To Build A Home – The List

I have literally read this post by Sherry over at Young House Love at least five times already. I stumbled across her blog while obsessively reading Em For Marvelous last night, and I’m so glad that I did because it’s already provided me with a wealth of inspiration. I’ve been meaning to share a post like this for a little while now, and I finally had the time to take some photos today, so here we go. I’ve been lucky in the fact that my house was built new, which means there is nothing I urgently need to do to make the house livable. The entire interior of the house needs to be painted, but I’m planning on waiting until the 6 month period has passed, in case any major patching of the walls needs to be done beforehand.

Front Yard
– Have the front render touched up, and the back of the drain pipes painted (the house next door had not been finished when my handover took place, and I was advised that any paint or render that needed touching up would be done for me – I need to follow up on this)
– Follow up on the front verge (this is the council’s responsibility, but we’re the only house on my strip that still has a sandy verge – I also need to follow up on this)
– Work on a plan for the garden (I have some ideas – pebbled garden beds, a small tree, more potted plants – but I need to work out a specific plan for what we’re going to do)
– Remove the one dead plant (and replace it, once I figure out where the retic line runs), and tidy up the kangaroo paws that run along the fenceline
– Have the front window tinted
– Install a light fixture over the front door
– Install an additional wire security screen at the front door (we get an amazing breeze coming through from the front door some evenings, it’s a shame we don’t have a screen door that will allow this to flow through the house)

– Pick paint colours, and paint the hallway
– Buy, frame, and hang artwork next to the front door
– Buy mat for the front door (inside)

– Pick paint colours, and paint the bedroom and wardrobe
– Install a ceiling fan (unfortunately air conditioning is not an option in this room, as there is no clear wall to hang it on)
– Buy, and hang either artwork or a mirror over the vanity
– Sort out the vanity top (perfume/jewelery storage)
– Have a photo printed to go in the frame sitting on the vanity
– Organize the walk in wardrobe (this is going to be a big job)
– Organize the under-bed storage system for clothes
– Install a light fixture in the walk in wardrobe
– Install a hook onto the back of the bedroom door (for robes, etc)
– Upgrade our mattress (the one we currently have gives us both lower back pain)

– Pick paint colours, and paint the bathroom and laundry (I have a strong urge to put a wallpaper on the wall behind the basin where the mirror hangs, but we’ll see)
– Possibly hang a shelf over the toilet
– Hang shelves in the laundry cupboard
– Buy a new laundry basket
– Possibly buy a clothes dryer (depending on how we survive winter this year)

– Pick paint colours, and paint the study
– Set up some tall flowering plants in pots outside the study window
– Buy, frame, and hang artwork on the wall behind my desk
– Possibly buy a filing cabinet for next to the door
– Install a light fitting (already purchased)
– Sort out the wardrobe/storage area

Living Area
– Pick paint colours, and paint the living area and kitchen
– Hang a mirror, or artwork over the hutch
– Buy a bigger TV (my boyfriend’s plasma TV was smashed during it’s travel from Adelaide to Perth)
– Sort out the storage area in both hutches
– Sort out the drawers under the TV cabinet (electronic storage/DVDs)
– Install light fittings (already purchased)
– Buy, frame, and hang artwork
– Buy a rug for the living area (between the couches)
– Find tall fake flowers for the pot next to the hutch (I’ve been looking for decent quality fake flowers everywhere, but to no avail)
– Buy a large soft basket for storing throw rugs
– Buy a small side table to sit drinks/snacks on when we’re watching TV
– Fix the table, as it wasn’t built correctly

– Have a splashback installed behind the stovetop
– Install light fitting (already purchased)
– Sort out kitchen drawers
– Sort out plastics cupboard (everyone’s nightmare)
– Sort out area on top of the fridge (currently housing all of the cat food)

Back Yard
– Get a new peg basket (the ratty mess you can see hanging on the line has gradually disintegrated, potentially releasing toxic chemicals into the atmostphere – thanks, Big W)
– Get some sort of storage set up for the garage to store tools in
– Fix the garden bed (I’m pretty sure that I want to replace the crappy mulch/sand bed with pebbles or rocks – with a tall tree for the back corner, and possibly potted plants throughout the rest of the area)
– Buy a BBQ
– Buy an outdoor setting
– Buy a shade, or large umbrella
– Remove “Box City”, as we’ve lovingly named it (there is a backlog of cardboard boxes sitting in the yard, from the moving period that we’re gradually having recycled every fortnight when the recycle truck comes)
– Get rid of the old ladder and carpet length sitting along the side of the house
– Install outdoor light fixture
– Add more potted plants and try not to kill them all

And that’s it for now. I’ll keep you updated on our progress!

