I'm feeling a little bit under the weather with a common and garden head cold. The type that makes you feel exhausted and your nose runs like a tap. Fabulous. Especially useful timing as Mr AV left at 8.30 this morning for Melbourne to go to the Grand Prix. He had a nice day sitting in a Box overlooking Pitt Lane. I spent the day catching up on laundry and keeping children entertained in between sneaky naps on my bed.

Anyway, to recap the week, we finally got around to putting up the sunburst mirror that I bought from Early Settler/ Recollections, the shop I only recently discovered as a good source of decorative stuff (if you sift through the tat, that is). After quite a long deliberation period, it has gone over the fireplace in the study. The fish still life painting that it has replaced is going to go into the new extension, and I'm going to finally get onto buying the De Gournay wallpaper panels that I looked at early last year - three of them will be framed and go above the desk on the opposite wall. The light fitting you can see reflected is the last one in the house that is earmarked to go. I just haven't found the right thing to replace it yet. I'm very happy with the mirror, the dull gilt works really well with the colours in the room.


On Wednesday I went to Urrbrae House, which is a circa 1892 house and garden that was gifted to the University of Adelaide by the Waite family, the original owners. The grounds are now used as an Agricultural College (the winemaking degrees are done there), and the house itself is used to educate school groups on what life was like in 1892. I was there with my oldest's Year 2 class. The grounds really are lovely, as is the house. Unfortunately it's fairly empty inside.... obviously not a lot of furniture was gifted with the house and land, but it works well for its educational purpose.










 On Thursday I dropped my children off and came home to do a bit of admin before going to a Tasting lunch, to find when I came out of the house that I was somewhat trapped.... the asbestos removal had made us into a leper colony of sorts. The front of the house was very well sealed off from the back, so there was really no danger (and the asbestos was very low grade), but I had to jump the fence to escape.






The tasting lunch I went to was for a ball that I am helping to organise. What can I say, I have become the very definition of a suburban housewife cliche. I'm there more for the design point of view (or so I like to think) rather than any social pull I may have, but the tasting was fun-ish (still on my elimination diet, so that posed some difficulties). This was the plate of desserts that my friend and fellow committee member K. got to try.


And I have continued on my de-cluttering ways. Faux Fuchsia, patron saint of decluttering would be proud of me. Gwenneth Paltrow wrote an interesting post on her Goop website about the well edited closet this week, and Maggie Alderson also wrote two pieces about decluttering that made for interesting reading, so it seems that everyone in the Northern Hemisphere is doing a spring clean of sorts. I was feeling like a clean out, as I generally try to keep my wardrobe fairly streamlined, so their posts were fairly timely inspiration. Having everything out on view does help keep me disciplined, but as it's the end of Summer, I decided it was time to farewell the things that I hadn't worn this season. Mr AV enthusiastically joined in by turfing a couple of suits after he saw my efforts. I think he could do a little more though. Most of my pile consisted of J Crew purchases from a few years ago - many don't fit me now, but quite a lot haven't lasted the difference (after only 2 years). This is interesting as the older things from 7 years ago are still going strong.... I'm thinking the quality has gone a little downhill since then.



And now I'm off to have a cup of tea and early to bed to try to shift this cold.  Hope you had a good week. xx

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  1. Must be the weekend for decluttering. I cleaned out my wardrobe and shoes and gave stacks away.

    I also put in an order for light fittings and switches for the shearers' quarters we are renovating from Recollections!

    The old house you went to visit had a stunning garden. Quite jealous.

    Hope you feel better soon. Hate head colds, not enough to make you retire to bed full tim (not that that is an option with young kids) but enough to make life hard for a few days.

    Take care.
    T
    x

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  2. That would be full time, not full tim.... Should reread my comments!

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    1. I reread my blog posts and find them quite illiterate, you are not alone!
      Good work re the wardrobe cleanout, it's a very cleansing feeling, isn't it! Did you buy the hanging bronze pendants that were $69 for the shearers quarters from Recollections? They would look v. good. I bought three of them intending to put them over our dining table, but am now having second thoughts and they might go elsewhere.
      Somehow I always manage to get sick when Mr AV is away. Seriously, I do! The worst was being 7 months pregnant with the third child, coming down with bad gastro and he was in London (while we were living in Melbourne, so no family to help). I couldn't ask my friends to help as they either had newborn babies or were pregnant themselves. Hideous. xx

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    2. I did get bronze pendants!! Although they were $89 so maybe not the ones you mean....

      I have been so sick at various times on The Farm with no help. It is horrible so I really feel for you. Can vividly remember having bad tonsillitis when my son was about ten months old. I lay on our bedroom floor while he crawled all over me for an entire day.... Really hope you feel better soon.

