Ta-da!

Sasha - December 26, 2008

OK I never thought I’d be able to share this last post this side of the new year. There were times I even wondered if I’d ever move in. Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong with this project, but I don’t take it as an omen - just a dodgy contractor who couldn’t project manage to save himself! I actually asked him at one point, “Don’t you want me out of your life?! What will it take for me to help you get me out of your life?” He laughed, but I was somewhat more serious. Anyway, we got there. Almost. There are still some things he needs to do. Install the heating, finalise electricity, water pressure is a bit low, etc. But hey, I’ve got running hot water, a kitchen to cook in and a hob to turn on when it gets too cold.

I think it looks gorgeous. I almost don’t want to leave the apartment. Of course I’m a perfectionist so there are little things that normal human beings wouldn’t notice that I am learning to live with (maybe the floor could have been a slightly different shade, that light switch should have been over to the left a bit, etc, etc) but at some point even I have to stop and take it in.

I still need a lot of furniture as you can see, but all in good time…

So thanks for coming on this journey with me, and without furthter ado…

The study space

The living space

Just playing with arrangements…

The kitchen

The entrance area - laundry on the left and toilet on the right

The toilet

The bathroom

…yep, this is my little piece of bliss in the world…

The devil is in more detail

Sasha - December 24, 2008

Hey there, I’ve posted some detail before, but this time I’ve got better pics to share now that certain bits and pieces have been placed.

So let’s start with the bathroom:

I’ve chosen Dornbracht fittings here. Primarily from the Meta.02 range - I liked its simplicity. You may think it’s odd to have a hand shower in the shower. Well, I kinda like the Japanese onsen experience. If you’ve ever had one, you’ll know that before entering the main pool areas, you sit on a little chair (called a hinoki) and you scrub with a loofah and then rinse. It’s a nice little ritual - and somehow more cleansing that an ordinary shower. Now I just have to find a nice hinoki…

For the bath I’ve used a Water Sheet and mixer from the Symmetrics range:

Rather excitingly, the kitchen was also installed last week. I’ve chosen Siemens rangehood and dishwasher, but Smeg hob, combi oven and fridge (also for the design aspect). I’m also putting in a Quooker; because I have an island only, I didn’t want to have a kettle sitting on top all the time (and I’m a bit tea drinker so hot water at the ready is a huge plus!):

Now it really feels like somewhere to live!

…which also has nothing to do with the fact that the toilet’s now in (Phillip Starck by the way):