I'm happy to report that the last two weeks have been drama free! We're now 7 weeks into the renovation project and we're starting to get fed up with the dust and constant foot traffic. The house never seems clean and staying in bed past 6am seems impossible as all the Trades start very early... But the results will all be worth it we hope!
Did you miss last week's blog? My Hamptons Style Renovation
So after the painting disaster two weeks ago and the leaking roof the previous week I feel like we're finally making some progress. The last couple of weeks saw us replace our original 80's front door. It was dark brown and a side light panel with orange privacy glass that reminded me of a church. The door posed a little bit of a design issue in that we can't afford to change the front of the house just yet such as rendering the exposed brick and changing the windows. So I felt we couldn't really replace the door with something more traditional as it would stand out like a sore thumb, especially from the outside.
Contemporary vs. Traditional
The second issue was Robert likes "modern" and I prefer "traditional" so we compromised... We decided on a more contemporary door but we agreed that I could paint it white. This little battle of wills also gave me some leverage when it came to deciding on wainscoting for the walls.
Searching for that "Wow" factor...
Last week also saw the installation of our skirting boards, and whilst Rob from Perth Bespoke Carpentry (PBC) was busy installing our skirting's I was busy deciding which wall to install our wainscoting on! I settled on the main wall of the front lounge as I knew being 3 meters high and over 5 meters long this would have the most amount of impact. It's also the first wall you see as you enter the house as the hallway is part of the sunken lounge room.
There are so many types of wainscoting to choose from but in the end I had to be sympathetic to the 1980's era of the house and my new contemporary front door that was also opening into this lounge. With Rob's help from PBC we chose a to do one feature wall in a box format with clean straight lines. Using the existing wall that had already been painted the carpenter installed pre-primed panels in a square pattern over the wall. I immediately got Robert (My Husband not Rob from PBC) painting that very same evening.
I think Robert may have missed his calling... Definitely no dodgy painting here!
The Finished Product
I promise to take better photos in the coming weeks however I can most definitely say that this feature wall has given the WOW factor to our home! Make sure you check back next week when I'll be sharing our garden transformation.
What is The Hamptons Style?
Hamptons style has taken Australian interiors by storm in the last couple of years... Having moved from Ireland nearly 8 years ago we instantly fell in love with the fresh, airy palette of subtle colours, natural textures, relaxed beach-side vibes and ocean inspired greens and blues. We loved it so much we opened a Furniture & Homewares Store dedicated to bringing a little bit of the Hamptons to the Australian market!
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