Well, hello! It's been a fairly quiet week around here again. I've been busy on the renovations and just the usual dull household routine of laundry, school run, homework, cooking and endless tidying up. I did go out a couple of times to lunch and dinner, but forgot to take photos. I'm not the best at blogging I guess!




So this week on the renovations, we've had the Electricians back for most of the week, and also the framers who are starting to frame up the outside dining area. Here's how it's looking above and below. There are louvers going between the two framed up beams (where you can see a gap).


Mr AV's underground home office is also taking shape - it's been wired up, and is currently lined with silverbacked foam insulation. It'll be plasterboarded up tomorrow.



That's the light well... but it's covered over above ground at the moment to stop anyone falling in.

the stairs up to the living area past the cellar

I've been out and about in the Trade showrooms looking for a fabric for the sofas to go in the new living area. Here's a picture of the winning fabric. It's on the right and is from Waverley (the flooring is underneath it). My criteria for selection was that it had to have a very high rub rating - commercial quality. I used a domestic upholstery fabric on our 14 year old sofa, and it looks terrible as it was our only sofa, and got a lot of use. Especially once the children came along. I looked at a couple of others from Mokum, which are on the left, but the colour of the Waverley one is much better - the others are too brown. Still have to agree to an actual style of sofa with Mr AV though, and we have to get our skates on as the Christmas cutoffs are looming.


I whipped up a batch of Madeleines this week. I use Maitai's recipe, which is excellent. It's a good after school snack, as it takes only 10 minutes in the oven, and has to sit in the fridge for 30 minutes before baking, so I mixed it up before I left to collect the kids and put them in the oven when we returned home and they ate hot Madeleines within 15 minutes.



In good news, the rose I pronounced dead last week appears to have recovered and is sending out a shoot. Hooray!



It's miles behind the other Golden Celebrations though - you can see why I thought it was dead.



So it's a brief post from me this week, but I'm finishing off with a Giveaway. Yay! We're approaching the blog's first birthday, and this is a bit of a bittersweet time for me. I thought I'd do a giveaway to thank all of you who read and those of you who follow the blog on the sidebar or through Bloglovin, and especially those of you who leave such lovely comments on my posts. The blog is approaching 172,000 pageviews, and I've had 3025 comments (half of which are mine though!). The most viewed post is one I wrote about Kitchen Design, and the one that received the most comments was the one on Shoes or Bag?  I never realised that through blogging I'd 'meet' such interesting people. It's been a really positive thing in a difficult year for me. So, I hope you enjoy reading my slightly random posts, and to thank you here is my giveaway...

A copy of one of my favourite books "Flair" by Joe Nye with the beautiful Isis Ceramics plate on the cover. All about setting a beautiful table and entertaining in style. So lovely, and so many lovely ideas. You all know how I feel about using your Good Things, so hopefully this will inspire the winner too.



And I'm also putting in a bar of the lovely Mor Cyclamen & Tuberose triple milled soap that I stocked up on recently for hostess gifts. It smells divine, and is so prettily packaged.


So, to be in the running, just leave me a comment on this post. I'd love to hear which posts you enjoy the most (I'm curious!). I'll draw a comment number using Random org on the Blog's birthday which is the 28th September. And you don't have to be a follower to be in the running, and I'll post anywhere in the world.

Have a great week xx

82 comments:

  1. I like the clothes (of course) and the nostalgia bits where you talk about your childhood. I luffed the post of the photos where you were in a jumpsuit your mum made in the 70s and were about to fly to England.

    I really really want that book.

    Just saying.

    I think the nicest thing about blogging are the people you meet too.

    x

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    1. Well, you won the last one, so you never know! I'm going to do a post on my grandmother, plus it will combine fashion! You'll love it (and her - you're quite similar in a lot of ways). I just have to find time to go up to dad's and get some photos x

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  2. I really enjoyed the Homegrown post- completely agree! Thanks!

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    1. So glad Chrissy - I'm going to write another one with other brands hopefully. x

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  3. Hi there! I'm a newer reader, having found your blog via FF and Lovely Jublies. I'm living in Adelaide at the moment, so love it when you mention local bits and of course adore the clothes/fashion.

