30.6 My Home Renovation Update: Details - Starting to Become a Home by Ilsa Melchiori


When this renovation started I thought it would be, if not easy at least fine, to stay living in the building throughout. However after over a year of living in two small rooms and a shanty kitchen/bathroom hybrid (yes our toilet and stove were in the same space) I'm over the freaking moon to finally have a bit more usable (traditional) space! As per my previous posts, here, here and here, below I share a range of photos showing the progress of the build. Enjoy!


If you want to see some hard truths about the building process I also did a post called What It's Really Like Living on a Construction Sitethat shows the less exciting site of things.

Thanks for reading!

13.2 Design: A Look into my Design Practice by Ilsa Melchiori


This is the start of  a new series of design posts I'll be doing, in order to document my design growth and evolution.

Design is just another facet of my creative addiction. Hope you enjoy.

Please contact me with freelance work enquiries, including Graphic Design, Interior Design, Interior Styling, Logo Design, CAD drafting, or Renders.


PROJECT: The Idea(l) - Micro Apartment Design

How much space to do currently have? How much of that do you actually use? Could you have less space? My answers... More than I need. Less Then I have. Yes, very easily.


The old 'Australian dream' of owning a large house in the suburbs is fast fading, due to financial reasons, due to a shift mentality, due to a strong desire to live in the inner city areas. There are many reasons one might ‘blame’ this change on.


The next step? How do we create the most out of the smaller, possibly more unconventional, inner city spaces? These are the areas we no longer have room for the McMansions of the suburbs, so now we have to get creative.


As an Interior Designer I examined different ideas of micro living from around the globe. From the slightly insane, to the pure design genius.

This post contains images, from design sketches, to final renders that show one outcome for a very unconventional site, beneath a heritage listed bridge. Each apartment is made up of highly functional modules to make the most of a small space.

The Home Office 


The Pivot Flexi


The Entertainer


Which apartment style would you pick?

6.2 What it's REALLY like living on a construction site... by Ilsa Melchiori


I've been sharing photos of our home renovations on this blog. All of the exciting new things that are happening. But on the flip side is the less fun, WAY less glamorous reality of how we have been living for the past 8 months or so. What's the truth? Well...

Honestly it's hard. I'm not going to sugar coat it. It's disruptive, and messy, and draining.

This post is inspired by  Helen Anderson, who did a great video on her YouTube channel called A Real House Tour.

It's easy to get caught up in these seemingly perfect worlds people present to us online, but the real life behind that, complete with dirty dishes, pimples and bad hair days, can sometimes be far more interesting. Or at least, more relatable.

Below are some truths, along with some real, unedited, un-staged, images of what it is really like to live on a construction site.


1.  There will constantly be a layer of dirt/dust on everything. You can clean all you want, it will always be there.

2.  You will potentially be completely or partially exposed to the elements on more than one occasion. It's been raining inside my house several times. I'm not talking about a drip or leak that you can put a bucket underneath, but full-blown rain.


3.  You will probably gain weight. You kitchen facilities may be 'creative' or non-existent. You will start eating convenient food. I have gained around 5kg since we started.


4.  Not a morning person? You will learn to be. Builders can start at 7am on weekdays and for the sake of productivity, you will want them to.

5.  You have to be very organised, but at the same time understand that your organisation is likely to constantly fall apart.


6.  If you have a romantic partner with you on this journey it will, at times, cause a strain.

7.  90% of what you own will be in storage. Which as a self-employed creative can really suck.


8.  There is nowhere that is clean, well lit and pretty to take Instagram/blog photos. Get creative.

9.  If you work from home, you will get cabin fever, bad!


10.  At any given time you may be without water, power, gas, walls, and for us, a section of our bedroom ceiling.


11.  Things merge. Lines get blurred. My bed is currently also my dinning table, my lounge room and at times my office. It is not ideal, but cannot be helped.

12.  By staying you can save money.

13.  But by staying you might be making it take longer as the builders have to work around you.


14.  It's not glamorous.

15.  It's not for everyone.

I'd love for you to share your experiences with home renovations below.

15.9 My Home Renovations Update: Demolition, Second Floor & more by Ilsa Melchiori


I moved into my house back in 2012. I loved my little terrace house, however, over time it started to crumble and was in desperate need of some structural and cosmetic attention. So with quite a few delays involving Council planning, 2016 finally became the year we could start works!

Quick disclaimer: I do not own this property, my family does. My boyfriend and I rent it off my parents. 


So this is where we are right now. As I am writing this post, I can hear workmen out back banging away, I believe they are putting on the roof! I've never been more excited about a roof.

Have you ever undergone major home renovations? I'd love to hear about your experience.