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    3. I got the same ones - they were on sale in Jan/ Feb for $69. I'm not that sick today, can cope ok.... I'd just really feel a lot better in bed asleep! The older two are at school/ kindy today, and the youngest one is thrilled that he is having a morning watching tv (although he is still demanding rather a lot of complicated snacks). Plus I might let him play with the oldest's Lego, which he is never allowed to do. When I had the gastro I was so weak I couldn't walk down the stairs. I slid. Mr AV came home that afternoon, and I had to get the 4 year old (at the time) to let him in as I couldn't make it out of the bed. Fun times. xx

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  3. Hope you feel better quick...must be all the running around and that house to renovate!

    Have you chosen which de Gournay prints you are going to frame?

    I love love (exponentially ) their prints. I will just point to one blindfolded and know I will love it!

    Can't wait to see them...

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  4. Argh. iPad getting all mercury retrograde on me and keep disappearing so I will bid you quick recuperation and happy st paddys day! Xx

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    1. I'm definitely run down. It definitely didn't help that for around 6 weeks the 2 year old was getting me up multiple times in the night (usually because he wanted his doona readjusted. They're quite loud and hard to ignore at that age unfortunately). Mr AV has been away a lot lately as well.
      The De Gournay I like is one of the scenic wallpapers - it's early scenes of India. I love the elephants and the Maharaja's palaces and palms that they have. My dream is to one day have a Sitting/ Drawing room with the Chinoiserie tree peonies on it. So, so lovely. Costs a fortune though, so it's unlikely that it will happen anytime soon. xx

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  5. I hope you feel better soon. There's nothing worse than feeling sick when you've got to entertain/look after children.
    That sunburst mirror is divine! It looks fab above that mantelpiece.
    I have no been deck uttering, although I have been in my head. I'm planning a bit of a cull once I can walk upstairs. In the meantime it's in my head, although I am very bad at getting rid of stuff. Very bad.
    Perhaps all the decluttering going on in blogland will influence me to change my ways....

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    1. Thanks Ruth. You're in a difficult period with your leg... the decluttering can wait, and if you're thinking about it I'll bet it will be quick and painless as you'll already have made a few decisions in your head about what to get rid of. I try to keep my wardrobe relatively small (it's still got more than I need in it I'd say), after cleaning out my late Mum's things last year - I took out bags and bags full - 3 Garbage bags alone of her gardening clothes, let alone the rest. She hadn't thrown anything out for probably 10 years (they had a big house, so there was plenty of storage). You really just don't need that much stuff. xx

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  6. Arent those roses at Urrbrae house gorgeous /..love old fashioned overblown roses if you know what I mean .\

    The shells look great underneath your new sunburst....what is that maasive one on the right?

    hope you're feeling more like yourself today

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    1. The roses were beautiful - I was quite surprised by the gardens, the house is very close to the CBD (it looks very rural from my pictures, but it has large grounds), and yet I'd never been there before. I think the coral on the right was called Ear Coral. It's actually faux, from Pottery Barn! It's hard to get large pieces of coral legally, so I decided to go with a few faux mixed in with the real. Feeling a bit better today thanks, although very stuffed up in the head. Think I'll stay away from drafting as I'm bound to make a lot of mistakes. xx

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    2. I see Pottery Barn will be opening a shop in Bondi Junction (Eastern Subrubs of Sydney) just up the road from me.

      Wonder if it will be successful here ?

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    3. I have a feeling it will be VERY popular.... although I'm fairly certain that the pricing will increase. There's a big market over here for homewares and I think it will fill a bit of a void. xx

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  7. The mirror looks fantastic - Early Settler can be a little treasure trove can't it? Hope the cold disappears soon :)

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    1. I'm constantly surprised when I go in there! xx

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  8. Hope you are feeling better....nothing worse than having to look after children solo on the weekend when you are ill....I feel your pain! The mirror looks gorgeous especially with that beautiful collection of shells and coral....where did you find it all...am sensing a story! I love shells and coral, it appeals to my inexplicable dead things/taxidermy fetish. Am so sick of decluttering not only my bits and pieces but also my husband's and all of my children's stuff....sure it will be utterly exhilarating when I'm finally through the whole lot! Rx

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    1. Ah, not such an exciting story Romy.... the small clam shell and piece of brain coral are from Fiji, my oldest picked them up on the beach 1.5 years ago on a family holiday, the large clam shell and large shell were from my parent's house when I was cleaning out cupboards, and the three large pieces of coral are faux and from Pottery Barn in the USA! I've always loved dead insects, like your lovely (now smashed) butterflies. I feel like all I do is declutter and clear out, yet there is always more. How?? I swear I don't bring that much into the house?! xx

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  9. Luff the mirror and the garden- wild and messy with lots of texture - perfect. People don't realise how tricky it is to get that messy look. It's truly an art.

