Friday, December 19, 2014

My Inspiration Comes to Life

Do you remember my inspiration for the back of the new house renovations?

We are getting closer!

That's home made scaffolding up there (not a balcony) that I'll blog about that soon. It's saved us a fortune having the builders make it rather than hiring scaffolding. Such clever builders and so careful with our budget. We decided against a balcony, despite the amazing views, as we didn't want to upset the neighbours.

The french doors off the lounge room are divine . I am so happy we chose then over bifolds or a sliding door. They are Trend Aluminium french doors. From about a metre away you seriously think they are timber. But they seal so well! and don't need painting. Ever!  I know, I know I'm a furniture painter and yes, I love painting... but not these babies. Painting high doors and exterior windows is not my idea of fun.

The french door details are:
Synergy Ovolo PD Generic Hinged doors
Height 2400 mm, Width 1300mm
Glass: 6.38mm Clr Lam
Frame Finish: White Pearl Gloss
Trend Aluminium Ovolo Colonial Bars
Opening Config: Open Out
Contact Anthony Perrett, Trend Windows 
(phone 02 9840 2000)
No sponsorship, he was just a great guy and very helpful.

The doors are fully glazed windows not the stuck on glazing bars ie each door has four separate pieces of glass and the Ovolo glazing bars are solid rather than those ones that are just glued onto the one piece of glass. That detail was really important to me :)

That's all my cornices for the lounge room and the ceiling roses in the photo. Victor (who I'm sure is the most masterful gyprocker in Sydney) will be installing them next week. The cornices are from Silver Cornice. You can select the products online but their show room in Rydalmere is well worth the visit. Upstairs in our house I'm going for a smaller, plainer and cheaper paper backed cornice from Boral. But I think this lovely lounge room deserves a little something special.

The concrete slab for the paving and side path was laid on Monday. The form work is still all in place to protect the edges while the builders are here. We'll pave the back area but not the side path. I still have to chose the paving - so many decisions.

Happy boy photo bomber

We are all happy.

Hope you are having a happy day also
Fiona xx


  1. Hi Fiona, it's stunning (well it will be when finished). Love the photo of your happy boy. thanks for sharing with us. Beth x

  2. Fantastic Progress!

  3. Fiona, will you finish the brick white as in your inspiration photo? Your builder is really making progress and no one looks happier than your little. Merry Christmas.

    1. Hi Pam, we are painting the house a limed white (finally decided and chosen the first colour that I liked!), happy new year , Fiona

  4. I just love that patio you have taken your inspiration from. Fantastic that you can replicate it knowing that you will love the finished result.

    A child's happiness - just the best. I am happy today as I am looking forward to my family staying for Xmas for a few days from Monday, especially my one and only lititle grandie Chloe, 17 months. A happy little bundle of pure joy!

  5. It is looking amazing! Love all the details you are putting into it.

  6. Hi Fiona
    I love your new home is coming along. I am going to build an Ana White sofa this weekend and I reckon it would look perfect in this setting.
    Thank you for the inspiration!
    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
    All the best


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