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.



 The new side garden is seeing enormous growth. All the microscopic hedges have doubled in size, and the row of pears is now cloaked in green and throwing out shoots all over the place. The viburnum topiary balls are also shooting, so hopefully by the end of Summer I'll have them looking like decent sized spheres, rather than slightly anaemic looking ones as they are at the moment.




In my front garden, the Ecchium is perhaps having its best year ever, and I've discovered the first rose today - a Lady of Shalott by David Austin roses. Unfortunately the marauding flocks of parrots appear to have eaten every single tip off my Golden Celebration, and half the buds too.

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.



We've had the exterior veranda blinds installed. I've taken a picture with them half down. These were always planned for the veranda due to its orientation. They are motorised and operate via a remote. I can put them up and down to whatever point I want, and as the back of the house faces West, they will hopefully save us a lot of money in air-conditioning bills in Summer, not to mention the unbelievable glare that they cut. I'd had them quoted for in January, but we put it off due to (exorbitant) cost, and distractions of other things (like finishing everything off). But the sun angle has started to shift in the past month, and we now get a lot of glare in the afternoon, so I got them in just in the nick of time.




I chose a grey blind (surprise!), white appears too much like a wall when it is down, and this is actually better for glare from inside at any rate. You can see through them from inside, so you don't feel like you're looking at a blank wall.

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


The base of the shelving will have wire panels in them. They're reasonably traditional, as I like to mix old and new, but more with the furniture and fabrics, rather than the fabric of the building. This room has very traditional and the grandest Architecture in the house, so the modern curtains, and the sofas will be the more modern part.

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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  1. Back and side of house look wonderful. Adelaide's summers are very hot, so when your garden matures a bit more and the pool is installed, you will be in Paradise.
    Yes, any advice you give on anything is always welcome.
    thank you. Linda C.

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    1. Thanks Linda, I still can't get over looking out at greenery in the garden, seem still a bit surreal! Will write that post on mixing styles then

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  2. Marauding parrots! Love the image (though the results sound terrible!)

    Things are looking lovely and warm! And I love that lamp!

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    1. I wrote about them last year - they are pests! There are a lot in our neighbourhood - they nest in tree hollows, and I can see all the babies poking their heads out at the moment…. looks like more on the way!

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  3. Heidi, your garden and blinds are looking amazing! It's so inspirational to see your renovation coming to fruition.
    So sorry that the pool is lagging, though. I hope it's done for Christmas! Our kitchen is in danger of not being fitted in time, so we may be camping over the holidays, grrrr!
    I'd be very interested in a post about mixing old and new. I think we manage it pretty well, but I'm sure we could improve!

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    1. It's been a very long process Ruth! Hopefully your place will progress smoothly, but a kitchen before Christmas is always difficult to achieve. I've been getting all the emails about Christmas cutoff dates from the trade suppliers - it's definitely looming!! I'll write that post then, seems to be enough interest… I just can never tell if I'm boring people or helping!

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  4. It all looks heaven - I am talking to my new roses which would raise eyebrows if the neighbours spotted me. Your new garden is so full of promise.

    How annoying are pool builders? So many friends have had theirs filled on Christmas Eve !

    Please bring on the advice - I subscribe very much to the buy what you like theory and had to in a way. We moved so much that I just had to trust that the things I liked and bought would eventually work. I think though that I could use some good design advice to pull it all together.

    x

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    1. Pool building could be seriously improved upon. Here there are almost no builders that offer a full service - you keep having to subcontract stuff out yourself, seems ridiculously difficult!!
      I definitely think buying what you like is a good start, but fitting it all together can be trickier… will write that post!

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  5. Everything looks amazing Heidi. I would love a post on the mixing furnitures as most of us do or most of us have to! The pool will be worth it, you have come this far right? I had alabaster lamp shades once but due to sleepy attempts at shutting the alarm i broke one but I am sure you are not as clumsy as me! The garden is just coming along so well even though recently planted and only going to get better even with those pesky parrots! well done Heidi x

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    1. Well, Mr AV started muttering about doing the garage yesterday, so looks like I'll be starting doing the design work on that in the New Year. Still a long way to go then!
      I'm not clumsy but Mr AV certainly is - I call him my fourth child. Maybe I should rethink the lamp… he's managed to keep the Bunnings one alive, but maybe an expensive one won't fare so well….hmmm.

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  6. I am thinking this place is totally going to be featured in some sort of home beautiful magazine when all done.
    We have some roses in our garden. They smell delicious!
    Love the bedroom - very timeless but very stylish.

