Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom Renovation

With the help from our very patient family, Ryan and I have started our first proper renovation! We have been spending the last few weeks sourcing materials, chatting with tradies and asking friends for advice so that we could be as ready and prepared as possible. The bathroom was gutted this morning, so we NEED to be organised because it’s our only wet area and I’m not keen on showering at the gym everyday.

A few months ago, I started a shared Pinterest board with Ryan to see what sort of bathrooms we are drawn to. The board was flooded with pictures of bathrooms that had black, wood, white, plants and a pop of colour in it. We set off around Perth looking to replicate the vibe of some of these bathrooms and ended up with these materials:

Bathroom Renovation

We bought the vanity cabinet from IKEA and have a custom caesarstone Calcutta Nuovo benchtop being installed to go on top. We had originally decided to splurge on beautiful marble, but after testing out wine, coffee and makeup on it, I felt that it marked permanently too easily. We also had a last minute change of spouts and hot/cold taps which meant we spent an extra 10 hours trawling Perth for nice looking mixers. Apparently the pretty 1/4 turns (like in the first picture) aren’t great for Perth’s water and tend to leak after a year or so.

The black hexagonal tiles are for the floor (which my tiler brother says will be terrible to keep clean, eek!) and white matte rectangular wall tiles, which will go to the ceiling. Our house is from the 60s and has a pretty weird layout – the bathroom is in the centre of the house with a little window looking over the sunroom. We’ve decided to patch up the window and install a glorious Velux skylight, which means we can shower and watch the clouds roll by!

Here’s some of the inspiration we based our bathroom on:

Bathroom Renovation Inspiration

Bathroom Renovation Inspiration

Bathroom Renovation Inspiration

Bathroom Renovation Inspiration

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Charles Pétillon / Photographer

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I’m loving the work of Charles Pétillon, a Paris-based photographer and installation artist. The series ‘Invasions’ encourages people to change the way they see their surrounds.

“These balloon invasions are metaphors,” said the artist. “Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them.”

I was lucky enough to see his ‘Heartbeats’ installation, which consisted of 100,000 balloons at Covent Garden while Ryan and I were in London last year, where at night, the balloons pulsated with light. It was such a wonderful spot to sit and eat dinner and take in the London atmosphere.

You can see more of Charles Pétillon’s art here.

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New York, New York pt2

New York, Part 2

Be warned guys, this post is mostly about what I ate in NYC.

What’s a trip to New York without some shopping? Even though I was on a pretty tight budget (hello three month holiday), Mon and I spent the morning shopping on Fifth Avenue, although, to be honest, we didn’t get much further than Fishs Eddy (which is a shop full of homewares I couldn’t get home safely in my suitcase), Sephora and Madewell. I don’t usually spend much time buying makeup, but it was nice going through all the fancy products we can’t find in Australia and then test them all. We ate burgers at Shake Shack (again) in Madison Square Park before meeting up with Mark and Ryan, who had been devouring amazing brisket and playing arcade games. We then went to Cafe El Presidente where we hid from the heat for a while.

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Fishs Eddy, New York

Cawfee, Fishs Eddy

Flowers

Fifth Avenue Flags

Shake Shack, Midtown

Stuffed portobello mushroom burger and crinkle cut chips. Mmmmm. Shake Shack knows how to make me happy.

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Ryan and I explored The New Museum, which is housed in one of the coolest buildings I’ve ever seen. The artworks were a bit too contemporary and out there for my liking, but it was definitely still worth visiting, especially seeing as we had the New York Pass and entry was free. We stopped to check out some of the really cute shops near the gallery before catching the subway back to our Williamsburg AirBnb for dinner and wine in the neighbourhood.

New Musuem

New Musuem

This exhibition by Sarah Charlesworth at the New Museum shows photographs of people jumping or falling off buildings.

The next morning the four of us grabbed coffee at Devocion, which has by far, the most impressive green wall I’ve ever seen. We drank our morning fix before heading to the 9/11 Memorial, which was unbelievably moving and more shocking than I could have ever imagined. I left after a few hours with tears in my eyes. I’m glad we arrived early, because the line was hundreds of people deep when we left.

Devocion Coffee, Williamsburg

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Freedom Tower, New York

9/11 Memorial

Ryan and I had lunch at the veggie-based cafe, The Butcher’s Daughter. New York Fashion Week was on during our stay, and the cafe was jam-packed with gorgeous models. I am pretty sure I saw the most handsome man in the history of everything/one in there (even more than my handsome husband). After lunch, I looked on Google Maps and noticed that Morgentern’s Ice Cream Parlor was just around the corner. How could I say no to trying a scoop of this famous treat? One salted chocolate single-scoop cone later, and I was in heaven.

