After arriving home on Friday afternoon from our brief trip to Melbourne, we farewelled the last builder out the door for their January holidays, and started the mammoth clean up task. Unfortunately as so many trades were working up to the last minute on Friday, there had been no time for a builders clean... so I have spent the weekend cleaning out the cupboards in the kitchen before unpacking all the boxes from the shed. And I think Mr AV has mopped the floors approximately 8 times. They were filthy. Unfortunately it was not helped by a massive wind storm that blew through Adelaide on Friday afternoon and night - the dust that was swirling around our back garden was incredible, and the next morning our floors were again filthy from where the dust had made its way inside.
I know everyone is fascinated by how the linoleum has turned out - I am constantly talking about it to family, friends and builders as everyone is surprised by my choice. So I'll start with the floors.
The linoleum was installed from Monday through to Friday morning. I'm SO happy with it. It's modern looking without being hard - the dark grey colour matches perfectly with the slate that is going on the outdoor dining and veranda, but the simple expanse of the sheet flooring works exactly as I'd thought it does - a neutral backdrop that looks clean lined and unfussy - a non entity really. It cuts down a bit of the glare inside and grounds the space as the ceilings are so high. Where the sheets (they are about 2 metres wide) are joined they have done a weld join. This will settle down over a couple of weeks to be almost unnoticeable. I took a photo to show you with my keys next to it to give a sense of the scale.
The cost was about $9000 for the entire Dining, Living, kitchen, playroom and laundry area. A comparable cost for tiles of fairly average quality would be double that, good quality tiles or parquetry flooring would have cost 4 x's the price of the linoleum. So cost wise it's been a huge winner, and I think from an aesthetic point of view it looks great. I'm planning on buying a very large rug for the living area at some stage, and I'd personally prefer to put more money into that, then the floors. I think the rug would have more impact that the general flooring.
So, with the floors down we could finally unwrap our sofas, which were sitting outside with our dining table for the 4 days the floors were installed. If you've been reading along for a while, you may remember my post on Sofas, in which I was looking at a very expensive Italian modular sofa, and was replicating the layout using a Jardan one instead. Unfortunately, I couldn't replicate the layout successfully. Usually Jardan will happily customise your pieces as long as it doesn't compromise the overall design, however they wouldn't do this for me with a key piece. So I looked at an alternative and selected two of the Leila sofas. One is a 4 seater, and one is a 3.5 seater, both extra deep. I'm really happy with how they've turned out, the fabric is lovely, doesn't show dirt easily and they're extremely comfortable. I'll add colour in with cushions and the rug. At the moment everything is very tone on tone, which is nice, but we do like a bit of colour...
enormous 4 seater
The fireplace has had the slate backing piece installed and the fire box with fake logs etc put in place. Not that we'll be needing to light it for a while....
And the new speakers were installed, two on either side of the fireplace and simple in- ceiling ones in the dining area. I originally was going for non obtrusive speakers, however I decided that you could still see the non obtrusive ones anyway, so I was better off getting something that was sort of sculptural, and I think they work well on either side of the fireplace. Please ignore the enormous and ugly tv in the photos. I still have to sort this problem out in the new year.
In the dining area we've put the French 19thC cherry wood buffet in position after retrieving it from my Dad's where it has lived for the duration of the renovation. It's quite wide, which makes it perfect to serve food off of. Eventually we will be buying new dining chairs. I hate the Eames eiffel ones. I really think they have a design fault - we've had numerous people fall through the back of them when they snap the backs off leaning back on the chairs (we have the fibreglass shells). I think that as they were designed in the 50's, people were smaller and lighter, and probably sat up straighter than we do. I'd also like something that is more iron and modern, as it's got a bit too much wood going on in this area - it needs a better balance of old/new. The lamp won't stay in this space as well - It'll move to a side table in the living area. When we get a side table...
I took this photo of the outside dining area to show what it looks like from inside the space. To save money, I did away with a lined ceiling - I figured it was an outdoor area, so it could look like a more traditional veranda space. And I have to say I like the look better too.
As you can see, I've styled the photo below with plastic children's IKEA cups and a spirit level and black builders bin.
The slate arrived, as I predicted, at 4.45pm on Friday. So it will sit there for about 3 weeks before the tiler returns to work and starts paving the outdoor area.
Inside, the kitchen has taken up all my energy for the past 2 days. I spent a lot of time crawling in and out of cupboards cleaning them, and then lugging boxes from the shed and unpacking and trying to remember where I was planning to store everything. So after about 14 hours of solid, hard work, I've got reasonably sorted.
My blue Kitchenaid (wedding gift from my sisters back in the Olden Days) is on the bench top.
Still have to find the energy to put a few bits and pieces away
But my plate drawers are neat and tidy
as is the cutlery drawer
Pull out spices next to the cook top and oven
S's bedroom has been wallpapered, and his new light fitting installed. The light fitting is extra big (sometimes it is good to play with scale), but the colour was all wrong with the wallpaper and fabric. I should've paid more attention to the rep when he told me that it was not that close to off white. So I took to it with a spray can, and it looks perfect now.
In the children's playroom, the wall of metallic blackboard paint has been applied. They can stick their magnets to it, and draw at will. And hopefully leave the wallpaper alone.
The light fitting has also been installed there.
And here is the remains of the mess that is left from the kitchen unpack. After the kids wallpaper is installed I'll start the playroom unpack. Which will not be much fun either. But I'm gradually getting there, even if things are not really organised anywhere at all in the house.
So I'm off to push the mop around again, and will be back after Christmas.
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