Monday, January 31, 2011

spying is ok when its posted free for all

Ok, so I have been stalking some blogs of people that are building with Eden Brae - we all pick from the same home gallery etc - so I thought it would be worth it...

It seems browns and greys are big. Grey it seems is the safer option for floors with people. It annoys me that brown is happening because I don't want to be like everyone else... oh well - we will go with what works...

It seems like feature tiling the wall hidey-hole is popular with alanamareeshome

 The brown bathroom does work with edenbraebuild - although I would have a brown timber-look cupboard - not black. Love the white tile on the bath. Qyite like the aluminium edge along the bath. It matches nicely with the aluminium taps etc. The rectangular shape wotrks well. I completely see us with a white bench. Perfect.

Good style one sec - gone the rest... Not a fan of the feature tile. Definately not a fan on the strip. They tiled normally in the wall hidey-hole. Looking at it - I think it needs to be a smaller tile. The bigger tile looks goofy.

I looked through the blog - these benches aren't Caesar or Essa Stone - they are laminate - but the colour is similar to our choice - ours might be a little lighter... I like the light cupboard doors/brown bench combo. The colour picked for the cupboards was natural - I suppose because the paint is Hogsbristle or something like that. Since we are going white walls - white would probably be best? We will have to check with the home gallery...

Loving the dark floor, light cupboards, brown benchtop. Nice...


the ooh la la of homes

Thank you Desire to Inspire for bringing me my daily fix!

Check out this house! I am so feeling us in here! The floors are dark and the walls are white (yes, they are black floors - but if black and white works - then brown and white will work!) and it has an apartment-vibe which I love! Apartments are generally much smaller than houses so they really make use of space!

I am loving the dark floor - white wall combo.

Loving the use of aluminium in the kitchen - we won't do the bench - but a splashback that matches the floor is something to think about.

We need ceiling fans because we are going without air-con - hail to the electrical gods! When you think of ceiling fans - they don't make you think 'modern' but I love the look in this room! Dark floors, white walls, black window frames, asian vibe and an aluminium ceiling fan - LOVE LOVE!

Loving the asian vibe! I am also thinking twice about the shower wall hidey-hole - I am quite liking seeing it all in white! Admittantly the tile is quite small or it has a design, but I reallu love how clean the white is! I will have to find out if ours would have clean edges or if it would be edged in aluminium. I think I would be happy with either, but this is so minimal - LOVE IT! Maybe instead of a fussy tiny mosaic, we could get a small square white tile inlaid instead? or use the same type of tile throughout? Hmmm... interesting...

I LOVE the bright as a button art on the stark white walls. It looks so impressively modern and brightens the room! The exposed cord hanging lights over the dining room are also amazing, but I know I will never get that through Mr Piggy! For one, we would have to pay for 3 x light fittings and secondly - it looks unfinished and he isn't too fussed on that...

Black framed windows look amazing. It makes the windows look like you are gazing into pictures...



Being that we will have a lot of earthy colour and the stark white walls - we need to break it up a bit. We also need to distinguish the lounge room area - as it is open plan living. We intend to get a modern, modula sofa with masculine lines which will help define the area, but I think a rug will work best.

Despite the very similar colours of this lounge area - the rug adds a different texture and defines the space. I like that.

There are a gazillion rugs out there so I wouldn't know where to start - except that I have seen some fabulous rugs that are COMPLETELY out of our price range by Dinosaur Designs that really inspire. They have a retro feel without going too far and can be monotone or colourful (I don't know if Mr Piggy would be too happy with pink though). I read somewhere that you can get them coloured to suit your decor as well. This is all out the question for me - but there is nothing wrong with immersing yourself as much as you can - perhaps I will find a similar style for a bargain?

I am loving the 1st there - so mucch vivid colour but so suited to so many interiors!

Loving the names - like Banana Split for this one!!


food trees

I am using OMG too often - but here I go again... OMG I am all over this like a fat kid on a cupcake! These food trees are amazing! They are oh so cute, so simple and so easy to make - timber, dowel, glue and a bit of cutting and drilling - woila! Is that how you spell woila? I don't know and I don't care because I love this so much! You could even do it with little blocks of cheese and cabanossi! Or cheese and olive! There is so much you could do!

