I think anyone that has renovated, built or decorated a house will understand that the entire act of doing so involves much patience. Things take time and the saying "Rome wasn't built in a day" is pretty apt, even if your ambitions do not extend to a Rome- like scale of construction.


Little finishing touches are gradually dribbling into my house, in some cases things I ordered a very, very long time ago and have been patiently waiting upon. I was very excited to finally receive a box of light fittings and lamps from Circa Lighting in the US. I ordered these lights back in November last year, so it's been quite a process. Two were back ordered, which delayed the entire shipment, and then I elected to have them sent by Sea, as air freight more than doubled the cost of the actual light fittings. After the backward and forward between the Customs agent, paying duty and GST and then waiting for the freight to Adelaide (they landed in Brisbane), finally on Thursday they arrived. There are 10 light fittings, but like almost anything this wasn't just a case of unpacking and putting them out - there is much tweaking involved, so it's going to be a few weeks until they're all properly in their homes. 


Two of the lights were these buffet lamps, which go in our dining area. I needed something slender here so that the painting wouldn't be blocked (The painting is called "The Art of Patience", so was an apt title for this blog post), and wanted something to add more light to the sideboard table top for when I serve meals off it. These striated and gilded metal lamps work really well here with their little rectangular shades.


The biggest batch of light fittings go into the library/ sitting room. One is a bracelet lamp in gilded metal for the drinks table. It echoes the squiggles in the curtains well, and gives a good contemporary feel to offset the more traditional aspects of this room.



The other light fitting goes on the Regency card table under the painting, and here you can see where a tweak is needed - the painting has to move up higher so that the light doesn't block it (this wasn't a surprise -I had already known this would be the case). Later this week I will be receiving the two chairs I ordered in the fabric I showed a couple of blog posts ago, so I'll wait until they're in position and then rehang the painting so it all balances well.  This light fitting is more traditional in feel, but I felt this would work better with the chairs that are coming as they are more modern with the fabric choice. It's all a bit of a balancing act.


The next four light fittings are the picture lights that are going in the centre of each of the bays of the bookcase to shine down over the books. I'm now waiting on my electrician for this - unfortunately it's going to be a couple of weeks until he's able to get here. No matter, while I would have liked this done straight away, I do have to (still) put in the metal grilles at the base cupboard of the shelves, and fix the knobs on as well… and finish styling the bookcase. So I can get on with all of that in the meantime.


So this room is almost at a point where I'd call it finished. My cushions are still to arrive for the armchairs (they've taken a backseat with my cushion lady as I asked her to complete client jobs as a priority), and I'm yet to buy a bigger mirror for over the fireplace, but it's pretty much complete.

The other two lamps are for our bedside tables, and require artwork to move up as well, and also to have new shades made - the ones that came with the lamp are very creamy/pink and don't work well with the more linen cream colour of our fabrics in that room. I'll show pics once it's all sorted.


The other thing that was exciting was that the rug I ordered for our casual living area back in February arrived - this is a photo of it on the day I rolled it out and before the furniture had been properly placed. It's from The Rug Establishment, and is a spotty/ wavy design. I wanted to break up the strict geometry in this space - too many squares. It also introduces a little colour in an otherwise neutral room. In real life (as opposed to my terrible photographs) it's a little more subtle in colour than this appears in the photos. I'm getting on with finishing this area off now - there are eventually going to be two more armchairs to complete the seating, and I have to commit to a few lamps and sort out the final resting place for the tv as well.

Aside from those things around the house, life has been busy - hence no blog posts. There have been two birthdays for my two youngest who have turned 5 and 7.


One very large party, one small family afternoon tea, the Royal Flying Doctor's Wings for Life ball (I help to organise this on the Volunteer Committee with 4 others each year)

my ball updo - was going for a 60's feel

I've been busy with work, and we've had a minor flood. Mr AV's study flooded after the new sump pump in the light well failed on a night we had half our monthly rainfall - it has been very wet in Adelaide this Autumn. Carpet had to be ripped up and disposed of, blowers put on the slab and general chaos for a week and a half with bits of his furniture upstairs until it's all sorted with the new replacement carpet going down yesterday. We were lucky that no furniture, electrical etc was ruined and the damage was fairly minor.

rain rain go away…

This weekend is deliberately quiet - I've spent most of today in the garden tidying up weeding/ cutting things back until the rain has driven me inside and I will try to do the same tomorrow by moving some roses to the back garden from the front - the front garden is about to have a few changes made to it. Tonight we will have pizza and board games with the kids in front of the fire… a quiet domestic weekend. Bliss!

Hope you're enjoying your weekend too.