    (Also, 28th Sept is my birthday ;) - a good day!)

    :) Deb

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    1. Happy Birthday to you Deb for the 28th! Sounds like it might be a lucky day then maybe? xx

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  4. Please do take more photos of Oz - I swear the most mundane photos of even a tattslotto ad in the window of a local milk bar does wonders for people who miss Australia...That madeleine idea is superb except I eat everything in one sitting so bad idea to start baking. The first post I read and I followed immediately after reading it was the "Design" one about how stuff can look good but just not work and vice versa. Congrats on reaching your first year and here is to many many more!!! I think your blog is just swell ( reason i use that adjective is because i rarely use that one so has more gravitas) Fingers and toes on the book :) xx

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    1. I keep meaning to take some good walk around Adelaide ones - there are so many beautiful houses... but no time!! Maybe once the reno's settle down I'll find some time during the day to do that. Thanks for also being one of my most loyal commenters xx

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  5. The book looks lovely. So glad about Golden Celebration sending out shoots! It is a really lovely rose and such a beautiful yellow. We planted my three new climbers against the back fence this weekend so will be looking forward to how they work out.

    I really enjoy the blog as a whole, so I'm afraid that's not much help when you're looking to select topics to write about. I like the ongoing mix, everything from your extension and reno (and interior design) to family, fashion, books, food, recipes etc. And the more difficult and sad things you touch on where you don't try to pretend life is always perfect. But I also love the touches of humour too. A sense of humour is key. It's for much the same reasons that I enjoy the blogs by FF, HH and Janet. Pamela

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    1. Hello Pamela - hopefully your climbers will not show such an enormous delay in putting out shoots like that Golden Celebration!!

      I agree - humour is key! Although sometimes it appears that gets missed by the occasional reader who thinks I'm being serious about something... ! xx

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  6. Hello Heidi. .... I love the honesty in your posts... just saying it like it is ... I have also love your 'information' posts .. ie on design, lighting, LOVED your post on the Interior Designer industry... Your knowledge as a professional shines through and you are very informative. Congratulations on approaching your first birthday... and well done on the pageviews and comments. Comments are such an important part of blogging as it can otherwise feel like talking to a brick wall!. I think you have done SO well in your first year. I have been going for a year too but am lagging faaaaaar behind in pageviews etc!!... xxxx

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    1. I love the comments - you're right, it is a bit like talking to yourself otherwise. I love every one of your posts, and I'm sure you'll be discovered by many others soon. xx

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  7. First - what separates you from mere mortals like me is that you are trained and smart enough to know to use commercial grade material...hmm..that might have saved some money about 15 years ago! I really like this material! Will there be light in husband's office - i.e. good-sized windows? If no, how have you countered this in the lighting plan - am always fascinated by lighting, as our house has such wretched lighting!

    I would love the book, too - I need to up my game in my table settings!!! I love everything about your blog - especially the gardening and house stuff, but what resonated with me this week as the mention of dressing for one's fat days - we are all there from time to time!

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    1. Yes, there will be light in his office! The light well will have a full height glass door, plus I'm going to line the light well in mirror with lattice over it to bounce more light around. The door into the room is also glass, and the stairwell is encased in glass, so it will get light down from there too. He'll still need lights though, so I've selected some LED down lights (4 of them) for the room, plus he'll have a lamp on the desk. I'm actually now feeling quite envious about the room - I wouldn't mind a room of my own myself!!
      Oh, we all have fat days! I'm back on the wagon with the eating this weekend.... after falling off it with chocolate brownies (several slabs) during the stressful window installation week a few weeks back! xx

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  8. Don't quite know how I stumbled on your blog.
    Enjoy all your posts, its diverse in content and always interesting .
    Have to admit the fav of mine was on how to clean silver! A dead set time saver.
    I covet that book, I know I shouldn't but I do. Dee

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    1. That silver cleaning trick is the easiest! Glad it worked for you too.. good luck with the book xx

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  9. I love all of your posts to be honest. My favourites have been the following:
    - renovating your place in Melbourne;
    - bad design and European kitchen appliances;
    - the one where you purchased some items from Oscar De La Renta;
    - travelling overseas when you were little AND
    - anything where you have mentioned restaurants or amazing food sourced in South Australia and I thought your surprise
    birthday party post was so lovely.