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    1. You're too kind Cilla! It's definitely got a long way to go before it's magazine ready though - I don't photograph the bad bits!!
      How lucky you've already got roses - they'll be good old fashioned Hybrid Teas I bet, and they'll look fab in a vase.

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  7. Heidi,
    Everything is looking absolutely stunning. The garden looks amazing and it is the perfect time of year to be spending time in such a green and tranquil space. I love the look of the bookcases too. Fifi xx

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    1. Thanks Fifi - we are loving using the new garden. It gives me so much pleasure to watch the kids playing in the back garden. Sounds so corny, but is true!

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  8. Great post Heidi - everything looks fantastic. Our outdoor blinds were installed in May and we are very happy with them (apart from the cost) ... our widest blind is 6.2 metres and we struggled to find a company who could manufacture without having to put in a centre post ... we also chose a charcoal colour. Now, if only I could get the hang of how the remote work!! Love your plant choices and that everything is growing so well. I bet you can't wait for your library shelves - so good to be able to put everything away. I would absolutely love a post on mixing old and new as I have some dilemmas in that area. Enjoy the final week of the holidays. Jo xx

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    1. Thanks Jo, we had the same problem with the width of one of the blinds - it was on the upper limit. I can't wait for the bookshelves to go in, although am feeling nervous about how the books have fared in the shed for 4 years. Hopefully not damaged… School holidays have been busy, but we're on the home stretch now!

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  9. Hi Heidi, everything looks fantastic. What a shame about the pool coping. I am still going with my pool and some coping I need for some stepping stones are on the same boat as yours!! Love your lamp - I purchased one that is very similar at an antique shop ages ago with the idea that if I redo my kitchen it will look good. Sorry to hear that you had shingles. I hope everything is better now x

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    1. Oh dear - I'd thought your pool would be finished!! That's no good your stuff is on the boat with ours, it's so frustrating!!
      Am feeling much better from shingles thanks, think I can say it's all gone, just the remnants of the scars from the rash, but they are fading.

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  10. I'd love to read your views on mixing old and new. Your home and garden are fabulous. Who wouldn't want to live there? Sorry to hear about pool delays. Feel for you as it took a year to fix all the damage thieves did when they used a crow bar to break our rear french doors, rip out screamer alarm and destroy the wall in the process. Den x

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    1. Oh that sounds awful Den. We had a break in 2 years ago, and while they didn't steal anything due to the alarm (and the fact that they seemed to be completely inept) they cracked two windows, damaged window frames and ruined one of my sets of shutters with their damn crowbar. We were lucky, but I was so annoyed about the damage. Often can be worse/ more expensive than whatever they manage to steal.

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  11. So sorry to hear about Golden Celebration and the parrots! The leaf buds should come again hopefully and flowers too. But it's hard to know what to do to keep them away. Our back neighbour nets his fruit trees but this would pretty much destroy the beauty of roses. I know I'd be broken hearted if the local parrots attacked our rose bushes. I think maybe the peewees and magpies keep them away. They seem to be quite territorial and regard our place as one of their homes - have seen them chase other birds away. Often the peewees chase the maggies away too, a bit surprising as the maggies are much bigger.
    Our first rose on the back fence, a climber new last year, is out! But the aphids have already arrived!
    Fingers crossed the pool coping will arrive soon and you'll have it completed before the start of the school holidays!
    Your garden is looking sensational! Always interested in whatever you post. Pammie

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    1. They're so annoying those parrots!! My Dad puts nets on his until the buds start to come out - they don't eat the flowers so he removes them then. But it's irritating as they've only eaten the one and a half plant, and left all the others alone. How lovely you've got your first rose out! I pruned mine so late that they're quite late this year.
      Words can't describe how tired I am of the whole pool business. It's been a massive pain, that's for sure! x

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  12. Every time I visit your blog, I become desperate to renovate my house. Alas, it's a couple of years away x

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    1. Ah, well, we waited quite a few years to do ours. It does have some advantages, we changed our mind about a couple of things… but I know the frustration!

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  13. Heidi that marble lamp is so perfect. I have a lamp issue as well, I'm looking for some for our master bedroom and I don't know why it's so difficult to find nice lamps that aren't too tall but it is.
    A post on mixing old with new would be very much appreciated. It is a tricky balance.
    Looking forward to seeing your library and I can sympathize re the 14 years of paperwork, I was going through all of my home office files last week and it is such a tedious chore. The shelving unit looks beautiful.
    Enjoy the spring, how exciting to see the garden coming alive!

