I haven't done a house and garden update for a while. Things progress rapidly, then stall for a long time. We're currently in a stall phase. But fortunately I've been distracted by sorting out some Interior things, and also by the growth in the garden as Spring really hits.
In the back garden the newly planted Crepe Myrtle has full leaf, and all the other new plants are shooting out. Mr AV mowed the new lawn for the first time over the weekend.
Then we turn to the stalled part. The pool. The new wall behind it has been built and rendered in the same plater finish as the back of the house, but the actual pool is still a concrete shell. Unfortunately the "in stock" pool coping (edging) appears to be somewhere on a boat, and won't be here until November. I'm not terribly happy about that, as we're now part of the dreaded pre-Christmas rush to get it finished. This will be a very loooonnnnggg pool construction process when you take into account the 3.5 month council approval process and the delays.
Inside, I've got the new library bookcases going in this week. I've spent any spare time I have in the room clearing it out of 14 years of paperwork. The filing cabinet was a black hole, that's all I have to say! Here's the plan
Speaking of, I was thinking about writing a post on mixing old and new furniture and the way I do it - would anyone be interested in this? Most designers tell you just to buy what you like, but in fact that doesn't always work…there are a few guidelines that I use that make it a more successful eclectic mix, rather than a horrible mess.
If you've been following my boards on Pinterest you'll have seen a lot of lamp pins of late - I'm the Designer who Has No Lamps. So I'm trying to rectify that. Given that I designed the new sitting area to be lit by lamps, it's not ideal that I've left it this long to actually buy any. Things are dim in there in the evening. And then in our bedroom, the Bunnings (local hardware store) lamps are not doing so well. They're 4 years old, and one just died. So I think it's time I got some proper, long term ones.
I'm loving these ones at the moment in marble, which will work well with our charcoal and white colour scheme, and are simplified traditional.
So that about wraps it up. So many little bits to truly finish things off. My biggest project is finishing Mr AV's study downstairs (currently it only has a desk), and the living and library. Slowly, slowly… it feels like nothing is truly finished, but I'm getting there!
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