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New Windows February 23 2017

Looking back at the previous blogs, the transformation to the inside of this house still amazes me. When you live amongst the sandpaper ends and paint tins you forget the faded, peeling wallpaper of the earlier days that have now been replaced by smooth, clean, white walls. The brown, threadbare curtains that sprinkled a layer of dust in the air every time you moved them, were replaced with sheets and then finally thick,...

Making a Grand entrance! November 23 2016

It's been a busy couple of months. The house has been covered in a layer of jib dust numerous time as we gib stopped, sanded, jib stopped and sanded some more. We have painted most of the interior "half black white" from Resene to lighten the inside and create a blank canvas for the Art we have collected over the years. Many of our pieces are from our talented friends. I...

Lights! July 14 2016

Over the past few weeks we have been looking at lights. It was the right time to do it, as most of the retailers were having 33% - 40% off. With the help of Joel's Dad (electrical inspector) we have installed some new lights in the house. There were spotlights all over the house that we wanted to replace and have settled for wall lights that fan light from the...

Renovating takes time, so did building Rome. June 22 2016

I've come to the realization that renovating takes time and it's a juggling act of what needs to be done first. You start by working backwards. We decided to paint the walls in lounge - Okay; well first we have to remove the original gas heater so we can re-jib the wall to cover the hole that will be left. Then there is the wall skimming to tidy walls and the...

Down with the old up, with the new! June 07 2016

Over the last couple of weeks I have been juggling Limited Vintage and Story, and in my spare time, working on the house. Joel and I did some research and we decide to re-jib the bedrooms and insulate at the same time, rather than fussing around with removing the exisiting wallpaper which was stuck fast in the kids' rooms. We took advantage of Flynn away on school camp and removed...

Demolition May 17 2016

The previous owners of our house had built a lean-too over a paved area leading off from the dining room. This offered them more space for entertaining but it also covered over the kitchen window and one of the bedroom windows, making both areas quite dark. On Sunday with the help of some friends, Joel pulled down the roof and frame work. Start away this made a huge difference and let so...

Leaking Shower May 05 2016

This morning we found the ensuite shower has been leaking. For how long, who knows but at least we can bring in a professional and fix it. On a positive note here is a photo my two and niece and nephew helping to strip wallpaper the first night we moved in...:-)      

Moving. May 04 2016

One sunny Sunday afternoon, we spent 20 minutes looking through an open home with the current tenants present and lots of boxes everywhere as they were moving out. The next day the agent contacted us and we found ourselves putting an offer in, which was accepted. Three weeks to sell our house and organise builder's reports and finance for the new house and then another three weeks after that, we moved in! Our new home was built...

Wall Flower - New Project. April 20 2015

I'm working on a new project, which is very exciting but I'm the type of person that wants things finished now...today! Unfortunately this project is taking a little longer than I would like. In saying this; if you are going to do something...do it to the best of your ability.    

Kids Art February 10 2015

I found this Art at a School in Cambridge. I love kids Artwork. There is no boundaries with kids and the more colour the better!      

Street Art @ Karangahape Road October 06 2014

I celebrated a friend's birthday last weekend in Auckland. We brunched in St Kelvins Arcade, never been there before, such a gem. Then High tea at Hotel DeBrett in High Street. I'm a keen supporter of Street Art and spotted quite a bit around K Road and downstairs at St Kelvins Arcade.  Here are some of my favourites.          

A little something for the man in your life! September 23 2014

Yellow is not my favourite colour yet... September 22 2014

I'm often drawn to yellow. Possibly because it is such a bright, happy colour. I love this image I took of a friend's jewellery hanging from a print I brought at an op shop. I was inspired by something similar I had seen on www.alltheluckintheworld.nl A little shop in Amsterdam that I would very much love to visit one day.   Click on www.facebook.com/runusimpsonjewellery to discover more of her work. She creates pieces of...

Lots of colour at the Kitchen table this morning :) September 15 2014

So this is one of my work spaces. The kitchen table. The kids are at school, hubby has gone to work, coffee made and Coco (my dog) has had her morning walk.  I'm so lucky to do what I love but I don't always spend the days doing the best bits. Often I do the not so nice parts to keep Limited Vintage ticking along. I hope to share more of...
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