Monday, July 10, 2017

Marimekko Canvas Find

Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE Gumtree? This giant Marimekko Ulmenia canvas is my latest ultimate find. I wasn't even looking for it and I can't even remember what I was originally searching for. Regardless, it came to me somehow and was just meant to be.

I'd always planned a statement piece for the space at the landing, just hadn't found exactly what I wanted. Well, not entirely, I had considered putting this Marimekko Hetkia Moments there, but I really wanted something with colour that would really stand out from the bottom of the stairs and this was perfect! Weirdly, I do know this piece from my general love of Marimekko - so I knew EXACTLY what it was when it came up.

The lady that I bought it from was selling it for her mother. She'd bought a display apartment and this was in it. It was taking up too much space in the storage area downstairs so she was more than happy to get rid of it for what I consider to be a very, very good price!

The canvas is HUGE!  So big in fact, I couldn' fit it in my Honda CRV and had to call for a ute. To put it into perspective, this is Jansen prepping it for hanging and he's 6 foot tall.

From every angle it looks amazing. I love it so, so much and it's so perfect in this space. Some things really are meant to be.

PS: In case you can't see it, it's a cow. (Can't unsee that now can you?)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Stone top up under the house

I had the guys who did the fence also replace the treated timber border under the house with 200mm sleepers. They also laid some builder's plastic and topped up the tumbled river rock. I had originally put some weedmat down, but it was pretty useless and there were loads of weeds coming through.

The larger sleepers separates the space a bit better and will also make it easier to spread the topsoil and turf that's coming later next week. 

I would so have loved to deck or pave this, but it's just too expensive at this stage. That will be for the next family to make their own.

I'm still getting used to the fence being's so weird to have such a small backyard after so long having a big one. Maybe once all the landscaping goes in I'll feel a bit different, maybe it will feel more cozy and intimate.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

This is what 52 metres of fence looks like!

The dividing fence is up!! All 52 metres of it - that's a whole lotta fence!! The guys that did it though only took 2 days to build it, I was pretty astounded at just how quick they were. It's a pretty standard pine fence, the cheapest type you can get, but my plan is to put hide the fenceline with plants and hedges so it's really not a big deal. Not sure what my new neighbours will be doing with their side yet but I would think it's probably a similar plan.

The new fenceline is CRAZY close to the house. In actual fact, along the concrete garage pad, they've dynabolted the posts to the pad rather than into the ground as it was too close to the footings.

The two separate backyards look sooo teeny now. I'm so used to having a large backyard and so are the dogs. We've installed a removable fence panel as the kind new neighbours are allowing us to use the access from their driveway to truck in topsoil and turf, which is next on my to-do list.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Dining Room Completion...maybe

I've been searching for the perfect rug for the dining room for forever! I've even brought ones home that I thought might work, but in-situ just didn't look right, so I've had to return them. When I saw this on Instagram I thought it was PERFECT, but it took me ages to track one down.

This is actually an outdoor rug which will work perfectly under a dining table cause it will be easy to clean and the pattern works fab with the artwork on the wall.

I'd like to say this completes the space, but I have my eye on a little mid-century tea trolley I saw on an antiques site but haven't been able to get hold of. It will need restoration, but would look so, so amazing in the corner.

In the meantime, I'm so, so, so happy with the rug.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Swiss Cheese Plant!

I FINALLY got my hands on a monsteria deliciosa, aka SWISS CHEESE PLANT!! These little suckers are really hard to get hold of at the moment and when you do, they're often really expensive. I saw quite a few in James Street, but they were all $70 plus. Jam that!

I got these from a local wholesaler that sells direct to the public but I had to wait 3 weeks for it to come in. It was only $25 though and I split it between these two pots.

They're currently sitting next to the Marrimekko canvas, but it will need a new home as it's in the middle of the hall. I have no idea where it's going to go though, there's so many indoor plants in the house now that each room has about 3 plants, including the bathroom.

Bad Karina. Bad girl.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Yaay - new work boots!!

Karina Roberts Steel Blue Steel Cap Workboots

My new steel cap work boots have arrived today. HUZZAH!! These are Steel Blue Argyle and seriously the lightest, most comfy work boots I've ever had. I LOOOOVE them!! They've arrived just in time cause I have a ton of bricks (I'm not even joking) in the backyard that I have to move by next week.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


So...this happened! The land is sold and another stage ticked off on my big plan of everything. The sign definitely wasn't very creative, though it is pretty hard to make much of a vacant block of land. Interestingly though, most of the enquiries did come from the sign, which indicated that most people are looking local.

The journey wasn't without a few hiccups, there were a number of offers and contracts, but they come to nothing really until settlement. It's definitely been a lesson in patience and sticking to your guns.

I'm so excited this stage is done and I now have the time (and funds) to concentrate on getting the house ready for sale.