Before and After Inspiration

My husband and I both love a good transformation!

His favourite would be the kind you see on World’s Strictest Parent’s, Supernanny or Hoarders where someones life is changed for the better and they wake up to new ways of doing things.

I do love that too, it’s so great to see someone make changes for the better in their lives and it’s also great to see someone make a change for the better in their home. Which is, I believe, a change for the better in their lives.

Here a few great before and after pictures I found to help inspire you!

1. Before and After Kitchen.

A great kitchen revamp without getting a whole new kitchen.

Before & After Kitchen

See more at Design Sponge

2. Before and After Door

A very simple change that livens up this entry.

Door Before & After

Source: See That There

3. Before and After Bathroom

I especially love the tiles!

Bathroom BeforeBathroom After

Source: Amber Interiors

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Home Sweet Home Pt 2

So in my last post, which just so happened to be my first post, I showed the building development of our current little ‘granny flat’ home.

Well here it is with furniture & decor and with curtains and blinds installed.

I would love to change a few things (ie new couch & other dining chairs so its even more mismatched) but this is working with what I’ve got. And it’s home 🙂

Through my early twenties I was very into sleek simple modern & contemporary styles but over the years this has evolved into an eclectic mix of this with vintage/country/rustic/provincial. I also like red… can you tell??

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The bookcase below was found on the side of the road in hard rubbish collection. I painted it white, and grey on the back panel. The shelves are fixed so this proved an interesting task using a lot of masking tape. I just wish I’d taken before and after photos, but didn’t know I was going to blog about it then! The damask dining chair covers & whitewash cupboard where also DIY projects, done by my mum, and I wish I had before shots of those too.

My Home 1

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I’ll tell you more about the kitchen some other time.

Home Sweet Home Pt 1

I thought it would be best to start with more about me and my current home.

I’m from Adelaide, Australia and I’m currently studying (almost finished) an interior design course.

I want to use this blog for interior design inspiration – styles I love, projects I’ve worked on and my own home.

My husband and I got married in December 2010 and on returning from our honeymoon, we headed to a rental property. It was great rent and a large house, a great first home – I’ll show you a few photos another time.

Just over a year ago we moved out to house sit for my parent’s in law for 6 months while they were overseas.. which meant no rent to pay woohoo! But trying to find a new place to rent after this time and get a deal as good as we had, was not looking good.

So my parents in law gave us another great opportunity! They rebuilt their old garage, which had been used as a bedroom for some time, and turned it into a living space for us, complete with kitchen and bathroom! Our bedroom is in the main house but with a back door and very close to our ‘granny flat.’

This is giving us the opportunity to save what would be our rent money, for a house deposit. So hopefully in the not to distant future I’ll be showing you pictures of our very own home but for now this is the closest thing. I got to be involved in choosing paint colours and designing the Ikea kitchen as well as a few other bits and pieces which was great fun!

So 2 days before Christmas 2012 we finally moved in (after months of builder’s promises that it would be ready sooner).

Here’s our pictures of the building progress. Unfortunately I can’t find a proper before picture, although I was sure I took some.

Framework going up, walls being changed & windows going in.Part 1 - framework etc (4) Part 1 - framework etc (7)

Plasterboard up.. looking better already!Part 2 - Walls (2)

Just needs a few coats of paint.Part 3 - Painting & bathroom tiles (1)

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The Ikea kitchen being assembled.Photo 24-11-12 11 22 10 PM

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Next post I’ll show you how it looks now, all moved in and decorated.