LANA'S KILLER BEFORE + AFTER GALLERY

 
 

By Lana

Raise your hand if you don't LURVE a good before + after? Yep, just what I thought ;-) I know that you guys love them because they're our most popular posts on Insta and Facebook so now we've pulled together a gallery from my Forever Home renovation for your viewing pleasure. Check it out below and please let us know in the comments section below which space was your favourite transformation xo


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P.S - our mates at Woodcut Flooring have extended their 10% off discount for our Three Birds family. Lana went with the Pearl White European Oak and she loves it!

When you contact them tell them Lana from Three Birds sent you to redeem your discount. 

 
 

LANA'S POOL REBOOTED

 
 

By Lana

For those of you that have been following us for a while, you’ll know the journey of my “forever home” renov began two years ago when we installed a whopping big fibreglass pool.  Back then, I had no idea that Santorini would become the inspo for my house, so the pool area was not created with the Mediterranean in mind. Lots of timber, not enough white 😉

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So, when the time came to renovate the house, we took the opportunity to make some small changes to the pool area to tie it in more closely with my vision for a Santorini-inspired modern Mediterranean villa.

Here’s how we rebooted my pool...


PAINTED THE TIMBER SCREENS WHITE
(DULUX CASPER WHITE QTR)


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PAINTED THE RETAINING WALLS WHITE
(DULUX CASPER WHITE QTR)

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ADDED A "HOUSE OF BAMBOO" ROOF TO THE PERGOLA


ADDED SOFT FURNISHINGS - OUTDOOR CUSHIONS AND SHEER FABRIC BOTH FROM GRACE GARRETT'S MEDITERRANEAN COLLECTION


ADDED MORE POTS AND MORE PALMS


They’re pretty simple and small changes but they all work together to freshen up the space.  

Now, whenever we show pics of my pool we get loads of questions about it – pools seem to be a hot topic in many households and now is a great time (coming into winter) to install a pool in time for summer.

HERE'S SOME INFO ABOUT MY POOL #KNOCKYOURSELFOUT

My pool is a fibreglass Compass Pool. It’s the X-Trainer shape, 9.4m x 4.2m and the colour I chose is called Pacific (there wasn’t a “Mediterranean” option, unfortunately 😉)

Fibreglass pools are awesome – If you can believe it, I never knew these even existed but I’m convinced they will overtake concrete pools in popularity. They are cheaper, faster, gentler, warmer, cleaner and greener! What more could you want!? Let me explain:

+ Cheaper: they cost around 20% less than a concrete pool to install and ongoing costs are lower due to less maintenance, chemicals and energy consumption.
+ Faster: installation takes only 3 weeks instead of 3 months (in fact I’ve read they can be installed in just 3 days! Surely not!?)
+ Gentler: the non-abrasive surface is softer on your feet (no torn-up tootsies) and fibreglass is not as rock-hard as concrete if your kids accidentally hit the bottom.
+ Warmer: fibreglass acts a natural insulator so it holds in the heat for longer. 
+ Cleaner: the gel-coating is smooth and non-porous preventing the growth of mould and algae. 
+ Greener: less cleaning, less chemicals, less energy consumption = smaller carbon footprint.

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PS - I have a pool that cleans itself! There’s no Kreepy-Krauly (yes that's how you spell it;-), no vacuums, no ugly tubes floating around to spoil the vista, and I've never had to use the pool scoop they gave me. No – instead my Compass Pool came has a self-cleaning system. In-floor nozzles pop up and flush water around the pool pushing all the leaves and debris towards an in-floor drain in the deep-end. This drain sends the debris into large leaf baskets which you empty maybe once a month (and it takes all of 30sec). In a nutshell, we don’t need to clean our pool. Leaves and sticks drop in our pool all the time. I see them on the surface and I see them on the bottom. But when I look back a few hours later they’ve vanished and the pool is sparkling clean. It’s astonishing don’t you think? Oh… and of course this means you get much more time to enjoy the pool rather than clean it!


 
 

Choosing colours for your house can feel a little bit daunting but it doesn’t have to be a scary experience!

Our mates at Dulux are here to help and have a fabulous team of colour designers who can help you pick your very own dream colour scheme #statementfrontdooranyone? PLUS you get 50L of Dulux paint!

HOW I REUSED AND RECYCLED ON MY RENO

By Lana

When you’re renovating it feels good to reuse and recycle where you can. Not only can it help keep costs down but it can often look better than having only new stuff. 

Here’s where what I reused in my forever home. 

