Gratuitous garden photos

Technically, it's now Autumn. But we have had several weeks of 30C plus days, and warm nights, and I always think the silliness that is deciding on a season based on a calendar date is particularly true of March in Adelaide, which I always think of as our hottest and driest month. At any rate, while the retailers have the memo, and have adorned their shop windows with coats and boots, it's definitely summer dress weather in real life. I thought I'd try to do a bit of a round up of what's been going on..

 Corner of a master ensuite. This is a double vanity unit with scalloped sconces set on the mirror.

Doing
I've been working, a lot. I haven't ever really written much about client work on the blog, but I do share images on the fly sometimes over on my Instagram.

Formal sitting room, the bookcase being painted. There is navy blue grasscloth on the walls


Back wall of the kitchen

Love the big farmhouse sink and classic lever tap

This house is a project I've been working on with my clients for the past nearly 2 years. It's now up to the bit that is exciting to photograph - all the months of drafting, dirty building site and frames and spaghetti junctions of wires is coming together and we now have the more visually exciting part of joinery, wallpaper and curtains that I can share glimpses of.

W/C with beautiful hand blocked wallpaper reflected in the mirror above the panel. We chose a lot of blue in this house to compliment the original stained glass windows

Finished bookcase with blind, wall sconce and books in. Just waiting on the cushion for the window seat.

It's a family home, and my client has been brave with her choices in colour and there's lots of wallpaper. I am so pleased with how it's all looking! We are now up to the furniture part and are waiting on a lot of orders to arrive. I'll share some photos once it's all a little more finished.

We've also finally started on our garage/ studio project at home. This is the final element of our total renovation of our house. After a very long lead up to starting, the slab was finally poured and the frame started going up, all very quickly. Hopefully within a couple of months it will all be finished, and I'll have somewhere to put all the stuff cluttering our back veranda (all the tools/ bikes/ gardening equipment) and the Sitting Room (all my work related samples etc). I'll post more about the design as it gets to the more visually interesting part, because while small it did require a lot of fiddling about to get it looking right, as well as functioning well.

Ground floor frame

I've also been working on a Beach House project, which has been fun. It's a starting from scratch job, furniture wise, and will not be a permanent house but rather a holiday house, so this changes the approach I'd normally take to a project, and I've started at one point, and ended up at another with the design as my thoughts gradually evolved on the whole thing. Firstly was that a beach house here in South Australia is very different to a Tropical beach house, of which images abound both here in Australia in our tropical North, and up through Bali and over to Florida, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic etc. Palms, bamboo, bright coloured prints, British Colonial style etc don't really look place appropriate here- we have a Mediterranean climate and the house has native scrub nearby in sandhills. There isn't therefore very many inspiration photos to draw on as starting points. So I've just made it up as I've gone along with what has felt right to me.

Guest Bedroom scheme - Aqua bedspread, the small print for the bedhead, and leaf print for cushions

It's also very easy to go crazy with seaside theming - Navy/White stripes, Seagull pictures, mini lighthouses, coral prints, and on and on... There will naturally be a lot of seaside theming, but I wanted to pull back a little from it and not get too literal. The existing house has good bones, and generally all the finishes are perfectly fine to work with, but it is quite 'shiny' in some ways (highly polished floorboards), so it's been about taking it down a few notches to make it feel less yacht- moored- at -Monaco and more relaxed and layered.

Main living area. Matching colours too perfectly would not give the relaxed, layered feel I'm after.

The colours I'm using for the main living area are a sort of dusty Aqua and shots of red to highlight mixed in with natural linen and white linen on the sofa.  Lots of raw timber for the dining table, coffee tables etc... and I've sourced all sorts of fun things for Art for the walls...


Including this vintage 1910-1920 wool bathing suit with greek key detail, which has been framed. I posted this on Instagram and had a few questions as to where I found it... so to preempt anyone else asking, it came from Etsy.com. I've sourced decorative things/ art from all over - eBay, Etsy, 1stdibs, Bluethumb and local galleries. Decorator Art (by which I mean the ready made, ready framed prints) has a place in design, I suppose, but it can vary enormously in quality. You can find all sorts of interesting, more individual things if you're prepared to put in a little more effort in sourcing, and to think creatively about it.  It doesn't have to cost a lot either - none of the things I've found so far have.