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  1. All looking lovely. The narrow lamps are gorgeous. It’s funny how the final touches seem to take the longest time isn’t it? Nothing nicer than a deliberately quiet weekend. Having one here too after a busy one last weekend moving the boy into his new abode. The three of us managed to sugar soap and paint two coats throughout, clean windows, shampoo carpet and scrub tiles so he could move in to a fresh, clean place. I could hardly move on Monday and Mr T took the day off to recover! Renovations to happen in a few months. It’s tiny but has a great feel to it and gorgeous north light. Very solid and quiet with high ceilings and a cute french door and balcony. Exciting for him. Tonkath

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    1. How exciting for him Tonkath! The apartment sounds lovely - they really don't build them like they used to. Cleaning like that is so sapping of energy though.. no wonder you were stiff and sore the Monday after!! Glad to hear the move has gone well and renovation plans are in progress. xx

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  2. And your patience has paid off. You have a beautiful home.
    did you do your updo yourself?

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    1. Thanks Cilla. No, didn't do my hair myself - got my hairdresser to do it. She's very clever. When I do my hair I can never get it so smooth and straight! Hope the thesis writing is going well xx

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  3. Shame to hear about the flood. That is just crap!!!! The rain is a sort of good thing. Can't wait to see your garden come springtime. The lights are FAB. Did Circa rewire so the plugs were for us for the power point? I desperately want to put and order in. (If I could make a decision!)
    The artwork is just beyond. It is BREATHTAKING!! The lamps go so well with it.
    Job well done.

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  4. Ohh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE KIDDIES!!! When I think of your youngest son, I think he is still 3!!!!! (not that I know him or anything, I just think him as 3 and time hasn't moved) Crazy!!!!!!

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    1. The rain is good, but half the rainfall of a month in a night wasn't so great! Hopefully the new sump pump won't fail - it would have been a disaster if we were away and it failed as we would have come home to a mouldy mess. Yes, circa rewired and did Aussie plugs, so all I had to do was plug them in. The lights were really well packaged too, which was good as nothing was damaged. Quality is excellent. Funny about S feeling like he's still 3 to you! He's still my baby, and definitely plays that up!! Off to start school soon, so a big life change for us all. xx

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  5. Ah...the art of patience or in my case the art of not caring otherwise i will have honed my art of swearing. The builders came finally to do two parts of the rising damp issue in the downstairs loo. But shelves still need to go up and art is still lying around unhung. but the lighting all looks fabulous and looks like it was worth it but aren't there loads of lighting shops in Australia where you get options - in Sydney? But then again the lighting stock here is rather boring and the same over and over again...

    I am sorry to hear of the flooding issues because they are such a bore. That energy could be used elsewhere but thankfully it didn't cause too much damage. All that rain is making your garden so lush though! Love the updo -

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    1. I'm glad to hear that you've finally sorted out the damp issue in the loo. That's taken a long time though, you must have been feeling very frustrated by that!!
      No, lighting is really hard in Australia. We have such a small market that the suppliers only bring in a small range as they're never sure what is going to sell. I am constantly asked by friends where to find good lights. If you bring it in from overseas because it is so bulky it costs a lot in shipping, so it's never an easy or quick fix. The US is really the best place for lighting, probably due to the large population… but the UK is still a lot better than we have it! No, the flooding wasn't great, but no huge long term problems, so all good. But it did come at the start of a really busy week, and Mr AV skipped off to Sydney for the rest of the week for work on the day we found it, so it was all left to me to sort out… fun times! xx

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  6. Everything is looking so fabulous Heidi! My gosh I just love your choices. Ordering lighting just through pictures is such a challenge too, this is where your skills really shine, just figuring out size/scale in relation to the surroundings is a real trick.
    Looking at lighting makes my head spin, we are spoiled for choice here because we can order anything from the US and have it in a few days.I asked our designer to pick all of our lighting, she was very bright in giving me 2 or 3 choices for each fixture rather than the hundreds/thousands available.
    That flood sounds tiresome indeed I'm happy you have it sorted, what a downpour that must have been. Your garden is looking green though.
    The updo is excellent and happy birthday to your little ones they must be so cute! I think 5 year olds say the most hilarious things, I volunteered for years in the kindergarten, long after my youngest had moved to the upper grades, just so I could listen to the things they say. xo

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    1. I can't tell you how long it took me to make the choices Dani! Lots of time with a tape measure, and thinking and over thinking everything. Now I just need to get some lamps for the casual sitting area - it's really highlighted that this is the last space to get any love… probably because it is so open plan it's not quite so easy/ exciting to decorate as other spaces in the house.
      There are so many light choices available from the US, I can understand it would be quite overwhelming! Like anything in life it's usually far easier to make a choice if you've only got a couple of options - but I have to say your designer has done a great job with all your fittings. Your home is looking so lovely Dani.
      My 5 year old is quite the character and frequently makes me laugh a lot. He is pretty cunning though and will pull the baby of the family card out at whim - he will tell me "but I'm only a little boy" dramatically when I ask him to do some awful chore, like putting away his toys!

