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Sunday, August 14, 2011

After the Labour Pains







It seems to me like a miracle that I am actually living in the new house. I look around me and remember what this was like when it was raw concrete and without a roof. I remember how I looked at the outlines of the rooms on the floor and thought the rooms too small. I remember the trials and tribulations with waterproofing, and my anxiety over budget over runs, and my ghastly fears of having created a monstrosity of the sort you read about in the papers.

A big eyesore in a landscape of discreet and tasteful dwellings.

The rooms are way bigger than I expected them to be right up till the curtains and wooden cabinets were installed. The waterproofing seems to be holding up very well. This beige and olive green house with dark chocolate walls is not so opulent as to be an eyesore. It is a little odd because I have no sense of style... but it is plain enough and discreet enough to be in sober taste. Think a woman in white blouse and brown skirt, with flat pumps.

The happy consequences of lazy shopping has ensured a continuity over all 3 floors of the house. Since the same floor tile is laid on the floor, spaces seem to flow into each other... through the living, up the staircase, across the landing and into the rooms. The same kind of wall lamp hangs outside and inside the house. The same colour of lights (different shapes) hang in living and dining. There is only a single colour on the walls. I cannot visualize how colours and textures match so it is so much easier to just be the same right through. It may be boring but it works for me.

And I did do what I promised myself to do - decorate the spaces with nothingness so that empty air speaks for itself. Odd way of decorating a home but it sure saves a lotta money!!

12 comments:

Open Kitchen Concept said...

Congrats for the successful completion of your big project! Milo looks mature! Pls take more pictures of your kitchen and dining room... Pls.... I'm dying to see how it looks like! :)

Blur Ting said...

Congratulations! I love the library! Gosh, the bedroom is huge, about the size of my entire house actually. :-)

petunialee said...

OKC - Sure! Kitchen and dining!

petunialee said...

Ting - I am actually very surprised at how large the bedroom is. I was so kiasu that I kept thinking it was small. All I wanted was to achieve the same size bedroom as that in my jumbo HDB flat from years ago... but I guess I went to the other extreme. This said, it is a nice surprise. I wake up in the mornings and see the other wall from my bed and it looks like it is a mile or 2 away.

Leah said...

A woman in white blouse and brown skirt, with flat pumps sounds quite elegant to me...and WOW, your house is huge! You can do many cartwheels in your bedroom!

Congrats again!

Blur Ting said...

Haha, you left a comment on Smelly Itchy feet's blog. Then I see your headline. No wonder!

Wen-ai said...

Congrats! Yah, the bedroom is HUGE! Ur master bed looks so small in comparison. Haha... Oh, I cant wait to see your garden. Pictures of your garden when they are ready yah?

Malar said...

Wow! This is so lovely house! More pictures please!!!!
The room is so huge!

petunialee said...

Leah - Thank you!! The house isn't very huge. It's the Master Bedroom that is huge and that was something of a miscalculation on my part. It now takes forever to cross the room to get my clothes!!

petunialee said...

Ting - Yup! She was making a baby and I was making a house.

petunialee said...

Wen-Ai: The garden is still a mess though. Some of the plants are in shock from the change in environment. I am waiting for them to settle in. I hope none of them will wither away.

petunialee said...

Malar - Ok! Tomorrow I will take more pics of kitchen and dining and other parts of house.