Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Thankyou to all our blog readers too!  Look forward to more LCD posts in 2013!  To keep up with our posts and news become a fan on facebook!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Project Completion!

We are getting close to the finish line today with curtains going up, mirrors being installed and a few finishing touches by the carpenter and painter.  Here's some pics of our progress in the last week or so.

The Kitchen
The Bathroom
Will be posting the completed rooms in the next few days!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Renovation Central

There's been no time for posts on the blog, I've been working flat out on two renovations and there's hardly been time for sleep!

We have made heaps of progress at the GC unit and we hope to be doing the final fitoff of the plumbing fixtures as well as the kitchen benchtop, splashback, painting and lights.

The Bathroom
The Ensuite
Last week we saw the tiling complete and new suspended ceilings in the bathrooms and the vanities installed.


Kitchen Ceiling "Before"

Kitchen Ceiling "After"

The kitchen went in the week before and the feather finish ceiling, cornice and render was completed last week too.

A busy few days ahead so must get some sleep!  Can't wait to see the finished rooms....stay tuned!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Queensland Homes Summer Gold

Queensland Homes Summer Gold magazine hits the stands this month!  To get a feast of the latest, Queensland designers have to offer and an interior design showcase get your copy now!

Very excited that Little Cove Design appears in this edition too!

Happy weekend everybody!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Out with the Old and in with the New

It's been a busy few days, the bathrooms and kitchen have been "gutted" with all the fixtures and tiles being removed.

Kitchen is underway and is being installed next week and Tiles have started to be layed.

Living area tiles - I have chosen 600 x 600 Lappato from Amber Tiles in off-white
Ensuite "before and after" Demolition
Combinded Laundry and Bathroom "before and after" Demolition

We have discovered asbestos lagging to the copper pipework in the walls which has caused a few days delay.  But we've hired the professionals to remove it and the works will be able to recommence.

Renovators beware of asbestos in older buildings such as this one which is circa 1979/1980.  Do not remove asbestos yourself, hire a contractor who is licenced for asbestos removal.
Stay tuned for more renovation pics!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day 2 A Whole new view!

Very excited to see the brick arch and wall gone.  It has really made the unit more spacious and the view is nearly 180 degrees!

 Here's the wall coming down from start to finish

Sawcutting the brickwork in sections
using a sledgehammer to knockout the brickwork

We have unearthed some circa 1979 kitchen floor tile!
 Today the kitchen and bathrooms are being gutted, more piccies tomorrow!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Wall is Coming Down!

Day 1 of the GC reno! "Demolition Day"  This wall with the arched doorway is coming down today, air conditioning is being relocated, services are being terminated.....

If these reno terms are boggling you, let LCD do all the hard work of renovating for you! Stay tuned for this unit transformation.

Progress photos tomorrow! Tradies about to arrive....

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Renovation Blitz

October was a busy renovating month with a few new projects kicking off and some coming to a close. 

I'm also excited as the painters arrived at my place  last week to paint the high side of my house and those rooftop gables; and they finished yesterday, yippee!

Take a look at our newly painted abode!

More before and after's to come! Just to refresh your memory the weatherboards are Dulux Natural Stone, Sunhoods in Antique White USA and Window Trims and Gutter in Ironstone.
So while I've been working on new and old projects I've spied some Inspiring things along the way to share with you!

This is a gorgeous eclectic blend of girly part-embroidered flower wallpaper, rose gold pendants, traditional timber table and modern simple white kitchen and floating staircase! image Fromental 

Armadillo & Co. have a very swoon worthy rug collection!  They also offer a designer service for rug patterns to be made in a large colour pallette. To see their full range go to
Sometimes there's something you just have to have! This is the sloane coffee table from Coco Republic.  It would definetly sit pride of place in my dream house! 

Sometimes it's worth saving for that one signature piece and then you can find items that you have or that are more inexpensive and they help you to create the theme and your room will evolve from there!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Collage of Prints

One of my most popular posts so far this year has been about framed collages on your wall.

I have had a collage of this sort planned with some old frames for my daughters' room. So my school holiday project is complete and I can finally share this with you!