May Goals

I saw Em For Marvelous posting about her monthly goals, and decided that I wanted to get on board. I set a lot of goals for myself, and am a to-do list FIEND, but I rarely share them with you all. I recently made a decision to start posting more of what I would like to read, rather than what I feel like I should be writing about. So, without further ado –

my May Goals
– Continue to add potted plants to our garden
– Maintain my exercise schedule after returning from Bali
– Start pre-emptive plans for a short holiday in July
– Deep clean the refridgerator
– Take unwanted books to the book exchange
– Help a dear friend plan her baby shower

I feel like this is a fairly achievable list. I’d love to hear some of your goals for May!

What I bought…

Hey guys guess what I bought more clothes that I literally do not have room for. I’m a monster. I usually like the ‘one item in, one item out’ method, but I’ve run out of things to get rid of when a new item comes in, so it’s time to slow down. I’m planning on embarking on a short no-buy after I return from Bali, but we’ll see how long it lasts.

I already own a grey oversized jumper that I wear a LOT during winter, so I thought I’d buy one in another colour to work into the mix. I just couldn’t resist this striped patch jumper from ASOS. I feel like the navy and stripes compliment each other really well. I bought the wrap-front blouse to wear with jeans and a blazer (my favourite cold weather out-to-dinner outfit). I bought the dress to wear in Bali. I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived because the floral detailing is actually bright FLURO, which I think will suit the tropical climate quite nicely. I bought the final two items because Shopbop were having their friends and family sale, and frankly I just couldn’t resist.

Thoughts of the week…

01) Isn’t April the best month of the working year? I’m loving all the public holidays we’ve been graced with lately. This four day weekend has been a real treat.

02) I’m so excited for the new Godzilla movie. We watched the 1998 version last weekend, and it was absolutely awful. I loved it.

03) I can’t stop raving about the Estee Lauder Pure Gloss lip glosses. I was on the hunt for a neutral pink lip gloss with no shimmer or glitter, and the shade ‘nude rose’ is absolutely perfect. It’s also incredibly long lasting, possibly the longest lasting gloss I’ve ever owned. Worth checking out.

04) So, the Game of Thrones purple wedding… What did we all think?

05) This freaked me out a little bit…

06) If you’re in the market for a new candle, and can track down a Glasshouse Kyoto candle – BUY ONE. Buy twelve. Buy all of these candles and send them to me. This candle smells like my great grandmother’s old house, and it’s so comforting.

07) We finally finished True Detective, and I’m not really sure how I felt about the season as a whole… I enjoyed it, but it also frustrated me quite a bit.

08) Did anyone pick anything up in the Shopbop sale? I did… Oops. I’m now officially on a no-buy until well after I return from Bali next month!

09) Paolo Nutini’s new album (Caustic Love) has finally been released. I’m not a huge fan of the album as a whole after my first listen, but I’m going to give it another try listening through my headphones this week to see how I feel.

10) Despite the Flowers in the Attic telemovie being released months ago, I’m yet to watch it. Now that I’m re-reading the book, I think I’m going to have to make time to watch it sometime soon. Did anyone else watch it when it came out? I’m not sure what to expect.

Subtle Energies Giveaway Winner

First of all, I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the Subtle Energies Rasayana Pack Giveaway. I’m pleased to announce that the lucky winner of the gorgeous Rasayana pack is Kimberley!


Congratulations Kimberley, I will be contacting you for your postal address soon. If you missed out this time be sure to keep an eye out for more giveaways in the future, as they’re not too far away! I hope you all have a great long weekend, (I recommend the mini eggs).