ONE - TIMBER LOUVRE DOORS

I found these bad boys on eBay for around $40 per door.  If you jump online yourself you’ll see they come in all different sizes so it was hard to find multiples of the same size for the kids rooms – but I got lucky and found 10 of the same. I then found an additional two tall ones on Gumtree for my Urban Mud Room.  I would never have bought these timber doors without the plan to white wash them. And by white wash I don't mean make them predominantly white - I just wanted to take the edge off the strong orange/brown timber colour to give them a vintage, almost dusty look (was I mad!? I wanted them to look dusty?) We used the same paint we'd been using on the walls – Dulux Wash n Wear in Lexicon Half – painted it on with a brush (not watered down) and then rubbed it off with a rag.  This pushed the white paint into the grain to give it that rustic feel.  It was time consuming – but worth it. 

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Press play below to see more of how we transformed the timber doors, fast-forward to 4:29 if you only want to see the timber doors section.


TWO - PAINTED POTS

Having lived in the house for 15 years, I had accumulated loads of pots – both inside and out.  Most of them had no real plants in them and were simply a vessel for gathering dirt, dust and worms (not that I dislike worms). But as the house transformed into a slice of Santorini – so too did those pots! We didn’t buy special paint, just hijacked the tin my painters were using on the outside of the house (Dulux Weathershield in Casper White Qtr) and started painting. It’s amazing how fresh and new they came up.


THREE - BIFOLD DOORS

Anyone who’s looked into buying new bifold doors will know they're NOT cheap! So in my reno, I re-used all my bifold doors and saved myself around $12,000 at least. The bifold doors to the upstairs terrace were cut down and moved into a new position. They’re were 10 years old, aluminium and cream (omg not white!). But after finding out it would cost thousands to paint the aluminium white I decided I could live with the cream. It was a great decision because no-one’s ever noticed and I feel really comfortable and happy with that compromise. 

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In the family room, next to the kitchen, we reused the timber bifold doors which were about 12 years old. We simply gave them a fresh coat of paint – Dulux Lexicon Half on the inside and White Box Half (soft mint green) on the exterior


FOUR - RUBY'S WINDOWS

In Ruby’s room we reused the timber windows from the top level. If you're doing a big reno, look for every opportunity to reuse your windows.  


FIVE - TRANSPLANTED CYCAD

A slow-growing mature plant like this Cycad could cost hundreds of dollars to buy – but I transplanted this one that was hiding down the side of my house. I never even knew it existed.  Now it takes pride of place at the front entry. 


SIX - WINDOW SHUTTERS

My window shutters are original vintage shutters from Bali. I know it’s not the Mediterranean but with a coat of Dulux White Box Half they look soooo Santorini. I painted them with my mum one evening and there were so many deep gouges and bumps in them – I loved it – they looked worn and real – the perfect counter-balance to an otherwise new property.

Whether you’re doing a small or large reno project, don’t underestimate the positive impact of reusing and recycling items. Not only can they look ah-maazing but you also get to enjoy the feel-good factor of saving money and saving the planet #winwin.

EPISODE EIGHT | EXTERIOR & WHOLE HOUSE RECAP

 
 

Holy mother of mayhem, the time has come for the FINAL EPISODE of Lana's Forever Home and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you thanks to the crew over at realestate.com.au/lifestyle who really fly the flag for us birdies #thankyou. 

Tonight we REVEAL the exterior transformation of Lana's home #finalpieceofthepuzzle for this Santorini-inspired modern Mediterranean villa. 

Tune in to get all your questions answered - Did the Bougainvillea survive the scaffolding? What colour did Lana paint the exterior of the house? OK - we know you know it's white... but WHICH WHITE is the big question? 

It's been our sixth and BIGGEST RENO EVER and the good news is - we survived... and we couldn't be more in love with the end result. Tonight we also recap on the whole house, look through all the rooms and best of all... we see Lana's family return home #yay #finally #luckybird.

Let us know what you think of this week's episode by commenting at the bottom of this article. 

 
 

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HOUSE 6 BLOGS


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HOW I DESIGNED MY DREAM KITCHEN

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Hey gang I hope you've been enjoying KITCHEN WEEK as much as me ;-)) I'm now living with my new white kitchen (yes I know it's very white) and can assure you it's totally turned out better than I ever expected. A huge shout out to the kitchen master, Ronnie from Carrera by Design, for putting up with my crazy ideas (like the Butler's Office) and constant mind changing (who would have thought pull handles were so hard to choose ;-).

Here's how Ronnie and I designed the kitchen of my dreams....

