Sometimes, I just get so caught up enjoying what's going on in 'real life' that I forget to check in online. I'm not going to apologise for that - it's a good thing!
The two main things that have been occupying my world lately are two things that I have been looking forward to for years - we bought our first home, and adopted a dog. Yay! Life is good.
Our place is a pretty typical 50s/60s era 2 bedroom apartment in a small brick building. They're very common in this part of Sydney. The point of difference that I love about our place is all the beautiful natural light. Our part of the building kind of sticks out from the stairwell so we have no common walls which means lots and lots of windows! It's beautiful.
My favourite room is the living room because it's also our library! We're total book collecting nerds so for this place, we gave away or repurposed all our old mismatched bookshelves and got matching low white shelves to line the walls in the living room and hallway. After lots of Pinterest research on how to make Billy bookshelves look like built-ins, nothing seemed quite like what I wanted so we came up with our own solution (keep in mind our shipment hasn't arrived from Manila yet, so the bookshelves are only half-full and there's a big space where the TV will go).
My dad and I made wooden countertops to fit to the tops of the shelves that wrapped around the front and sides. My mum stained them to make them fit in with our other wooden furniture. Everyone who comes over asks if they were already here when we bought the place, so I guess my goal of making the shelves look built in was achieved! Also visible in the above photo, we installed Artracks around the living room so that I can hang artwork and change things around as often as I like. I'm enjoying playing curator in my little private library gallery.
Another little DIY was this side table/magazine rack thing. It was a cheap impulse buy at an antiques centre a few years ago. It's always sat in the corner in various apartments because we've never really had a use for it. We started using it as a coffee table in this place and I fell in love with it all over again, but it just didn't go with the room. So, spray paint + leftover wood + leftover stain = new coffee table!
I've also been planning to re-cover our old couch for a long time, and getting it out of storage really confirmed how old and faded the upholstry was. It's still a really comfy couch, so I bought some nice textured green fabric and made new covers. I love how it looks now. Our dog is a big fan too.
Speaking of our dog, meet Teddy! He's a four year old mix of... something that we got from Sydney Animal Second Chance. Our best guesses at his breed so far have been Glen of Imaal Terrier/Silky Terrier, with maybe some Corgi or Shetland Sheepdog thrown in. Ok, clearly we have no idea what he is. But isn't he cute?!
He follows me around all day and sleeps under the work table when I'm working. He's very well behaved and housetrained but we don't think anyone ever played with him as he doesnt seem to get the point of most games. So we've been having lots of fun trying to teach him how to play!