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.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Table scaping

I  had to share this beautiful dining room table scape with you.

KitchenLab traditional dining room

There are so many different elements at play here, I guess you would say its an eclectic take on a traditional style

KitchenLab eclectic dining room

I love glass & silver teamed with timber.
Chandeliers always make me swoon!!!!
A simple floral arrangement is something I would like to master.
 The colour scheme is very warm & inviting.
A rather relaxed take on what I imagine to be the formal dining space.

What do you think, love it or hate it????

Trish xxx

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Spaces to love

I have had these images saved to my drafts for a while now & thought I should share them with you.
Prepare yourself for some divine eye candy!!!!

Decor by Jennifer Inc living room

I am seriously loving this look. I am hoping we can afford to put timber floors in the dream house & then I will work towards talking the dream guy into painting the internal doors black, I don't like my chances though, its a little to out of the ordinary for him I think!!!
Decor by Jennifer Inc closet

Is this the most incredible wardrobe you have ever seen? I love the mirror doors...

City Kitchen Remodel contemporary kitchen

A beautiful room with a tranquil view...

Cottage Chic Family Room traditional family room

There are those black doors again, not to mention that stunning wing chair, don't you just love it?

Stair / Nook Space traditional staircase

and here we have a great little study nook atop a very lovely stair case...
& do I spy another black door?
Gast Architects: Projects traditional entry

Gast Architects: Projects traditional exterior

Whats not to love?
I especially fancy those stone walls...

Gast Architects: Projects traditional living room

The same stone repeated on the fireplace...I am all for continuity,
inside & out

Kitchen contemporary kitchen

As you may know I am a little obsessed with white kitchens so it would be NO surprise to see one in this post.
Isn't she pretty!!!
Kitchen contemporary kitchen

San Francisco Kitchen & Bath traditional bathroom

I'm just going to put my feet up here on this little window seat & dream for a while, the kids will never think to look for me here..
He He He !!!

Which one was you favourite?
Now I know the beautiful wardrobe/closet is naturally every ones first choice, especially if it came full of designer clothes, bags & shoes,
I will let you have a second choice....
Oh & what do you think of the black doors, have you, or would you, be daring enough to paint your doors black?

Have a tremendous week everyone!!

Trish xxx

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A blue christmas

I have finally settled on a theme for this years Christmas tree
I'm calling it

 "Glitter & Ice"

as its going to be blue silver & white!!!

Here is what has me inspired this year!

source Decorating Ideas

source She Knows

Love the co ordinated wrapping, I will be seeking out some fabulous paper & ribbon.
 Do you like to wrap your gifts to match your tree or do you just get an array of christmas gift wraps & go for it?

source House of Turquoise

Im wishing for a fireplace so I could decortae a mantel!!!

I am thinking I might sew a tree skirt to dress things up a little, this one looks kind a pretty don't you think?

I am seriously in love with this one, I think I could adapt it to my colour scheme. I would need to whip up some of those cute cushions & perhaps a fur stocking.... or for each offspring :)
Notice how I say "whip up" like I am some sort of cushion sewing pro, ha ha ha, Im sure it will be a long winded task with all of the interruptions one faces with children & a husband, but do able all the same!!!

Above images all from Pinterest

Now i am not hosting Christmas lunch this year, we are heading to my brothers house, but if I was I think I would want my table to look like this one.
Ooh, I have a sudden urge to have an Xmas dinner party......

Happy decorating everyone!!

Trish xxx

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A working Class Girl

Hey Ya'll
Long time no post!!
I have been a little slack in the blogging arena over the past week or so, very little computer time at all really.
There are so many things going on in my life at the moment & its all rather positive stuff.

First up
I have literally fallen back into the work force. After almost 3 years as a stay at home domestic goddess/family slave, LOL, I have stumbled into the most perfect hairdressing job on the planet. In case you didn't know I have been a hairdresser for the past 24 years with a few brief breaks in between babies.
I am working one day a week at the moment & only doing school hours which means I don't need any after school care or long day care for my kids. In the new year once my little one goes to "big school" I will take on an extra couple of days, but still only school hours. I can't believe my luck.
 This story gets better though, the shopping centre that the salon is in, is located right next door to the school I will be sending my 2 little kids to next convenience!!!!

Dream child no2 has been successful in securing herself a hairdressing apprenticeship. She finishes her final exam on Friday for her school certificate & starts her hairdressing career on Saturday.
 No time like the present hey!!
 Once again there is a fantastic convenience factor to this story, its at the same salon I work at. We obtained the jobs independently of one another, I hadn't even started working there when she was selected for the position.
I have to say I am very very proud of her as she was the youngest applicant for the job & over 100 people applied for the position.
 She will be able to do my hair soon...YAY!!!!

My little one goes to big school next year & had her first kindergarten orientation this week. She went off without even an inkling of hesitation & was so happy when I picked her.I am wrapped to know she is going to settle in so easily.

I am transferring my son to the same school next year to start Yr 4 & he also had an orientation day this week.He had such a fantastic time & has already planned to join the drum classes, gymnastics squad & the gardening group. He made new friends in the first hour & we came home with phone numbers to organise play dates.

Its great to see your kids with big smiles even though you are changing their world in such a major way.I have to say, this new school really is lovely, with so many extra curricular activities to choose from, how could they not be happy.

I'm in the middle of baking a mud cake for my fabulous dads birthday, chocolate mud cake, wheat & dairy free of course, but delicious beyond belief.
 Now as a good daughter I could never reveal his age, but like every girl I have to say he is definitely the "bestest" dad a girl could ever have. We do like to keep him on a pedestal and in my 40 years of life he has never fallen off it...not even once.

Happy birthday Dad xxx

Now enough raving about my currently happy world, what have you all been up to lately?

Has anyone started preparing for Xmas yet, its definitely creeping up fast!!

Trish xxx

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

News Update

So much to tell & its all good!!!

The local council have approved our development application to build our house

Now we just need to sell a house to raise some cash...I am sending many positive sale thoughts into the universe, hopefully some good news on that front soon!

My little guy turned 9 last week. We had a great pool party as well as a few games of Laser Tag.
I completely forgot to take photos of the yummy treats & this was all that was left of the cake. This is a wheat free, dairy free butter cake with vienna cream frosting. It was a huge hit. I also made jelly cups with 4 different coloured layers & they looked fantastic. I wish I had taken a few pics, oh well!!!

We got into the spirit of Halloween, only after my kids guilted me into it.

These 3 terrors had a blast, my sons friend just had everyone in hysterics. Nobody expects to see a 9yr old boy in pink fairy wings & a tutu. He is a real hoot, this kid, our whole family just loves him to death, tutu & all!!!

I recently did a post about dream child No1 graduating from high school & her plans for the future. You can read about it here if you missed it & I am leaving you confused.
She went for a portfolio interview at Billie Blue Design College & has been accepted to study a Bachelor of design in branded fashion. She is still in the running for their scholarship, she now needs to submit a second lot of her work & wait for the final result.
Fingers & toes crossed she wins the scholarship!!!
She is really excited for this opportunity & has decided this will definitely be the path she follows.
I have still have more news but I think I will save that for another post, I don't want to bombard you with useless tidbits of my life.
Do you have those times where life just feels great?
I hope everyone is having a fantastic week :))
Trish xxx

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