Come on a journey of inspiration & adventure while renovate & restore a beautiful Victorian home 'St Elmo' in the picturesque Hunter Valley, Australia & laugh at a few of our family adventures along the way.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Swanky Kitchen backsplash

I just love the tile back splash in this gorgeous kitchen
White Galley Kitchen contemporary kitchen

I hope I can find something similar to this (in the right price range) when its time to build my dream house

White Galley Kitchen contemporary kitchen

I love the neutral colour & the textural look,  in the first photo you can even see a bit of shimmer
, what girl can pass up a little shimmer in her day!
I'm guessing the bench tops are perhaps granite, would you agree?

White Galley Kitchen contemporary kitchen

Not to mention they are teamed with my all time favourite shaker doors

White Galley Kitchen contemporary kitchen

What do you think ?

Images via Houzz

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rock around the clock

If you don't already know this about me, I have a confession to make.

I have a serious obsession with clocks!

Lola Bs traditional dining room
I love all of them, old new, vintage or modern

Showcase 2007 traditional staircase

floor or wall....

Dreamy Whites eclectic dining room

loving these swedish banjo clocks


MMID portfolio contemporary kids
I love these ones with the numbers & workings stuck on the wall

Dreamy whites eclectic living room

 gap interiors

How sweet is this little guy...

 Elements at Home

or how incredible is this gigantic window style clock

 Gap interiors

 Brabourne farm

I like them on the floor...

 Kyandra Rose

or lots of them on the wall...

 Decor Pad

 Belle Inspirations

 Room Remix

source unknown

This is my photo of the start of my clock collection

This is my latest purchase, I can't decide whether to use it on my sons bedside table
pop it under a cloche on a side table in my loungeroom

This is what I am saving for next so I can create a wall display like the one below.
This one is made by Howard Millar & here in Australia is available from Time Pieces Australia or Harvey Norman stores. It retails for $260. If anyone knows where I can purchase something similiar to this for a better price PLEEEEAAASE let me know, my budget would be forever grateful!

Sorry about the poor quality image, its a print out from Porter Davis Homes

Do you also share my clock obsession?

Trish xxx

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Thank You!

I just wanted to say a quick, but huge

Thank You

for all of the lovely birthday messages from everyone, I felt very special!!!

I was very spoilt for my birthday & will actually be having a bit of a party this weekend to celebrate, so I am looking forward to that. I will have my parents 2 sisters & my brother all in the same place at once. We don't get togethor like that to often, so it should be lots of fun !

My dream guy and the kids took me shopping for my birthday & let me choose my own gift
 (apparently I'm fussy)
& seen as though I have a thing for mirrors at the moment that is exactly what I have chosen.
I found this image at Interiors Online , but I hope to take my own pic to share with you soon, along with some of the other goodies I was spoilt with.

Image via Good Life of Design

I intend on hanging mine in the formal lounge room in my dream house

I'm loving round mirrors over fireplaces, which is where I will be placing my mirror 

Althought they look pretty special in the bathroom as well, from memory I think this may be one of
Sarah Richardson's beautiful bathroom designs.
 Please correct me if I'm wrong!

At this point in time I will have to hang my mirror in my bedroom, but that's okay I will get to admire it every morning as soon as I open my eyes,
placed strategically so I don't have  to see my scary bedhead of course!!

Have a fabulous week everyone & thank you for being such lovely blog friends, I really do appreciate you comments & well wishes

Trish xx

Friday, March 18, 2011

Happy Birthday to me!

I can't be I am confessing this but today is my
I guess like they say
"Growing old is inevitable, but, growing up is optional!"

I recently spotted a T shirt that said
"I am not 40, I am 18 with 22 years experience"
You just have to love that!!

Any way,
Happy birthday to me, no doubt my lovely family will spoil me rotten, so i will get back to you on that later.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone, do YOU have anything fun planned?

Trish xxx

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Autumn Fog

I'm not sure you can really say autumn has arrived here in The Hunter Valley. Our days have still been very hot & humid & we are still able to be outside in summer clothes well into the night.

I'm not complaining, after spending the majority of my life living in the Blue Mountains, where the air is crisp year round,
 it has been known to snow there in December, you know in the peak of our Australian summer!

I took these photo's of the early morning fog last week because it reminded me of the weather from my home town, we don't often see fog here & it did look rather pretty with the sun shining thru.

Are you still enjoying summer weather at your place?

i know all of my lovely readers on the other side of the world are enjoying the first signs of spring, it really is the best time of the year, seeing all of the blossoms on the trees & the spring bulbs bursting open, I enjoy all of the spring time posts I'm reading at the moment!!

Who knows, perhaps in a month or two I will be able to take some wonderful autumn leaf photos with my fancy new camera!

Enjoy your week everyone

Thank you to all of my lovely followers for stopping by to read my little blog
a BIG thank you for the lovely comments you leave,
I really do appreciate that you take time to include me in your busy days!!!

Trish xxx

Monday, March 14, 2011

Contemporary lounging

Tineke triggs contemporary family room

I love how soothing & inviting this lounge room is, I could certainly relax in here with a nice glass of chardonnay!
Tineke triggs contemporary family room

These two rooms are designed by Tineke Triggs from Artistic Designs for Living. in San Francisco.
I love the hints of navy & green, they really give the whole room a stylish finish.

Which do you prefer?

Trish xxx

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Designer help!

I love this room would really like to see this beautiful space from a few more angles, especially the dining area.

I found this image at
House & Home
It belongs to Jilaire Wagner & it was the runner up in the House & Home Design contest.

Does anyone know where I can find some more images of this gorgeous room or the entire house, i love this style?
I have googled Jilaire Wagner which led me to many things, but not what I was looking for.

Please someone put me out of my misery & feed my design stalking Curiosity!!!

Have a fabulous weekend my friends

Trish xxx

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A wonderful adventure

Today my 3 daughters & I went on an adventure!

To this place...

It is called ladies Well 

Its on the edge of  The Barrington Tops National Park, NSW Australia
I have to say its one of the prettiest places Ive ever been

We went on this adventure to do a bit of location scouting for Dream child No.1's major work for her Higher school certificate, art assignment

She has a pretty incredible project developing, which I will be sure to share with you all as things progress!

It was a great way to spend the day with my 3 favourite girls

Dream child No.1 drove as she is on her learners permit & she certainly got some experience today with all sorts of driving conditions

We crossed the Allyn River about 8 times on the long windy road

& each time it was either a one lane bridge or a low level crossing

she even had to drive thru water on one of the crossings

there where areas with cliff faces on one side & a steep & slippery slope on the other

there where other areas that where so serene it was hard to concentrate on the road & not just admire the country side

there where dirt roads

& dairy farms, where you had to wait for the livestock to move off the road, I could  reach out of the car window & pat the cows

We stopped & introduced ourselves to this echidna

had a chat with this kookaburra

don't you just love this gateway

this is certainly a case of using the resources available to build your stock yards

We admired the history of the townships

& the creativity of the farmers

you just don't see letterboxes like this in suburbia!

It was a great day out & a real reminder of just how beautiful Australia is.

None of my photo's have been edited & it was a cloudy, overcast day, they really don't do the scenery justice, although it was fun to have a play with my new camera.

Hope everyone else is having a tremendous weekend!

Trish xxx

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