Stuff is Happening, Melbourne, Newborn Photo and a Winner

Stuff is Happening, Melbourne, Newborn Photo and a Winner

I had good news and blech news yesterday on the homefront.
First the good.
#projectkitchengorgeous is getting one last tinker…the stainless hood is officially coming down today…
{that’s my contractor extraordinaire who does all the moulding work and pretty much anything else you could possible dream up}
…and being replaced with a very simple box that will be the width of the marble backsplash and will continue right up to the ceiling.
Something like this…
…with ever so slightly rounded edges.
PS…these photos are from at the same home in Melbourne…along with the kitchen, the bathroom kills me softly…
…I mean I pretty much want to copy the whole damn thing.
Moving on…and sadly, to the bad news…
I had a roof installer over yesterday to discuss our options…turns out my roof has so many pitches that installing the metal roof I want will be tricky to say the least…and on top of that, it would involve having to remove our siding.
Now…let me just say that I REALLY want to do this anyway- has been in the plan books forever…BUT…if we remove the siding, the windows have to be done at the same time (again, have had plans to do this forever since they’re all rotten upstairs)…the issue is that the roof has to be done now…it’s basically falling off…but…do I/we really want to spend so much money all at once?  The answer to that would be a big fat no…but…it really all needs to be done.
Or…we could just throw in the towel and move.
Or…we could forget the metal roof and just do shingles and then replace the windows next year.
The last option is obviously the easiest and best on budget but damn nation…it’s the one I LEAST want to pick…you see my dilemma…words of wisdom/advice?
In other {albeit unrelated} news…I had a little newborn photoshoot with my very favourite photographer, Jodi Renee.
I’m going to post a little preview of the session next week, but for now, here’s one of my very faves…
I’m so smitten with how Jodi magicallly captures the emotion behind a moment…such a treasure she is.
And in keeping with things that make me happy {aka…thowing money at the pit that is home ownership}…it’s time to announce the lucky ducky winner of the 
Miranda Frye giveaway.
Congrats to…
Angela M…you’ve won your choice of necklace or earrings from the stunning…


  • ChicLiving
    Posted at 08:27h, 07 May Reply

    the bathroom is beautiful. those floors are amazing! good luck with whatever you decide on the roof πŸ™‚

  • Erin
    Posted at 08:33h, 07 May Reply

    If you can possibly swing it — tighten budget elsewhere? — do it all. If that’s what you REALLY want, you won’t be happy otherwise.

    Love the kitchen idea… stealing!

  • Kim @ Home Love & Wanderlust
    Posted at 09:16h, 07 May Reply

    Tough call on the roof. I had a similar dilemma with my bathroom. I really wanted to tear out the whole thing and start from scratch, but since I only plan on being there for a year or two longer, I figured I would be better off making some minor changes I can live with and create my dream bathroom in the next place.

  • alison g.
    Posted at 09:31h, 07 May Reply

    That bathroom makes me chill out just by LOOKING at it. PINNING!
    I was eager to see which hood style you went with – can’t wait to see it all wrapped up.
    Newborn pic leaves me speechless.

    …and I’m no help on the homefront. I had grand plans to use budget for “pretty” things, but hubster thinks we need to do roof and other repairs first. πŸ™ *Pfft, who needs a roof!
    See what I mean? I’m too confounded to counsel. Know you’ll do the right thing, though.

  • Andrea
    Posted at 10:23h, 07 May Reply

    On one hand, you’ve done so much fabulous to this house that I say go for it and make it totally what you want. On the other hand, if you’ve improved the value with all these reno’s, maybe just change shingles and then move to your ultimate dream home (I sense that while you love your home, it’s not your ideal home). See? I’m no help at all lol.

  • Noelle
    Posted at 10:45h, 07 May Reply

    If you plan on being there long-term, go for the metal roof and new windows. If you still ultimately want to move to your dream home, I’d choose the shingles.

  • Chelsea
    Posted at 11:30h, 07 May Reply

    That Melbourne house is just perfection AND oh. I loooove that photo. Too perfect! xo

  • Lauren Sibbald
    Posted at 12:16h, 07 May Reply

    When we re-shingled our roof we used grand manor’s gatehouse slate certainteed shingles and I love the look of them. I know it’s not a metal roof but they are much nicer looking than your typical shingles.

  • Dianne
    Posted at 12:53h, 07 May Reply

    OMG…you cannot use moving as an option! That house is so YOU!!!! It is amazing and I love every room in it. Now, do the shingles and move on to other projects. πŸ™‚ You really won’t even car in a few months.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 16:11h, 07 May Reply

    oh, that baby picture, I can feel how soft those cotton baby clothes are, and I can smell how clean he is and how fresh. Kind of like puppy breath, or a new car smell…that baby smell-indescribable! LOVE that Melbourne bathroom. Your hood is going to be great.
    xo Nancy

  • Karen Albert
    Posted at 19:49h, 07 May Reply

    Hi Christine,
    The baby photo, just too adorable!!
    What a difficult decision. If you love the house and it is now home to your family, then somehow do it all then it is out of the way.

    Art by Karena

  • Lynford Rozario
    Posted at 02:07h, 09 May Reply

    Loved your kitchen decor…its super fantastic…

    iPhone developer

    Posted at 02:23h, 10 May Reply

    i loved your kitchen decoration.
    Modular Kitchen Collection

  • abira chaudhuri
    Posted at 04:04h, 11 May Reply

    On this Rakhi celebrate your love with your sisters and brothers residing in various corners of India. This day is specially meant for the siblings. Send Rakhi to India
    along with the online store
    where you can find gifts for all loving brothers and sisters.

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