Lighting: Kitchen Island Bench


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You might remember late last year we started our kitchen planning, and now that we’re close to building commencing, we’ve been trying to finalise our lighting choices to go through with the electrician. One of the key elements of the kitchen is the lighting over our island bench. While the lights in our inspiration picture (below – (image from Marsh and Clark) are from the US, I managed to track down an Australian supplier. Unfortunately, it turns out they are worth $2,500 EACH!! That certainly doesn’t fit our budget, regardless of how much I love them. So instead, I’ve been trying to find some alternatives. I’ve come up with a shortlist of these 6, and I think we’ve just about settled on the first option. They’re online only, so we’re going to have a look at the third option which are in store, they’re similar, but a bit bigger and at a much higher price point – but will give us a good idea of what they’re going to look like. Very excited to have ticked one more thing off the huge to do list!



The most expensive house in America

While Hubs and I are focusing on getting the most bang for our buck in our build, I thought I’d take a look at what’s on offer if the budget was unlimited – and came across the most expensive house in America that is currently on the market.

Introducing Gemini – the $195 million tropical compound. Yes, you heard that correctly. $195 million compound.

The estate listing calls it a 15.65 acre crown jewel tropical compound, and a once in a lifetime offering of one of the world’s truly great and rare estates.

So what does $195 million get you?

  • 1 x large, elegant yet invitingly formal coral-clad 12-bedroom main residence, comprising large wings on both the ocean and Intracoastal sides, joined by a unique and irreproducible 15 foot wide residential gallery
  • 1 x 7-bed, 7.5-bathroom guest house
  • 2 x 4-bed guest cottages
  • 1 x manager’s office with work spaces and garages
  • There’s also a bird sanctuary, a botanical garden, and a butterfly garden
  • If you’re into sport, the sports complex features a regulation tennis court, half basketball court, Robinson Crusoe-style tree house and playground, miniature golf course and large-scale model train
  • For the boaties, there’s a private beach and a pier, too.


Sounds like…. a lot of maintenance. But I suppose, if you can afford the price tag, you can afford a couple of cleaners and groundkeepers!

It looks like it’s been on the market for at least a year, so who knows what it will actually sell for, and if it will actually sell. Let’s just hope it’s built to withstand the weather, with Hurricane Matthew bearing down in the next few days. My thoughts are with all those in the path of Matthew – some of my favourite cities in the world are going to be effected and I can only pray that they come out with minimal damage. I’m keeping a close eye on the weather reports and hoping for a miracle.


Could you live as a family of 6 in an RV? This family does!

Morning all! Yes, you read that header right – can you imagine in today’s world of bigger is better, living in an RV as a family of 6!?

I was reading an article in Country Living this morning about the Harger family who packed up their life in Orlando, Florida to volunteer in rural South Africa. Part of the big move included downsizing to a 28 square metre RV. This blew me away, as we live in a society that usually is about getting more space because we’ve got so much stuff. But this family have done just the opposite, and it’s incredible the amount of stuff they manage to store inside their home – including specialist equipment for one of their children who has a serious medical condition.

The mum, Heather Harger runs a blog called No Muck, and here’s a video tour she conducted of their RV. Check it out!!

I must say… guilty as charged, I’m still glad we’re building a 450 square metre home!

Have a good day everyone, it’s our settlement day tomorrow, woo hoo!



Get the look – Cape Cod living

I’ve been scouring the internet and magazines for images of interior styling that I like, trying to get a feel for how we’ll decorate our new home. As you’ll see when I begin documenting our build on here, I’m a HUGE fan of the Hamptons/Cape Cod style home. Being that we’re building on acreage on the Gold Coast, I think we’ve got the perfect spot to combine these styles and achieve a beautiful family home.

It’s all well and good finding pictures for inspiration, but what about finding the actual goods!! Often suppliers aren’t listed in magazine articles, or items were purchased many years ago or overseas, which makes copying them almost impossible. So, I’ve got my detective hat on and I’m on the look out for practical and budget friendly pieces to replicate these looks myself! Today I’m starting with these stunning images of a Cape Cod style living room… take a look.

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Isn’t it just divine!! Here are some options to get this look from Ikea, Freedom and Pottery Barn, hopefully covering a few different budgets!! Those with a heart are my top picks!


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Pineapples: A symbol of the South


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While many a stylist has said the end of the Pineapple is near, I have to disagree. Yes, it has had a popular run as a pop item and sprung up every where, but it wasn’t until we spent time in the South recently that I actually understood the symbolism behind the Pineapple.

Placing a pineapple at the entrance of a home is a way of demonstrating hospitality and welcome. Traditionally, American sailors would place the pineapple outside of their door to show that they had safely returned. In Charleston, South Carolina, the woman hung the pineapple from the door to show that her husband had returned. You may recall the picture of the Pineapple fountain that we took during our time in Charleston.

As a result, I’ve been drawn to more and more Pineapple objects! Here are just a few that I like for every day, although I do have my eye on a beautiful pineapple sconce light for the front of our new house… might need to reconsider the budget though!


Currently coveting

Well today was a big day for my family as my baby sister finally fled the nest! After raising three children, my parents now have the house to themselves for the first time in 27 years!! We spent the morning helping my sister move which went surprisingly well given she is now in a first floor apartment and the only way in is up two flights of stairs. Let’s just say the muscles got a real workout hauling a couch, dining table, chest of drawers and desk up there. Thank goodness the fridge and bed was delivered! I think one of the most exciting parts of moving out of home was having a space to call my own, and decorate how I pleased. Over the past 5 years I’ve definitely seen my style change and mature and I’ve got a real feel for what I do and don’t like now. While in the early days I bought most of my stuff from IKEA (and still do get a bit there actually!), I have refined my tastes and know a few more shops to visit and pick up key pieces to personalise my space and not have it looking like an IKEA showroom.

As we’re finishing up our renovations, I’m getting really excited about making those final purchases for finishing touches. A side table here, a stool there, a rug over here. I thought I’d share with you what I’m currently coveting to finish off my home!

Coveting for my house1: Mr & Mrs cushions for the master bedroom ($23)  2: Alice in Wonderland story print for the study ($46)  3: Kerrie Hess print for my dressing table ($275)  4: Voyager double wall candle for the bathroom ($17)  5: Sprout coat rack for my entry ($119)  6: Walnut Triangle candelabra for the dining table ($80)