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. 


 
 

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THE SACRIFICE I HAD TO MAKE

By Lana

Ever had to make a BIG decision? One which keeps you up at night... I remember Bon once saying she knew she'd made the right design decision once she could sleep at night.  

Every reno has its BIG decisions and my forever home certainly had its fair share! Some decisions feel really easy and others really do keep you up at night. 

As I've said before, I'd been planning my home reno for years... well before Three Birds Renovations was born. From a design perspective I was being told by everyone (architects, friends, real estate agents, relatives) that a house of my size had to include at least 4 bedrooms!

BUT, I had other ideas that were fueled after we finished our third reno. In that project we created our first ever VOID and from that moment on, I knew my house needed one too. But where to put it? Whilst a void can be the star of the show, it's also a thief. It steals floor space and at my house, we lost a whole bedroom... the former master suite where I'd been putting my head down every night for 15 years. Let's face it, I was emotionally attached to that room.

So here's what I learnt. A winning design demands sacrifice. If you're not prepared to sacrifice something, the result will be an overloaded look with too many ideas fighting to be seen. It was clear to me that we had to sacrifice a bedroom for the air space it was occupying. So we threw the original master suite under the bus, cut out the floor and voila... our void was born.  

And now that the reno is complete, do I have any regrets? No way. The void and accompanying staircase are my #1 most loved design decisions in the house.  

And if we ever decide to sell? Like in 20 years time... we can always reinstate a wall in the upstairs office or middle living space to create that elusive fourth bedroom, but for now... and for a long time that's not something I'm worried about.

Are you trying to make one of these big decisions now? Not sure what to sacrifice? I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below xo.



HOUSE 6 BLOGS


 
 

EPISODE SIX | STAIRS, VOID & DINING (& LAUNDRY & GUEST B/ROOM)

 
 

By Lana

"Lana, you were right" said Bonnie never.... UNTIL NOW ;-)   

Press play on the image below to watch the episode and see Bon utter those exact words. I know, I wouldn't have believed it either if we didn't have it on tape. Don't miss it...  this may well be the only opportunity in your lifetime to see such a thing #lanawasright #halleyscomet.

Strap yourselves in for a jam-packed ep!!

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

 
 

 
 

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HOW WE TACKLED OUR BIGGEST STYLING CHALLENGE TO DATE

The living space/media room on the middle level was a tough nut to crack from a styling perspective. We chose the gorgeous teal couch (from BoConcept) very early in the reno and knew it was going to pack a punch in that room. What we didn't realise was how difficult it was going to be to add all the other pieces around it without overloading the room with too many things to look at.

CREAMS + WHITES ONLY

You'll notice that we chose only creams and whites to surround the teal couch. All the cushions (including the oversized Losari floor cushions) are very muted, as is the rug and ottoman. 

NOT TOO MANY PATTERNS

Too many patterns was another challenge for us as we didn't want to make the room too busy.  The pattern on the rug and cushions was just enough with the criss-cross look of the rattan side table (from Freedom). Even with the occasional chair from OZ Design we resisted the urge to get it upholstered in one of Grace Garrett's mediterranean patterns (like the cushions) because it would be too much for that space.  Instead we opted for a plain linen colour and if you look reeeally closely you might see we chose a pattern just for the piping and buttons. 

NO ARTWORK

This was our final styling decision - not to place any art on the large white wall behind the occasional chair.  We had already had a large print made specifically for that space but once we'd put all the furniture in the room with the bright teal couch and abundance of patterns we felt a blank wall was the right decision, especially when the windows provided such a green, leafy outlook.  Artwork would have simply been a distraction. 

BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN

I had picked up some gorgeous indoor plants from Topical Empire and was desperate to use them in this room but Bon was a bit reluctant at first. She was unsure if it was going to clash with teal couch but in the end we think it turned out fab and helped connect the inside with the leafy outside vista.

SLIMLINE TV WALL

Not sure if you saw in Episode 5, but my original idea was to create loads of niches and nooks on the TV wall (I was trying to replicate the Santorini-vibe I had created in the Urban Mud Room).  But with a vigorous shake of the head (watch the ep, it's hilarious) that idea was quickly scuppered by Bon.  Instead we opted for a simple flat screen TV mounted above a wall hung slimline storage unit (another winner from BoConcept).

Styling challenge complete! I hope you love the end result as much as we do xx


 Lana is a little obsessed with these babies. Not only are they pretty but they have PowerView Motorisation #holyremotecontrolblinds... they are not only great for controlling light and privacy, but they cut the glare on those lazy days in front of the TV.


LANA'S TOP 5 MUST HAVES IN AN
URBAN MUD ROOM

The concept of a mud room is nothing new. In fact, they’re a staple in many homes located in wet, cold areas and in country locations.

Northbridge, NSW, is none of the above, but I designed my forever home to have a mud room right at my front door to accommodate my take on urban family living.

Why do I need an urban mud room, I hear you ask?

 
 

EPISODE FIVE | MUD ROOM, HALLWAY + LIVING

By Lana

This week's episode reveals one of my FAVE rooms in the house... my URBAN MUD ROOM!  Positioned right inside the front door this room had to be all about first impressions. We had to create that Santorini-vibe from the moment you walked through the front door... BUT it also needed to be super functional to accommodate all the shoes, school bags and sandy feet. 

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


 
 

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HOW BON CREATED THE PERFECT LITTLE GIRLS ROOM

Lana's daughter Ruby is 9 years old so when designing her room Bon wanted to make it girlie but not too girlie. Here’s how Bon did it…

Ruby’s room was previously a home office. To create her ultimate bedroom, the first thing we did was make the space a little bit larger by taking some floor space from above the exterior stairs.

We also framed out her wardrobe so we could use second-hand doors which Lana got from eBay cheap and chips and then had Peachy our painter paint and then rag off to create a rustic looking white wash. 

Lana's inspo for the doors really came from this shot she found on Pinterest and we are absolutely thrilled with the way they came up. 

Bon created the room with a gritty pretty vibe in mind. It was designed to suit a tween but also feel like a space she can grow into. Bon had so much fun creating this space... #shehas4boys

To create the look, we started off by painting the walls and ceiling in Dulux Lexicon Half which is a cool white. Then to add texture and softness we added a feature wall of this beautiful soft pink wall paper by Grace Garrett.  

Once the wall paper and wardrobe doors were installed Bon picked pieces which worked with these elements. Bon chose a gorgeous double bed from Freedom and styled it with their new bed linen range. How cute are the little bows on the duvet cover?  

When styling the bed Bon went for lots of texture. Starting off with white euro pillows then adding woven pillows with details and faux fur to finish it off. Bon then added double duvet covers for a bit of luxury and then topped it off with a throw which had gold metallic detail.  

Ruby just loves her new room. Watch her priceless reaction here… And Heath's is pretty epic too ; )


Have you got the worst vanity? 

We are giving away a custom built vanity just like the one in the kids bathroom in #LANASFOREVERHOME. It has been custom made with love from the awesome team at Carrera By Design and comes with the Caesarstone top in Fresh Concrete AND....you even get the Dorf Industrie Tap and Caroma basin as well!