Put this on thre list of things for the new house!! I am thinking Daddy Piggy might be good at doing this... ;)

no...these are a few of my fav-our-ite things...

OMG I could not be loving this more than I am! I was about to pack up and go to bed and then I saw this and I got all excited!

I would love to make one for Mr Piggy and me for our new home! It would be so cool to list all the things that we really love and get a little canvas made up! Or we could print and frame it! I love the typewriter font - its so kitsche and cool!

Must remember - must remember!!

these are a few of my fav-our-ite things...

Colour - love it, don't know much about it and frankly haven't had to think too deeply about it... now I am surrounded by it! So many decisions! Mr Piggy isn't too interested in looking through a thousand different colours - he likes to look at a few, so I am the one breaking the process down.

I never really understood where people come from when they say to pick a few colours and work around them... how can I when I love all colours? So, to keep the resale value in the house, but still make a house thats 100% us I am think raw, natural, sleek (my motto, yes) and the following...





with timber and metal accents

I love popping colour so if all the big bits are based around these colours, then we can also use colourful rugs, cushions, art and other preddy things and it will make this very natural slate modern, quirky and fun.

I have been looking at houses that have a cream scheme and I am not liking what the light does - it bounces back yellow. I feel like I have a liver problem or something. My eyes feel funny. I'm just not used to it. So I am thinking - the whiter (on the walls), the better.

Seeing as we have not used grey yet (except for our ideas of the TV wall) I am thinking a grey lounge. I don't know how I feel about leather - I don't like it when its too wrinkly. I guess we will see.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

a random spew of inspiration

Loving the stark white walls. You can do so much with it and it looks quite modern.

Ok, we aren't going for timber benches but I am loving the brown and white thing they have going...

I love the old timber table. It looks like it has so much history..

I love dark brown and white in a bathroom!

I love seeing the contrast of light and dark. Its not so safe and I admire that...

All my favourite colours! Made for me!

Love the bookshelves with the grey behind...

current decisions made

As of this moment, we have come to the following decisions...

  • window frames - black
  • walls painted - stark white (thats just a description - not sure of the actual paint name yet..)
  • internal common area floors - brown tile
  • carpet in certain areas, bedrooms etc. - brown
  • kitchen cupboards - white
  • kitchen benchtop - macchiato (Essa Stone)
  • kitchen splashback - all stainless steel, as high as the rangehood (at this moment - depends on cost)
  • wet area floor tile - brown
  • wet area wall tile - white
  • bathroom mosaic feature - Natural split plus emperor dark from De Lorenzo (depending on cost) to be put in wall recess in shower only and maybe on tap area of bath.
  • bathroom cupboards - dark brown with a timber finish
  • bathroom benchtop - white
  • feature wall that flatscreen tv goes on - dark grey
  • ceiling fans in - main bedroom, lounge room, alfresco, study
Ok, thats pretty good I think! I know it seems to be a lot of brown, but I saw lots of homes today with brown floors and white walls and they even changed Daddy Piggy's way of thinking! He is old school - cream walls and he came around!

Also thinking that we should go as light a brick as we can - so it doesn't suck in too much heat from the sun (we don't have air conditioning and we do not want to fry!) and maybe as light a roof as we can! A lot of people are going for really dark - almost roofs. If we can go lighter - it will help with the heat.

Another thought is - we should get whirly birds on the roof to let as much heat out as we can!

Eco-smart and $$ smart!

the kitchen cupboard conundrum

This is the style that our kitchen is going to be, but there won't be any top cupboards.

Mr Piggy and I have decided on a brown tile floor. I'm sure it will end up being a mocha or cocoa or frappacino, or some other caffeine-based beverage colour (they all seem to be), so now we are confused...what to do with the kitchen!!?? I don't think we should go dark cupboards because the kitchen is in a little nook without its own window and I don't want it to be a proverbial black hole. We need something that is going to reflect light, not suck light. We may end up getting a skylight once we move in, but thats not the point...we need some light!

