Everything ends with "and renovations" at the moment. It's been pretty much been the only source of discussion with family, friends and Mr AV for the past 9 months I feel. So I'll start with the progress this week for the blog readers.



Firstly, the kitchen. It's finally been painted! Hooray! Has that ever been a saga. But the second painter did an excellent job, it looks better than 2 pak (in my opinion), she did it so well you can't see brush strokes. It's a very soft dove grey - Dulux "Ghosting".



Because she managed to finish it off on Wednesday, I finally had a chance to remove all the blue masking tape and screw in all the brushed brass handles. I'm so happy with the handles. They're made from 95% recycled brass, and they are solid and good quality... and cost $11 a handle approximately. So much cheaper and nicer than anything I could find locally. They came from the US.



On Friday and Saturday the tiler tiled up the wall around the window. It's hard to see the tiles as I have to photograph into the light, but the grout colour matches the colour of the cupboards perfectly. During the week the electrician had also fitted off the light that goes above the window. It's concealed in the architrave, and is a strip LED light, which is non spotting and casts quite good light over the sink area.


And here's a view of the island bench with the drawer detailing. There's still nothing in any of the cupboards much as it's still too dusty to keep things in there. 


This week the flooring goes down and the light fittings over the kitchen island will go up.

There's been a lot of general painting progress - at long last. After the first painter abruptly quit (after being incredibly slow at doing anything and frequently not showing up for the previous 3 weeks up until his quitting), the new painters have set a cracking pace.



The lineal slot diffusers for the Air conditioning system have been fitted in the ceiling. I hate services, but Air conditioning is a non negotiable item in Adelaide, so these were a better option than the standard square ones in the living space.



You may also notice in the above photo that there are two new plastic wrapped sofas, shoved along the wall, and that in the foreground the orange striped wallpaper for S's bedroom is being cut and applied by the wallpaper guy today (a Sunday, we have had builders here since 8 am, so they all got to see me without makeup and in my pj's flipping pancakes which seemed to give them a fright. We're a bit slow on Sundays...).



I managed to take a better shot of the cellar - the black track lighting was installed on Friday. So this is really our first room finished. The stair lights have also been finished, pictured below, and the slate finally arrived late on Friday for the stair treads, and the fireplace hearth. Apparently the rest of the slate order is "on the truck" which seems to take a long time to travel 2 hours.....we are expecting it this week. Just in the nick of time for the site to shut down for the annual nation wide builders January break.




Outdoors the veranda has finally been roofed - hooray! The West light has been quite blinding in the afternoon, so this has made a huge difference. We'll probably still have to put up canvas blinds for those days when it reaches 40C plus, but the veranda will do the trick for most of the time.



So, onto the week. It was my birthday earlier in the week, but this was not celebrated in quite the same style as last year, with a swanky Surprise party organised by Mr AV. This year was much quieter - I made a roast for dinner, and Mr AV gave me the present I'd bought for myself (the limited Edition Collette Dinnigan book, which I love), and a couple of extras he'd thought up on his own.

The children finished school, and I took them to the Magic Cave in David Jones to see Father Christmas. This was quite the ordeal... and a wallet emptier. After the $17 car parking, the $25 minimum for 2 photos, and the $36 in the cafe after that.... well, it was an expensive hour and a half. But they had a lovely time, and loved the Magic Cave in all its tacky icicle filled glory. Here's a shot of E on Nimble the rocking horse going at high speed. Nimble was previously seen in the Adelaide Christmas pageant, so E was pretty thrilled to get a ride. Nipper is also there (the brown horse), but I honestly seemed to be suffering from Tourettes that morning, as I kept referring to him to the children as "Nipple". Unfortunate.



Continuing with the horsey theme, I managed to escape some of the school holiday chaos to attend the Paspaley Polo in the Park on Friday afternoon. Somehow Paspaley neglected to invite me...The Horror - but no matter, I was invited to another marquee and I still wore my starter pearls in homage to the theme of the event. To refresh your memory, here's Faux Fuchsia rocking a stunning baroque strand costing a very reasonable $88,000 on our jaunt in Melbourne.


I wore my navy blue Ikat Oscar de la Renta for the Outnet dress with wedges to avoid sinkage in the grass. Here's an old photo of it


I had such an entertaining time. The horse part wasn't of much interest to be honest, but the people watching was 10/10. I always love seeing what people interpret as "elegant day dress". Some think a strapless leather dress with a mullet back screams Polo apparently. And as the afternoon wore on and some polo attendees had imbibed a little too much of the bubbly stuff, the people watching became even funnier.


