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βš“οΈ abeachcottage  boutique property renovation Sydney

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starting to come together...when cafe window went in weeks ago whole house was a shell but it suddenly opened things up yday standing here sighed with relief that it all looks ok. Hope you like it. Started this business to create a job for me as couldn't find anything that suited my lifestyle - to be frank it's been a hard work even tho this is the sixth house we've reno-ed (made up word) before it's been with trusty and handy hubby alongside. This one I've been ALONE and to be quite honest sometimes I've turned up to a team of (male) tradies and had to have a secret swig from hip flask while up the top of a ladder especially when now under the patio plumber installed the shower pipe incorrectly on a joist which delayed everything and meant the tiler had to rectify his work. It was not pretty. Nor was he. The investment has been a bit of a gamble too. But am learning lots. #diggingunderpatiosistough

bit shocked at response to last post, didn't think anyone would read hahahahahah some lovely comments and people I've digitally met along the way came out of the woodwork. Could ramble on for hours to be honest for about 765 posts about moving to Australia, buying houses, studying while having 3 little ones and husband working 14 hour days, starting again in a new county with nothing but will leave it at a big thank you to those who took the time to comment . Here today the second dining area in the reno house, it's off the kitchen. This is the floor I've been crawling around with a head full of dust scheming how to kill a plumber 😜

12 yrs ago landed in Australia - 3 young children, 5 suitcases, no house, no schools, 1 job 10 days accommodation in hol apt . No family, no support, knew not a soul. job turned out to be not what promised aka rubbish. had to rent shit house. hated the school. Had to rent another house - had bleach it for day before let the kids in. I started a degree. In Adelaide. Hubby Got a better job.Got residency. Loved new life. Loved Australia. Kept house in England & bought dump of house not too far from beach. Cried when got keys. A LOT. Denial. Dead rat in garden.Wouldn't go there for 4 weeks. Painted all white. Scrubbed guts out of it. Became Australian citizens. V v very proud. Painted deck. Moved in with those little kids who started to grow up. Lived - ups, downs, new friends, parties, old friends, teenagers,neighbours, sunny skies, lived outdoors, added bits, took bits away, loved garden. Worked nuts off to make good life, made friends (some turned out Not so nice), put down roots, smiled, cried, wondered, sighed, questioned. One of those kids grew big One got life changing traumatic injury & big emergency surgery. Chucked the job in. Took plunge for lifestyle change to work locally, cycle to work &make own choices. No income for yr. backed a business start up - after what we did for her business she did me over a few yrs later. other business Did ok. Sold old house. Bought 100 yr house near beach. Infested with cockroaches, gas leak, plumbing stuffed, got electrocuted inshower. Did up with power of paint & elbow grease.Loved it. Took time off. Got bored ..to 6m ago when decided to go for it &bought house to Reno. Eaten alive by fleas day 1. Ripped out 30 yrs filth with hubby /big son. Crawled around in dust. Filled 4 skips Laughed. Shovelled around rubble. Shivered in basement cleaning out cupboards. Considered how to kill a plumber. Spent wks up ladder painting. Cried.Had white hair full of dust.Learnt lots about timber. Laid floor on hands & knees. Got sunburned digging up plants. Stuck hands down pipe to unblock toilet And then....Installed two little pendant lights and everything became good xoxo #makeyourownluck #nosuchthingaslucky #workyournutsoff

post ocean swim, post bath, post hair wash sulking Barls

kitchen progress - still the last few things to finish (power points, silicone, shelving) but overall nearly done. Now wishing my own kitchen was getting some treatment but for that we need council planning, removal of 100 yr old wall and window and building an elevated deck and I can't face it 😜 This before was an old (original) hand crafted timber kitchen. The workmanship was absolutely extraordinary. It broke our hearts to rip it out but it was crowded, filthy and very dated. There was also a set of cabinets/faux wall right in the middle of it all. It was all ripped out and we were left with a shell, an ugly window and layers of Lino. We pulled that up, replaced the window and gyprocked the wall. Then I 'designed' (not trying to sound fancy I have no interior design qualifications just what I've picked up myself) a standard u shape kitchen around the cafe window (opens fully to a lovely sunroom) and integrated island. I wanted it to be light, clean and fresh πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