    Fifi xx

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    1. Wow you've got a good memory! I'd forgotten half of those posts!! You were one of my first followers Fifi, so thank youxx

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  10. I so loved stumbling onto your blog when we were both in the early stages of our renos. I love all the details in your posts particularly your thoughts on design/appliances/functionality as I notice these details too and there are just not enough good reno blogs around. It is also lovely to see your garden and the differences between what grows in your climate vs ours. Please don't include me in the prize as that book is completely wasted on me, but overall congrats on having such a standout blog. You have also inspired me to try and respond to individual comments people leave- I actually did not even know you could do that until recent months and it is such a good way to validate people who have taken the time to leave thoughtful words. mel x

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    1. no worries re the giveaway Mel! I love responding to comments because otherwise it's all a bit one sided. I used to read blogs for a few years before starting mine, and would often leave comments and never hear a response... it was a bit one sided, and I wouldn't comment often, or again because of it. xx

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  11. Congrats on the upcoming blog birthday Heidi. My favourite posts are your "before and afters", anything on cooking, books, gardening, home grown post, Adelaide things (you have given me some great restaurant ideas), anything and everything to do with your renovations + your outfits. You write well and have a great sense of humour too. Your blog is the first I commented on and something I look forward to checking on a regular basis. Keep up the good work. Jo xx P.S. I had never tried Pimms until I read your blog (yum)!!

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Jo - well, if I've introduced one person to Pimms, then my work is done! xx

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  12. Hi Heidi, My favourite post was of your overseas adventures with your mother. I genuinely like hearing of your memories growing up as your affection for your mother and father shines through. I didn't comment on your post about using your good things every day as my comment got lost on my iphone but I did want to say at the time that my husband and I buy something for the house each wedding anniversary. We've bought ourselves special things that we wouldn't ordinarily buy such as a antique wooden teak bench from the British club in Jakarta, chandelier, rugs, silver cutlery, Royal Albert crazy tea set in pink flowers, etc. All the best, Bonita xx

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    1. I love your tradition! How lovely to fill your home with beautiful things that remind you of a special event. Love your list of all those things too Bonita, I'm sure it's made your house feel very special xx

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  13. Happy blog birthday! After reading this post I realized I've been following almost the entire time - how lucky for me to have found it right away! As to what I enjoy, I'm probably in the minority who aren't very big on fashion, but I do love your architectural and garden posts. My favorite however was the Anzac day post, as hearing your family history was fascinating and I learned much about Aussie history as well. Happy to hear the rose is making a comeback and good luck with the upholstery. We inherited my grandparents 60's sofa, and I've kept the orange fabric because it is so durable, why mess with something that works?

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    1. Thanks Liene - you were one of my first followers! I can't believe your grandparent's sofa still has the upholstery intact! That's fantastic!! And I wouldn't change it either.... it's rare to find something these days that does last so well xx

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  14. I like lots of things about your blog e.g. insider info re architectural and design "stuff". Also love the little gems of places you shop at and dine in Melbourne...boring old me just shops locally or the big 2 in the city where I know I can return the "what in the hell was I thinking" purchase. Dining, well I have an Italian Mother-in-Law so no-one can beat her cooking, otherwise it's Asian and there's plenty of those where I live.
    So, I guess I live another life when I read your blog, but I also learn a lot too...sounds good to me.
    Thank you.

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    1. I do miss Melbourne Linda - it took me years to find all sorts of places... there are so many little villages it's very easy to get stuck in your area (we used to joke that there was an electric fence around Albert Park and that no one could leave). xx

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  15. I'm a brand new 'member' to your blog so as of now, I simply look forward to seeing more of your posts! eveythinglooks amazing to me ^^

    Hayfa
    http://londonloafers.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Hayfa, thanks so much for following! xx

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  16. I love the 'Shoes of Shame' post and the posts with pics of your outfits - see how shallow I am!!

    But seriously, I enjoy each and every one of your posts, and have learned such a lot about wallpaper, lighting, topiary and so many other things!
    Congrats on the blog's almost 1st birthday!!

