The Sweet Meadow


Video - The Renovation III

videoAishe Besim

Definitely feeling the pressure these last couple of weeks. The transformation at the cottage is massive - amazing what a fresh coat of paint does for the space!

She's finally transforming into what I envisioned the first day I stepped inside back in December 2015. Some of the more intricate paint work is being finished this week, along with external painting and flooring.

At this rate we'll be moving the plants in by the weekend! Check out the video for an update on the renovation. 

50 Shades of Grey

interiorsAishe Besim
My first time painting - seriously! 

My first time painting - seriously! 

It's been almost five months since I first visited what will be the home of The Sweet Meadow and I'm excited - I have a set of keys!  Although we can't start major renovations until the Council planning permit comes through, I'm trying to get other things organised, like choosing paint colours.

As I will be occupying a building in the heritage area of Echuca's High Street, I am limited with the colours available to paint the exterior (only heritage colours are allowed and they also need to be approved by Council). This is probably a blessing in disguise, as I think I would be overwhelmed with the amount of choices otherwise! I had the outside colours decided pretty early on anyway - most old weatherboard houses I love follow the same colour palette - white and grey - and so I used these as a guide to match as close as I could to heritage colours. 

It took me a little longer to decide on paint colours inside. I could paint it fire engine red if I wanted to, but quickly decided that neutral would be the way to go. There's going to be lots of terracotta and greenery so I want this to pop! I love all white interiors but they can also have a stark feeling, and remind me too much of hospitals. I then saw a photo of a contrast wall with - you guessed it - white and grey, and thought this would work well with the furniture I have already purchased. I also think it will complement the finishes and textures that I'll be using, which include recycled timber, steel, and stone.  

I haven't picked up a paintbrush since kinder so luckily my mum is a seasoned painter and helped me test a few sample colours on the walls. I'm definitely going to need my wolf pack to help with this job - there's A LOT of high ceilings, cornices and joinery that will need to be painted and it will take days! 

The verdict? I'm happy with the lighter grey but want a stronger contrast for the darker colour on the bottom. Back to the paint shop...