Image Pink Kitchens
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Image Pink Kitchens
Friday, May 30, 2008
Gresgarth Hall belongs to Arabella Lennox-Boyd, one of the U.K.'s foremost Landscape Garden Designers. Set on 12 acres in Lancashire included in the grounds are a woodland garden, orchard, lakeside terraces, a wild garden & a large kitchen garden.
I tried to photoshop a pic of myself lounging by the water with glass of Moet in hand, but failed miserably!
It is a truly beautiful setting, and it just seems to draw me in totally at each look.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Image Cox & Cox
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Its the end of the month at work & as usual I'm up to my neck in numbers, budgets, forecasts, account planning, etc. However these gorgeous antique iron and enamel French house numbers remind me that maybe not all numbers have to be BORING! Their ethereal beauty is wonderous!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Image Scotts of Thrapston
Monday, May 26, 2008
This is the story of the house behind The Laurel Hedge.
THE HOUSE AS WE SAW IT ON THE FIRST DAY - ALL SLOPING SIDES & WEIRD ANGLES
The open plan living room/dining room, while not totally finished is on its way. To read more go here.
BEFORE (from the Realtors brochure)
We've totally gutted & renovated the Main Bathroom. To read more go here.
The Master Bedroom is complete. To read more go here.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Image Andrew Crace
Image Imogen Jamieson
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Who is Millie?
An Aussie living in the pretty little village of Stirling in the hills above Adelaide in South Australia.
Mother to 5 sons - although now officially an 'Empty-Nester', she's quickly discovered her boys are like possums. Just when you think you've got rid of them from the ceiling space, they turn up again on the doorstep with all their worldly possessions, eyes firmly fixed on their old room.
Married to Husband #2 the infamous Man-of-the-House (MOTH), she started her working life as an RN with a post-grad. qualification in Cardiothoracic Critical Care. However, a new opportunity appeared nearly 20 years ago, propelling her into the commercial scientific world as a Sales Specialist which is where she still is today. Spending most of her working days in the hushed, dark confines of Interventional Radiology/Cardiology Suites & Laboratories, she's developed a great acuity for seeing in the dark.
Who is MOTH?
Millie's long-suffering Partner-in-Renovating. This is the 2nd house they've worked on together (the 1st took them 15 years to get right!) & THE LAST! The Owner of a Landscaping business, his own rambling, shambolic garden is a disgrace.
Quickly developing his own cult following, he does the occasional politically-incorrect Guest Post by request. Millie just holds her breath & then deals with the complaints.
Why The Laurel Hedge?
15 years of renovating our previous house was over - we'd just completed everything & were really enjoying our lovely old Victorian villa in the Eastern suburbs of Adelaide. However we'd always had a fondness for the country life & without warning we found ourselves transported by alien beings disguised as Real Estate Agents to a house on 1/2 acre of wild, rambling gardens in Stirling!
The house is circa 1972 & with all the Mission Brown features only an unrenovated house of this vintage can 'offer'. Open-faced brown brick walls, brown raked ceilings, brown exposed beams, brown split levels - & every single room is a total gut & redo job. However, it's inherent design is great & the location sublime - tucked behind a wonderful old laurel hedge in a quiet no-through country lane in the heart of delightful Stirling.
What will you find here?
The Laurel Hedge started off its blog life in May 2008 as an outlet for the non-scientific side of Millie's brain. Posts & musings on design & renovating & pretty things, but through the course of this 'challenging' renovation, it's evolved into some quite different, stubbornly defying any sensible description. This is due in no small part to MOTH & the mishaps & disasters that seem to dog his every turn.
Millie blogs on how life actually is behind The Hedge - a sometimes humorous, occasionally brutal account of life with Mr. Serial Renovator & his 'short fuse'.
Posting & Comments
Millie is never short of a word or 100 & with MOTH, the 5 sons & the never-ending renovation, she's never short on subject matter either. So you'll find a new post here at The Hedge most days. She really loves to receive comments and up to recently, loved answering every one individually. However of late, she hasn't been able to keep up with all the lovely messages she's receives and finds this very frustrating. Please be assured she reads & appreciates all of the comments & hopes that sometime very soon, things can revert to how they were & she becomes a better Blog chum again!
A Final Word
The Laurel Hedge is all about having fun. It will never take itself too seriously, & if it looks like becoming even vaguely boring, it will quickly be made redundant by Millie activating the 'Delete Blog Now' button. Her band of regular readers are known as Hedgies, a term of endearment given to them by MOTH. You would be a very welcome Hedgie, so whether you become a regular commenter or just lurk in the background, enjoy the roller coaster ride of life at The Laurel Hedge.
Friday, May 23, 2008
I love the soft touch ambient lighting brings to a room. Whether its lamps, candles, tealights, votives or lanterns, I much prefer these lovely adjuncts to direct overhead lighting. With the open fire also providing a gentle glow in our Sitting Room, we feel wrapped in a calming cocoon that's very hard to leave.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Image Huka Lodge
Monday, May 19, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Riviera Maison produces gorgeous quirky pieces that I just love, their latest range certainly provides much inspiration. I particularly like the Hallway Bench with rattan storage baskets and the skinny Chiffonier with a half depth of drawers - great where space is limited.