I had to take a photo of these beefy security guys on our marquee entrance. They were needed as you'd be surprised how many people were trying to marquee crash. And the marquee I was in had superior food (and attendees. Obviously).


I took this shot of the old grandstand in the golden late afternoon sun. This beautiful light never ceases to captivate me in the evening. It's truly unique to Adelaide.


Spent yesterday at a 40th in Stirling in a beautiful garden, this was the set up for lunch. It was a fab party, and we're having a very slow Sunday as a result.

Aside from the partying (thankfully over - I have nothing in the diary up to Christmas now), I've been mopping and dusting like a fiend. It's frankly a lost battle, dust coats everything in the house. But I cleaned out S's new bedroom wardrobe after it was painted during the week and lined his drawers with scented Tom Kitten drawer liner paper. It's been nice to empty out E's bedroom a little bit of his books and clothes and bedding, even if he won't move his bed into his new bedroom for a few days yet.


And after my disparaging comments on the Golden Celebration rose the other week, it's put out a defiant show by smothering itself in blooms. It's quite stunning, so I take back my previous stance on disappointment. It may grow on me yet.




Hope you had a good week too xx

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  1. Your kitchen is looking very good - I love the tiles and am so happy to imagine the grouting matching the kitchen cupboards. That's the kind of thing that makes things really great.
    I had a good old chortle to your Tourette's moment at DJs! School is still on til weds here - SA must finish much earlier - not sure if that's a good thing or not?
    Happy birthday... I hope you had a lovely time. The polo looks as if it was great for people watching! How remiss of Paspaley to forget your invite!
    Total silly season chaos here... Parties left right and centre, plus we've over-extended ourselves in our dinner parties. Oh well. I we got two more days at work, then on hols for a while, thankfully!

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    1. We have finished earlier - NSW must be finishing in line with VIC, they go up until Friday. I did a panicky last minute Christmas shopping jaunt on Wednesday before school got out. I'm usually very organised and all finished by now, but this year things have slipped somewhat...
      I could not BELIEVE that Paspaley missed out my invite! And after all the free press I give them too!
      Enjoy all the partying. I'm frankly all worn out, and am so glad we don't have much left. After writing up the blog post I realised I still have a cocktail party to endure this week though, so it's not all over yet for me!! xx

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  2. Wow wow wow! Your kitchen is fab. It's actually what I was aiming for in mine!! I can't find brass handles bc mainly haven't had the time...but you seem to have had your fair share of drama too on the builder front? I have never worked with a female builder. Was it better? She looks like she did a stellar job.

    I love the cellar. I also love those builder tripod lamps which I may end up keeping...

    Ikat dress suits you. I would like a stylised photoshoot with you on an ikat

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    1. You'll have to look at the US, I bought through http://homedecorhardware.com and they do coupon codes online if you search! Love a coupon. I bought from the Colonial Bronze collection.
      The painter was very nice, but she's not the boss, just one of the workers. She has a good eye though, and did such a good job.

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    2. Thanks for the link Heidi - you angry beast! Sorry I just couldn't resist. But someone ( won't say who as I don't' know myself) obviously isn't a psychological profiler for the FBI...

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    3. PS you don't have to publish that comment if you don't want to! But honestly...

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    4. No, I published it because you've made me laugh a lot!!

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  3. Bleeding iPad cuts me off. But kist bench to match. Yes first thing I noticed was that security bloke looked tense! Love people watching too. That Adelaide light is something else...

    Happy birthday Heidi!! Xx

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    1. Funnily enough, I was considering wearing the same dress to the birthday party the next day and doing an outfit repeat, and Mr AV, who has not seen me wear the dress anywhere yet (as I tend to wear it as a day dress), did not like it at all. I think a lot of men don't like Ikat.
      Loved all the polo people watching - was hilarious. Thanks for the birthday wishes! xx

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    2. I just reread my ipad comment- made no sense whatsoever - I meant to say you should sit on an ikat bench with that lovely ikat dress - would be kinda cool! xx

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    3. I knew what you meant - the autocorrect at the moment with phones etc drives me nuts. Half the time I'm sending complete gibberish to people x

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  4. Oh that kitchen, yes please to brass handles, it's really beautiful Heidi.
    That looks like quite the luncheon under the Marquee.