Aside from work, it's been the start of the School year, so I've had a myriad of Parent Information Nights, Welcome Drinks, Class Drinks, Movie nights, Swimming Carnivals, a couple of trips to Hospital with  two of the children (one had a fish bone to dislodge from her throat, the other needed an appendix out, both now fine) and then a few dinners out with friends to keep the candle burning at both ends.

I've also been addicted to a Spanish mini series, called Grand Hotel (entire series on Netflix). It was first filmed in 2013, and has high production values (it's subtitled). Set in a Hotel in Spain circa 1907, it's a little bit Downton Abbey and a little bit Agatha Christie, a little bit scheming mafia family style, with a forbidden romance with a dishy male lead meaning it ticks pretty much every genre box. I loved it, and am bereft now that I've finished watching all 64 episodes (or something like that).

Grand Hotel

Wearing:
One purchase that I've absolutely LOVED this summer has been this Binny dress, which is called the Victoria. It ticks all my Summer dress boxes - cap sleeve and higher neckline to give sun protection, loose, which makes it cool on a hot day, plus comfortable to wear, and a reasonably modest length, which is essential with children as you tend to bend over a lot. It's cotton, so I can throw it in the machine and being white can bleach it when something stains it... It also walks the line between dressy and casual quite nicely. I will happily wear it on a weekend around the house with flat sandals, or with wedge espadrilles during the week to work in. I have given up trying to get anyone in the family to take a photo of me, and my efforts at a selfie didn't work out so well... so here is a photo from the Catalogue. I look exactly the same in it (ha!).

Binnywear Victoria dress - a winner

Cooking:

I started the year off well with a lot of baking for the children's lunchboxes... and have gradually slid back to no treats as the term has worn on. But I have made a bit of an effort with dinners, and trying to put a few new recipes into rotation. One thing that I cook a lot is a slow cooked lamb shoulder. This works for having friends over, or for a simple family dinner mid week. It's super quick to do the marinade in a food processor or thermomix or mortar and pestle, and then it takes around 4-6 hours to cook, which means it's a good thing to start cooking in advance.

Thursday night's dinner

Slow Baked Lamb Shoulder (Karen Martini - Feasting cookbook)
Ingredients 
2 Tbsp sea salt
8 cloves garlic
6 sprigs of rosemary, stripped and chopped
1 Tbsp black peppercorns
100ml olive oil
3 Tbsp dried Oregano
1.8-2.2kg lamb shoulder, boned (I have also done bone in)
100ml white wine vinegar

Method:
Preheat oven to 150C fan forced
Grind salt, garlic, rosemary, peppercorns in a mortar and pestle (or food processor), add the olive oil and dried oregano.
Open out shoulder and rub all over, place in baking dish, splash over the vinegar and pour 150ml water in the base. Cover with tight fitting lid and bake for 2.5 hours. Remove the lid/ or foil and then turn up heat to 200C for 5-10 minutes until nicely browned. The meat will be so tender it will fall apart, and I like to serve it with a couscous mix (parsley, lemon, roasted almonds, spanish onion)  and steamed green beans.


Reading:

The thoughts I wrote about Art above, dovetails in nicely with a book that I bought and read this weekend - Imogen Taylor's "On the Fringe". Imogen Taylor worked at Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler for 50 years, the venerable English decorating firm. Her memoir is about her time there, the projects she worked on, and how they did things post WW2. Everything was bespoke and invented by the designer, from mixing paint colours on site, to finding scraps of wallpaper or fabric and recolouring and remaking it for projects. They revived many old trades, designed lamps, furniture, carpets and rugs for projects, and in general are about as far removed from what a lot of people term Interior Decoration these days as you can imagine. Again, there is space for all types in this world - not everyone has a bespoke budget for one. But the creativity at a time when there wasn't really a design "Industry" makes this a really interesting read.