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    1. Haha - you would love the Shoes of Shame post... I suspect you struggle with the internal dialogue a bit too! I always love your comments Ruth! xx

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  17. I really enjoy your blog Heidi. I can't even remember how I came across it but it is the only one I read regularly and make comments on. Like many of your other readers, I appreciate the variety in your posts. I think that the 'good things' post was wonderful (I have now used my William yeoward trifle set btw!). I also really enjoy reading the comments, especially when the readers have different views on things.
    Well done on reaching a year! x

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    1. I'm so glad you used your William Yeoward trifle set! If you hadn't used it this past Summer I was going to suggest you send it my way! I love the comments too - there are so many interesting discussions that come about, and I love hearing other people's views on things. I really do value people commenting. I know I read a lot of blogs, not all that I comment on, so it does mean a lot to me when people do leave a message. Thank you for all your comments! xx

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  18. As a fellow Adelady - I love the local touches, but I think the posts that make your "voice" stand out are the ones that seem to give a glimpse of some of your proffessional experience - kitchen planning, lighting design, mark ups in the interior design industry - these "more informative" posts sandwiched inbetween pretty things, rennos, memories, kids and baking, they make your blog a lovely varied read. Thanks for writing!


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    1. Hi Sarah, I'm glad those posts are interesting to people.... sometimes I wonder (I really did think the lighting post might be a bit dull, and was surprised at the number of comments on it). It's been so interesting to me to hear what everyone likes to read xx

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  19. Oooh, count me in! I like that you cover a bit of everything in your posts - renovating, design, fashion, etc. Happy birthday to the blog too!

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    1. Thanks Natalie! I know I'd get bored if I just wrote about one topic all the time, so the variety keeps me interested too xx

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  20. Hi Heidi, I have recently come across your blog and have picked up some really useful renovation tips. The lowering of the ceiling in your dressing room was really interesting. It would never occur to me to do something like that and your blog is helping me to view renovations more “outside the box” than before.

    I have actually been house hunting for an Adelaide villa myself and have found a potential house in need of complete renovation plus we would extend, put a pool in etc. I’m having a hard time estimating what this will cost. I know this is a hard question to answer without any details but roughly how much would we need to spend on an extension. I have ready figures like $3000-$5000 m sq. Does this sound about right ?

    I hope you don't mind me asking ...

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    1. Hi Kerry, if you need to do a complete reno, allow about the same for the front in square meters as for the back. Old houses cost a lot to renovate, and there are usually unforeseen problems. I would probably allow around 5000 m2 to get a reasonable quality of renovation - it would be very hard to do 3000 m2 these days, unless you did a lot yourself, cut corners etc. Unfortunately we have not seen a downturn in builders pricing - all the domestic renovation builders are still busy, and labour is essentially the most expensive part of a building (that and concrete and steel). If you're thinking about doing a modern extension on the back of the place you're renovating, definitely think about lowering the ceiling in some part of the room, like over the kitchen. I have been thinking about doing a post on this sort of thing so might do that in a few weeks... rather than a box on the back of your house, you'll get a much more interesting space. Pools seem to cost around the 60-70K mark with a standard fence and some sort of heating system (solar and heat pump for instance). You can go cheaper with a fibreglass pool, but the shapes aren't generally fantastic (they do have plain rectangular ones, but a lot have strange curves everywhere!), and they'll cost around $20-30K all up with fencing. Hope that helps a bit! xx

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    2. Heidi, thanks so much for the detailed reply. Yes very helpful and very expensive !!

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  21. Always enjoy your posts Heidi, the subjects are broad and very interesting. Glad to see the roses are coming along. The lady of shallot roses are sending out shoots all over, hopefully not too long until blooms follow. Extension is progressing nicely. Never considered Madeleines for pm snack, thanks and will try. Have a great week. Karen

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    1. Hi Karen - your Lady of Shallot are a lot more advanced than mine! I'm a bit annoyed they were sent so late (I asked for mid July delivery, they arrived late August) as they've got a lot of growing to do. I'd say I won't get a bloom until early November at the earliest. xx

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  22. Always love to see your father's house and garden ..it is truly magnificent. I like all and any posts discussing fabrics and design too.

