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19.4 My Home Renovation Update: Stairs, Kitchen, and more by Ilsa Melchiori

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Time for another home renovation update. Check out my other post (here and here) for more photos.

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So that's the latest. Getting there, slowly but surely.

4.3 Just a Moment of Truth by Ilsa Melchiori

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I will never be the perfectly put together fashionista.  The immaculate beauty guru.  I will always have a stain somewhere on my clothes, I will never have perfect makeup and my hair will rarely be 'done'. There will probably always be at least one dirty dish in my sink. Most importantly, I'm not going to hide this.  I like it when things are just a little bit 'off'.

I am working on juggling everything in life right now.  I choose to do this blog and I will keep choosing it.  Just give me a moment to re-balance my spinning plates.

Share your new endeavours in the comments below.

 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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14.  It's not glamorous.

15.  It's not for everyone.

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

24.1 A Day Trip to Montsalvat by Ilsa Melchiori

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Today's post is going to be an image heavy one.

Recently I met with my friend Tegan and we went for a little day trip to the Montsalvat Artist Colony in Eltham, near where we both grew up.

Monsalvat was founded in 1934 by Justus Jörgensen as a artist's colony and home for practising artists. It remains today as a working non-for-profit arts centre. Set on 12 acres of lush, established gardens, there is a beautiful mash-up of buildings from charming mud-brick cottages to the impressive Great Hall. Growing up I always thought fairies lived at Montsalvat. Still kind of do...

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Where should we go for our next day trip?