I've also added a couple of second hand books to my reading list this month. I use Abebooks to find second hand books I'm looking for, and am eagerly anticipating a copy of "Mr Blandings Builds his Dream House" in a few weeks. One Instagram account that I've been following designs Private Libraries - they specialise in out of print books revolving around Gardening, Interiors, Architecture, Food, Fashion and Biography. They are Kinsey Marabel & Co, who are located in the USA. A great source of tip offs on interesting books to buy or borrow from the library.

As I've mentioned Instagram, I thought I'd include some accounts that I've been enjoying following.

Ivy and Bricks restored house facade

Firstly, for renovation and restoration lovers there is Ivy and Bricks a beautiful, grand 1908 house in the US. It's being meticulously restored to a high standard.

The start of one of Timothy Long's short videos

I love watching Timothy Long, Fashion Curator's little mini videos on Instagram. He works in the UK in museums, and will do little videos of the garments from the store rooms behind the scenes with explanations on the detail in the clothing. Fascinating!

Jupeculotte - Pierre Balmain dress

Fashion historian and curator Jupeculotte posts interesting fashion photos from the past, with descriptions on the clothing/ designer/ fabric/ social context.

I will finish up by saying I was saddened to see this week that Bill Leake, the Australian Newspaper's Cartoonist died suddenly from a Heart Attack. The tribute they put in the paper was brilliant. He was a very clever satirist, who railed against the Politically Correct Thought Police, and naturally offended, prodded, and questioned through the age old medium of satire, as the best do. A political cartoonist from the old guard, he was clever, and thought provoking, and I can't imagine the letters to the Editor page without his funny jabs at life in modern Australia. Cartoons and Satire have long been a tradition in Western Democracies, and as we have seen with the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, the cartoonists have become targets for extremism from both the far left (he was relentlessly trolled on twitter) as well as the religiously extreme of all persuasions.




I hope you had a great weekend. It's a long weekend here, and I'll leave you with a photo of sunset on Saturday night  where we were having drinks- we get spectacular sunsets in Adelaide. The CBD can just be seen poking up in the centre of the photo (this view was taken from a house in the foothills).



51 comments:

  1. I love the photos of the house... inspiration I desperately need to make some progress on all the tasks on our home update list!

    We were all set for an early spring here (everything blooming!) but this morning it snowed and the next two/three days it'll be below freezing. I've thrown blankets over all the blueberries, but I don't know that we'll have any this year as they are in full bloom. Hard to believe temperatures were in the 80s last week! See, our March is just as temperamental!

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    1. It's a neverending list for all homeowners I think Liene! I have lots to do too...
      I hope you do have an early spring, and I have to say I think from what I see on the Internet that your Winters seem to start and finish later, and so do our Summers now. We were quite cool through December/ January, and have really only had the heat for the past month. I hope your blueberries survive the icy blast! x

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  2. That dress would look beautiful on you. Great brand also.
    Great work, looks like you are winning on all fronts.

    Bill Leak - I didn't agree with the guy, but very clever and gone too young.

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    1. Well, not sure about winning on all fronts!! Am feeling kind of tired....
      I think re Bill Leake that he often shone an uncomfortable light on various issues... and that sparked debate. Never a bad thing, even if as you say I didn't always agree with his viewpoint. Hope all is going well Cilla xx

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  3. Your garden beds remind me a little of Lambley Gardens with the pencil pines. Great inspiration for an Adelaide garden I imagine.

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    1. I have never been to Lambley Gardens, but if they do a lot of perennial grasses and things and a few structure plants like the pencil pines then we likely do have a lot in common! Everything here has to be fairly tough to survive the heat in summer. The garden is really coming into maturity this year. x

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  4. Great post. I bought that Binny dress too! It's a total winner - I wore it last Friday evening when I went to see Annabel Crabb in conversation with chef Christine Manfield at the Adelaide Festival. Christine has had a fascinating career and had some real insights into restaurant culture (and wasn't averse to dropping the f-bomb - loved her). She said the ingredients that speak to her when she thinks of South Australia are blue swimmer crab and King George whiting. And she never designs a menu without chilies, eggplant and passionfruit. Inspirational, and a new girl-crush (alongside Annabel obvs)

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    1. That sounds like a great festival event Jess - I love Annabel and Christine Mansfield has had such an interesting career. Interesting that she loves eggplant though?! That's one vegetable I don't cook a lot with, although that could be that the ones in the supermarket are often quite bitter and not as good as home grown (and sadly no veggie patch at the moment!!). x