    Meanwhile get well soon, we're all sick here. Mr FF and I were tag team up and down like yo-yos last night to Our Child. Tiring indeed.

    Love the coral and wheels too.

    I want those desserts. x

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    1. Agree with you re the garden mess - I like a loose garden, it's more relaxing I think, although it is hard to successfully achieve.
      The desserts looked excellent. I had to exercise all my will power not to eat them. xx

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  10. Hi Heidi - interesting your comments about the quality of the J Crew declining over the past couple of years - I have noticed this with quite a few labels. I have a friend well connected in the fashion industry who told me that about the time of the GFC many mid tier fashion companies decided to cut fabric quality to enable some more pricing competitiveness. Hope you are feeling better!

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    1. That's so interesting... I'm certain that must be the cause. Fabric is not nearly so good/ long lasting now, I particularly noticed it with some knits - they were all balled up and looked 1000 years old, but ones that I'd bought around 2007 were still fine. T-shirt materiral tops had holes in them in strange places (like under the arms) which I've never had before on anything else I've bought. xx

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    2. I was only showing a friend today how poorly JCrew and Country Road clothes are now made. Two brand new t shirts of mine (one from each shop) have unravelling seams after a single wear. Grrr, so frustrating, yet I have knits from JCrew that I think date back to my university days that still look amazing. x

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  11. I put a star burst mirror like that in my fireplace mock up pic and my husband was like "what the hell is that? I hate it, delete it" But he would probably let me put a fancy floral wallpaper in our powder room (not that we have one) Husbands, aren't they funny?

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    1. How funny about the sunburst mirror! Mine has a deep, deep dislike of floral anything. He doesn't seem to have realised that our bedroom fabric has butterflies on it yet.... he'll never come around to the wallpaper I'd like. Good luck with your Sunburst battle! xx

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  12. Heidi, I hope you are feeling better ASAP. I am currently catching up on all of your fab posts that I have missed over the past week.
    The mirror looks great (thanks for the tip re Early Settler) and the house you visited is stunning: love the footpaths and beautiful wild gardens.

    Good on you with will power regarding those desserts. Are you feeling better with no sugar?

    I have broken my GAPS diet a tiny bit (was craving a piece of sushi), but am thinking I am going to try and adapt it to suit me a little better.

    Also love the website GOOP. Do you like Sarah Wilson's website? There are so many great food resources out there now xxxx

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    1. Still sick unfortunately. It's taking a long time to go away. I do feel better with no sugar, although I have been eating dried fruit (in my otherwise cardboard like breakfast cereal), so I'm not sugar free completely. I don't blame you at all for breaking the GAPS diet - it's very, very hard to keep to I think. Like Sarah's website too, the My New Roots one on my sidebar is good for recipes as well. xx

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  13. The gardens look as if it hasn't been a tough summer at all - they just look luscious and gorgeous. Truly impressive sea collection on your mantlepiece! Hope you are feeling better soon. x

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    1. They do look pretty good - they must be getting plenty of water from somewhere.... My dad keeps records at his house and has said it's been the dryest Summer he's had in 11 years. Certainly from the clouds of dust being generated from the digging around the back of the house it shows how bone dry everything is. The coral is supposed to eventually go into bookcases.... but I haven't got around to drawing up the plans (half done, like everything else around here!), so in the meantime the books are in boxes in the shed (and I haven't seen them for 2 years) and the coral is on the mantlepiece. xx

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  14. I hope you are feeling better Heidi. Being sick with small children is ghastly.
    I bought a cashmere sweater from j crew in Connecticut this year and was really disappointed with the quality... it looked like 4 ply (and was priced as such) but bobbled really badly after only a few wears. Very disappointing.
    Love the mirrors and the de gournay panel idea. I often go past their shop in London and always enjoy looking at their displays.

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    1. Thanks Charlotte. I found the J Crew knits particularly disappointing too, everything seems to be quite thin as well (cotton/ cashmere and the wool balls up too easily, so can't be of any quality). I think de Gournay is very much like a work of art, their wallpapers are so beautiful, and as each is individually painted they sort of are in the art category I think. Have a good week! xx

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  15. hope you are feeling better - just having a lovely read of your blog!
    KG X

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  16. Love, love, love the sunburst mirror with the fabulous coral and shell collection artfully arranged below!!! I am in the midst of an epic de-clutter chez Pirate at the moment, I was inspired after reading Maggie's post. I will have to hunt out the Goop one in my inbox, which could also do with a de-clutter... Hope you are feeling better. x

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    1. Well done on your declutter. I'm slowly going through drawers as well - just found a plastic shopping bag full of old mobile rechargers today that I'm sending to recycling... the actual phones they charged are long gone. xx

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