26 May 2011

Our house: It's renovation update time!

So. Mr Tonic has been soldiering on with the renos every weekend. Mainly "prepping" surfaces - sanding, undercoating, painting trims - not terribly blog-worthy stuff, hence the lack of updates. But I know how much you love them so here goes. This weekend will see a few rather exciting developments in "operation rough-diamond". See these sliding doors?

That's them above... and below...

They will be glass louvres! Three vertical panels, floor to ceiling. We abandoned the glass sliding doors for a couple of reasons. 1. They're not safety glass. Which is actually illegal now. 2. They have gargantuan cracks in them (see number 1). And 3. They're actually adjacent to the front door, so are somewhat redundant as doors. And besides, louvres are divine. I think they'll visually usher the house into 2011 nicely.


(below) That same angle before we bought the house - a photo from the real estate campaign, and a subtle reinforcement of the old adage "Less is more". Don't you think?


(below) IT'S A JETMASTER WE'RE GETING A JETMASTER! Also known as "the tax return-funded hunk of burning loveliness". Mr Tonic was hellbent on a log fire, but having experienced one at the Blue Mountains last winter, I reminded him that it was a romantic notion and nothing more. And by golly do you churn through the fire wood?!?!


So yes. Everyone is happy, and instead of blowing on scrunched up pieces of half-lit newspaper, we will press a button and basque in the toasty glow of natural gas. Happiness. Obviously, this (below) is where it will go:

  
Mr Tonic's brother is an electrician. Handy for when you need 4 pendant lights hung in a house with 50s wiring.


The large one on the left will go above the dining table (see first 3 images in this post), and we have 3 of the smaller ones - one for each of the bedrooms, which currently have rusty old downlights.


As I mentioned previously, these are genuine vintage Louis Poulsen pendants Mr Tonic bought from an ebay seller based in Denmark. You gotta love ebay!


 (below) The ratty old fly screen has been pulled off the screen door, and the front door is undercoated!


(below) As old and grubby as they are, one of my favourite original features of the house is these terrazzo floor tiles, which run through the hallway and also the laundry:


(below) Not really renovation-y, but this is the beautiful view out my office window, where the sun streams in each morning. And I subsequently curse it for doing so.


In other house-related news, this is the patio wall - finally painted in Dulux Pale Icelandish (quarter strength). We toyed with the idea of going half strength, but it's actually gorgeous. Powdery and subtle.

(below) Same same, but with added sunshine!


Now all we need is that perfect little 50s patio setting... 

Well? What do you think? I read each and every one of your comments, and am always so interested in another point of view. So please! Shoot!

44 comments:

  1. For some reason this makes me think about the film called The Ice Storm. The film is set to the 60. Love your new lamps from Denmark.

    Here in Norway 50- and 60 teak furniture is very popular and many decorate in that style. Cant wait to see more photos from you home!

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  2. Love the cowhide rug Louise. Also can't wait to see the louvres...stroke of genius! Toni

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  3. can't believe they told you the house was a 'knock-down'!

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  4. Hi Louise, love your idea of Louvres. Living in Darwin (not by choice hubby in Army) most of the houses have louvres. They are so stylish and so practical. I can see it now during summer that gorgeous breeze coming through your home and then in winter, leaving them ajar a little to not let the rain and wind in. Great idea! Only my pet hate - cleaning them!
    Tina

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  5. Yay love a good reno post. I am currently decorating our apartment in a similar style and have just taken delivery of a silver Louis Poulsen light (replica) looks quite big so hopefully will fit nicely above our dining table as well!....yours look gorgeous, love a husband who can spot an ebay deal too...keep up the great work.

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  6. Love your place Louise - the light is just divine with all that glass. Love the colour of the new patio area. Are you going to paint the outside of your little work cabin ?

    India

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  7. Obsessed with mid century modern Louise and LOVE your house!! For your outdoor setting, I think that an Ikea Docksta with some repro panton chairs would look great. That's what I hope to do when I finally do-up my back yard. :)

    Or you could go with a cute striped umbrella? Not sure about the setting though.