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  5. I’m not with Turnbull on supporting Bill Leak and I’m afraid I can’t let the issue of political correctness lie.
    When Donald Trump attacks political correctness, as he has, it underlines even more blackly that there’s a problem. Such attacks are so often used as justification for a statement, cartoon or expression, etc, that is deliberately designed to denigrate an ethnic, cultural, religious or gender etc group. The intention is clearly to irritate or upset the members of that group, to be controversial and attention-getting, and also to devalue whatever that the group is seen to represent in the eyes of the public.
    I’m no expert on Bill Leak but I do know that his cartoons showing aborigines were seen by many as racial slurs. Having worked once with a couple of wonderful women of aboriginal descent, this does not sit well with me. Nor did I ever say “Je suis Charlie”. Like everyone else, I was shocked and appalled by the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo personnel. These terrorists are amongst the worst kinds of criminals. However, as a Christian I did not support Charlie Hebdo’s virulent cartoon attacks on the Islamic faith and its adherents. If the world is to have any chance to get along, we need to respect each others’ faiths and their rights to be different (within the law). We need to try to live in as much harmony as possible. Deliberately bating believers of another religion as their paper did was outright stupidity and irresponsibility and increasingly polarises and radicalises people, heightening the risks of further attacks in the future. It wasn't just a funny attack on political correctness.
    As part of the current French Film Festival we’ve just seen a couple of movies set during the Holocaust in France. Such horrors are still raw in people’s memories. Attacking political correctness (except where it’s something silly, or pretentious, like putting a figleaf over male genitalia on statues, as sometimes happened in Victorian England) is unfortunately a step too far for me. Even if it might just be a step at the beginning of what could be a slippery slope. Pammie

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    1. I'm not sure we're going to agree on this P, but I feel the attacks on Political Correctness are because the pendulum has swung too far, and it has alienated a large segment of the population. This is why Trump, Hanson etc have resonated with people (although not me I hasten to add).
      But back to Bill, I too found a lot of his cartoons very funny, but many confronting, and not quite in the same vein as Charlie Hebdos (which did, I feel, wave a red flag at a bull often times). As uncomfortable as some of his cartoons were, they did bring discussion to the fore about issues that might not be apparent to those of us living in capital cities in our own bubbles. This is not such a bad thing, and I do feel that people can differentiate between some people in a racial group or religion's lives/views, and the wider group as a whole - not everyone things that Trump represents all Americans, for instance. Not everyone things all Aboriginal people are behaving/ living in the way that his cartoons sometimes referenced. Not every politician has their snout in the trough, not every Christian is molesting children. But should we ignore problems, or pretend they don't exist and give only a good news positive version? Freedom of speech is an important right to uphold, and while we may not always agree with either the extreme right or left and their views you need to give people an outlet to find a centre ground that we can all live with, or you do end up giving rise to an extreme of one or the other. x

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    2. I agree with you Pammie. I don't like it when freedom of speech is used to denigrate. "Political correctness gone mad" usually cried by already privileged people - rich white heterosexual males.

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    3. As someone who is neither white nor male, and whose president is now Donald Trump, I would caution against this kind of language. Dismissing the "political correctness gone mad" crowd is what led to President Trump.

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  6. SO much to comment on! There is not enough of Bill Leake like people - only because it must be tiring to take all the blows - RIP. Those cartoons are brilliant and it is a true art form.

    Love that dress - wish I needed one - never heard of them before.

    Exciting re all the projects and is looking great.