    Funny mentioning about using nice things.. yesterday took out all mums silver and am working out how /here to display it..there are quite a few silver ornaments as well as the usual dinner table accoutrements

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    1. How lovely you have your mum's things with you smr. I'm sure she'd be very pleased that you were using and enjoying it all. xx

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    2. Yes she would. Any time we saw family "heirlooms" in an antique shop Mum would always say how sad it was that they were for sale and not still in the family.
      At some stage Mum bought some 19th C silver spoons with an R on them.

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    3. Those spoons sound lovely smr! I agree with your mum too - I always find it a bit sad seeing someone's good china out at the auction houses (whole sets of Wedgewood that sell for $150, that someone would have spent so much time collecting and cherishing) xx

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  23. I loved your post on home grown so much I bought a Cable cardigan! Also, the post on kitchen fitouts was so informative and interesting, all I could think was how generous of you to share your expertise and knowledge. Anyway, you cover such a diverse lot of subjects, including book recommendations and thoughts on how to live a good life without bankrupting yourself, it is always interesting to read a new post. Hopefully, its lots of fun for you to post!

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    1. I'm so glad you bought a Cable cardi, and I hope you've enjoyed wearing it as much as I do mine. I have so many things to post about in my head, I just don't have the time dammit! And I do love writing about different things, it's been a lot of fun xx

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  24. Hi Heidi
    I enjoy all your posts. I like that they are all different and that your not afraid to have an opinion.
    Kind Regards
    Karen

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  25. I love coming here Heidi - you take such great pleasure and care in having beautiful things around (and having the rigors and rough and tumble of kids and family life too!) like soaps and flowering plants and glimmering books. That silver lining in your new space looks like that could be the actual finished wall - very space age!

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    1. Thanks Jody, I always love reading your comments (and your blog) as you make me laugh a lot. The silver does look a bit space aged... might hurt the eyes after a while as a permanent feature of an office though. Maybe it could be the Disco room? xx

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  26. My favourite post was on the exterior of your house. But I think it has gone now (maybe for your privacy) I love what you did with the gorgeous tessellated tiles, your big grand fence and landscaping. Bay windows are my favourite and iron lattice work too. Your house is perfection and I am glad you are the owner and have lovingly restored it. It is a beauty. My other favourite was your dressing room post. Both posts appeal to me because of the colours. Blues and greys are what I am attracted to. You have taught me so much and I sincerely hope I don't make you feel old (Because you're not) but I feel like you are a secondary mum, giving me guidance on how to live a nice life, with good manners and class! The addition of that book would be much loved by me!!! HEHEHEHEH LAURA FOR THE WIN!!!

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    1. Yes, I was sad to remove that post, as it seemed to help a lot of people, and give a lot of context to what we've done. But I received a very strange hate letter in my mailbox from someone who read the blog, recognised my house, obviously didn't like where I was coming from and felt the best course was to send me an upsetting note to tell me off. After that, I decided that it was better to remove photos of the front of the house.
      That's so funny re being a second mum to you!! You're very sweet xx

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    2. Eeek! How horrible. Sorry that happened to you.

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  27. Hi Heidi. Congratulations on your blogiversary! You are braver than I, and so horrible to hear of hate letter. Unbelievable. I cannot get over some of these internet trolls. Although you did the right thing, what a shame the rest of us now miss out on the beautiful frontage of your home. Grrrr....I have had two anonymous 'hate' letters in the past popped into my letter box. It is the most awful feeling. The worst of it is that it isn't possible to address the issue reasonably as you don't know who it is from. In both instances, we were completely blameless in relation to the actual complaint (one was for barking dogs, which ended up being our neighbours dogs and resulted in a three year court battle between our neighbour and the complainant; the second was in relation to a hard rubbish collection which was on our footpath for some time due to council problems which we were on top of and in regular contact with them about) , however I couldn't explain that to the abusive and anonymous letter writer, which was so upsetting and frustrating.

