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A Father's Day gift idea? Blueprint Print $24.95 from The Home

My latest love: Iron & Glass display boxes by House Doctor. Royal Designs

Online buy: Adia Kibur Crystal Earings from Shopbop. $22 USD with free delivery to Oz!

Faux Plant. All the good ones are exy. But unkillable; a worthwhile investment? Image: Pinterest.
EF-S-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Perfect wide angle lense for entry level DSLR users. $449 Canon.

I still get frustrated that West Elm Australia doesn't stock all the seriously swishy goodies of its US counterpart. Small marble based Pillar Table Lamp from West Elm USA.
Chinoiserie perfection! Did you know bed sizes are different all over the world? Makes international purchase impossible except for pillows! Sheridan Eastcott Euro. House of Frazer UK.

x KL

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waiting . . .

 . . . waiting, w a i t i n g   . . .

 I'm now up to day five of waiting for delivery of our new dining table.
It's been to Melbourne twice, Sydney twice, and the legs have made it to Gosford.
I've been assured it's going to be delivered TODAY. As promised yesterday. 
And the days before that too...

Here are some more rustic tables / contemporary settings from Pinterest to look at because I can't post pictures of mine. Yet.


 Ha! I've just been called advising that it's being delivered by one person and can I help unload?
That's why I paid an exorbitant delivery fee.
You've gotta laugh, or you'd 'go mad and shoot a dog'!

Fido. FIDO! ... Fido?

x KL

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Did you guess what I bought after last week's sneak peek?

It's a dining table made from reclaimed, 100 year old elm!

Now, I know buying a substantial piece of furniture, sight unseen, online and from a hospital bed may seem a little bit odd unusual. But, I had been toying with the idea for some time. I had done plenty of prior 'homework'!

I justified the purchase hence:
I love it
I think the juxtaposition with our contemporary house will look good
It's the right size....3000 mm x 1000 mm. (OK; 1200 wide would've been better)
I had some moolah from the sale of previously loved furniture & decor pieces
I can't find a mill to mill the plank (though am still working on it...)
It will look good outside if we move and can't accommodate the size
I have given away an old table and chairs so I have storage room for our Edwardian Banquet table
It was reasonably priced
I love it.

Here are some dining rooms that I found and pinned as inspiration whilst I was investigating options.... They all feature rustic tables surrounded by contrasting style chairs in mostly contemporary settings.

My new baby is being delivered tomorrow.
Fingers and toes crossed she's as beautiful as the online pics!

x KL

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Bits 'n Bobs

Davey has just informed me that as a result of my recent illness, he will need to 'catch-up' the time he lost on client projects, by working Saturdays
Fair enough. 

Then, I thought about it...
He is currently employed in Sydney (90 minutes south of Copacabana), and his 5:30 am start and 6:30 - 7 pm arrival home make Saturday his only day to tackle building work here at La Hacienda.
3 weeks = 21 days. 
Twenty-one Saturdays from now takes us into January 2015!!!!

I heard a casual statement ... but it was actually a loaded bomb!

There goes my fantasy of 'moving' upstairs by Christmas.

Anyhow,  s l o w  progress aside (nothing new really....) here are some pics of what has been happening about these parts ....

The two upstairs bathrooms are approved by council and ready for underfloor heating installation. After much debate and soul searching, I decided to purchase Carrara Marble tiles in the same size (400 mm x 400 mm) as the downstairs bathrooms for our ensuite. I just couldn't justify spending three times more for Calcutta or mosaics when we still have so much more to do. The marble is Italian and the white is really crisp though, which helped clinch the deal!

David decided that it was high time we bought a new mattress too. I wasn't much help as I was just out of hospital so couldn't lay on the display beds. He chose a Tempur one (without the folding base, which J loved!). It was a big investment so I hope it's comfortable! Our last bed was a top-of-the-line disaster because of the too soft pillow top.

 Been 'playing' with some decor pieces, motivated by a Country Road competition. If you want to enter too, click HERE.

Had a day of shopping with a girlfriend in Sydney last week. We popped into the newest Matt Blatt store in Castle Hill. I've seen their wares online but never in person. Most pieces were disappointing... but I liked this replica daybed and dining table.

We then headed to a Freedom outlet store my friend knew about. I snapped up this Freedom console which was a quarter of it's retail price!  Not sure where it will 'live' but there are a few suitable alcoves upstairs!

Newham Console from Freedom
Spotted these gorgeous external lights at Beacon Lighting. L.O.V.E. ! 
David liked them too, but we can't have them here. The finish is unsuitable for our seaside location, nor are they IP rated ie; they'll rust. Fast. 
Frustrating. Why manufacture an outside light that isn't durable?

South Hampton light fixtures
Have you started thinking about Father's Day?
I think this Bunning's Tool Chest is on David's 'wish' list. It comes complete with bar fridge, LCD TV and stereo. I think it would be too much of a distraction to work....

Keep dreaming darling....

x KL

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x KL

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