Monday, August 20, 2012

House Progress II

For years I have pined after this Eames armchair. Initially I thought it would be a great way to commemorate the end of my thesis, but of course, we never lived in a place that could fit it!

On Saturday morning on my birthday, the Pal surprised me with the chair. Photos soon, but for now I thought you needed to appreciate it in a perfect picture. Just because, it is really a piece of art. He really is extraordinary - thank you Pal. And thank you for my delightful birthday wishes, lovely readers! I feel super excited and happy to be in a new decade!

So we're chuffing along on this house business. Two other cheap chairs arrived this week so we have gone from the House of No Chairs to the House of Some Chairs. Our lower backs are thanking us.

Still feels a little like we're squatting - and so many things are taking time to consider. A plain rug and busy chairs? A bright, colourful rug and plain chairs? Fun, ultimately, but the impatient Kate just wants it all done already.

To-do list: (I'll be posting this weekly as a personal reminder of where we're up to - please feel free to ignore or to play along). Obviously much of this will cost a lot, so we'll do it over time, starting with the most urgent.

-Get a new plug for the sink
-Line cupboards with non-adhesive mats
-Possibly get an eat-in table and chair or a centre butcher's block/workspace. (Going to wait a bit on this one)

Butler's Pantry
-Line shelves with non-adhesive mats
-Maybe get curtain to block the pantry from the kitchen? (or go crazy with a beaded curtain?) (Now think this is a ridiculous idea. What was I thinking?!)

-Put up shower curtain cotton liners
-Think about towel warmer/dryer? (Arrived! Toasty, toasty bathroom with dry towels).

-Get extension cord for towel dryer

-Buy a sideboard to house linen and to use as more bench space for the bathroom.
-Buy a washing basket
-Buy a clothes rack

-Maybe buy a plant for the sideboard when we have it. (Got one for my birthday! Thanks AB!)

-Buy a mirror for the sideboard
-Polish up sideboard (pictures soon)

-Buy a mattress
-Buy a bed base
-Buy new, darker curtains
-Buy wall hooks for the picture rails

-Buy a mirror for the back of the door
-Buy a rug

-Line drawers with paper liners

Dining Room/2nd Bedroom
-Research and buy an airbed and linen and guest towels
-Buy dining table (more on this later this week!)
-Buy dining chairs
-Buy rug (this is a lease condition)

-Placemats for hot things on dining table
-Polish up dining table

Lounge room
-Buy couch (ordered but not arrived)
-Buy coffee table
-Buy rug
-Buy a large plant - maybe a Fiddle Fig?

Study nook/Entraceway
-Buy small desk for this space
-Buy a chair/stool, too

-Buy a little lamp

-Buy a rug (runner style) - this is a lease condition

-Vacuum cleaner/Mop + bucket
-Sewing machine (eventually!)
-Braun kitchen blender/chopper


  1. Glad you passed on the beaded curtain Kate - I was getting worried! and I absolutely LOVE the Eames chair, you should be able to smell the envy from there!

  2. I think it must have been the paint fumes! Yes, that was an optimistic but plain silly idea :) Thanks for the Eames love - I, too, am beside myself with happy about it. Will post actual photos soon.

  3. I was actually all about the beaded curtain. My Grandad had one growing up and it rocked. I think you should reconsider.

  4. Oh my word! What a present! One of the things I'm gutted about when leaving this flat is that the Eames stays with it. Reading, note writing and tea drinking spots don't come any better.

  5. That is a LOVELY birthday present - nicely done. And I am sure your house is coming along. It'll get there, don't worry!


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