    Along with most of your readers, I enjoy all your posts. As an avid (although amateur) house addict, I really love your thoughtful and insightful posts about renovating, finishes, lighting (yes - lighting!) etc. I have actually sent a link to your kitchen posts to a couple of friends who are about to renovate. Such useful and practical advice. Lots of house blogs focus on the 'look', which I do really love (don't get me wrong!), but very few on the functionality or practicality of layout, finishes, appliances etc. I find them fascinating - hence my lengthy comments with myriad questions!

    I must have been reading your blog for almost the whole year (didn't realise you had only been going for twelve months!). I think I found you through FF or AM? Not sure now. I read quite a few blogs however very very rarely comment - in fact, you are the 'lucky' recipient of 99% of my comments, ever - which proves my point about the interesting issues you tend to throw out there. I also enjoy your other posts about fashion, auction finds (another passion of mine!) and general living (using your best things!! Yes!). Look forward to any new posts coming, and hope you manage to duck most of the nasty people on the web in the future.

    Congrats again. Tammy

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Tammy. I think it's best just to try to ignore the hate letter writers, as hard as it is. It was probably more confronting for me that it arrived at my home, rather than in an email, and the thing that upset me the most was the accusation of being a bad mother (I think from taking tongue in cheek comments far too literally perhaps?), which, as I am at home full time with my children was very hurtful to me - especially as I try very hard not to blog about them to protect their privacy. Most bloggers seem to have had at least one.. it's a big of a right of passage I guess, sad as that is. How terrible to be in the middle of a neighbourhood dispute - that's a difficult situation. I'm always very careful to try to keep my neighbours happy with the whole house renovation process.... it can be a minefield and I've seen so many people seriously fall out with their neighbours or get them offside before they even move into the house... it makes for a difficult living situation in the future. xx

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  28. Thanks for always replying to us ...it's nice to know our comments are appreciated..Now back to your previous post I missed..... LIGHTING

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  29. Hi Heidi, I really look forward to reading your blog, and love the variety...your posts on renovations/building are informative and inspiring, particularly as we are planning our own villa renovation and extension. I also love your posts about Beautiful Things, many of which are new to me, I have learnt a lot. I now have a space in my cupboard for lovely things to give as gifts! I really liked your post on Christmas gifts last year, and have borrowed some ideas for this Christmas, I think our children are similar ages.
    Thank you for writing, Marie. xx

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    1. Hi Marie, How exciting that you're planning your own renovation - I hope for your sake that you don't have problems with windows!! Glad you've started up a present cupboard too, it really does make life easier xx

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  30. Hi Heidi, happy First birthday to your blog! I love your informative renovation posts but I also love the fashion oes too... I have been reading for a few months but have only commented a couple of times. You have a really great comment section, thanks to the effort you put into answering everyone!

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    1. Hi Gabrielle, sometimes it can take me a while to answer the comments... and occasionally I do forget to do a couple, but I do appreciate people taking the time to write something. I really do like hearing from readers, and it doesn't bother me if people don't agree with me on everything, it makes it more interesting to have a bit of a discussion. xx

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  31. Hi Heidi, congratulations on your first blog anniversary! I love reading your blog, so many beautiful photos and so much useful information on renovation. It is really interesting to see the process that goes into the design of a house, from top to bottom. I also love seeing all the photos of Australia. I was born in Sydney but we immigrated to Canada when I was young, so I don't have much left over from that era except a few memories of brilliant sunshine, and my books (Blinky Bill and The Magic Pudding) - I hope one day to return, but in the meantime, I will keep looking at your photos! I think my favourite post was the one where you wore the white evening gown with the gold metallic belt, for a charity ball (?) - you looked absolutely stunning. Thank you for a truly wonderful blog!!

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    1. I never knew you were an Aussie Louise! I have (probably) very similar copies of Blinky Bill and The Magic Pudding... I was reading The Magic Pudding to my 7 year old recently, and realised that most of it was going over his head - no one speaks like that anymore!! xx

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  32. Heidi
    I enjoy reading all your posts, tbh, because you really are an excellent communicator (already left this comment before). Just curious to know - have you considered trying to make your blog a professional/full-time exercise on house design/interiors/renos, etc? Plenty of fodder for you with the gorgeous houses in Adelaide/Hills/Barossa. I am sure you would make a success of it with your expertise and writing style. Perhaps a better layout and photos would add to the overall look (IMHO).
    Cheers
    Melody.

