Clare Kinsey


kitchen love

It has been such a long time since I have posted, no excuses except I am slack …. and busy ;)

Anyway I thought I would post a few images of our kitchen because it is nearly completely finished. The whole house is very nearly finished actually with just the tedious painting jobs and curtains. I also want to put a few skylights in around the place but that will have to wait till we have a few more dollars. The outside on the other hand is no where near finished!

Back to the kitchen … We purchased our kitchen cabinets as a flat pack from Masters purely because they had the drawer profile that I wanted – no handles! We built (actually Steve built) the cabinets over a few days and then Richo installed them. A few minor glitches getting it all to work together but otherwise it was in pretty quickly.

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Originally our plans had a walk in pantry in the corner BUT when we saw it marked out on the subfloor at frame stage we decided not to bother about it as it seemed to be really small. Turns out it was a great idea as we now have an amazing galley style kitchen still with a fantastic bench and loads of cupboard space. The design had been in my head for such a long time and it was amazing to watch it all come together. Once the stone tops went on it was totally transformed!!

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The idea for the shelf through the windows was pinched from one of the millions of display homes I have been through over the years. It was clad in the same rustic timber that was used for the flooring upstairs. You will also see it on the rear of the island bench. It has been used in other areas as well but we will chat about that another time ;)

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I chose tiles for the splash back …. wonky hand made subway tiles with a matt finish. They were a bit on the expensive side but I am glad I went with them as they look amazing.

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We held our breathe as the oven was fit off … tight squeeze, but it fit!

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And there you have it. The skirtings are still to be painted. The big blank wall at the end of the kitchen is eventually going to have a door in it that takes you straight outside to the (future) kitchen garden! Cant wait to get that done, it will really finish off the space!




we are IN!! 

You have probably guessed by now that we have moved in to the “shed” and we just couldn’t be happier!! We still have a long way to go before we are totally finished but it is more than livable for now. 

It has been fun unpacking boxes that have been in storage for almost 2 years and rediscovering some treasures. We don’t have a great amount of storage prepared as yet so the garage is full of everything except cars! We can’t get our cars in there yet anyway until we do the drive way so it’s no biggie. 

So our plan over the coming months is to finish off a room at a time – as far as the budget will allow! We are starting with the guest bedroom (Daisys bedroom for now). The pictures below are taken from each corner of the room and the queen size blow up bed just gives you an idea of the size – surprisingly spacious I think!  

      Today Charlie has fitted the cupboards that Steve & his dad put together last weekend (gotta love ikea!) and I am really pleased with them! Now I need to get in and finish the painting etc and then we will have this room ticked off! 
I will post more pics when it is done and Daisy has her furniture in there! It’s going to be such a lovely room ❤️

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what a journey we have had …

We have had the most amazing couple of weeks! Our gorgeous girl, Daisy, has returned home after 2 years in NYC … So excited to have her home ❤️ 


We are just days away from being able to move into the shed…  Still a few things to finish but what is left can easily be done once we are living there. All I really have to do now is gather all my compliance certificates and build the landings off the living room and we are done!!  


I will post loads more pictures once we have a little more furniture in there… So close now and I can hardly contain myself… What a journey we have had!!!  

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busy week …

I have spent my day mopping… In between visitors! Just about all the floors have been grouted and I have mopped those dam floors over and over to remove the excess grout one layer at a time! It looks fabulous!  We have had visitors drop by all through the day which has been so nice and I have had Mr Concrete stop by and have a chat with me about what to do with the driveway. 

This week has seen the kitchen FINALLY be in! We have put it in and pulled it out so many times to sort out stupid little problems but now I reckon we have nailed it!! Thank you Richo for your patience. 

We have also seen the oven hooked up to the gas, the dishwasher and washing machine put in and the bath put in as well!! Big thanks to Solve It Plumbing for all of that AND for moving the shower head for me to make me happy!!    


I figure we will be moving in very very soon and I can’t wait! 


a few snaps from this week …

There has been quite a bit of excitement at #theshed this week! Firstly we hired some scaff so I could finally get up high enough to finish the top of the wall in the stair well …

IMG_8222 Can’t say as I liked being up there so much but it’s done now and looks great!
The stairs have been installed and now ready for painting and staining …



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And finally the stone bench tops have been installed. Still a bit to do in the kitchen but it is certainly taking shape.



IMG_8234 We are going to need our sunnies on in that kitchen to cook dinner because it is so beautiful and bright!! I absolutely LOVE it!!

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sage + clare appreciation post …

The sun is shining down on me right now with a number of things falling into place! Quite some time ago I found THE perfect cupboard to add to our bathroom at #theshed but I needed to wait until things were in place so I could properly measure the space and make sure it fit! Well that’s what we did this week. My gorgeous girl Jess came down to help me for a couple of days and amongst other jobs, we measured it and decided it would fit… To be honest if it didn’t I had a back up plan – I loved it so much! And to really seal the deal it was on sale with free delivery!!!
So I purchased it online from sage + clare AND they delivered it to me today – yep that’s right!! Today! SATURDAY!! Not a courier – they delivered it themselves!
This is not a sponsored post by any means but you know I just love when people love what they do and have such a passion for their business that it shines through in every aspect! Phoebe & Chris have been an absolute pleasure to deal with! So … I highly recommend that you hop over to their website and have a look. You won’t be disappointed! Click here to be taken straight to the website!!
I still have a little to do before I show you where this gorgeous piece will live so I won’t show you right now but here is an image off my Pinterest.

IMG_8245Isn’t it lovely?! Perfectly quirky and vintage to fit my beautiful bathroom. Can’t wait to show you a little more….


vanity peek …

So I had to work today and Richo was left to busy himself with our list of jobs to do…
I called in after work to measure up a space in the bathroom to put a vintage cupboard I have found and just love!! Anyway…. I was surprised to see he had done the vanity!! I can’t even tell you how happy I am with it. It has been a vision in my head for so long and finally it’s real!! Just had to share a peek…. It’s not finished but I think this week is going to be the most transforming!!



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