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Small spaces: A cityscape for good

I’m sure I had some awesome little space to share with you today… but overnight, it’s disappeared into the recesses of my brain (probably never to be found again).

However, I have something else just as awesome (and still on a small scale) to share with you. I first saw these cuties via Citta Design on Instagram, then on the Fancy blog. And I’m such a sucker for l’il things.

These l’il things are especially sweet because of their story.

Image of City Scape

Do you know what? This little set of town houses is made with love from Christchurch. Rekindle is an enterprise with a socially and environmentally responsible heart, working to make beautiful things out of the broken up bits of a city devasted by earthquakes. Coming up is a kids version, free from nasties like lead paint and splinters.

Image of Building blocks

They also do jewellery and real size furniture. Go Christchurch, go creativity from challenges, go preserving histories, go Rekindle!




Making progress – one step at a time

The final transition from old to renovated (I won’t say new as it’s not an add-on) is in a step from lounge to dining.

Seen here in it’s rough state:

And now the smooth:

We actually stuffed some insulation down in the gap between floors (see the first photo), just because we had some handy, and, umm it makes the step feel warmer already – really!

And because we all like an overview:

Nice! Obviously we have yet to stain the step and paint the rest of it (forget what those particular bits are called… I know they’re not architraves or skirtings), but the good news is deep in the garage a little pot of “previous owners stain” was unearthed (I don’t use that word lightheartedly…) and the sample proves we have a match!

It will take some time to match the dents and scratches from old to new, but with the little one’s fondness for ladles, tongs, hammers and drills, combined with the incessant desire to bang them on all surfaces perhaps it won’t take so long if only I can confine him to the new step… any ideas aside from sandwiching him between yet more temporary walls either side of the step?!