I've put the "foundation" of furniture into the lounge 'n kitchen and it's ready for those last few touches which will make it look warm, inviting and lived in (and more like what I showed you at my fave store, Eco-co). I have to admit though, I've found myself with a bit of decorators block. The furniture is all stuff I already had (for the most part) but it's, well, just so dam brown and white when you put it all together in one room! I want the place to seem natural and coastal but it really needs a touch of colour or maybe some grey...I'm not sure (hence the decorators block). Oh and I'm disappointed with the pendant light (which looks like a birds nest!). I think I might spray paint it white? Any thoughts?
So, new heating/cooling was installed so we could get rid of the old wood fire. I have several reasons for doing this. Firstly the wood fire was in a terrible position (near the back door in the kitchen), secondly I don't have the patience to light a fire let alone wait for it to heat up and thirdly, I want to put a breakfast booth where the old fire was! The down side, well, the whole electric metre needed upgrading which cost a whole lot of cash ($2500...eeek) and chewed up most of my budget but it's now a lot safer and eventually would have needed to be done any way.
Some ideas: a large picture/art on the wall next to the floating shelves with a subtle coloured picture or photograph and the couch could really use some nice cushions. I'm also thinking a couple house plants/ferns/palm type things?
Recognise the old wooden box that Roge did up for me? It looks good there I think. The balustrade behind the chair is still yet to be finished but I've strung some sisal rope (that still needs tensioning) through it so that Ewan can't fall into the kitchen below!
The kitchen pendant lights are small crayfish pots I purchased from a local marine shop and I've attached them to the ceiling with sisal rope. The kitchen is a flat pack/put together yourself Bunnings one which is basic but functional. The white cupboards, I figured was a good idea for a beach shack. The floor here cost $275 and it's a veneered timber floating floor. It only took a couple hours for Roge to install and it looks great.
So that's where it's at presently. I know that a coastal house is fundamentally quite natural, brown and white and all that but I also know in my heart that there's something wrong and it needs "a little something else". Right now it just looks like a badly put together showroom with no personality. Any way, plenty of time for that I guess but I'm keen for ideas if anyone has some.
Anyhoo, I'm off to look after a snotty 11 month old who is wiping boogers all over everything. Oh the joy of parenthood!
If you didn't see some of the other rooms, here's a refresher.