    I am saving Grand Hotel for a proper hibernating session xx

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    1. Agree re Cartoonists taking the blow! I think anyone that sticks their necks out these days are brave - it used to just be letters written to the paper, now it's social media trolling, stalking etc etc.
      Binny is a South Australian! She lives in a country town (Robe) in the South East having moved back from Sydney where she launched her label. She does a great summer dress.
      I think you need to give Grand Hotel another go. Honestly I was so sucked in by it all. This is the problem with Netflix. They would leave each episode on such a cliffhanger I would think "I'll just watch the next 5 minutes" and before I knew it it was midnight. x

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  7. Have no problem with consciousness raising or with exposing issues of public concern, particularly those involving incompetence, malfeasance, corruption, crime or evil generally, wherever it lives. Political satire, cartoons of politicians - these are grist to the mill and can be very funny. Provided they're not based solely or essentially on race, religion, gender.
    Absolutely agree - freedom of speech and the press is essential. It's one of the bastions of a democratic state and one of the first things to go when heading down a totalitarian track. In the 20th century we just need to think of Hitler and Stalin and others of that ilk. However, when freedom of speech turns into racist or anti-religious slogans or cartoons it's a bridge too far, at least for me. To an extent it's often a matter of judgment, perhaps of degree or even taste. Some things we can find funny or even enlightening but there are definitely occasions when the line is crossed. It's why anyone defending those who make a joke of political correctness is of concern to me. Not that you did. But you have raised a sensitive issue and I felt I had to give a point of view on which I feel strongly. I guess I'd think of myself as a libertarian with a social conscience and a strong sense of ethics. I suspect you'd almost certainly see yourself in pretty much the same way! So really we'd basically be likeminded. Maybe sometimes we'd just draw the line in different places. And sometimes I can be a bit feisty. Pammie xx

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    1. I always find your views interesting P x

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  8. too many topics but i love the garden snaps and everything else too xxx

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    1. The garden is looking good now that I've actually realised I didn't have the watering system on and am watering it!! So many weeds though x

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  9. So true about Grand Hotel, marathon effort which went all night. I enjoyed it immensely. Sounds like you have had a very busy summer Heidi. Your projects look great and I am particularly fond of the kitchen cabinets, are they hard wood?

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    1. It has been busy Lillian. I'm always thinking things will get quieter, but they don't seem to. I have found Grand Hotel quite late in the day it seems, but it is a fab series x

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  10. That lamb looks lovely. I adore that dress: pretty and practical. The work for your client is gorgeous. We are possibly redoing our master bath and your choices are very soothing. Love it all. xo

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    1. Master bath redo? Definitely make sure your choices are soothing. I think when you have a family you need a little respite Jen. Thank you for the comments on my work, a lot of things take such a long time to come to fruition, it's nice to have a few bits and pieces to share x

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  11. Loved this post Heidi, my goodness you have been busy but keep up the pics. Love all you do, you have a great eye and fabulous style.
    xx Marilyn

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    1. Thank you Marilyn - it has been a busy start to the year!! I'm trying to pace myself, but term 1 at school is always so packed full of activities too that it's tricky. x

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  12. I'll bet your client is quite pleased. Love how those wood floors looks with the
    farmhouse sink and the bookshelves...can't tell you how many 'expensive' homes I've been in with books an afterthought if not an affectation.
    The Binny Vic is a winner...as are those cartoons.

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    1. My client is really happy (I think!). I think if you have books, it's a great thing to incorporate beautiful shelves - definitely gives a good feel to a room.

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  13. Great post!! Thanks for all the photos of your current projects. We are finally taking the plunge and redoing all the bathrooms in our little house...I know it's ridiculous but I am having a bit of a panic attack over choosing all the various tiles, having never done any kind of renovations before. The Binny dress is so pretty and sounds perfect for summer. The 1920s wool bathing suit as wall decoration is a brilliant idea! Do you follow Guermantes Vintage on Instagram? She is an Etsy seller who specialises in vintage clothing and accessories from 1920s-1930s. Definitely worth checking out!

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    1. How exciting Louise! Although bathrooms are definitely the messiest and most disruptive thing to do in a house, so I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that it's a painless process:) I'm going to look up that Insta account, I haven't heard of her before, but there's so much great vintage clothing on etsy, that she's bound to have a great account if you follow her too..! x

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  14. Hi Heidi,
    What a great post! Thank you for sharing all the latest. I don't know how you fit it all in ....you are an inspiration. Loved all your decorating and all your great life and style tips. I also love Binny ..happily they are stocked by a fab shop in Bangalow (north coast NSW). I hope your family is well recovered from their health issues. I love all your posts. So interesting . Enjoyed the Marghab one. Very nostalgic. Looking forward to watching the Grand Hotel. It is a good day when a post pops in the inbox. Vale Bill Leak ...a big loss.
    Warmest wishes and thankyou again. Annie .

