Saturday, April 24, 2010


Nothing beats fresh flowers for instant colour, bringing with it a lovely homely feel! These were a present from a girlfriend to the house who was visiting for the first time. They were all buds last week, but have opened up beautifully and lasted really well!

Not too much has been happening apart from signing a quote for 17 white plantation shutters. A proper check measure will be happening at some stage shortly, then a 6-8 week wait for installation. Looks like I'll be living with paper redi-shades for just a while longer!

I opened another box today and Hubby put up our wedding photos in the dining room ( which still doesn't really look like a dining room as we don't have a table or chairs yet!). Sorry, faces blanked out for privacy reasons...

I wanted the frames to be in the middle of the wall, and they don't quite suit with this sized table, but chances are, once we get our dining suite the table won't stay but be moved somewhere else. But at least the wall doesn't look so blank anymore!

I've been shopping recently, too. I had to order 2 double door matts in a Fleur de lys design, so I picked those up last week. One for the deck and the other for the front door...although I need to wait until the front fence and driveway are done before it will be on show. I also found the most gorgeous silver armillary sphere/globe, but might have to wait until I have sold another butterfly specimen case before I go and treat myself to it. I happened to spot another for a third the price, but it was an iron colour, and the silver would look soo much nicer...(damn that expensive taste!)

My bargains for the week included 3 T-towels for $12 at Bed Bath N' Table:

...and another sheet of wrapping paper I plan on cutting up and framing for the lounge room wall beside the large window:

I'm unsure yet as to have one or two frames beside each window, and whether or not to divide the paper so I have 4 small pictures per frame. Yet another thing to think about that will have to wait until I have the plantations in! The blue in the paper will add nicely to the other blue touches in the room, including my blue ottoman still in the planning stages!

Last, but not least, I have been slowly 'renovating' this bedside table I picked up a couple of years ago for $5 at the Flinders market:

The old paint on it was shocking, and looked as though it had been mixed with sand it was so rough. Lots of sanding, plugging the holes from the old knobs and several coats of paint (white enamel from a spray can!), it's looking sooo much better! I should have it finished on Monday and in it's new home.


Annie@A View On Design said...

that's not a bad price for 3 tea towels at BB&T. My "melb names" tea towel from BB&T the Works, Hawthorn, cost me $25 - for one!

Helena said...

Dear Stormy Girl,

Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog and my home! This blog universe is so fabulous, isn't it? With no geographical distance too big, no volcanic ash any obstacle, we can travel across the globe and meet up with people who share an interest in interior decoration.

I have just browsed your lovely blog and completely fallen in love with your "bus destination blind", your large clock and your absolutely stunning butterfly frames - you certainly are a talented lady! I think I might just have to try to make something similar for myself one day... even though it will probably not look anywhere near as professional as yours!

Lots of love, and I look forward to popping in again to see how your house grows into a home.

Helena, The Swenglish Home

stormygirl said...

Hi Annie, I've seen those ones and was sooo tempted, but didn't like the price...although it is linen? Mine are only cotton, and I don't expect it to last terribly long!

Thankyou for your kind words, Helena! Since disovering your blog a few days ago I always look forward to your updates. There is something about the English/French/Danish and Swedish style that is so beautiful. Your home is gorgeous!!

Annie@A View On Design said...

linen? who cares! wish I got yours!!! (whose the duffa!)

btw, you should send those wedding pics back, you can't see your faces! hehe

B is building a house said...
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stormygirl said...

Hi B,

Sorry for the late reply, I've only just noticed your comment. The plantations I ordered through Timbershades here in Moorabbin. They also have offices in Sydney and QLD, but not Adelaide.