21 October 2014

the one with... a backyard makeover

Yippee!! Work has finally begun on the backyard.

Here is the plan:
  • Hire jack hammer
  • Hire a skip
  • Remove extra driveway cement
  • Remove rubbish from under the house
  • Remove unwanted plants
  • Remove excess green rubbish
  • Remove grass up the centre of the driveway to the garage door
  • Create a little garden in front of the garage
  • Use sleepers for garden edge
  • Use a narrow timber strip for walkway garden edge
  • Tidy/sort the service side
  • Assemble the 2 raised garden beds for the new vegetable garden
  • Order soil to fill the holes left after removing the concrete
  • New walkway from driveway to the stairs
The overall plan is to create privacy with a tropical inspired garden around the fence with a large grass area in the middle for Charlie.  I want to feel like I step into my backyard and feel completely at ease.

If you follow me over on Instagram then you would have seen these pictures of the work in progress.  Thanks to Mum for taking the photos of me - I didn't realise she'd taken them.

I haven't strayed away from my original plans for the backyard.

Dad and I were a good team with him on the jack hammer - that thing was too big for me and I picked up all the concrete into the wheelbarrow to take out to the skip.  We got it all done in a few hours.  Mum got the service side all sorted and started on building up the soil in the vegetable gardens.  She also got in and cut out the unwanted plants.

I can tell you that I was buggered by the end of the day.

I have to give a HUGE big shout out to my mum and dad for all of their hard work.  They have continued on with the backyard after I hurt my back.  Three days after moving the concrete the back let me know that it wasn't impress with all of the hard work and put my out of action (including work) for days.

I'll share more update photos with you soon.  It's looking great!

5 September 2014

the one with... some news

the one... with a moment by Second Life of a Blue House

UPDATE: Yes I'm back writing about renovating my cottage but I'm staying right here on SLOABH.  Why change what ain't broke.  I do love it here.  Lisa xo

I've really missed the blog so I'm coming back.

If you have been following me on Instagram you know that I never stopped working on the cottage - I just stopped writing about it.

I'm happy to say that I'm coming back!

The only change is I've decided to move the blog over to www.lisadaviesdesign.com and keep everything in one place.

I'll be back with updates on the never ending to-do list soon.

Cheers for now
Lisa xo

New website: www.lisadaviesdesign.com

23 May 2014

the one with... the confession


Yes, I am still around.

I've just been quiet here on the blog but you can always find me over on my Instagram with updates on the cottage.  I've recently repainted the lounge room and work is about to start on turning the old kitchen into a spare room.  Yep the work continues...

The reason for my absence is that I've been spending all of my time over on my business website.

I'm loving it!

So what do I do? I work with entrepreneurs, freelancers, bloggers and small businesses to create a website that they will get the absolute best out of.

Pop over to the website and say hello.

I'm still quietly lurking around your blogs - that won't change.

Lisa xo

14 March 2014

the one with... the living room to-do list

I've been very quiet lately on the projects around the house - actually I haven't done anything new since the toilet was repainted.  That's OK because there has been lots of planning - you know I love to plan!

Planning has begun on the backyard makeover and I even took a pen and paper with me as I walked around the cottage to make a room by room to-do list.

The lucky room I'm working on is the lounge.
I did this moodboard back here which I still love but it does need a little tweaking - nothing drastic!

This is what I have do to in this room:
  1. Make a decision on new wall colour - ceiling doesn't need painting (thank goodness).
  2. The new wall colour needs to compliment the colour of ceiling and the shutters.
  3. Small coffee table??  still deciding if I have the space.
  4. Hang artwork finally!
  5. Finish the door frame.
  6. TV entertainment stand - hack project coming soon.
  7. Plants and more plants.
There is no more mucking around cause I'm heading to Masters on my way home from work tonight to pick up some sample paint pots.

I can't wait to get them up on the wall.

Lisa xo


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