Category Archives: furnishings

Bits and Bobs

We have been finalising and buying lots of bits and pieces:

  • Variation for the tiles – natural (marble and limestone) cost more to lay than ceramic tiles.
  • Variation for screening on the verandah (a mistake on the engineering report has our deck looking into the neighbours house, so a screen is required).
  • More lights – swivel spotlights for the walk in robe and pantry (Ikea), outdoor spotlights.
  • Shelf for the shower in the bathroom (Metric Tile).
  • Returning the tallboy we ordered for the bathroom – we must have miscalculated as it doesn’t fit!
  • Walk in robe order – a custom designed Elfa solution from Howard’s Storage World.
  • Furnishing bought for Oscar’s Star Wars room – new doonah (to fit the european star wars cover), desk lamp (metalic and star wars-ish) and bedside table (it looks a bit like those walking fighter thingies!) from Ikea.
  • Floor protectors for under the desks (Ikea).
  • Globes – lots of them!
  • Connecting the electricity (this task finally pushed me to tears!).  Are there no electricity companies that know their processes for connecting a new property?
  • Confirmed solar panel installation.

Oscar came to Ikea with me and enjoyed the shopping, but he is a bit over being dragged out shopping and to the house!

Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3



The Star Wars Room

Oscar’s room is going to have a Star Wars theme.  He is mad for Star Wars at the moment, having recently discovered the cartoon of Clone Wars.  We have also just finished watching the original trilogy (episodes 4 – 6) with him.

He wants a black room (not happening – but possibly black curtains), a light saber as a light, and pictures on the walls.  It’s taken a while, and a lot of internet surfing, but I finally have all I need.

I found removable wall stickers from Stuck Up Kids:

Giant Obi-Wan Kenobi removable wall sticker
Giant Obi-Wan Kenobi removable wall sticker (Image from Stuck Up Kids)
Clone wars removable wall stickers
Clone wars removable wall stickers (Image from Stuck Up Kids)

a doona with both the original and new Star Wars characters on eBay:

Reversible STAR WARS Double - Queen Duvet / Doona / Bedding cover set
Reversible STAR WARS Double – Queen Duvet / Doona / Bedding cover set (Image from eBay)

and a light saber light on Amazon:

Uncle Milton Star Wars Remote Control Lightsaber Room Light - Obi-Wan
Uncle Milton Star Wars Remote Control Lightsaber Room Light – Obi-Wan (Image from Amazon)

We are still working on the wall colour (for the feature wall), so far today it has been red, blue and now green.  I like the green.

Zuni (Image from Dulux)

Roof Complete, Cladding Starting (plus lots more)

It’s all still progressing at a great rate of knots:

  • The roof was completed last week,
  • The hot water panels were installed while the scaffolding was up,
  • The deck has been completed, with the exception of a lot of screws (this is not part of the Harkaway package and is being supplied by our builder),
  • The painter started painting the gables but didn’t finish before the scaffolding came down (I assume it will have to go back up for him to finish),
  • The front and side verandahs have progressed, but are not quite finished yet,
  • The vents for the ducted heating system have been marked out,
  • The scaffolding came down today, and
  • The insulation has started to go up in preparation for the cladding.


We had to have one of the heating vents relocated; it had been placed inside the main bedroom box window, where I plan to put a lovely relaxing armchair and ottoman for curling up and reading.  It can go on the other side of the room, or in one of the corners.  We discovered this by accident, so it is a good thing we are frequently out on site.

The solar hot water panels went up, but they didn’t fit on the left (east) side of the north-facing roof, so were installed on the other side instead.  This is where we had planned to put the solar electricity panels.  Hopefully we can have some placed there and some on the west side.

On the inside of the house we have made some small changes:

  • Exhaust fans to go into the Butler’s Pantry and the Laundry, and
  • The space above the return air vent (for the ducted heating) to have shelving built into it.

We haven’t heard back from the cabinet maker on final designs and costs yet.

We have been re-doing our research on the bamboo flooring that we want to use; making sure that the brand we looked at 2 years ago is still suitable.

Oscar has been helping me plan his Star Wars room, and I have been scouring the internet for Clone Wars wall decals, light saber lights, bedding and more.

Finally, as a celebration of sorts, hubby had a Topping Out for the house – holding a branch above the highest point, to appease the spirits of the trees that were sacrificed to build it.  (This is what happens when you watch too much Grand Designs!)

Topping Out Ceremony
Topping Out Ceremony