaking our house plans so not a lot of progress to share with you on that front just yet, but i thought it might be fun to take you on a virtual house tour, of sorts, over the next few weeks/months showing you some of my ideas & inspirations for each space as i go…

& i guess it makes sense to start that process today at the beginning: the entrance…

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formulating a plan {our new home}…

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i’ve been up half the night formulating a plan: a house plan that is!

it’s yet another iteration of the same floor plan we submitted to our architect months ago for him to base some drawings on before we left for australia…

the same plan we walked through with him whilst back home & the same plan i’ve been pondering ever since our trip, trying to resolve some niggling issues in my head {it seems entrance ways & staircases are the thieves of my dreams}…

but first things first…

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a little piece of home {new art}…

last saturday i finally persuaded my other half to accompany me to pick up some artwork which i’d long-since dropped off for framing…

we picked up two pieces, one of which i thought i’d share with you today…

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this piece, entitled bush medicine dreaming by aboriginal artist jeannie petyarre, was a birthday present from my mum…

i’d be lying if i claimed to be even notionally educated in the nuances of aboriginal art {though i did find this article interesting}: like anything else, i simply buy what i love…

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& i love this…

but aboriginal art wasn’t always my thing…

growing up in brisbane in the 70s & 80s {ie, long before the internet}, aboriginal artwork for me meant one of two things: either cave art in bold, earthy colours depicting scenes of daily life {eg, hunting, etc}, or brightly-painted native animals &/or landscapes adorning boomerangs, didgeridoos, teatowels, ashtrays & other such touristic souvenirs…

both well & good, just not my cup of tea…

but then, many years later, my whole perspective changed…

i came across an article in an interiors magazine where the home owner had installed a giant black & white aboriginal painting into his seaside home…

i remember it distinctly: there was such simplicity in the individual brush strokes & yet combined they made the whole canvas come alive with an energy & sense of movement akin to a swathe of fabric billowing back & forth in a gentle breeze…

i never knew this genre of artwork could be so subtle & yet so powerful: i was mesmerised & vowed to one day track down something similar…

& eventually i did: hailing from the utopia region in central australia, jeannie petyarre‘s paintings primarily focus around a variety of local leaves used in traditional bush medicines…

her work is both simple & striking & captures the very essence of everything i loved about that first black & white canvas i fell in love with all those years ago…

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as my canvas is relatively small {only 60cm x 60cm}, i decided to give it a little more presence {& simultaneously protect it from the inevitable deluge of knocks, drops & beatings it will have to endure in my home} & had it framed in a tray setting…

the original canvas is stretched around a wooden frame & this, in turn, is then mounted inside a second, outer frame: a small gutter {approx. 1-2cm} between the canvas and outer wooden frame gives the appearance that the artwork is actually floating inside…

one day i hope to add to my budding collection of aboriginal art, but for now this canvas has already been elevated to one of my favourite pieces in our home…

well worth the wait!

raiding the vaults of ma & pa {& my favourite place in our home}…

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it’s virtually a given that whenever i venture back home my suitcase is going to be heavier on the return journey than it was going out…

after many years of travelling the globe i consider myself quite the accomplished packer…

i’ve learnt to be a little more realistic about what i’m actually going to wear on holidays & resolved to simply make do with less of everything else {toiletries, etc}…

but when it comes to paring back on my travel finds: well that can be another story entirely…

because shops & markets aside, i’ve tapped into a fantastic source of vintage homeware finds that never, never fails to impress: it’s called the vaults of ma & pa…

raiding the cupboards & back rooms of our parents’ houses have yielded some of my favourite ever homeware finds to date…

& not only do these pieces bring individuality & quirk to our home, but they’re positively laden with memories of moments that can never be replicated {& moments that were, until the unearthing of some of these pieces, forever consigned to history}…

my latest haul yielded this…

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that cheeky chap is none other than my boyfriend as a rambunctious two year old immortalised in bronze by his very talented cousin…

& i love it {all 11.5 kgs of it}!