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    1. Thanks Tabitha!
      The lunch was lovely... and ended around 11 pm I believe (we left at 6 to put the kids to bed) xx

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  5. Happy Birthday! Love the dress.

    Marquee and rose divine and the kitchen is STUNNING!!! The handles are 11/10 xxx

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    1. Thanks darl!
      I pinch myself at the moment that this is my kitchen. I feel v lucky after the horrible old one for 3 years. xx

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  6. It's all looking so good. Love the kitchen palest grey and total combo! Can't wait to see a photograph of the cellar with bottles et al installed. Can't believe Paspaleys failed in their hospitality! They should've known you're one of their greatest assets. Specially as I believe one of Melbourne gang is hoping to find something beginning with p under her Christmas tree (sadly, not under mine though! Would have loved the gumballs - but at $218,000 [or was it $280,000?] the bank manager wouldn't!!).
    The marquee looks lovely. Must have been wonderful party! When living in Colombo we once had a brunch which lasted all day (not quite our intention) and some guests stuck around long enough to join us for dinner that evening! (Since they were VIPS we could hardly throw them out). Remember once in Wellington (NZ) too we had a dinner which went well into the wee small hours and one guest (Aussie) stayed so long that G. disappeared for a while and then returned in his pyjamas to say goodnight. I thought the guy was never going to leave so invited him to help with the dishes, something I absolutely never do. At this he finally took the hint and decided to call it a night. Wish I could have used the Polo security guards to throw him out - I was so tired by the end and had to get up really early the next morning because son was then just a baby.
    So pleased it's all coming together so well for Christmas! Pamela xx

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    1. I can't stand a guest that doesn't leave at an appropriate time. We've had that once or twice as well, and usually Mr AV, like G did, just leaves for bed, leaving me to deal with it! Dishes idea is a good one...
      Am intrigued as to who is getting a yellow box under the Christmas tree. Shall have to do some sleuthing to find out!!
      I was SHOCKED I didn't receive an invitation to the Paspaley marquee (well, not really). Actually I was shocked that the 20 year old girl wearing the black leather strapless mullet dress was from the Paspaley marquee! Not their target market I would think?!
      I still think G might surprise you with those $280,000 pearls Pamela. They were very You. xx

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    2. That will be the day! Pamela xx

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  7. Love how the kitchen is coming along! Happy belated birthday and your outing looks grand!

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    1. Thanks Wendy! It was a fun diversion from the usual routine. Shall collapse in a heap in january I think xx

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  8. Happy Birthday Heidi! You have been incredibly busy but seem to be handling it all brilliantly. Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous. Those brass handles really make the look.
    It's really coming together now!
    Beautiful photo in that light, quite magical it seems, your area of the world.

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    1. I have very big bags under my eyes Dani, and frequently wake in the middle of the night fretting that I've forgotten to do something!
      Adelaide is a beautiful place - I think only by moving away have I appreciated what a lovely part of the world I live in xx

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    2. Adelaide a beautiful place? If you like dry dusty plains, northern and southern suburbs bogans, TERRIBLE shopping and lousy roads ie : South road peak hour chaos, and now hutt street has been stupidly reduced to 40 kph
      Kangaroo island and the barossa are nice, sure......as for the rest, you're welcome to it!
      Oh and I forgot to mention the festival theatre, which is a 70's nightmare and needs to be demolished!

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    3. Every city in Australia has bogans in it. You've clearly not travelled much.
      I wish you luck in your search for good shopping in the Eastern cities when you move there anon. I'm sure you'll enjoy experiencing REAL peak hour traffic, which lasts for hours and clogs up every arterial road out of the cities, not just one major road for 20 minutes.
      As for the festival centre, Architecture is a matter of taste, and I suspect yours is not that educated.

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    4. Hahaha......oh dear it seems I've hit a nerve
      Quite the angry one aren't we?

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    5. Not at all. I've lived in different cities around the world, and for long periods of time. I'm happy to live here and think it's a great city. Your arguments were merely superficial, incorrect and ill informed.
      I remember feeling your way when I was aged in my early 20s and was itching to get out of Adelaide and experience real big cities. And I did, and I hope you do too, because it will make you appreciate all the good things about living here. Unless your life revolves around shopping for the rest of your life, you''ll find there are plenty of positives in living here.

