Hole lotta pain

Hole lotta pain

Operation Dream Home is now well underway. The renovation has cost me my sanity, but that’s a small price to pay, right? Whether my marriage will survive remains to be seen. (Hubby, if you’re reading this, I never doubted us for a second. Really.)   Don’t get me wrong, we’re thrilled with the results so far. … Continue reading

Reno Stage 1 (definitely the honeymoon stage)

Reno Stage 1 (definitely the honeymoon stage)

OMG this is really frigging happening. We’re the proud owners of a partially demolished two bedroom house, the entire backyard transformed into a muddy pit full of construction materials, and it’s awesome. I’m sure I won’t be saying this in two months time when the renovation fatigue has set in.  This is definitely the honeymoon … Continue reading

Sleepless in Suburbia

Renovating a house is a lot like having a baby.  Beforehand it’s all so exciting.  You imagine what it’ll look like, daydream about how much fun you’ll have.  People coo over what a great adventure it’ll be (but really pitying you on the inside.) You think you know what you’re in for, smugly believing those horror … Continue reading

Reno Regrets

Ten weeks, five days and seven hours after bringing our new bub home to our half renovated house I finally cracked. She’s an exceptionally good baby, even so, some sort of meltdown was inevitable. The only surprise, that it took that long for it to happen. On this particular day, I’d spent an exhausting morning … Continue reading

Chan-delirious and pregnant – The Sequel

Firstly, I must apologise for the unoriginal title.  But the conclusion to The Chandelier Saga is a story that needs to be told.  If nothing else, as a cautionary tale as to how an obsessive desire for a fuchsia light fitting could almost break your marriage.  (Surely women everywhere are enduring similar hardships.) At last – the hot … Continue reading

To Tree or Not to Tree

OK, I admit it. I don’t do nature. I hate dirt and bugs. The idea of willingly sleeping in a tent and cooking food on an open campfire seems slightly bonkers to me. But – and here is the hypocrisy of it all – I do like trees. Big, old, beautiful trees that offer plenty … Continue reading

ARF! – Acute Renovation Fatigue

Hello my loyal Housecapades readers! (That’s you, Mum.)  I’m just going to come clean with the reason for my tardiness  – I’ve been cheating on you with another blog – far, far away from the dreary exciting world of home renovations.  I didn’t mean to do it, it just happened.  (Anyone tempted to take a look can … Continue reading

The Lycra Incident – A Fashion Tragedy

So, the other day I did something pre-child, pre-renovation me vowed I would never do. I went shopping in Lycra exercise clothes. And – GASP – I had not been working out, nor was I planning to. The most strenuous activity I’d undertaken was to assemble the pram in record speed before my child threw … Continue reading

When Kids and Decor Collide

I’ve just had a jarring, mid-renovation epiphany. My dream home is completely out of reach. Let me explain how I came to this shocking conclusion. I was doing my usual trick of walking aimlessly around the house, feeling increasingly dissatisfied by what I was seeing (this usually happens right before hubby comes home, he loves … Continue reading