It’s time for some inside shots of our brand new house! These photos were taken near completion (but not quite there.) So you’re getting the bare bones of the house here. Don’t mind the unpainted skirting here and there, bathrooms that are missing bits, and builder’s stuff on the counters.
There is something so exciting to me about looking at empty rooms and dreaming about how I’m going to fill them.
The floors are Blackbutt, polished with a satin finish (because I dislike gloss. And it’s hard to keep it looking clean.) SO glad I went with the timber floors! I just love them!
The woven pendant light is from Freedom Furniture. Not that we have a Freedom in town, or anything. That would make life too easy. No, this light was purchased on holiday, stuffed with cushions, and crammed at the children’s feet so that my passenger-side seat at the front had to be pushed right forward for it to fit in. We drove seven hours in the car with my knees pressed up against the dash in order to get that pendant light home.
These are the sacrifices people make when they are truly nuts about interior design. (Or maybe just truly nuts.)
The wall colour was a risk. I really wanted to go for a dark moody grey for all the living room walls. It’s much darker than I would normally use in a living area, but I really wanted something dramatic and a bit daring that I could offset with lighter decor accents. I figured that with the high ceilings and the big open space, we could pull off a dark colour without making the room look too closed in. I was super glad I took the plunge – so happy with how it turned out!
The colour is Dulux “Timeless Grey”, which thankfully remains a TRUE grey on the walls instead of turning blue or purple or brown, as SO many greys do! (They don’t call grey a “colour chameleon” for nothing!) I have been burned before with greys, so I started by looking up the RGB (Red/ Green/ Blue) values of the colour on the Dulux website (find the chart here) to check that the values were reasonably equal. If one is much higher than the others (eg the “B”), you can be sure the colour will look bluish on the walls, even if you could swear on your great-grandmother’s grave that the paint swatch is a neutral grey in your hand. (Tricksy!!)
I then made sure to get a sample pot of the colour and paint up a big piece of cardboard, then look at it in the room itself at a couple of different times of day to see how the lighting affected the hue.
Note my spy-holes through the wall above the sink. Custom-made for preventing mischief. I can now wash dishes and break up fights simultaneously. Two of my favourite activities rolled into one. 😉
Let’s zoom in on the kitchen for a few moments. The layout is very similar to the kitchen in our last house, just slightly bigger.
I wanted to go for a bit more of a classic modern feel in this house, with some vintage elements. Hence the industrial-style pendant lights (also from Freedom Furniture – luckily, these ones fitted into the boot of the car!):
And the pièce de résistance: my splashbacks.
The added bonus of this command centre/ study nook is that it will enable me to work on my computer without withdrawing from the rest of the family. It’s much easier to snatch ten minutes here and there to catch up on emails and blogging when you can still keep one eye/ ear on the kids playing.
Here’s a little sneak peek at the rest of the house.
This is the main (kids’) bathroom. I was so happy with how that white VJ panelling turned out! Just exactly the classic, beachy feel I was after.
The paint colour is Dulux “High Point”, half-strength. “High Point” is the lightest shade on its paint swatch, but green has to be handled carefully – it can feel overwhelming in a small space. So I opted to lighten it further to half-strength (all you have to do is ask your painter) and I’m glad I did. It’s just the right shade of pale sea-green I was looking for, offset against lots of crisp white.
The laundry carries through the same colour and design elements to connect the adjacent wet areas:
And the view from our Master Bedroom into the ensuite. We painted the entire bedroom and ensuite in Dulux “Milton Moon”, which is a lovely warm, pale grey. This creates a bit of connection with the living area colour scheme so the house feels cohesive.
So that’s it – the bare bones of a brand-new house.
Now that the boxes are unpacked, we’re gradually settling in to the new abode. I have a few exciting projects already completed, and plenty more in the pipeline that I can’t wait to share!
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