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    1. Hi Annie, thanks for the kind words on the design stuff. How lucky you are to find Binny stocked locally. None of my locals have her, so I'm always buying online... problem is that sizes seem to sell out pretty quickly too. Family all on the mend now, touch wood!! It's always something with kids though it seems...! I think you'll love Grand Hotel. I'm kind of envious you haven't watched it and get to see it fresh xx

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    2. PPS Hi Annie
      We have tickets for "Ladies in Black" in a couple of weeks. I'm really looking forward to it - have heard only good things. Am so glad you lent me the books! Pammie

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  15. PS Heidi, strictly on the other features of your post! The house you've been working on looks fabulous! I specially love that vintage swimsuit. A great idea. In addition to all the other things you do, your clients are so lucky that you source objects from such a wonderful variety of places. It will make their properties so individual and so special!
    That Grand Hotel Spanish miniseries sounds good. We always try to get to the Spanish movie festival when it's on (of course the French is our top priority and has been fab so far this season) - last year we even attended quite a few from the Latin American FF. Fascinating, a good one on Naruda and another very enlightening one on the disappearances and a strange sinister family (at least the paterfamilias was, very) that made a living out of this and was forced to turn to regular kidnapping for ransom when the disappearances officially ended. We only get to watch Netflix when visiting A. I'm already alternately binge watching "The Crown" and "House of Cards" late at night after the grandgirls have gone to bed (they tend to keep late hours on weekends). Now I'll have to add "Grand Hotel". That slow cooked lamb looks good too. Pammie

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    1. I've been watching a couple of Spanish series on TV - I had no idea they had such great miniseries! A little soapy and cheesy in parts, which make me start to laugh, but high quality. I loved The Crown, and House of Cards is excellent too. Hope all is well and the movie festival sounds great! x

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  16. Really love that bathroom.
    Great to a quality recommendation for a new series to watch when doing the ironing!

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    1. You will not have a thing in your house left to iron, given how many episodes there are in the series! x

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  17. Heidi, I am deeply envious of your clients. You produce beautiful, functional work. Your philosophy of architecture and interior design resonates with me. I wish I had your education and training. At least I've your past reading recommendations, which are on my Amazon wish list!

    Thank you for highlighting Bill Leake's work! I'd never heard of him, but I'll look for more of his work, if I can find it. Such a shame he is no longer with us. Here in the U.S., political correctness is a raging infection. Some universities, which I would expect to be final bastions of vigorous intellectual debate, have forbidden "micro-aggressions" and speech that makes others "uncomfortable." It's funny but pathetic.

    What you said in response to an earlier comment is correct: "...should we ignore problems, or pretend they don't exist and give only a good news positive version? Freedom of speech is an important right to uphold, and while we may not always agree with either the extreme right or left and their views you need to give people an outlet to find a centre ground that we can all live with, or you do end up giving rise to an extreme of one or the other..."

    Political correctness now means some groups, perceived as unworthy of holding different opinions, are told they don't get to criticize or even comment on other groups. The latter are deemed to be the only righteous ones. I agree with you, Heidi, that the prevailing intolerance of free speech accounts for the flabbergasting election of Donald Trump to the highest office in the most powerful nation on earth. I would caution everyone in Australia who takes offense to Leake's work to remember the cautionary tale of what happened here.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words on my design, and I'm so glad you've found the book recommendations interesting. It's never too late to train in design, but I am very glad I found my calling at a young age and do feel very lucky I've been able to pursue my passion.
      I do feel, touching on your last couple of paragraphs, that it has been very easy to drown out things you don't want to hear by labelling someone racist, or homophobic etc. There may be no actual merit on the slur, but it's a hard thing to fight back from as a position. I do feel that this is what has given rise to a large segment of the population who are sick of having their views ignored, or labelled because of more vocal interest groups. I hope that we will see sense prevail and that our more extreme right won't get a lot of traction here in Australia. But funnily enough Bill Leake was seen as a crusader for Aboriginal rights only 15 years ago, and it is only more recently that his cartoons sparked debate that had vocal critics labelling him racist. It's ironic...
      Thank you for giving your views, I found them very interesting. x

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  18. As usual, your posts are just stupendous! Lots of interesting things to read, look and learn about...thank you.