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Morgensterns Icecream, New York

Morgensterns Icecream, New York

Morgensterns Icecream, New York

With our bellies full, we walked over to Washington Square Park where we enjoyed some seriously good people watching and re-enacted scenes from When Harry Met Sally under the arch before catching the L Train back to Williamsburg.

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Washington Square Park

Dinner was at Momofuku, where I enjoyed the best mushroom steamed bun of my life and we were seated right next to the kitchen area, so we were able to enjoy watching them make the meals. We caught the subway into Times Square where we watched Chicago on Broadway and spied Rumer Willis in the audience (getting ready to play her part as Roxie Hart I’m assuming!). After the show, I didn’t feel like going straight home, so we ended up at the super fun Ace Hotel lobby having a drink and playing in the photobooth. Some drunk guy even mistook me for a celebrity. I think that made for a perfect date night!

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Momofuku Mushroom Bao

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Photobooth at the Ace Hotel

After a late night, we had a slow start with fresh juice’s at Summers in Brooklyn, followed by a wander around check out street art and ceramics at Mociun. I purchased a chunky Josephine Noel mug that I had to careful transport around the world with me for the next two months.

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I thought this holiday would be all about doughnuts, but I was yet to be amazed. Dun-Well Doughnuts changed this! Their blueberry hazelnut ball of happiness was just perfection and to add the icing on the cakedoughnut, it’s a vegan treat! Ryan went back for seconds, and we had thirds and fourths the next day. We walked down to Smorgasburg, a huge food market on the Williamsburg waterfront, for a super casual lunch overlooking Manhattan. Dunwell Donuts Brooklyn

Dun-well Doughnuts

Williamsburg

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Ryan and I spent the afternoon exploring MoMA. I wish I lived in New York just to have a membership with this gallery. Even though a whole floor was closed for an upcoming Picasso exhibition, we still didn’t get to see everything I wanted.

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Amazing Picasso! Moma2This double-walled computer game was Ryan’s highlight. How good is interactive art?

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Even though I am in love with MoMA, I actually find it to be really loud and a bit frustrating… I don’t want to hear your conversations while I’m trying to take in all this beauty! Hot tip – I figured out how to tune people out. I took the headphone from my audio guides, plugged it into my iPhone and then spent the rest of the gallery wandering around listening to Air and Bonobo (also my airplane sleeping music and late-night freelance design work music). Moma2 Moma Moma3

The four of us watched the sun go down on the MET Museum Rooftop with a few cool drinks. What a beautiful view, the city with all it’s Central Park greenery. We had dinner that night at La Esquina, but because we didn’t have a booking, we couldn’t get into the apparently very cool downstairs area. We’ll save that for the next visit.

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Eager to get our money worth from the NYC Pass, Ryan and I woke super early to beat the crowds (hah, with not much luck) and headed to the Empire State Building so we could be ginormous tourists while admiring the view.

Empire State Building

Empire

We kept with the tourist theme and hired rowboats in Central Park for an hour. There was nowhere I’d rather had been on that beautiful sunshiny day. We met up with Mark and Mon for a final Central Park picnic eating goodies we picked up from Dean & DeLuca and those extra sneaky doughnuts from Dun-Well.

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The afternoon was spent at the Museum of the City of New York which was filled to the brim with so many interesting NYC exhibitions including one on Designer Paul Rand and the history of NYC Hip Hop. I completely recommend this place!

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HipHopRevolution Museum of the city of New York Unsurprisingly, Ryan and I grabbed dinner at Shake Shack in Midtown. I am not even ashamed of how many burgers I ate there. It was such a perfect night; the sun was glistening against the Flatiron, there were Marimekko umbrellas set up at a food market and the air was warm and balmy. We caught the trusty L-Train home to Williamsburg to have farewell drinks with Mark and Mon, who were heading home the following morning.Flatiron

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Happiness is a Shake Shack burger and fries. Evidence below:

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 Read Part 1 here.

Eat + Drink pt2
La Esquina (make a booking!)
Purchase fancy Central Park picnic snacks at Dean & DeLuca
Have a Mexican feast at Tacombi
Pick something fun to eat at Smorgasburg
Stop for a coffee fix at Devocion
The Butcher’s Daughter
Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream
Get the mushroom buns at Momofuku
Late night drinks at the Ace Hotel
Drink fresh juice at Summers


See + Do pt2
Shop along Fifth Avenue
See really contemporary art The New Museum
Spend a whole day at MoMA
Buy chunky ceramics at Mociun
Visit the 9/11 Memorial
Enjoy the vibe of Washington Square Park
See a show on Broadway
Watch the sun go down on the MET Rooftop
Empire State Building view
Row a boat at Central Park
Visit the Museum of the City of New York