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    6. Perhaps anonymous can come and experience the worst that Sydney has to offer ...and believe me it can be pretty bad .

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  9. Bit hard to tell in the photo, because it is a bit of a distance away, but I do love the ventilators in the generous fascia of the outdoor area…are they metal or timber? Nice detail to create a fresh breeze across the ceiling, which presumably will have a ceiling fan to draw?

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    1. The louvres are timber- cedar that was painted and were 120mm wide blades. We don't have a lined ceiling in there - I decided to cut costs so it is open up to the gal, but we are also shaded by a large tree for most of the day and we also catch the gully breeze at the back of the house, so I think it will ventillate quite well xx

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  10. I love the gorgeous details on your drawers - are those wooden handles? I really always notice handles, they are like the jewelry on a hand. What a stunning event, that light is like the one you get on the remote east coast down from my hometown of Ohope beach, really golden and diffused. You look so so pretty in that dress!

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    1. No - they're brass! Agree with you about the jewellery aspect with handles. I think anything you touch regularly - door knobs, taps, handles - should feel good in the hand and pretty to look at. A lot of things are ruined just by horrible joinery pulls.
      I really do have to go to NZ one of these days - it wouldn't surprise me at all if you get the same light effect there xx

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    2. Yes agree, great to spend money on anything you are touching often, my big regret is that we didn't step it up on the kids' bathroom drawers upstairs, but by that stage we were cutting as much spend as we could

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  11. Kitchen looks amazing Heidi. I adore the benchtop material.

    The 40th lunch looks lovely too. I hope you enjoyed your own birthday celebrations.

    What people wear during the day makes me laugh. Our local races presents a smorgasboard of interesting outfits. The absolute worst always being some sort of cream mini dress arrangement over a black g-string. I am seriously considering handing out free flesh-coloured boy leg knickers to these girls!!!!

    Enjoy the run up to Christmas. We are officially on school holidays here. Stinking hot - got to a lovely 45 on the weekend! Have all my family coming to the farm for Christmas which will be fabulous but completely mad. Did read a funny comment in the column at the end of The Women's Weekly - something along the lines of - 'Your family aren't any more weird than anyone else's. It's just that they are all together. And it's hot.'

    Take care.

    xxx

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    1. Thanks T! I had a good birthday, but quiet (and overtaken by end of school chaos in the final week of course!).
      Your races sound hilarious. I'm glad they weren't suffering from VPL though - that G string would definitely mean they were avoiding that!
      Good luck with the school hols mayhem and Christmas preps. Can't believe your temps! We are up to 40 at the end of the week too, I feel a bit cheated. It's been cold, and none of the lovely 25-28 days we usually have. Now we're going to get blasted I fear. xx

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  12. The kitchen is looking gorgeous, Heidi! I really love your choice of brass handles, the brass looks so pretty against the gray cabinets. Happy Birthday too!

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    1. Thanks N! The brass looks so good with the grey, if it was chrome or stainless steel it wouldn't be half as nice I think xx

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  13. Happy Birthday Hiedi!!!! The kitchen is beautiful. I'm a fan of your Osca de la Renta dress, and that marquee is so pretty. Security guys look like they mean business, but I wish you got a photo of that leather mullet dress!

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    1. That security guy was a skinny little weed. He was my height - it just made me laugh as he didn't look tough enough to throw anyone out of a marquee. But he seemed effective!
      Sadly the mullet dress in leather seems to be all the rage at the moment in Adelaide. Or short shorts. Was thinking of you at the supermarket when confronted by two 18 year olds with their bottom cheeks hanging out of their high waisted shorts. Was very unattractive! xx

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  14. Kitchen is looking great Heidi - the soft grey colour and brass handles are very attractive. I am sure you will be appreciating your new back veranda with the hot days this week. Hot westerly afternoon sun can be very unpleasant! Hope you had a really happy birthday - did you say that you cooked your own roast dinner?! Have a great week. Jo xx

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    1. Thanks Jo! Yes, I did cook my own roast... Mr AV does not cook unfortunately. But it didn't bother me much, we've eaten out enough lately! I'm so glad the veranda is on before this blast of heat! xxx

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  15. Happy belated birthday, the nearly complete renovations look like a very satisfactory present.
    People watching is always good fun. My favourite outfit at a Christmas party goes to the male couple wearing matching navy gingham check shirts, white trousers and navy loafers. They looked so cute! Unfortunately, I was a bit dusty from the function the day before, so did not have any Dutch courage on board to ask why they were twinning sartorially.

