Posts Tagged With 'interior design'

  • Sep
  • 07
  • 2011

master bedroom 101

I probably need to write a separate post to my beloved husband just to thank him, a) for this house and b) for taking 3 weeks off work but instead of relaxing, working double the amount of time to get this house fixed, which he did most of it by himself Mashallah.

Every single room had a different patterned wallpaper, different patterned vinyl floor. Oh,  it was terrible.  My husband had to strip out the entire flooring in this house. Thank God he discovered original floorboards underneath it all, or we’d have to fork out more money to carpet the bedrooms. So now, we have polished timber floorboards. Yay. Alhamdulillah.

For our bedroom, I wanted something different from the rest of the house. I wanted to feel special. Glamourous. Dreamy. So I opted for a vintage glamour look. The first thing I wanted to do was – get rid of my low profile bed. Initially I thought of making my own bedhead but after some calculations and a bit of research, I finally found the perfect bed, with the perfect height + a high enough leathered bedhead that would satisfy my needs. Not to mention, at a very reasonable price too.  So our current bedhead is about 1.2 metres off the floor.

Everything is in black and white. To break it up, I added a tang of sweetness by having some fresh pink flowers on the bedside table. I didn’t want to overdo on adding more colours, because the highlight/focal point of the room is the gorgeous wallpaper itself. And then everything else just falls into place. I even kept the sheets as simple as possible.


  • Aug
  • 13
  • 2011

Dining 101

This is our 40 year old house, well part of it. It used to be a small family area but we have transformed it into a dining space. The original interior decor is a typical 60’s style, retro modern (thats not too bad) but it was so gloomy (perhaps because it was a deceased property? Just kidding).

Now this house is speaking “I need to fit in the new era”.

So fast forward to 2011 with some new paint, stripped the old flooring, change of artwork and some  furniture…ahh what a bright and fresh new look! Notice the pendant light? I didn’t change that one though. I thought I’d leave that hanging, the antique lamp that adds a sentimental value to the space. But the truth is, we just couldn’t afford an electrician with all the other reno expenses we had to cover. Maybe one day. Someday. It’ll be replaced.


  • Aug
  • 07
  • 2011

kitchen 101

Since winning this house at the auction in March 2010, getting hold of the keys a couple of weeks before I was due (with my first) and renovating  a few days after I gave birth (my husband that is, not me!); this kitchen probably has to be the every renovators worst nightmare. So much drama. So much hassles. So time consuming. From the very beginning to installing the very last handle on the kitchen cabinet door, there was always something wrong.  How could you possibly drill a hole in the wrong spot? I do not like builders. But, Alhamdulillah.

Whilst I was pregnant, I was in charge of the kitchen. Drawing the layout in AutoCad, designing, choosing materials  and finding the builder + suppliers. And then my daughter decided to pop 2 weeks early. The day that I gave birth, was the day I was going to order the kitchen from the supplier. I had to drop everything and hand it over to my husband. Of course he was a little clueless. Poor guy. I had to fill him in at the hospital. Oh such memories.

So now, my husband took over my role. Before he could start renovating, he had to get the kitchen checked for asbestos to get it professionally removed. And then he could demolish the entire kitchen (leaving only the stove/oven because it was still fairly new and in excellent working condition). The vinyl flooring was annoyingly difficult to remove. I think it was stuck to the ground with super glue! And because of that, it  wrecked the floorboards underneath. A few other things went haywire, like how the plumber and builder started arguing. In the end, I had to compromise and swap a couple of my cupboards around. Great. But you learn to get over it.

Excuse the poor quality photo. It was taken with an iPhone. This was after the vinly flooring was removed. Even after extensive sanding, the lines wouldn’t go away. He could not stain it as it would just enhance the lines, so he had to use paint. Painting means covering the timber floorboards and their wooden grain.

Though I wanted a stone benchtop, it would cost us a fortune to get it. We have a huge bench space area so that explains the cost but I was happy to settle for a laminate instead. The kitchen extends to the opposite side (of the sink) where we have overhead cupboards, a pantry and the fridge.

The splashback? Lets just say I did not approve of that. I came back from the hospital one day to find out my glass splashback had turned into a tile splashback. What?!! Hm…Ok. Just accept it Iva. And I did. Its not that bad after all. But did I mention I do not like builders?

Ok enough of the negatives, after all the negativity part of it was only when it was getting built. The end result is what matters. I love the picture (above) as it shows the contrast of the dark timber floors against the white cupboard doors and walls. I have to thank my husband for a wonderful job. He painted the whole house including the kitchen in my favourite colour: white, I love white. So refreshing. So pure.


  • Jul
  • 01
  • 2010

we’re moving…

Out  inshallah! We get the keys to our new place on the 15th so we’ll be leasing this place through an agent soon. I am due in 2 weeks so hopefully we can have a smooth transition before I go to labour. (edit: I gave birth 2 weeks early, 3 days before we’re supposed to get the keys!). The good thing is, its only a 5 minute drive. So that makes it all a bit better as we don’t have to rush all in one go. I have been busy packing everything into boxes incase I give birth early, but usually they say first babies go over their due date. (edit:I didn’t manage to pack everything (due to early labour) so hubby had to chuck stuff into boxes and now I can’t find my things!). Notice the burgundy wall? No, I didn’t decide on that colour. It was already there when we first moved in.

Our new house needs a lot of work modernising. Though still in a very good living condition, I’d rather fix up the necessary such as, update the kitchen (more like demolish and re-build), strip out the ugly wallpaper and vinyl flooring etc before I move in with bubs. So the plan is to vacate this place before my due date. Get new tenants. Go to labour. Have bubs. Stay at parents for x amount of weeks until hubby finishes renovating. Move into our new home.

We got my sister to take photos so we can put it on lease soon inshallah. I really hope the new tenants will take good care of this house as much as I did. I am going to miss this place *sob*.


Photos courtesy of Fairuz Izman.


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