Open House Hobart 2016 | Saltbush Avenue

Open House Hobart, 2016

Hobart, Australia: I still live here. This small city at the ends of the earth has been my home for five years now, and I feel a deeper connection to it every year. Stronger relationships, deeper knowledge of the town and its history… I’m invested, damn it, and I love getting to stickybeak at unexpected corners during Open House Hobart.  Continue reading »

Retro Armchair Restoration | Saltbush Avenue

Retro Armchair Restoration

This story has been months in the making. I brought home these retro armchairs, refinished their frames, made some upholstery, took numerous missteps along the way… but they’re finished, both of them, and I have two beautiful midcentury recliners to show for it.  Continue reading »

Painting weatherboards | Saltbush Avenue

Painting our dark weatherboards – progress!

So I’m feeling a twinge of embarrassment about this post. How can we be so slow at painting weatherboards? Still: we’ve passed the halfway point, and each step forward looks GREAT. Here’s how that process has been going, what with lead paint being an issue and all.   Continue reading »

DIY Wooden Peg Coat Rack | Saltbush Avenue

DIY Wooden Peg Coat Rack

So I learned the hard way that I can’t just screw hooks into the wall and hope for the best, even when I’m using specialty plaster anchors. These textured walls said HELL NO and so I was left with a swiss-cheesed wall and no hooks for our coats.  Continue reading »

Champagne Taste, Kmart Budget: My 10 Picks | Saltbush Avenue

Champagne Taste, Kmart Budget: My 10 Picks

A little while ago, I ducked into Kmart — as you do, when it’s next door to the supermarket — and I was mildly surprised to discover that, hey, a bunch of this stuff looks really cool. Hello, worst-kept secret in Australian interiors!  Continue reading »