Sunday, 11 September 2016

New couches

How nice is it to have our weekends back! Problem is, it doesn't give me much to blog about. We actually found ourselves feeling lost and not knowing what to do. As soon as I sat down to watch some footy, I felt guilty that I should be doing something on the house. It was a strange feeling.

On Saturday morning we went couch shopping.

In fact, last weekend we visited Pottery Barn and feel in love with a couch there called the Pearce sectional in Silver.
So it was an L-shaped couch and had lots of space and lovely material and very comfy. Here is the picture from their website.
However the price was the scary part. It was retailing at $6354. Holy Moly. Imagine if the kids split something or the future dog ripped it. Eeek! Then a few days later, Pottery Barn advertised a 20% off sale. Taking it down  to around $5084. Still lots of money but a bit better.

Then I did some research online and came up with this problem.
How To Fix Smashed Couch Cushions
Honey we're home
She showed her Pearce sectional and how the back cushions get mushed up and apparently only after a few months. Well..... this changed things. This would drive me crazy!!! And when you spend that much money you don't want to regret it.

So, we did a bit of looking online and in-store. I quite liked the Plush Sofas. My brother in law just ordered a Colt sectional as they have a 50% off sale at the moment. I really liked it but wasn't completely sold.

Then we ventured to Freedom at DFO in Essendon on Saturday. I currently have a Freedom sofa that Dad bought for me for my 21st Birthday (so about 17 years old now)...
Old Freedom couch.
...and it still is in great condition. The current trend in sofas is mid-century modern, which really isn't our thing. We had a very helpful sales lady called Sabrina and after describing our space to her she helped us realised that we would be better off getting two plain 3 seater sofas. We were about to try looking in the other shops at DFO when I spied this beauty out of the corner of my eye.

2 seater Grand Lodge at the top and 3 seater Grand Lodge at the bottom. Freedom Furniture.
The name is the Grand Lodge (I also loved the name as it kinda matched my style). Then... I sat on it. O.M.G. It was the most comfy thing ever!!!!  The back is a bit higher than the rest so it supports your neck and head. The seat isn't too deep, so you don't feel like you have to lean back. And the seat cushion was such that it supported your bum and lower back. It has nice wide and strong arms. And for a 3 seaters, it actually have 3 cushions (I don't like 3 seaters that only look like they have 2 seats, like my current couch does). It only comes in 3 fabrics (but also in leather.. mmmm nice) and we are getting it in a colour called "Colt Navy" which if you can imagine would be a light grey-bluish version of the one pictured.

Here it is on the webpage.
Grand Lodge 3 seat sofa- Freedom
The price is RRP $1899 but if you join the My Freedom club you get it for $1614.15. So we got two and they will be made overseas and be here in 8 weeks. If any sales appear during that 8 weeks, we can get the price adjusted, so fingers crossed that there is a big sale.

So that is kind of exciting and cool.

As for the old couch, that will go upstairs in the kids playroom and be used for sleepovers as it is pretty big once you take off the back cushions.

Hope everyone has a great week and Go Bulldogs!

Cheers,
Nat

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Final Inspection

When we last left off, I mentioned that we were about to have the final building inspection. The good news is that we passed. So officially we are done!!

Since this news, we have really taken it easy and haven't done a thing on the house. Even went for a day trip with the kids on Saturday for the first time in ages. It has been so nice and we are feeling so relaxed.

We started to tidy up the garden on Sunday because the weather was amazing. I pruned all the roses and we cleared the front porch. I do need to get a new doormat now as the old one is filter with years of building dust in it.

Speaking of doormats.... I picked up this cutie today for inside the laundry door.
We still need to wait for the cabinetry (they are saying November now) but we are delaying the kitchen cabinets until we save up some money to replace all the doors at the same time.

Cheers,
Nat
 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Return of the kitchen benchtop

Hello, it is going to be another warm day today, albeit very windy. Good for washing the dust off the winter blankets.

So, last post I mentioned that we put the kitchen benchtop back on. Here she is:


You have no idea how brilliant it is to have work space again. That old door was just impossible to keep clean, let alone cut anything on.

When we redo the kitchen, this benchtop will be made smaller, because you can see that it is too long the get past on each side. So we will lose 2 stools but by that time we will have a dining table (hopefully).

The plan is still to get the final inspection done on Monday. I have chased up all the compliance certificates and they are ready to show.

It seems so long ago that we were chasing up the startup paperwork. So much better to be doing the final paperwork!!!!

Cheers,
Nat