    Linda C.

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    1. Pleasure Linda. Hope all is well with you xx

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  19. Such an absorbing post of your current life and what is going on. I need a break from reading the whirlwind of activity you've been involved in, phew! Your clients are fortunate to have you on their projects as I can see every little detail has been thought out so carefully and the end product is nothing short of perfection, bravo! Adore the swimsuit, by the way. Compared to some of the modern monstrositites out there, I'd opt to wear it.

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    1. Ha! I'd agree with you there about some of the modern swimsuits. The last time I went shopping I was dismayed to find the Brazilian cut was all the go.... I'm not sure that it's a cut that I want to subject people on the beach to now that I'm over a certain age!! I'm sure you feel the same CD! x

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  20. I am sure it is just the visual issue, Heidi, but the bathroom cabinetry without handles looks strange to me.

    Do you generally do renovations in the older houses in the inner suburbs of Adelaide?

    Melody

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    1. Hi Melody,
      I quite like minimalism in joinery, which is why I generally don't express a drawer as a drawer (It's a panel that matches the panels on a door, with just the cut line across it). I also don't put handles on cupboards that don't need them as a rule (such as overhead cupboards that you can open by a finger pull underneath). In this bathroom I wanted the focus to be on the beautiful scalloped lights, and the marble had a busy enough pattern to it that I wanted to keep the vanity unit fairly seamless. I felt that all the little knobs on the drawers would be distracting.
      I've done all sorts of jobs in the past 18 months - including a couple of new builds in a more contemporary style, some period home renovations, and a few projects out of Adelaide including rural Queensland, Sydney and Melbourne. x

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  21. Rural Queensland?? That's quite a trek for you. Do you have to do onsite visits for all your projects?
    Melody

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    1. No - no onsite visit :) If I have site plans, photos etc, I can work remotely. Google Earth and Street View are also very helpful. I still haven't visited the Sydney house I worked on and put pictures up of in December yet either...!

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  22. So much to love in this post Heidi. Your Binny dress is so pretty and your client work looks pretty sensational ... you have a real eye for detail. Your lamb looks yummy - might try that this weekend. Vale Bill Leak - I love newspaper cartoonists - one of my favourite parts of the paper (especially during election time or moments of political uproar). I have yet to join the Instagram bandwagon ... my tech support (aka oldest son) now lives and works in Sydney so I need to get him to sort it out for me next time he is home or I go to Sydney! Hope the garage/studio is progressing well and your children are all on the mend now. Jo xx

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    1. I can't believe your son is now in Sydney!! It doesn't seem like that long ago you were writing he'd just finished school and was off to Uni. I guess I've been blogging a while now....
      Everyone fine here, touch wood, and as of today there is a large crew working on the garage framing up the top level ,so I'm ever hopeful it won't be a long build. I'll try to knock out another blog post soon... it's been a frantically busy term but relief is in sight with the Easter break! Hope all is well with you. xx

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    2. I believe its my younger son you are thinking of. He finished Year 12 in 2013 and is still at Uni. My oldest son finished Year 12 in 2011 and this is his 2nd year out of Uni after a 4 year engineering degree xx

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  23. Watched Grand Hotel on your recommendation and loved it. Think you would really enjoy a Russian/Turkish series called Kurt Seyet and Sura. Set in same time period and even better than GH. Beautiful people, setting and intriguing story.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed Grand Hotel! I have seen that Kurt Seyet series come up, and actually started watching the first 10 minutes last week. Unfortunately it was late at night and I was being distracted by my oldest talking to me, and was too tired to concentrate on sub titles too... so I will definitely give it another go distraction free. If it's better than Grand Hotel it will be fab. x

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    2. Goodness knows where you find the time to watch anything. It is a wee bit slow to start with but gets better and better once you get into it. St Petersburg is on my bucket list so worth it for the magnificent architecture alone. Plus...Kurt Seyit is even more gorgeous than Julio!

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