This is a really easy, effective and can be an inexpensive way to decorate a blank wall.  You can inject your own personality into it by the frames and items you select to frame.

Firstly I took the tired old frames I had, and layed them out on the floor with other frames I intended on using for my wall. 

I removed the glass and pictures from the frames and then I gave each frame a light sand with medium to fine sandpaper and then it was time to give them a paint.  I used dulux one coat white and then I used acrylic paint to mix up a light blue and pink colour for some of the frames.  I painted two coats to cover the previous timber/black frames but they still have a rustic look with the previous colour showing through in the grooves.


I also had picked up an mdf "dream" word cutout from Spotlight which I painted the same blue as two of the frames. I measured the wall space and the frames to ensure my final arrangement would fit.  I bought a window box frame from Myer on sale woohoo! for the dream word cut out, and a few smaller ornate frames from Big W to fill in the gaps. 
The next most time consuming part was selecting photos of my daughters to fill the frames (too many to choose from!) and then using scrapbooking paper and matts for the backgrounds and surrounds. 
I used a butterfly cookie cutter to make the butterfly motifs from scrapbooking paper for the window box frame, and double sided tape to secure the word cutout and butterflies.
You can then arrange your frames on the floor or cut out paper the size of each frame and blue tac on the wall (as in my previous blog post on the subject) to confirm their location prior to putting hooks in the wall.
I made some last minute changes as I hung my frames on the wall, but this is the finished product.  Make sure you use the correct hook types for the type of wall and frames you are hanging. 
My hardest critics were the girls but they are very happy with their photo wall!  So if you've got some old frames lying around put them to good use or donate them to a charity store and someone else may spruce them up.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Finds.....

I've been busy putting a submission together for a client but whilst I've been  planning their renovation, I've come across the following great finds....

You can't help but notice the beautiful moroccon lanterns when going by Hamimi in East Brisbane.

image Hamimi
 New store That's Unique in East Brisbane has great homewares and furniture!

image That's Unique
New Couch envy! For the outdoors I love the cool grey resin wicker and striking blue stripe cushions of the Airlie Collection.

Love this new outdoor setting from the Airlie Collection at Harvey Norman

I really adore the colour and look of this velvet Moran three seater available from David Jones.

3-seater Moran with studding detail and Warwick fabric "Entice Steel" Exclusive to David Jones.
Don't forget to keep up with more great finds on our Pinterest.  LCD's digital scrapbook on the go!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Bye Bye Winter, Hello Spring!

Last Day of Winter today and we were treated with another sunny blue sky gorgeous day in Brisbane!

Glorious white captures a Wintery mood for this day bed image

Here's another Winter Daybed scene.

This has a lovely cosy warm feel due to the rug and woollen blanket with the sun streaming in the large windows. image designlike

Now it's time to put away the blankets and celebrate as it's Spring Eve.

While this interior has a lot of white like the first "Wintery"  daybed picture, this interior has warmth due to the lattice print cushions and upholstery, the natural coloured matt and timber floor.

Florals will give you a Spring look every time.  I love the blue and white combination of floral lattice wallpaper, and floral wallpaper lined cabinet image

Now don't forget you have just over 24 hours to become a fan on facebook or follow the blog to go into the running to win a free colour consultation - Don't Delay.  I am now closing entries midnight 1 September 2012.

The bonus is you'll be able to keep up to date with LCD posts on our latest finds and projects we're working on!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Planning for Spring it's just around the corner!

It's a great time to start thinking about freshening up your home with Spring just a few days away.

Open shelving is a great way to store and display your favourite things! image vi.sualize
It might be just giving your rooms a good once over dusting and rearranging shelves, or treating yourself to something new and bright.

Brisbane's Thea & Sami have great bright hand printed fabrics and these gorgeous cushions would brighten any room!
It's also a good time to paint before the summer wet weather sets in.

I've recommended Dulux design rust paint to a client recently.  This paint is suitable for interior and exterior use.  It's applied in two parts firstly the base coat and then the rust solution by brush only.

For more information go on Design Rust paint go to Dulux

The paint would give a similar finish to this gate from Lump

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