Julie-Ann and I have decided to take a holiday from this bloggy. I am so busy here and here and Julie-Ann is flat out with the Decorating Forum. But we are still hanging out together in lots of places, but just can't get the time to do this blog justice. So we would still love for you to find us in other places and join in our fun decorating discussions. Remember I am building a new house next year and will be blogging it, along with asking for everyone's advice on the Decorating Forum.
However, this is not to say we will be gone forever. Who knows?!
So thanks for all your support. We love you and will see you over on YOUR blogs.
JA & Katrina.
Where do you store your bills? Do you file them, lay them out over the kitchen, or have a simple system? And for that matter - if you DO have a system, does that make it easy to pay them on time and juggle what needs paying when? Let's face it, not many of us these days find it easy to pay all our bills at once...
This is Katrina's system....
Yep, chuck them all in here.. so no it's really not a system - more of an "out of sight out of mind" approach. Don't think it works too well though as I am HOPELESS with bookwork or paying bills... (this is probably why the bank runs for cover when they see my name hahaha!).
Then I came across this photo:
Really? Check. it. out. There were some serious hours that went into that drawer! Shesh... could I do this? Hmmm... doubt it!
What do you do with your bills?
There are so many nice features, that is was hard to narrow it down, so we decided to throw a mixed bag in there for you to look at. If you have been reading Katrina's blog for a while, you may have seen some of these pictures before.
Katrina's sister, Amie, built this massive home about 12 months ago. It's an ongoing project for them as the house in on half an acre. Like Katrina, Amie is a project junkie so since these photo's were taken some bits have changed! I think we all need to rally together and get this house in a magazine! Who is with us on this one??
Personally I think it's pretty cool, but then again I am a fan of colour in kiddies rooms. Maybe the pink mat might be a little crazy... too much stimulation? Love the wall sticker though!
Hope you are all having a great week. Thanks for coming by and visiting us.
Have you seen our GIVEAWAY?
Remember Katrina has 3 snotty nosed, strawberry eating, mud wrestling little dudes...which white sofa would you have?
What do you think?
Did you see our GIVEAWAY?? Pop over to have a look!
Also get yourself over to the Decorating Forum to enter yourself again.
Have a fab day!
Australia’s most loved brand, Better Homes and Gardens is now going LIVE!
This fantastic event will be held at Sydney Showground, Olympic Park 15 to 17 October and will feature inspiring talks and demonstrations hosted by your favourite Better Homes and Gardens personalities; Graham Ross, Tara Dennis, Rob Palmer, Jason Hodges, ‘Fast’ Ed Halmagyi and Dr Harry. There will be thousands of products for your home and garden to try and buy and plenty of activities for the kids, to make this a great day out for all the family!
Better shopping – At the event, you’ll find hundreds of new products and services to try and buy for your home and garden.
Better advice – Pick up top tips from the experts at one of the three FREE seminar stages, or join one of the workshops for one-to-one hands-on advice.
Better ideas – Wander around beautifully designed room sets and show gardens to pick up inspirational new ideas for you to recreate in your home.
Better experience – Enjoy a fabulous family day out with live entertainment and plenty of activities for the kids.
Better Entertainment – See your favourite faces from the Better Homes and Gardens, including Graham Ross, Tara Dennis, Rob Palmer, Jason Hodges, ‘Fast’ Ed Halmagyi and Dr Harry live on stage!
So come along and be inspired! To enter all you need to do is leave a comment here on A Very Fine House or on the Decorating Forum.
But don't worry if you miss out on winning - you can book your tickets in advance and save $5 at www.bhglive.com.au or buy at the door. Tickets at the event will be $15 for adults and $10 for concession tickets.
Click on her blog here to follow her new journey... she is moving into a beach house!
In the meantime enjoy these pictures of the bedroom's in her house (and her love for the colour red!)....
Mel isn't the only one fond of using Red when decorating. Pop over to the Decorating Forum to see Katrina's addiction to Red.
Oh, and if you have something you would like to share with us, please email us...we would love you to feature on our blog.... after all it's not a blog about us, but about all of you!
The colours stick to our branding of 60% white, 30% grey and 10% school bus yellow. The room has a dark grey carpet and blinds and the furniture is simple and mostly ikea. It is simple, minimalist and functional.
This desk is a recent purchase from Officeworks. The Sierra desk is awesome value and it gives us a place for clients to sign EFTPOS receipts and sign off on orders etc. There is a 30 x 40 canvas on the wall above it and some brochures/business cards stored in a Kikki stationery holder.
"We live in a house which is about 25 years old. All of the appliances were the same age as the house, so it wasn't a big surprise when our oven and cooktop unit started to fall apart. I was initially excited about replacing this old unit however, what we thought would be a simple replacement of our oven and cooktop turned into a bigger job than we had imagined.
Our old oven/cooktop unit was not the standard 60 or 90cm in width, but was 70cm wide. This really limited the range of new units we could investigate, so we decided it would be wiser to install a separate cooktop and oven rather than an all in one unit. We decided on a 70cm electric oven by Andi and ad 70cm gas cooktop by AEG-Electrolux.
The decision to buy separate cooking units meant that our builder would be building a cabinet for the oven as well as adding a new section of bench top where the previous oven/cooktop unit had lived. This didn't seem too complex until our builder couldn't find any laminate to even vaguely match our existing bench tops. His initial solution of replacing the laminate on all of our bench tops was way over our budget and meant too much disruption to our kitchen. After a few days, our builder came up with a suggestion of covering our new bench top and splashback with stainless steel. This was not only affordable, but would make cleaning a lot easier!
We weren't sure the stainless steel look would suit our rather retro kitchen, but we figured that we didn't really have much to lose so agreed with the new plan. The whole project took our builder, electrician and plumber 3 and a half days to finish due to a few problems which arose such as slight warping of our floor and cupboards due to the age of our house and also due to inaccuracies in the unit measurements supplied by the manufacturers of the oven.
Anyway, the work was finally completed and we are happy with the outcome. We have great new appliances to cook with and they don't stick out too much in our kitchen. And most of all, it was all within budget!"
This is not an unusual story. It is also very common when replacing wall ovens set directly into the wall. Older ovens are bigger than newer models.
Have you known someone to start what seemed to be a simple change in the kitchen but ended up with a major renovation?
What do you think of Deb's builder's creative solution?