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    1. The lamps seem to be either enormous or tiny - bedside table ones are hard as you say!
      The paperwork was painful. Nice to see the shredding bin almost full, but I can't believe how much came out of that filing cabinet... such as the remains of Mr AV's university Law notes which google (and time) have definitely made obsolete.

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  14. Your blog updates are my favourite, would love a piece on mixing old and new! All looking really fabulous - can't wait to see the new joinery, don't leave us hanging too long! Sarah x

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    1. Thanks Sarah, it's going in tomorrow! I'm very excited, except that I volunteered myself to paint it, so hopefully next week when the children are back at school I'll manage to get it done… am starting to regret not getting a painter in!

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    2. Never too late to surrender to a bit of outsourcing! Haha! It might be relaxing, dare I say it, after school holidays! Good luck! :)

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  15. Raced to your pin board, some really nice lamps there, I find lighting v. difficult to cope with.

    Ah so that's a crepe myrtle, read about them in English novels. The blinds are also v. nice , reminds me of those old canvas ones , that used to be everywhere

    air con !!! thank God I dont need it here

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    1. lamps are hard! We have a limited range in Australia, and the overseas ones that I like a lot are so expensive!! I pinned one that Tabitha (bandiage) had pinned once, clicked through and found it was $14,000! Seems a little steep for a single lamp… lifestyles of the rich and the famous for sure!
      COuldn't bring myself to do striped canvas ones, but they were in the sales guys sample book. I was teasing my builder telling him I was going to do heritage ones in green and white stripe. He just sort of nodded his head and agreed with me (he thinks I do so many strange things I think he couldn't tell I was joking). Air con is a must here!

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  16. Adore the lamp and the garden is looking fab. I love the blinds, how cleaver that you can see out of them but they block the sun. And hooray for your first David Austin rose. Our new garden has some lovely roses: somebody at some point spent some serious time and money planning it and planting - such a treat and the one part which we don't need to change. Although, I will plant a kitchen garden in the old manege/riding arena - we have no use for that at the moment and it is in a good sunny spot. x

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    1. Your garden just sounds wonderful Charlotte! A horse arena?? You've got some serious land then. Would be perfect for a veggie garden. So wish you were blogging so that I could see it all!!
      I think Gardens are worth paying money for when buying a house - you're paying for time essentially. I can't wait for mine to mature more, but it's going to be a good 5 years before it starts to look settled I'd say.

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  17. Such a pretty bedroom.
    Thank you for the peek, such a different lifestyle to anything here, out houses are mostly ( well the old ones) very similar to you Dad's - it amazes me how Scottish his looks!

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    1. Do you know I always thought a lot of the larger houses in Adelaide look quite like houses you see in Rome - something about similar Mediterranean climate and the age (lots of classical elements). But Stirling, and my Dad's house is definitely Scottish! Edinburgh always felt very familiar to me.

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  18. Goodness Heidi, you may have forgotten that we Victorian Balladeers get a little huffy when we see a 't' not only uncrossed but omitted or is it Mr. Austin who I need to take to the woodshed? GSL has been known to flutter a fair maiden's heart with a few stanzas of 'Lady of Shalott'.

    I'm loving your garden and it looks as though you've been spritzing it with some of FF's liquid fertilizer.

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    1. All I can say is… oops… typo? I'll go back and edit it. There's also an appallingly worded paragraph in there where I butchered the English language quite well, but I'm too lazy to correct that today! I can recite large swathes of The Lady of Shalott though, so would that make it up to you?
      Yes, lots of liquid fertiliser around here, plus the dried variety as well. The garden is looking a picture, and smelling… well, like dead fish at present!

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    2. You are quite the Renaissance Woman Heidi; I hope Mr. AA realizes how lucky he is.

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    3. Don't worry GSL - I remind him all the time how lucky he is!

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  19. Hello Heidi, The garden is coming on a treat- you must love looking out to greenery and not builders rubble!!!! What a difference it makes to the feel of the whole place.
    I was interested in your outdoor blinds- unfortunaltely our house in Melbourne faces west and have put up shade blinds that i roll up and down for the past 15 years. Time for an upgrade. Would you please let me know which company you went with, I would definately like a motorised version this time.
    Look forward to your completed Library- something i lust for, but alas have no room to extend!! Next time perhaps.
    Look forward to your posts. Cheers Marilyn

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    1. I will never tire of looking at the greenery - it was particularly depressing looking at the builders mess given that the whole extension is orientated toward the garden, and I wanted it to have a conservatory type feel. Naturally that vision involved plants rather than dust!
      The company I used are just here in Adelaide, I've found though that the retailers use a few of the wholesale manufacturers, and they pretty much all have the same fabrics etc. The motors are by Somfy, which are the best on the market. Just google blind/ awning manufacturers in your area in Melb. and you'll find a bunch that will come up. But be prepared for the pricing - not cheap!! I shopped around as the local "big name" blind company quote was horrendous, and found a quote using the exact same materials for 1/3rd less of the price. Originally I was going to have the blinds as manual to save money, but decided I'd use them more fully if they were motorised (plus I wouldn't have to go outside on a 43C day to winch them down!). Library is currently in progress! It's very exciting.

