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Our Earth Hour

Yesterday (29 March 2008) was Earth Hour, it was fantastic for so many countries to participate this year. You can check out photos around the world here.

J and I spent Earth Hour enjoying a candlelight dinner, using our new placemats and candle holder. The meal was pretty good too!

Earth Hour dinner

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First of all, I know I haven’t been posting as frequently as I used to. I guess there are not as many new things to talk about. Also, I’ve been working 12-hour days last week so I wasn’t up to writing blog entries by the time I got home.

Earlier this week, we ordered the buffet from the same furntiure store that made the dining table. It should arrive in another 4 – 6 weeks.

Also, the cushion covers that we ordered from estaki were delivered yesterday. We took no time in using them (in fact, I’m leaning on one cushion and the laptop is sitting on another as I type). They are fantastic and we’re really happy with them.

Have a look for yourself!

Cushions 1

Cushions 2

Cushions 3

Cushions 4

The last cushion is for the study, but the room is still too messy for photos.

Thank you so much estaki! You have done such a great job and we are very grateful ๐Ÿ˜€

And here’s a photo of the magazine rack we bought from Ozdesign, the very same one that liddylu have in her photoshopped pictures of the living room. It’s sitting in the same spot too!

Magazine rack

Last but not least, we ordered a canvas print of a photo from our wedding (lovely gift from my brother, thanks B!). It’s at Mr Curious’ office right now and we’ll pick it up tomorrow.

Things are slowly coming together. We just have to start on unpacking the boxes in the study …

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A little DIY

I hope you had a wonderful Easter break.

J and I took it easy this long weekend – we visited family and friends, and finished the LOTR trilogy on DVD (using our “mini cinema” of course!).

We got around to some housework today, I folded what felt like mountains of clothes, and J had fun with a little DIY.

The previous owner had timber blinds in all rooms except the study and the spare room, where they had holland blinds + chiffon curtains. Regular readers of this blog would know that is NOT our style. To refresh your memory, this was what they had.

spare.jpg

The curtains were removed during the paint job but the holland blinds were still there when we moved in.

blinds before

We were planning to buy dark-coloured timber blinds to match the ones in the other rooms, but ended up buying white timber blinds. J thought it was a better idea as both rooms have a light colour scheme.

After a lot of sweat and a cut on the finger, the new blinds are up.

blinds after 1

blinds after 2

I’d love to post more photos of the study. Unfortunately it is still in a mess. I hope we will get around to tidying that up soon.

J is actually thinking about replacing the timber blinds in the living room and master bedroom with white ones. What do you think?

P.S. J also bought an AV receiver and HD PVR during the weekend and is hooking them all up at the moment. Maybe he’ll write another blokey post soon.

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Happy news – our dining tables and chairs have arrived! J played a trick on me and sent me an SMS saying that “something came up” for the store owner, but when I got home the table and chairs are all set up!

To be honest I’m glad I wasn’t there because it took them 1.5 hours to set everything up (the table didn’t fit into the lift of course).

So, without further ado, behold the new dining room!

You can compare the final product with the sketches.

Dining table 1

Dining table 3

Dining table 2

Here’s a close-up of the dining chair.

Dining chair

To celebrate, I had leftover beef stew and a Coke Zero (with the Mario coaster) for dinner. ๐Ÿ˜€

First dinner

The colour of the table works really well with the orange feature wall. The table looks contemporary but still has a lot of character, and the chairs are comfy! J and I are very happy with how they turned out. :mrgreen:

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5000+ posts

Thank you for your support to this blog – I never thought there will be over 5,000 hits in less than 2 months. It has been a lot of fun sharing this journey with you all. ๐Ÿ˜€

From a design/decoration point of view, we are in a bit of a lull. The dining table is supposed to be delivered tonight (Monday) – they will confirm during the day. We’re also waiting for the red occasional chair, it’s scheduled to be delivered in late March. We have a few ideas with decoration and storage but haven’t decided on anything yet.

We did picked up a few things from my parents’ place – homeware gifts that we received but didn’t have the space to use in our old apartment.

Here’s part of a crockery and tea set from J’s mum.

Crockery and tea set

And these are 2 lovely wedding gifts from Paul and Yolanda.

Georg Jensen decanter

Georg Jensen candleholder

I’m looking forward to putting all these items into good use in the coming week (especially the decanter!). ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy birthday to me

OK, this has nothing to do with the new place.

It’s my birthday today and I’m taking the day off work ๐Ÿ˜€

Birthdayย cupcake

My muscles are in pain after my personal training session yesterday, I may try to book for a massage for this afternoon.

J is taking me out to dinner tonight, I wonder where?

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This post is a bit overdue … I was going to write about this 2 weeks ago, I guess it’s better late than never! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The previous owner installed typical oyster lights. There were quite a few of them around…

Old oyster lights

I never liked them because they look a bit old fashioned, and I find it difficult to remove the “shell” when it’s time to change a light bulb. So we decided to change the whole lot.

Initially we were going to get spotlight. I had my reservations because halogen lights use up a lot of electricity, however you can now buy energy efficient ones such as these.

Spotlights

We were pretty keen on this idea until we spoke to the electrician. He said that as our ceiling is concrete, we would need a drop ceiling to install spotlights. Given the number of lights we needed to replace, spotlights were out of the question.

After a bit of research, we decided that square flush mounts would work best. We window-shopped a fair bit and came across many designs.

Flush mount lights 1

Flush mount lights 2

We didn’t think about it at the time, but the electrician wasn’t impressed when he saw the square lights, because he had to line them up properly. And it was a time consuming exercise, it took him almost 10 hours to install the base of 10 new lights with our help! He had a good whinge about the wiring as well…

But even he was impressed when he saw the finished product.

New lights 1

New lights 2

Here’s an extreme close up:

New lights 3

Truth be told, we only installed some of the lights earlier tonight. The frosted glass required 2 people to install and we only had 1 ladder from one of our neighbours. We were going to buy another one from Bunnings today but we ran into another neighbour and he lent another one to us. It took 1.5 hours to install 4 lights (they were very fiddly). We’ll get on to the rest tomorrow night.

I think it is all worth it. I’m really happy with the look. They are fluorescent lights, i.e. more energy efficient, and the lights are whiter which I prefer.

What do you think?

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