Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays

I am signing off for 3 weeks while the Loveridges take a well needed holiday with family in Perth, Western Australia. It will be hot but Perth has quite nice beaches. Ahem.

Cottesloe Beach - our all time favorite Perth beach

2011 has been a big year for our family and we are looking forward to getting on that plane today.

I had been a stay at home mother for 7 years before starting Annie Loveridge Interiors. In my previous life I worked in banking (shudder). This has been my first full year operating my business and still trying to be a stay at home mum. Balls have dropped. Everywhere.

But you know, it's also been fun. Thank you to all the wonderful friends I've met this year. Thank you for your comments. Thank you for your support.

I am absolutely flattered by some Liebster Awards from some fellow bloggers I really respect. Thank you and sorry I haven't responded properly. Yet. I promise to do so when I'm back mid January and treat them with due respect.

I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. Eat, drink and be very merry.  Have fun and relax.  Be with good friends and family.  Enjoy. Annie x.

Cottesloe Beach image from here

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Just In Time...

You have to love the upholsterer who calls on December 21 to say "the elves have finished their work. Can we deliver tomorrow please?"
Ta dah...

This is one of those brown leather (vinyl???) chairs seen in most houses sometime over the last 15 years. Now I am definitely not the clever crafty type, but even I can pull one of those things apart.
Willingly in fact.

So one Sunday afternoon and some white paint later we have, well, a chair with white legs.
Enter some China Seas Seya and I think it looks rather nice.

This chair is going into my 8 year old daughter's room, to be used at her desk.
Drawing, not homework, apparently.

I am so happy with my her fabric choice. It's fun for an 8 year old, will grow up with her and most importantly, has red and orange in it, which she loves. Together.
This was the inspiration:

We have used a similar blue as those chairs, in her blinds. I'll post some photos of her room in the New Year. When I've made her bed...

All images my own except for 5 from here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


We are getting ready to fly out for 3 weeks so I am the baddest blogger in Blogland. Sorry.
I had to share this ridiculous-ness with you though...

Yes, the pooch went for a 'grooming' and came out looking like a rat with this on his head:

The girls think it is so funny. Poor dog. He's going into his kennel tomorrow so I must remove his decoration beforehand or he's in for a tough old time.

I feel like I should be carrying him around in my handbag and wearing Juicy gear.

I hope you're all having a lovely pre Christmas week. It's like're either a crammer or you work hard all year.
Cramming always worked for me. Annie x.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I have been a bad blogger this week - sorry.
3 shared lunches (only 2 children???), School Christmas BBQ cancelled due to rain (Grinch like, but good), Christmas Parade (full fancy dress required) transferred to Friday morning due to BBQ cancellation (not so good), final school assembly (1.5 hours...bring cushion), teachers' presents (finished wrapping, 11.15pm last night - final batch of baking had to be cooled in the refrigerator so it could be wrapped). Clients' gifts sorted, Post Office queues endured to send presents to family in the UK.

Every year I say I'll be better organised next, I don't think I will either!

So here's some pretty pictures, from the Quadrille archives that remind me why I LOVE being a very small part of the Quadrille family.

Pretty, calm and quite fabulous I think.
The green wallpaper and curtains are Aqua II from China Seas via Martha Stewart Living, which comes in some beautiful colours.

Wherever you are have a very happy weekend. Take care - there are some crazy people out there this time of year. Not me of course x.

Image 1 from here; 2 & 3 from here; 4 from here; 5 from here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Some Calm...

...amidst the pre Christmas craziness, Ivy and Piper's December 2011/ January 2012 (argh) Issue is here and what a picture of calm the cover is.

How pretty is that?

I am having blinds fitted in our bedroom, the guest room and play room today. I have discovered in the last few days that whilst blinds are a fabulous way to display fabric and infuse colour into a room, they are also very good for keeping out the morning sunrise. We have had a quilt hanging on our window since last Tuesday and I think the neighbours are wondering who the new riff raff is!

Boxes are being emptied and a sense of calm being restored to our family. We had 15 people over for lunch on Sunday and this house worked really well for entertaining. It has very good Kiwi "indoor/outdoor flow"!

I am off to look at what lies beyond that beautiful cover. Melanie and Elizabeth just keep surprising with their beautiful mix of fabulous design and down to earth, real approach. Their magazine always feels very 'kind' and puts a smile on my face. Thank you both x.

