LaundryWinter Report

June 8, 2019by cheree4

Winter officially hit us last Saturday. Just to remind us how brutal a Wellington winter can be, she surprised us with a power outage that night. Paul and I were so cold that all we could do was jump into bed and huddled together. Once our teeth stopped talking we were both adamant, changes need to be made to this house before the cold really sets in!

On a previous lounge post, I highlighted all our nooks and funny crannies. But I failed to mention about our drafty spots; it was Summer after all. Whenever we have a strong Southerly, the cool air will blow up through the cracks in the far left and right corners of the room. Even with the heat pump cranked it’s still icy anywhere near that area.

Over the past couple of days, we have been rallying around the idea of throwing some offcut carpet in the lounge. Last night it hit us why waste money on some cheap offcuts – let’s carpet the lounge! It’s probably the most impractical idea we have had since renovating, but we will do anything to starve off this winter!

Here are some carpet ideas that I have found that will work with our dream decor list.

Source: I think it’s the toasty fire that sold me on this cut pile look!

My design preference is for a European, sizzle looking carpet. However, after choosing this carpet for my apartment, I felt the edges and corners of the rooms looked messy and unfinished.

A grey/blue cabinet will look divine on our new carpet. I must add this to Paul’s massive to-do list – giggle…

Speaking of Paul…He has been chipping away quietly on our Laundry. The Laundry door has now been painted a dark navy. It’s the same colour as our bathroom vanity. When you stand in the hallway and see this grounding colour in two very light spaces – it’s stunning!

There is a positive to having no carpet in the lounge. We don’t have to worry about paint splats, and we can turn on the heat pump to speed up the drying process.

The door has now been hung in the Laundry room.

Our glass pulls have been fitted to the cabinets.

The tinsy subway tiles have been put up by Paul. Darn it, we are short by two sheets! We had the same problem in the bathroom. I’m not pointing the finger but I think someone’s maths is a bit off?

I also found a piece of artwork for the adjoining hallway. And it’s free?!!

I downloaded this artwork from another D.I.Y blog post – Hydrangea Tree House. You can download this picture and check out her timeless designs here.

We also decided to paint the hallway a light sage green to break up all the grey and white in the house. I think it’s a soothing colour that will blend well with grey and my new picture.


Our next major movement is knocking down the kitchen wall. We have been busy sketching our designs on paper and collating images for this room. I can’t wait to share our final designs on my next post. Until next time stay tuned and stay warm!



  • Val Sullivan

    June 9, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Cheree and Paul, I can’t believe how much you have done to your house in such a short time. I love the colours you have chosen for the rooms you have done and I am looking forward to seeing what you do with the rest of your home and it will be something you both can feel very proud of when it is finished. Love Val xx

    • cheree

      June 10, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Thanks so much Val. It feels like the laundry renovation has been dragging on forever. I guess it’s hard to notice the progress when you are living in it. Your positive feedback really spurs us on!xx

  • Colleen

    June 11, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Love that door Cheree! The laundry will look amazing. Im so excited to see the kitchen come to life!

    • cheree

      June 12, 2019 at 8:36 am

      Thanks Colleen! It might be a while till the kitchen comes to life, but one lives in hope! Giggle 🙂

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