I HEART MY SERVERY

Almost every Three Birds home has included an inside/outside servery with gas-strut window, so it would've been criminal not to put one in my house #thehypocrisy! And boy did we go to town on that part of the brief. The gas-strut window is HUGE - almost so big it can't be closed - but don't worry, it can, so we're all good ;-)) What I love about my servery most is the single piece of Caesarstone 800mm wide that runs from inside to outside. When the window is open, it becomes an intimate 8-seater dining table which we've already been putting to the test with great success. It's truly my favourite aspect of the kitchen.

WHERE TO PUT THE SINK

Lots of people suffer angst about where to put the kitchen sink. On the island or back bench?  There are pros and cons of each. A positive of putting it on the back bench is that you can pile it up with plates and it's not ON DISPLAY like it would be on the island. BUT (and it's a big but for me), it means you're facing a wall, with your back to the room whenever you're at the sink. That was a showstopper for me as I wanted to be looking out to the lounge room, deck and down to the pool. I chose a large double sink from Clark so it can have a quite a few items in it and they'll still be hidden from view.

SEAMLESS APPLIANCES

It's super popular these days to put your oven(s) at eye level but I wanted the whole back wall of the kitchen to be a seamless vision of white. So I stuck with the traditional location for the oven (under the cooktop) and made sure I integrated my Fisher & Paykel fridge (can you spy it over there near the Butler's Office?) 

BUTLER'S OFFICE

For want of a better term, this idea was borne out of my desire to combine work and pleasure by being able to make afternoon tea for the kiddies whilst also staying on top of my emails. The aesthetic had to be seamless so Ronnie designed the cabinetry to look just like a continuation of the kitchen.  Behind the cupboard doors it is fully kitted out for an office - complete with data points, powerpoints, printer, paper and all that jazz. Oh and did I mention it's elevated on a platform? #controltower #cockpit.

HANGING PLANTS TRUMP PENDANT LIGHTS

Every Three Birds kitchen has included gorgeous pendant lights over the island bench. Jump on our Projects page and check it out for yourself.  They've always looked fabulous and for me it was a bit of risk to turn my back on our tried and tested pendant lighting formula. But .... as I've said in previous blogs, a winning design demands sacrifice and you can't have it all so I chose hanging plants over pendants. I love hanging plants and the organic vibes (and pops of colour) they bring to a space... and I'll let you in on a little secret... the ones in my kitchen are both faux ;-) #getouttatown #seriouslytheyare

CEILING AND SKYLIGHTS

Another key element for my kitchen was the ceiling. I didn't want an ordinary kitchen so I couldn't accept an ordinary ceiling. With this part of the house being single level it gave me the opportunity to cut in a few skylights to bring in natural light #nothingbetter. And little did I know that when we cut the holes I discovered a gorgeous big palm tree waiting to greet me on the other side #bringingtheoutsidein. And last but not least, we lined the ceiling with HardieGroove, covering the joins with decorative rafters, to bring a more relaxed vibe to the family zone of the house.


Thank you everyone for all the great comments on the flooring, we spoke to our mates at Woodcut and they are offering 10% off to our Three Birds gang! You can find out more about their product on their site at woodcut.com.au, tell them Lana from Three Birds sent you ;).

P.S I went with the Pearl White in my place!

 
 

 
 

We have listed all the products used in Lana's reno so you can easily get them for your own home. Click the button below to take a look.


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Let’s kick things off with a quick quiz…

+ Who’s heard of a butler’s pantry?
+ What about a butler’s office?

Yep, exactly what I thought. Loads of head nodding for the first question… but not so much for the second.

Head’s up: This article comes with a warning. Once you know about the butler’s office, you’ll love the idea and want one in your house, too. Trust me.


EPISODE SEVEN | IT'S KITCHEN WEEK

 
 

By Lana

Guess what everybody? It's KITCHEN WEEK!!!

YAY! And not only are we revealing my Santorini-style kitchen but also an innovative new room that I guarantee you've never heard of before! This room was a must-have in my "forever home" but if you Google it, I promise there will be no results... except for a random business in New Mexico that happens to go by the same name ;-)

And the best bit about this mystery room? Once you know about it.. there's no turning back... you'll want one too!

Let us know what you think of this week's episode by commenting at the bottom of this article. 


 
 

WANT TO GET YOUR HANDS ON THE EXACT SAME ITEMS AS LANA? WE'VE LISTED EVERYTHING HERE SO YOU CAN #getthelook IN YOUR VERY OWN HOME.


BEFORE + AFTERS



CATCH UP ON LAST WEEK'S EP