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  7. Light fittings are looking great. The picture lights for the bookcases will be wonderful. Look forward to seeing the mirror for the library when it arrives. While in Arles for the day saw two fabulous trumeau mirrors, each with a lovely still life of flowers and fruit paintings in an amazing house where the owner does furniture restoration. These were for sale - and incredibly cheap compared with Oz prices, around 750 euros each. Imagine they'd be thousands at home. Would love to have bought one but they wouldn't suit our house and would need a high ceiling.
    Your garden is looking so green! But sorry about the sump pump. Such a nuisance.
    More pictures from the ball? Hair looks so sleek and chic! Only one more day left in St Rem (as us locals call it) and then we're of to Paris. Son and DIL and the girls will be meeting us there in two weeks. Yay! Pammie xxx

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    1. Oh yes, you're definitely a local now in St Rem Pammie! Have loved seeing the photos through FF's blog of your travels and wish I could see more on Facebook…. but will not rejoin! I'm not surprised that the mirrors are such bargains in France!! But our local dealers have to make some money off the cost of bringing it all into our country… and I tend to feel comfortable in knowing we're not paying Sydney or Melbourne levys on the prices! Enjoy Paris Pammie! xx

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  8. The lights look fantastic Heidi. I especially love the one on your regency table. Lamps are high on my list at the moment too and I really like what you have gone for. Great inspiration.
    Sorry to hear about your flood... otherwise sounds like a fantastic month. Updo looks amazing and what I can see of the dress. Please do a full outfit post! I don't go to enough black tie but have two coming up so trying to work out whether I should buy something new or just go with an old dress but treat myself to an updo, etc. first world problems ;)
    xxx

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    1. It's been a very, very busy month! I'm feeling like the year is flying by at an alarming rate. The dress was the one I wore to my 40th and the ball last last year as well.. so I didn't take any photos on the night of the whole outfit - frankly it's hard enough to get my husband to take a photo of my hair. There's always eye rolling involved if taking photos for the blog. I highly recommend having an updo if you don't feel so inclined to fork out for a ball gown, and it's always nice not to have the hassle about bad hair at any rate… first world problems indeed! Good luck with your lamp hunt - you do have a better choice in the UK than us I think, although maybe wait until you're at your place in the US and take a suitcase full back with you next time! xx

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  9. Its all coming together so beautifully, I love your choices- understated elegance. I look forward to the final results. I also like your new rug, it grounds the room and the curves add another dimension. I definately like your taste.
    We have had a little rain but would like lots more so send it our way- have been busy replanting at the farm before winter and a good soak is whats in order.
    Children, work and floods all sound like a busy life!!!
    Thank you for taking the time to share- love seeing pictures of your home and garden
    Enjoy your week
    Marilyn xx

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    1. Thanks Marilyn - hopefully the final things will really bring it all to life. The last few bits really do make such a difference to the overall feel of a room. I feel like this year we have Melbourne's weather - we seem to have gone earlier on the Autumn leaves than you, and it's been so wet and grey.. not like Adelaide's usual weather at all. I've been very surprised to see us ahead of you on your beautiful garden photos on instagram! Have a great week, xx

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  10. I was only thinking of you yesterday and the title of the post really sums up my feelings. After my comments on your 'Tea Time' post I often do think of you when I get my tea put down with the tea bag hanging over the side. Yesterday reached an all time low when the person making the tea asked me if I wanted my tea bag in the cup or on the side. 'The Art of Patience' became a whole new meaning.

    Your house and garden are looking beautiful. I had planned to get out in our garden but unfortunately the winter weather has finally arrived and it is very bleak out.

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    1. Tea bag on the side… hilarious! That's surely an all time low? The weather here has not covered itself in glory - I was just thinking it was drying out enough to go and and have another go at the garden, but the rain clouds are coming over, so I don't know I'll get much of a chance. Enjoy the weekend! x

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  11. I'm in envy of your narrow bookcase between fireplace and window , fantastic. Like your new lamps as they aren't shiny, they almost look like gilded wood. Is word gilded? sure you know what I mean

    Winter is here in Sydney,big surf and quieter beaches, love it

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    1. Yes, you definitely mean gilded smr! I loved them too as they're just a subtle gilding, not too high shine.
      I've always loved the beach in winter too - less crowds, more contemplation, and a little bit wild. Have a lovely weekend x

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  12. What an appropriate title for your blog post for me this month as well, too many things on and not always enough patience to handle them!!! Love your lighting choices, it seems to me it is so hard to get lighting right and it is really important that the choices we make are perfect both for practical, ambiance & aesthetic reasons. I'm off to a dinner party to celebrate a friend's 50th who is doing a theme of Mad amen cocktail/dinner party & your up do is exactly what I was thinking of, so I'm showing it to my hairdresser, thanks!! Have a blissful weekend & happy birthday to your May babies, I had one here as well - turned 10, agh, I can't believe I have a tween in the family!!!!
    Engraciaxx

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    1. Well, I do feel that I sometimes go on and on and on about lighting on the blog, but I do feel it's one of the most important things in an interior. Hope the Mad Men themed party was fun! My oldest will turn 10 soon, and you're right, that decade has flown and tween years are upon us!! xx

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  13. I love your choices Heidi! I am especially besotted by that bracelet lamp - so unique! Happy birthday(s) -so much excitement! And that undo is fab!