Image from here.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Saying Goodbye

I really didn't have serious seller's remorse about leaving this house....well, not until I had to leave.
The location is fabulous but the house itself is awkward - a large house with only 2 proper bedrooms.
I am however a sop at goodbyes. Airports make me feel ill and I can torture myself with guilt saying goodbye to people, and dare I say, some things even! Hoarder? Me? Oh yeah...

Aren't houses so different when they're empty? Clean and tidy, yes, but some look better furnished, some better empty. The house we have just moved into looks forlorn empty but homely furnished. This house is the opposite - awkward to furnish but quite grand empty. Well, that's what I thought anyway.

So goodbye home and I hope your new owners enjoy you. I took some photos, revelling in how clean and tidy it looked without 'life' going on inside it!

The 'thing' I am most attached to is this silly door. It is a pivot door which tricks people into thinking it's a wall, and leads to the girls' bedrooms downstairs. "Attached" because of the memories of every time the girls had friends over they raced to it and asked their guest if it was a door or a wall. They named it 'The Secret Door'.

It was really quite obstructive and annoying but the memories are sweet all the same!

The stairs behind the glass wall lead (upstairs) to the master bedroom, study and ensuite bathroom and the 'secret door' leads downstairs to the girls' rooms.

I say girls' "rooms" but this was actually one big 'U' shaped space where we had the girls crammed neatly tucked into the two tips of the 'U' and a playroom area along the base. They are 7 and 8 and they loved it, although it wouldn't contain them forever.

Their rooms lead out to the back garden, although this photo is taken from the deck off from the living rooms.

Upstairs is the master bedroom with a beautiful outlook. I really will miss waking up to this view.

Looking from the master bedroom, through the study to the ensuite bathroom. My happiest moment - the light that flooded the bathroom when we replaced the old cedar louvres with frosted glass. Gaining natural light into a home is possibly my favourite design feature. You just can't beat it.

So my last look out the front door...

It's always sad leaving a home isn't it? It's not so much the structure but the memories that we create when we live within those walls. Hopefully we'll create some happy ones in our new home.

All images my own.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Our Renovation - Skylights & Floorboards

I am hiding behind the monitor, in denial of the packing team about to knock at our door. Argh!
I meant to get some pics of the skylights on Friday but was distracted by a disaster of the decorating kind...not so much a disaster in world terms then, but more an issue.
More on that later...
So here is the living room, with light... 

It's hard to convey via photos the difference in light flooding this area compared to before - with the pine ceiling and lack of windows - but it feels like a different space.

I haven't got a finished photo of the kitchen skylight, but here's the kitchen before...

and with skylight installed, just!

Mmmm, this would be a good time to mention that all those nasty light fittings will be dealt to with later.

Lily's room is small, so I've tried to add some height at least with a skylight with an automated blind. She will have hours of fun playing with that! This was one sad little room before and took a lot of 'selling in'. 

It's all looking rather bare with all that white paint, but there's some beautiful blinds on their way.

See that carpet? Truly awful, I know! That's what threw me on Friday and is being 'rectified' as I write. I'll share the whole sad story when I have some prettier pics to prove I have some taste!

Bruce the floor man has done the most amazing job on the floors. Again, photos don't do his work justice, but the difference is fantastic.

Hard to believe we'll be in there tomorrow - especially when I look around where the bomb must have exploded here!

I hope you all have a very Happy Monday. Annie x.

All images my own.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Our Renovation - Work In Progress

I know I promised some photos of the Velux windows yesterday. Well, I've just been over to the house and totally forgot to get photos of the finished goods! So here is a pic of the living room as of yesterday morning...

I will try to remember to get some better photos over the weekend. Needless to say I think that even in this state, it's an improvement on this:

Sorry for the short posts but I'm starting to P-A-N-I-C about the movers rocking up at our door...8.30am Monday morning. I think it's fair to say my posts will be even more erratic, if anything at all, next week, so I wish you all a very happy weekend, and possibly week ahead. Annie x.

Images my own.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

First Day Of Summer

Yes, it's here. Yippee!
So I thought I would celebrate by purchasing suggesting my Christmas present.
Ta dah...

I am no good at putting things together so tend to buy 'outfits' when I see them. That dress + those shoes = Merry Christmas to me.

Short and sweet sorry - tomorrow I'll post some pics of the Velux windows. Also making me very happy x.

Dress from here; shoes from here.