Wooden pallet verandah daybed couch

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Hello, here's the newest finished project here at number 88, a daybed for the back verandah.

I'm really happy with the way this has turned out. It's huge and perfect for a napping on long hot afternoons. Or getting comfy with a pile of books.

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This is what it looks like among the toys and table that take up the rest of the verandah.

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We spend an awful lot of time out here in summer and eat most of our meals at that table.

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This is what the verandah looked like before. I really loved those cane chairs, and the squatters chairs… but there were just TOO MANY chairs out there.

It became especially problematic when the Baby became a Toddler. It felt like he was spending all day moving chairs around so everything always looked super messy and there was never any space to play.

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Now that I've minimised the moveable pieces for furniture things are feeling much calmer.

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The pallets for the daybed where acquired via Gumtree and transported home on the roof rack in one of the more terrifying drives of my life.

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Had I selected prettier rustic pallets I might have been able to get away without painting these, but I didn't, and it had to be done.

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In the end, they do look good and I'm glad, even though it was a PITA job. IMG 4213

I cut the foam for the cushions smaller than the pallets deliberately so we'd have a handy shelf for popping a mug of tea on around the edges. It turns out it makes a handy step for tiny legs to clamber up on too.

There are still a few more things I need to do here before I'm calling this finished (aren't there always?), like another blind to keep the rest of the afternoon sun off the lounge. I'm looking forward to cozying it up with some more blankets and sheepskins when the weather cools down too.

Autumn, yay! (Mostly about clothes)

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Hello! What a long time it's been.

It's officially Autumn now. How completely glorious.

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At the moment everything looks like this.

It's all very monsoonal and muddy. When the sun comes out and hits the mud puddles the land steams and the air is like breathing soup, as opposed to the ground being like soup, which it also is.

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Not to be deterred, I've conducted my semi annual wardrobe edit in hopes of milder days ahead.

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This is going to be the winter of the knitted sweater. I'm declaring it now. Many of these were thrifted and some were knitted by my mother in the 80s.

Can you have too many sweaters? This is my edit remember.

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Check out this pink snow storm wonderland Mum made. I love this sweater but it is knitted from Torture Wool and wearing it against any patch of bare skin is like being pricked with a thousand tiny needles in every pore. I can only imagine she wore it with a thick, long sleeved turtleneck back in the day

She had a pink hand-knitted dress with a huge parrot too. It was very Jenny Kee.

Even though she claims to be uninterested in fashion these days I know I inherited my clothes horse tendencies from her. She was super trendy.

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I've added a few new things to my Autumn wardrobe recently too. These silk pants and voluminious tote are both from Country Road, snapped up during their spend and save. I hate matching things from the same store but really love these two together.

Because it never really gets very cold in Brisbane heavy coats and accessories are largely redundant and I find this time of year is when I inevitably find the pieces in shops I end up wearing all winter.

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Still on the pyjama pants theme I picked up these leopard trousers from Temt yesterday for a song.

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So, basically my winter fashion plan is a kind of urban tracksuit, posh jammie pants and knits with the odd heel and accessory thrown in to make it dressy.

Shoe wise, I'd love a pair of these Isabel Marant Dicker Boots.

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But am contenting myself with these Rubi shoes knock offs instead.

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