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    1. Thanks Wendy, I love that lamp a lot, it's the perfect mix of old and new. The birthdays are all packed away now, thank goodness - it's a fairly intensive couple of weeks of drawn out celebrations and HIGH excitement.

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  14. your lamps are great H and your hair looks divine. Love that landscape painting x

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    1. Thanks FF, was thinking of you with the hairdo - you're so clever you'd be able to action in in half the time my hairdresser took! xx

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  15. Your choices are exquisite and I love your paintings. Pizza/movie/fire evenings with the wee ones are the best.

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    1. THank you Jen - the painting was a lucky local estate auction find. Usually the paintings at those sort of auctions are pretty poor, but this one was so striking I feel very lucky to have found it.

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  16. Everything has come together just beautifully, congratulations!!! The library is my absolute favourite - it looks so peaceful and inviting. Love the new bracelet lamp, that one was definitely worth the wait. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks Louise - it's such a lovely calm room in the middle of a very busy/ noisy house, so it does feel like an oasis. I think books have such a deadening of sound effect that it really does feel good to spend a bit of quiet time (quite literally) in there. xx

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  17. The lamps look lovely (and yes, Circa has some stunners!). Sorry to hear of the flood damage. We are about to embark on a project to rectify the small waterfall entering the back of the house with each heavy rain, so I feel your pain.

    Lovely and elegent that up-do is!

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    1. I think I'd be happy with pretty much anything from Circa - unfortunately the shipping costs mean that it all ends up being even more expensive that they already are… but locally good lighting is pricey and limited, so it's kind of a necessary evil I think to ship them over.
      Oh dear to the rain/ waterfall CD! Hope it doesn't end up being a major series of works...

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  18. Hello Heidi! I love the light fittings you've bought! Did they adapt the fittings for Australia? Your home is coming together so beautifully and I love your paintings! I suppose you are pleased with the rain for your garden although the flood must have been a huge pain! xxx

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    1. Hi Jenny, yes they did, which was part of the reason why they took a while. THey seem to keep stock of 240V wired lamps, but a couple of the ones I ordered were back ordered, then they had to rewire them for Australia. I was pleased to find they had the correct plugs on though - I had though they might end up with english or EU plugs on them.. so that was great to just plug them in and turn them on. The garden is sodden! We've had a lot of rain, so a bit of sunshine would be a good balance about now I think! xx

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  19. You know how I love the updo and yours has Helen of Troy level quality. Have loved seeing your home and garden transform and hearing the thought process behind...and then that same astute strategy shared across the blogosphere and helping Dani transform her formerly merely charming home into something exquisite.
    Well done Heidi !

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    1. Helen of Troy? Well, I've not quite made men go to war for me (nor do I think as I age that's ever going to be a possibility), but thank you for the compliment! Dani is so clever though that she definitely didn't need my help - I think we were already in synch on the home design stuff, and she has such a good eye that it was always going to work out beautifully!

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  20. Ah yes; patience. I used to have some of that...
    Your long awaited lights are superb! I especially like the 'bracelet' one which cleverly references the curtain fabric. It's so sad we have to source these sorts of items from OS. I was sorry to hear of your wet office. The rain here was excessive too and I think that most normally dry houses suffered some ill effects from what seemed to be freak weather; Murphy's Law that the pump failled! Hope you have resolved the damage by now.

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  21. Ah, Circa Lighting. Don't get me started. We had about 20 wall sconces in 4 different styles come from Circa. The shipment turned up with one light fitting short which they refused to acknowledge. According to the Australian contact who orders from them a lot they have a shocking reputation in the interiors industry, with appalling customer service. So you are lucky yours finally turned up. They look very pretty and it's hard to find similar quality for the price here. The house is looking fab. I love, love that painting of the tortoise. Just brilliant.

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    1. I didn't know they had a reputation! Was it ordered direct through your designer? It's so hard to find good lighting in Australia though - although visual comfort (most of my lamps are that brand) obviously have their lamps manufactured in China, and a local agent must've stumbled on their supplier as they've started importing a few of their light fittings here… I told them to bring in more, but as it's market led we'll see… at least there are a few of the pendants and lamps now available locally and not expensively...

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