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    1. Thanks Claire, and yes, the renovations are a wonderful Birthday and Christmas present (for a few years to come as well I think).
      So the matching men were a romantically involved couple then? How funny, although they sound quite dapper in their get up. Have a great week xx

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  16. Heidi the kitchen is looking lovely and your Oscar dress is gorgeous. By the way, had some of the Harris Smokehouse Gravlax this week - unbelievably good. I can't buy any other brand now. Also have you heard good things about Natuzzi couches? And I should have listened to you... our 8 week old brand new Miele dishwasher has already has a fault flashing on the screen and can't be fixed until January as the technicians are all booked up! Not idea with Christmas! Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas and New Years too. Fifi xxxx

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    1. Once you've tried the Harris product, you literally can't go back - the other smoked salmon has a horrible texture and just tastes fishy by comparison.
      I know some people who love Natuzzi couches, and I haven't heard of problems with them, but check the online reviews. If you're looking at leather, the King furniture ones are also good. Or Jardan will do leather, and have a retail shop in Brisbane. They are the most eco friendly company in Australia for sofas, and their quality is fabulous. I know they use very high quality hides for their leather upholstery, so it might be worth looking into. They are probably a price point above natuzzi though.
      So sad for you about the Miele. I hope that it's not the start of a series of problems - I've had a Miele lemon, and it was very disappointing - the customer service was a big problem, they don't seem to have enough technicians for the amount of problems they have...
      Have a lovely Christmas and enjoy the salmon! xx

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  17. BRAVO! Kitchen is Veranada magazine worthy!! The cellar is divine. It is all coming together. Will you be able to cook by Christmas? I want to write more but I'm brain fried. The veranda is so lovely. What a nice place for a casual meal and drink.

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    1. It's getting there Laura... still a bit to go though. I've been able to cook for a few weeks now, and this week they've installed the range hood, so I'm all set... except all my stuff is still in boxes in the shed. The floors are going down as we speak, so I'm going to clean out the cupboards in the kitchen and start unpacking all my stuff. I can't wait for the slate to arrive and finish off the outdoor area. It's going to be perfect...

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  18. yes I'm not a fan of air con either ..thankfully don't need it where I am in Sydney.

    Really like the drawer handles great shape . I'm still giggling over people trying crashing a marquee , maybe if they had polo mallets in hand they may have been more successful.

    Happy birthday for last week..another Sagittarius
    hAPPY w

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    1. You're so lucky you don't need it. I hate it from a cost and noise and dust point of view. Plus I hate things sticking out of ceilings as its so distracting. But when we moved back here the air con was a non negotiable, it just gets too hot for too long in Adelaide.
      Happy Birthday to you as well smr! It's a very celebratory time of year to be born into xx

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    2. mines actually boxing day so Im a capricorn but many of my friends and family are sagisttarius

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  19. It's a wonderful feeling when you reach those final stages of a new kitchen (I remember it well from a couple of years ago!) and those brass handles look perfect. The grandstand certainly looks stunning in the golden light and the paper lanterns and pom poms in the marquee look so effective. Happy Belated Birthday!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I'm so happy to finally have my kitchen! I think you appreciate it all so much more too when you've had an awful one, and then a temporary one.
      The birthday party decorations were so effective. She really hadn't spent a lot of money on it, but it looked so fab xx

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  20. I'm a lurker and just wanted to drop a note to thank you for doing updates on house renovation. Am in the midst of looking around for our next place and we've considered buying a newish or renovated house versus a older home with potential for renovations. I love that after reading your renovation posts, we're more inclined towards NOT doing any renovation as I just cannot imagine the sheer amount of work, research and thought that goes into it! And you do it with 3 kids to boot!
    Blessed Christmas to your family. Please keep the posts coming. :) xx A

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    1. I'm glad I've been of service! I think renovating takes a certain type... my husband is not one of them. He renovates under sever duress, and finds it very disruptive. I also think unless you're in the building industry you'll get a huge shock at the pricing of renovating, and most people go over budget or underestimate how much it was going to cost to do a place up when they buy it. Far better to buy someone elses' renovation if you can, and enjoy the fruits of their labour. Have a great Christmas! xx

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