We have a few standard colours of Caesar Stone and Essa Stone to choose from - so we are trying our best to choose from the ones we don't have to pay extra for. I was leaning towards a white benchtop, but I went for a read on the net and found people saying on blogs that although the Essa Stone and Caesar Stone is in the high 90% non-porous, it is judst enough to leave permanent marks on the stone. These stones are not natural, they are man-made so they can be porous to a degree. I am a little concerned by the poeple that say they have permanent red wine stains etc. Scary.

So it seems we have chosen our stone - Mr Piggy likes dark stone (but not too dark) so we are choosing Macchiato in the Essa Stone. (So you see my joke now in the caffeine-inspired coulours... ;)
Just listen to the Macchiato description... "A mellow coffee tone with cinnamon and cocoa fragments creates a warm and comfortable look" hehehe - the marketing department impresses me... I want to eat it! Its a brown that verges on a dark tan and it doesn't throw any yellow when artificially lit. I like that.

So now, what cupboards to use in a kitchen with brown floor tiles and a brown bench...

This brown benchtop is quite similar. I love the white cupboards in the kitchen area and I love that you could also laminate the other side of the bench in any colour you want - like a brown to match the rest of the area!

The benchtop on top of the white cupboards looks devine! (We will have handles on cupboards though...and remember - no high cupboards...)

The drop in sink looks good (thats our standard so hooray for the standard!)

The underbench sink is nice but I have a feeling...too $$.

Also, if you were going to have an under-bench sink, you would need a drainage area for dishes, so you would need to grind a bit of the Essa Stone - which would be extra $$

Pity it looks so modern, sleek and fab... :(

White does look fine with the benchtop. I am really liking the feature dark colour above the prep area on the wall. I know this is cupboards and we won't have any, but maybe we could paint a bit of a feature or something?

those three little words...

I now have a motto for the house. Three words that describe exactly what we are going for...




featuring 'mosaic'!

I have been noticing a lot of feature mosaic tiles in bathrooms. They look beautiful and I know they are very $$ but they are gorgeous! I know the show homes have to look pretty and its their way of conning you into upgrading (where they will make a tidy little commission) but I am allowed to look!

PS. Sorry there aren't any bright colours in here - just not into that personally!

Even the kitchens are preddy...

Metallic is really being pushed... preddy but a hell to clean I would imagine. Also very $$

This is like our proposed shower! Again the metallic isn't for us so we need a cheaper option that is also gorge to the max! We also get the little wall hidey-hole included too!

I am loving how the strip in the wall goes all the way along! I am loving that!

I told Mr Piggy about it and saiud we should find out if we can get it too! He thinks its too expensive...but we don't even know yet! I mean, wouldn't it be easier to do this wall than make a hole like the top one?

As apart of our tender we get a strip of mosaics in the shower - just like the one below. We have to pay for laying costs though, which amount to around $50. I don't care about the $50. I am absolutely fine with that, but the little flat mosaics running down the wall grated on me a bit. I kept looking at them in the tiling place wondering how we could do something different, without blowing the budget. This is what is would look like, below.

Then today, while walking through show homes, I saw something that looked amazing...feature mosaics not as a strip down the wall, but only in the little wall cavity we get in the shower! Brilliant! I love it so much! I went with Daddy Piggy today to get his thoughts on things and he thought it was a great idea too! So now I am seeing these tiles in the feature wall cavity in lots of homes!

Not to fond ofg the feature in this house... I don't like the colour running all the way up the wall...

This tile has a wood grain which I thought was interesting... Made me think though - we don't necessarily need a mosaic tile - you could use another larger tile in this place..

This is what started the craze... Thankfully the cavity in our bathroom will be bigger though...

And if you have a bath (which our bathroom has) you can put the feature tile near the tub! What I love about this is that so few mosaics have been used - which make the whole exercise cheaper!!

I checked out Di Lorenzo tiles and found this mosaic which I love! I love that it is raw and natural, I love that some parts are rough and some are flat and smooth.