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  20. Dear Lamp Lady, high tail it down to One Rundle, Amanda & Josephine have the best lamps in town & they have a 20% Off sale right now.

    Re your garden progress. If you put on the beers & a barbie I reckon you'd have a Bloggie Working Bee party happening in a heartbeat.......your welcome!!
    Millie xx

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    1. I fear I'd wipe out all their stock Millie! There are a lot to buy… but you're right ORT do have nice lamps!

      Blogging working bee? Do you think any trained tilers would turn up for the pool?? That would be fab!!

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  21. Just wrote a long comment and blogger ate it - I think. Apologies if this is the second version you receive.

    Love the 80s Vogues. The letter was gorgeous but quite funny and definitely a little dated! The handbag bit was my favourite. I hate visible logos/labels so struggle with most designer bags. Hopeful that will help me stay youthful and peach like.

    Love the greenery in the garden. Hate parrots. We have them here and sometimes resort to firing the gun in the air to scare them off. Probably wouldn't work in Adelaide….!!(feel free to try though and blog re results :)) To be honest it doesn't work here for long but is quite satisfying! Just put our pool in. No concrete pool company would come here so we went with a fibreglass pool which has been fine as we just wanted a big rectangle so it was easy. I am really happy with it and the fact that the fibreglass apron is no longer needed around the edge is brilliant. Alas our genuinely Turkish travertine is so genuine it is on a wharf in Turkey…. We have chosen a lighter version which I hope will be ok. Most stone takes on a pinkish sandstone hue here anyway because of the gravel dust so we will work with that.

    Love the library shelves. Beautiful. Feel your pain re the paperwork. Just prepared my documentation for the accountant (something I hate doing but always takes less time than I think) and found some very vintage notes and torn out journal articles from my Fellowship exam which I prepared for and sat in 02/03…..

    Hope you and yours are well. We have Officially Started Harvest so it will be on for young and old til December!

    Take care
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    xxx

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    1. So annoying re blogger - I've taken to copying all the long posts just in case… I think I took that handbag thing to heart. I actually did have a wicker basket bag thing in my 20s for casual use in summer (couldn't afford anything other than vinyl which I could not bring myself to. My only decent bag was a black leather one for work).
      I'd love to scare the parrots off somehow, but they are definitely multiplying in our area - every hollow has a little head or two poking out of it at the moment - the next generation are no doubt being schooled by their parents on which garden to get the juiciest rose buds from!
      Frustrating re the pool and the stone - seems to be the common hold up. Hopefully it will be finished around the same time as Harvest - then you can all relax and enjoy the new pool! x

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  22. Love reading your blogs. Gardens ah gardens. Need to tidy up mine e.g. hooking up the large water tank to the irrigation system but so far two landscapers have disappeared from the scene! Any recommendations on who could do those type of smallish jobs? And oh, any tips on possums deterrants?
    Cheers, A.

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    1. No idea on the rainwater tanks - if the landscapers won't do it is it because it's beyond them? Maybe a plumber? They usually do rainwater tanks and pumps, so that might be a better option?
      Dogs are good at deterring possums, but failing that there is some sort of electric possum device that will keep them away from your garden. Or you could try Poss Off which is a spray stuff. Haven't tried it myself, but have heard it's good.

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  23. Wonderfu! I did not realise you were getting a pool - luckeee! I would love a pool but it doesn't really get hot enough in summer here and we're having enough trouble with our water feature.
    isn't your scrunchy gravel beautiful. Apparently in England its very posh to have that gravel instead of tarmac or whatever. The big mistake we made outdoors was the bocce ball court which was never never used. (it was not off the kitchen)
    Hope you're well Heidi

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    1. I thought it was hot where you are, I was obviously very wrong!! Or is it just dry (hence the fake grass?). Hopefully we'll use the bocce court a bit - the kids seem fond of bocce, although I have to heavily supervise it as those silver ball things are heavy, and the kids can get a little argumentative with one another and start trying to lob them at each other….

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