i’ve coveted it for such a long time & since it had been relegated to a back room at his parents’ house i thought now was as good a time as any to ask if they’d mind my relieving them of it…

not only is it such a tactile, beautiful piece of art, but it represents a piece of my boyfriend’s history {a perspective sadly lacking in our home}…

other trips home have been equally fruitful: a painting by my mum, a second by my brother, some groovy old coffee jars repurposed as vases & some beautiful decorative ceramic plaques {seen below} mounted on wooden bases…

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these were salvaged from my dad’s childhood silver cross pram & gifted to me by my mum after he passed {though my dad never did display them in his home, i do so with immense pride}…

for the most part, a lot of these vintage pieces now hang out in what has quickly become my favourite place in our home: the dining nook

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it’s a pretty modest set-up {& given we rent, we’re a little limited in what we can change}, but the impact of this room has been elevated by the recent acquisition of a glossy, slimline console table which provides a good-sized, prominent spot for me to display many of my favourite pieces {alongside some much-needed storage}…

filled with vintage finds that are, in turn, filled with memories, this nook makes me smile every time i happen upon it: without fail…

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it feels like home to me…

mountain views

it’s funny, isn’t it, how a place that’s never really been your home per se can still feel like a home to you?

this past week i’ve been encamped at my parents’ house nestled in the sunshine coast hinterland…

but this was never my home growing up as my parents only built & moved here in my late 20s whilst i was living abroad…

so i never played hide n’ seek amongst these shrubs…

or hitched rides on my dad’s lap as he took a spin on the ride-on mower to curtail this lawn…

& i never made frangipani perfume for my mum from the blossoms which fell to this patch of earth…

there are no childhood memories hidden amongst this acreage for me, but i love it nonetheless…

the neighbours

a peace descends upon you as soon as you arrive here…

acres of green surround this property & nature abounds…

there are kangaroos to the left & horses to the right & whilst the alpacas that were once bred out back are gone now they’ve been replaced by some scary looking cows which moo mournfully when their young are ripped from their bosom each spring…

cicadas sing at nightfall once the deafening squawk of the nesting cockatoos has quietened to a hush &, as i sit here & type this, a distant kookaburra sings his evening song signalling the end of yet another day…

purple passion

 

geisha girl

collectively my parents toiled long & hard to turn this land into what it is today…

once a pine plantation, they removed abandoned tree stumps & filled holes left by their perished roots…

they planted every flowering bulb, every shrub & nearly every tree that stands proud today: the bulk of which my mum had lovingly nursed from seed or saplings before transplanting to the soil…

wheelie bin run

when it came to working with the contours of the land, my dad was the architect…

it was he who determined the size, shape & placement of the garden beds & the sweep of the driveway which snakes its way slowly from the soft-edged road beyond…

my parents worked this land relentlessly: my dad, at times, until he fell to his knees with gardening tools still in hand & my mum until her arthritic fingers could bend no more…

my parents’ blood, sweat, tears, dreams & hopes have all been spilt, conceived &/or laid to rest on this property in immeasurable quantities…

so much so that this land can’t help but feel like home to me…

the dream factory {our home}…

i might be busy planning our future home, but i’m always on the lookout for any improvements i can incorporate into our current abode too, especially elements we can take with us when we move…

today i’ve been pulling together a moodboard for our bedroom…

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the look i’m after hasn’t changed much over the past few years: soft greys, crisp whites, tan leather, raw wood & layer-upon-layer of textures to create a calming, inviting retreat…

thankfully we already have most of the key ingredients including this upholstered juliette bedoak block tables {ours were custom made, but these are similar}, hector table lamps, a chunky woollen blanket {this one would also work nicely} & this beautiful la lune artwork

but there’s a few more elements i’d love to introduce to complete the room: this arcadia wallpaper is perfect for renters as it doesn’t require a paste application {& for a reasonably small outlay it makes a huge statement}; the oversized koushi lamp is simple, timeless & impactful without overpowering the scheme; in my dreams i’ll find a vintage butterfly chair with tobacco-coloured leather in mint condition which i’ll place in a corner so i can admire it from afar; soft & silky sheepskin rugs will warm our feet on winter mornings; this flower cushion will introduce a fresh & modern vibe; stonewashed linen bedding will drape effortlessly over our bed & these snuggly velvet curtains will frame our view outside…

what are the perfect ingredients for your bedroom?

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