Thursday, April 2, 2015

pool cabana inspiration

It may be almost the end of summer in Sydney but we are in pool cabana design mode.  
We need the cabana for two reasons:

  • to provide shade when we are watching the kids swim in summer
  • to screen off a new neighbouring house which looms rather close to the fence
I have been dreaming of these Bali cabana's for ages, the gorgeous Alilas Villas Uluwata, and I think I have convinced Mr B that we should go in this direction.  Watch this space.  

My plan is to have the cabana lit at night for extra drama and a huge capiz shell or coconut bead chandelier.  So many ideas...

By the time we are done we will have a resort style pool area, and we will make next door's house totally disappear.  I just want it to happen tomorrow...but that would not be diy.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

bedroom credenza reveal...diy tips for making your own

My first piece of furniture, well I helped even if I can't claim I build this myself.  My fabulous hubby showed me how and I did a lot of sanding, prep and painting, but I was a bit nervous to do the drilling on such fine legs.  Even with my trusty kreg-jig I am not all that good at drilling straight.  With a lot of help, and a lot of spray paint (see technique tips below) the credenza went from a drawing to reality and I am delighted with it.  This won't be my last wood work project.
Wood work tips
For those who want to make their own the legs are 3x3cm of Tasmanian oak.  The top is 45 x 180cm laminated pine, and its stands 70cm high.  We used the kreg-jig to make the base and attach the top.  

The only problem with a kreg, and this is why I was nervous to join everything myself, is that even if your pieces are very square they are pulled slightly out of shape as you join them.  We found the best solution was to clamp the 4 pieces of each side of the frame together, before joining them.  You need a lot of clamps and patience, it doesn't take that long but it is a bit fiddly.
Spray painting tips
I used at least a can of spray paint more than I should have before I got my technique right.
Turns out I had the distance from the wood right, and I was spraying nice and steadily, but I was moving to fast.  This made the paint all spackely and rough, not the glossy finish I was going for.  

Slowing down the speed of my strokes a lot delivered a lovely glossy finish with no stripes or drips.  I sprayed across the width of the piece taking the spray right off the edge on each side to prevent pooling on the edges.
Hope that helps, this video helped me with technique the most.

Mr B also made the mirror which is my favourite piece in the room.  He cut small wooden "tiles" for the frame to create an effect something like bone furniture, actually I prefer it to the bone mirror we do have.  

If you do have the skills and patience you will be rewarded with big savings.  A similar table will set you back at least $400, ours cost $80 including wood and paint and took a day to build, and several days to paint properly.

Our room finally feels finished, for now of course.  It's never long before I start moving the furniture around again.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

bronze and blush inspiration

We all know bronze and gold are so hot right now, and pink is too, it seems to have been rebranded as blush this year but it's still pretty pink to me.  These lovely bits and pieces caught my eye this week.

I cannot trace the original source of this pretty image and I would love to see more of this room.  If anybody knows where it comes from please let me know.  I love the combination of the golds and pinks, it should be way to much but it's just so pretty.
From top left: amazing diy mirror by the ever innovative A Beautiful Mess, Dorwin bronze chair, George Hoy table, Heidi boot with brass details from Forever New, pink dipped vase by Country Road

Fabulous painting by Pat Passlof - Score for a Bird (1958)
These colours are just...sigh... so lovely

Friday, March 13, 2015

the original whiskey ball ...glam like Gatsby

I love love love my oversize ice ball mould from The Original Whisky Ball.  Today I am sharing how fabulous these giant ice balls look in the tipple they were planned for, whisky.  I am a whisky drinker myself and these ice balls have made the experience that much more glam.  If you are not a whisky drinker see how I made a gorgeous lemon slice ball for other drinks here.

The mould is easy to use, simply fill to water level mark on the side, pop in the freezer, and wait until its frozen.  I refill my mould every evening so that I have a supply on hand.

The fab thing is the ice ball melts quite slowly and doesn't dilute your drink as fast as several normal cubes would do.  And of course they just look totally fabulous.

It's so James Bond, and yes I know he was a martini drinker, but they hadn't invented these yet!  I am a convert, The Original Whisky Ball is officially my favourite product of the year so far, and a fabulous present for the guys and girls in your life that have it all.


The Original Whisky Ball supplied a mould for me to test, but as usual, all opinions are my own.  Images by Eva Burgess of Build House Home.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

cottage renovation...progress report

Around 6 months ago we bought a very ugly duckling in the Victorian countryside.  It's been hard work but its coming along.  
We are working on the bathroom and kitchen right now.  Lots and lots of paint needed, lots and lots.  Here are before and afters of the rooms so far in case you missed some of them.
The living room - bargain carpet and coffee table
The dining area - love that bench seat!


The girls bedroom - with dresser transformed with Annie Sloan paint



Main bedroom - just love this one

More coming soon - still so much to do!

Friday, March 6, 2015

target australia home...zesty colour

I am loving the homewares that Target has had the last few months and the new range is great.  Lots of colour and cool retro themed accessories at a really good price.  I know Miss E would love some marquee lights for her room but they have always been far to expensive.  I am loving the Target range at $40 a pop.  Lots of yellow and pink, and I love the turned candle holders dipped in grey and white, and I adore the vintage travel posters!  

Keep it up Target

This post was not sponsored

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lemon slice ice balls...with the original whiskey ball

I just love these giant round ice moulds from The Original Whiskey Ball, and they aren't just for whiskey lovers.  They are just gorgeous in your favourite non-alcoholic cocktail too.  Today I am sharing how I made these pretty lemon slice ice balls, just perfect for late summer drinks.

How to make your own lemon slice ice balls
  • Start by slicing two round lemon slices.
  • Using a sharp knife make a single cut to the center of each lemon slice.
  • Create a sphere shape by sliding the lemon slices together along the slice marks.  Easier to see in the pics below than to explain.
  • Place lemon sphere into the whiskey ball mould.
  • Close mould and fill with water to slightly below the mark on the side.
  • Pop in the freezer overnight.
  • Once the ice is frozen the silicon mould is soft and easy to remove.

They came out sooooo pretty!  I love the lemon stripes down the side of the ball, and they scented the lemon lime bitters I had made perfectly.  I shot these images on a day when it was 37 degrees in Sydney and these cool lemon scented drinks went down a treat!

Let me know your favourite ice combinations and enjoy!!  

The Original Whiskey Ball supplied a mould for me to test, but all opinions are as always my own.  All images by Eva Burgess of Build House Home

Friday, February 27, 2015

bean bags with style...inspiration

I have been shopping around for bean bags for a client and I know I would love to have these bean bags in my courtyard.  Easy to move when you mow the lawn, and super stylish.  But the price tags for these babies will set you back over $1000 a piece!  Helloooo!!!  Who has this kind of cash to spend on a bean bag!  I am thinking about making one...


Top and bottom right: Zoe chair by Verzelloni
Center and bottom left: Sail chair by Gan

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Build House Home on Instagram

I realised the other day that while I am becoming more and more obsessed with Instagram, there is no link to my feed on the blog!  Silly me, it will be fixed soon.  I am loving sharing pictures of little moments around the house and city, little projects or furniture moves that won't make it onto the blog because they are just to small, or lovely new things to dream about spotted out and about.

I would love you to join me on Instagram, and if you are not on Instagram yet you should be, its such fun!
Jump through to my feed here and make sure to follow me so you can see what happens behind the blog.  That's our gorgeous kitty Fender leaning against a cushion I made recently, he is very photogenic, he features a lot.