just back from work, showered, powdered and pj-ed (pink penguins flannel) today was a productive day - both double beds are assembled and in just need some dressing, all floors are just about finished and last few jobs are getting ticked off. This is an awkward area off of the main room. It lent itself to a table but there's an archway, bit of a walk through and a bank of windows. I decided to go for it and tried to create the area by using a rug and wall hanging to centre it a bit. The table is a tad too big here but I'm going with it as wanted to upcycle as much as possible in this reno and not just buy new stuff for styling. I thrifted this table years ago for $30 if I remember correctly - it was orange stained Oregon timber (it's beautiful and solid) - i painted the legs and sanded & washed the top. White chair I've had years, the other chairs I scored for a few dollars pre-loved. I've missed this table it's been in the basement since we moved into our house because it doesn't fit - has many happy memories of family dinners, homework, parties, afternoon tea and blogging which i miss a bit actually. (Wall hanging @urbanoutfitters rug @ikea_australia vase @kmartaus @kmartlovers)

when I started this reno the plan was to do white with greys and charcoals and a few darker contrast walls. It didn't pan out that way and I went quite white surprise surprise.... as the undercoat went on over the old dark walls the white just lifted everything and picked up the light from outside. The charcoal idea was mainly for 'trend' as obviously this is not a house for me to live rather a job but I dunno it just hasn't happened. Today I'm bringing in a few darker pieces in furniture and bits and bobs to see how that goes. Hopefully I've made the right decisions 😳 Beds go in today and bedroom foofing begins. Not sponsored or gifted (Table @ikea_australia table @kmartaus @kmartlovers throw @potterybarnaus plant @bunnings pendant light @earlysettlerfurniture )

didn't really know what to call this and am not using the word 'reveal' lol ....sofa and windows in the reno property - floors were orange before, the walls a dark murky bleugh, windows hadn't seen paint or a clean for many many years, did I mention the fragrance wasn't the most pleasant 😜😜. The house is now all painted inside and out, new deck, two new bathrooms, sunroom and laundry, will take some more pics soon. Hope you like it xxx ( nothing gifted sponsored or borrowed - sofa @cocorepublic throw @potterybarnaus basket @aldiaustralia @aldiloversau linen @zarahome banana plant @bunnings )

take your pet to work day 🐢 love my job 🐢 Barls styling one of the new sofas at the reno house today. beautiful linen slip covers and the most sinkinable (yes that's a word) goose down cushions - I've tested some squashy soft sofas in my time and these are up there on the collapse-with-a-pizza-beer-Friday-night scale #justsaynotothetrendyretrouprightgreysixtiesrigidbackmostuncomfortablesofaseverandsinkin

further to the #keepingitreal tag shock horror a blue PLASTIC lead (love it cos it's my Barls🐢), my work bag (slung over shoulder, full of crap) and my beloved boots xxxx go and see @lorainescottage real fence too πŸ˜œπŸ™„

that Friday feeling by Barls. He has a playmate staying over for the weekend 🐢🐢 do you see that little pot on my bedside well it's poignant to me because before I decided to break from the internet and blogging etc I never would have posted a pic with this in it because well it's not vintage or flowers or perfect. One day about 18 months ago I read an instagram post of a bedside 'scene' where the poster exclaimed how this one shot with the styling and then the processing had taken over two hours and that the other side of the bed was still unmade and the rest of the room a sh**tip it was the moment I decided to jump ship and climbed out of the social media filtered hole of vintage perfection. Bliss. Please feel free to leave your thoughts πŸ’—

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