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  8. I Love the progress on your house - your things fit so much better than the previous owners (who seemed to be fighting with the Architectural style, rather than embracing it. For one calling it "Retro"? Hello, Modernist!). Would the Terrazo tiles clean up with an light acid wash? Probably only 1/4 strength would do it.

    You'll love the Jetmaster - we had one in our last house, and will put another into our new one (currently under renovation). Flicking a switch on to have the warmth that a fire brings can't be beaten.

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  9. Fab colour choice with Dulux Pale Icelandish. We painted our pergola in this colour and it makes for such a happy vibe. Also, great idea to put lourves in instead of another sliding door. I can't stand it when there is not a distinct front door and you can walk straight into someones living room. feels odd.

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  10. LOVE the glass louvres idea and can't wait to see them in. We have cedar louvres in our ensuite bathroom - look lovely but, after 12 years, somewhat fragile and...breezy! Am wanting to replace with glass louvres - frosted though, for the neighbours' sake! Jetmaster - fire...no work...GENIUS! Annie x.

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  11. Looks like it is really coming together! How exciting is it seeing the renovations start to happen!

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  12. i love the direction you are going in..can't wait to see your louvered glass panels..and those pendant lights are just perfect..love the patio color too..when can we expect to see the full reveal?? thanks for sharing the progress..and hats off to your husband..have a lovely day, louise..do visit my blog when you have a moment..xx meenal

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  13. Louise,

    What can I say? I'm sooo envious of your home! It's lovely! I think the renovations are coming along perfectly and the house will be a perfect gem in no time! You're so lucky to have found such a gorgeous home! I can't wait to see more of these posts!

    Katie

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  14. For your outdoors the obvious choice is a couple of butterfly chairs with Jil coffee table from Tait in Melbourne. I love mine.

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  15. Looking great! Can't wait to see the louvres. I have them in my bedroom and love them. Cleaning them isn't so fun, but then when is cleaning windows fun?

    TDM xx

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  16. OMG. Less IS more!! You have saved that house from years of cluttered misery! Tee he

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  17. Looking great! Can't wait to see the louvres. I have them in my bedroom and love them. Cleaning them isn't so fun, but then when is cleaning windows fun?

    TDM xx

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  18. Louise,

    What can I say? I'm sooo envious of your home! It's lovely! I think the renovations are coming along perfectly and the house will be a perfect gem in no time! You're so lucky to have found such a gorgeous home! I can't wait to see more of these posts!

    Katie

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  19. i love the direction you are going in..can't wait to see your louvered glass panels..and those pendant lights are just perfect..love the patio color too..when can we expect to see the full reveal?? thanks for sharing the progress..and hats off to your husband..have a lovely day, louise..do visit my blog when you have a moment..xx meenal

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  20. LOVE the glass louvres idea and can't wait to see them in. We have cedar louvres in our ensuite bathroom - look lovely but, after 12 years, somewhat fragile and...breezy! Am wanting to replace with glass louvres - frosted though, for the neighbours' sake! Jetmaster - fire...no work...GENIUS! Annie x.

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  21. Fab colour choice with Dulux Pale Icelandish. We painted our pergola in this colour and it makes for such a happy vibe. Also, great idea to put lourves in instead of another sliding door. I can't stand it when there is not a distinct front door and you can walk straight into someones living room. feels odd.

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  22. I Love the progress on your house - your things fit so much better than the previous owners (who seemed to be fighting with the Architectural style, rather than embracing it. For one calling it "Retro"? Hello, Modernist!). Would the Terrazo tiles clean up with an light acid wash? Probably only 1/4 strength would do it.

    You'll love the Jetmaster - we had one in our last house, and will put another into our new one (currently under renovation). Flicking a switch on to have the warmth that a fire brings can't be beaten.

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  23. Yay love a good reno post. I am currently decorating our apartment in a similar style and have just taken delivery of a silver Louis Poulsen light (replica) looks quite big so hopefully will fit nicely above our dining table as well!....yours look gorgeous, love a husband who can spot an ebay deal too...keep up the great work.

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