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Stairway To Heaven

Posted: June 2, 2011 in Bedroom
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It’s taken the cat two weeks to learn how to get to Level 4…

But from Level 4 to the top of the bifold door took all of five seconds.

This is close to 3m off the ground, let’s hope she has good balance.


Kitty Playground

Posted: May 15, 2011 in Bedroom
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Mounted up a couple of cheapy IKEA shelves so the cat has a few more perches.

As usual, unplanned, but thankfully, the colour of the raw wood shelves matches the decking quite well.

Green Zone

Posted: May 15, 2011 in Bedroom

Stiletto’s been wanting a plant to block the view of the aircon compressor. We found something that doesn’t look too cheena or messy. The kind staff from Far East Flora even climbed out of the window to help us position it. Which is good, because left to my own devices, I’d have fallen three stories to certain death, or more likely, not even have fit through the window.

Well we’re no green fingers, so maybe it’s good we got a desert plant. With luck on our side, we won’t be left with three dry stumps in a white pot…

Curtain Call

Posted: April 20, 2011 in Bedroom
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MGL Curtain came down today to install our wardrobe “doors”. They had some initial problems getting the curtain track up to our floor as it was a single five metre length and wouldn’t fit in both the lift and the stairwell. Eventually we had to dangle rope down the building’s facade and haul it up from the bedroom window.

String guide to make sure the holes to be drilled are all aligned. On the right you’ll see the IKEA pole system mount which I modified to fit.

The installer’s sexy beast of a rotary hammer. This has a dust extraction attachment so the dust from the drilling gets vacuumed up as it is created. When I saw this I felt like half a man with my T-loaned Black & Decker toy. The Bosch is now on my “to buy” list.

The track goes up. This is an S-track, which creates a nice wave in the fabric quite like the effect of using eyelets. Why not use eyelets then?

1) hangs lower, so there will be a gap from the ceiling to the top of the curtain. This, being wardrobe doors, would be an issue.

2) curtain rod do not come in such a long length. We’d have to split it into two or more rods/curtains, and that’s not the look we wanted.

3) sliding action not as smooth as an S-track. Think shower curtain and you more or less have the feel of using eyelets.

Fabric goes up. We went for a latte coloured, linen-like fabric, and added an off-white lining to make it less sheer. We also specified that it skims the floor.

And we are done!

The curtain turned out perfect. It adds a certain texture and softness to the room without overpowering it. And because it is floor to ceiling, it somehow enhances the sense of vertical space.

So another hearty recommendation for May and her team at MGL Curtain. We didn’t spend much (it being a simple job) but it felt like we had first class service. MGL has a pretty good reputation on the local forums, and after you pay them a visit, its pretty obvious why…

Deck The Halls

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Bedroom
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Goodbye ugly balcony tiles (the last vestige of the old flooring) and Hello timber decking.

We’re mighty pleased with the colour of this wood. The initial plan was to use chengai wood, which is a more chocolaty brown. Stiletto wanted something lighter, and we were struggling to describe what we wanted to our contractor.

By chance, we visited a friend whose garden had a bunch of timber decking in the exact shade we wanted. The secret? Balau wood, instead of chengai. To sweeten things even more, balau costs less than chengai.

Close up of the decking. The lighter shade of brown shows off the wood grain nicely.

Why Folding Is Way Better Than Sliding

Posted: February 27, 2011 in Bedroom

Wasn’t expecting to see this today, but the window installers were back again to fit in the bi-fold doors.

Fully open. This (besides the aesthetic preference that Stiletto has for folding over sliding doors) is why we went with the bi-fold doors. Folded up and pushed to one side, they enable an unobstructed view of the full balcony.

Half open. The zig zag of the panels make for an interesting view.

Fully closed. The panels are impressively tall, yet due to the clear glass, aren’t too imposing.

Since every recent post has had some talk about rectification, in the spirit of things, here’s a shot of the latest (I swear of late it seems like we are doing our reno in rewind mode). The window installers took the chance to reseal the windows, hacking a whole chunk of plaster off in the process. Apparently there was some leaking going on…

Look’s like we’ll be seeing the plaster guy again soon…

Yellow = Good, White = Bad

Posted: January 24, 2011 in Bedroom
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As above…Stiletto’s house rules. Surprisingly, these energy saving bulbs from Megaman cast a really warm glow. We weren’t expecting this. To my eyes, it’s almost as warm as halogen lighting.

The only trade of is that they’re a little dimmer than the usual cool white energy saving bulbs, but since this is a bedroom, it actually works in our favour.

One thing I’ve noticed is that the bulb might be a bit too big for the smaller lamp shade. If you look at the first photo above, you’ll see how the smaller lamp shade looks like a red hot poker. Once this bulb blows, it might be interesting to try something smaller. Megaman actually has a 3 step dimmable energy saving bulb which is a direct screw in replacement, perhaps we’ll try that instead.