While Metricon is slowly getting our development application ready for council submission, I’ve decided to take a different approach to how I handle the inevitable lull periods in the project. Rather than let my irritation and frustrations get the better of me I’ve resolved to take a leaf out of a fellow house builder’s books. Johanne’s blog post on “patience and building” resonated and it’s given me a new perspective on the journey to our dream home. Thank you Johanne for inspiring me to stop whinging about how long it takes to build šŸ˜€

So, to keep miss impatient away from rearing her ugly head I need a distraction or two – house related of course.


Well, there’s the obvious distraction aka Pinterest. As I have only recently discovered the joys of this online virtual scrap booking tool, Pinterest has been a favourite time waster of mine. I have built up a good collection of beautiful images I intend to use as inspiration for the interior design of our home. It definitely came in handy during the initial landscape concept planning. I simply showed Emily my garden and outdoor room boards and voila she got my drift instantly. Easy peasy!

Whilst I think Pinterest is an amazing source of inspirations for fine tuning the overall style, look and feel of our home, I’ve been itching to get started on planning the nitty gritty of the individual room designs. A tad premature I know.

So, I’ve been searching cyberspace for an online mood board creator to help me with the fun job of selecting the furniture, colours and finishing touches for each room. Enter Polyvore.Ā It’s a simple, free to use virtual styling tool that let’s users mix and match a wide range of interior design and fashion products to create image collages called ‘sets’. It’s a one-stop shop for everything. You simply browse hundreds of products filtered by categories then just add the itemĀ that tickles your fancy until you are happy with the set. The added bonus of Polyvore is it tells you exactly where you can buy the products you selected. What a great idea!

Here’s my first attempt onĀ polyvore.


Mood board for the Family Room sans TV to be wall mounted

Detailing – The Girls’ Bedrooms

So, I’ve always had a love affair with building and renovating shows. Grand Designs, Property Ladder, Selling Houses, The Block, House Rules…you name it. I love ’em all! I’ve even harboured a secret desire to try out for one of these shows but being the least DIY person in the world, I know I just won’t cut it. So, better to settle for being an armchair critic or better yet focus on concept designing the interiors for our own build!

And that’s exactly what’s been keeping me up late at night. I have a growing collection of images and designs that inspire me and keep my enthusiasm for the project burning. Understandably our little darlings’ excitement for the build is well and truly over. So, lately I’ve tried to get our girls more involved with the build by sharing my ideas and vision for their bedrooms.

Our twelvie is a budding fashionista and already has an impressive shoe collection to make Imelda Marcos proud! One of the modifications we made at contract stage was to convert a massive void in her bedroom into a shoe closet. Suffice it to say she gave that mod a royal thumb’s up! Here’s a couple of our ideas for her room…a mural of palm trees as a bed head and a custom made window seat to soak in the glorious northern sun.


Little miss C would love to have a cool hanging egg chair like the one Candy and Ryan used in their games room on House Rules. She’s super excited about having a walk-in-robe and she just loves reminding her big sis that she only has a built-in-robe. Of course, twelvie’s room is much bigger and she’s definitely not lacking in closet space! I’m in two minds on the colour scheme for her bedroom. I think she may have outgrown the girly pink stage and a more subdued colour palette may be more appropriate. First world problems I know!


And hereĀ are some of my vision for little miss A…I’d love for her bedroom to be fun with a splash of colour and one wall painted in chalkboard paint for her to unleash her creative flair as she loves to paint!