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    1. I sort of thought about it Melody, but think probably I wouldn't... I don't know that there are great riches to be made from blogging at the moment, and it is a lot of work to put up even one post, let alone one a day (which I'd have to do if I were trying to monetise the blog). Maybe once I have no children on hand at home (or renovation) I might be able to devote a bit more time to it. At the moment the blog works well for me as a bit of a hobby as I can do bits and pieces in between bathing kids/ school run/ cooking etc. And I'd certainly have to lift my game a bit with less spelling/ grammatical errors and better photos..... don't think the iPhone blurry ones really give a professional look! xx

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  33. Heidi, I bought my first piece of Isis pottery at 'Highgrove' in the gift shop after they'd given us a champagne high tea! It's a flower brick and I adore it....keep regularly checking Ebay UK to see about adding to my fledgling collection. I still remember stumbling on your blog back in it's early days....you had been such an interesting comment leaver on mine...and I remember the shock of reading about your mum's passing. I hope that time is weaving it's way and helping with your grief.....the 5th anniversary of my Dad's passing was earlier in the week yet it still reduced me to tears, big ones that rolled down my cheeks, yet it happens less now than it did. Rx

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    1. I love that flower brick you bought! I covet it even.... I do love a bit of Isis.

      I'll never forget that you were my first commenter, and my first follower... and the post you wrote about my blog was such a lovely thing on that day. I remember I had a few tears (I was quite emotional overall...) because you wouldn't have known what a terrible day it had been for me, but it was such a lovely thing to see at the end of it all, and so kind and generous of you (especially as my blog was definitely in the experimental/ terrible stages). I'm kind of dreading the anniversary. More for Dad, than me. It's actually easier I think just not to think about it all. When you have something to remind you, it brings it all back and feels quite raw still. So sorry you've had a bad week with the anniversary of your Dad's passing. Big hugs to you. xx

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    2. PS So looking forward to meeting you and having a conversation in person! Rx

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  34. What a fabulous response to your question...I think I am about the last one on board the party (as usual!!)...it has been fascinating to read everybody's comments.

    I think what draws me back to your blog is your clear writing without fear or favour, and the clarity to express your opinion so succinctly. You also leave very thoughtful comments (which I have happily read on other blogs as well as my own), and I love that you take the time to think things through. Superficial you are not.

    In terms of the topics, I rather adore the random mix, because that is what life is like really. Sick children do collide over the top of fancy dinner dates. Our past does define our future. You write of life as it is, and find the best of it to share with us all. So please don't stop blogging when you get to your anniversary, I sense there is much yet to still give.

    And as for your mum's anniversary, my heart goes out to you and your dad...x

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    1. I'm quite blown away at how much thought everyone has put into their replies. Oh it's all very random around here... and today I've had the babysitter that has cancelled when I have a cooking class to go to, and have collected a vomiting child from school, inbetween all the usual dramas on site, and parent teacher interviews to go to as well. But that's just life... you get a day like this fairly regularly with kids around!
      Thank you for your lovely message too about mum xx

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  35. Hi! :) I love all kind of garden and gardening posts :) This has been the first summer I´ve had my own one and I´m excited to see what kind of things people have in their gardens etc:) But I like to read all kind of posts and love your blog cause you have so many interesting posts to read!

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    1. How nice that you have a new garden, it's always so interesting to see in the first year what pops up and what does what. I've got a fair bit of weeding to do this weekend... it's never-ending! xx

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  36. Love these designs!! great post!

    http://lefragmentmode.blogspot.fr/

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  37. Hi Heidi,
    I love all your posts, they are a perfect spectrum of design, renovation, adelaide, family and fashion. I am currently re reading all the reno posts as we have bought a house to renovate and I need all the advice help I can get. I have been reading for over a year, and have to say yours is the first one I look at now. Rebecca

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    1. Hi Rebecca, so glad the renovating posts are helping you with your project - good luck with it all... hopefully the renovating Gods will smile on you and you'll have a smooth run! xx

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