We’re not gazilionaires or property tycoons by any means but rather regular partners in ‘home reno’ crime who get a kick out of continually upgrading our homes.
Over the years we’ve stooped to living in shacks, sheds, garages and couch surfing as a sacrifice for whatever projects are hot-to-trot. We’ve tackled our fair share of property wins (and many many losses) and aspire to share all of our lessons (as raw and real as they are) with you – our nooks & cranny gang of DIY renovators.
Our latest labour of love is a (gorgeous) five-acre property nestled in the Gold Coast Hinterland (at Canungra), and we can’t wait to see how this one evolves. If you like what you read, hop over and check out our style!
Our picture story
Simply in words
Niks the creative
// I love my steel caps, RM Williams and snug fit sass and bides.
// I love colonial homes, white interiors with VJ walls, and have a die hard love for OPI nail polish.
// I can rough it on a job-site though do prefer slipping into white 1200 thread count Sheraton sheets.
My last corporate promotion featured me on a reality television show where I pitched my heart out and became the digital publicist of a high profile tourism firm. (It was called “The Boss is Coming to Dinner” if you wanted to know).
I am very grateful for this experience, as it was here I acquired the digital tools and rubbed shoulders with the paparazzi; which over many years (and bottles of wine) has aged and now decanted into voila.
I was most inspired to take action (now) by a brilliant friend and her Bright Eyed & Blog Hearted e-course. The rest is history, as here we are sharing our reno gems.
To beef up my credentials (so you don’t think I’m a full blown amateur), I hang on my home office walls: a Bachelor of Business (majoring in Marketing), Diploma of Project Management, Diploma of Interior Design, Real Estate Agent Licence (although I must confess this is now terribly out-dated), First Aid qualifications and can now enter job sites with my new Queensland White Card.
Luke the do-er-er
// I don’t
generally lose my ‘cool’ except when surrounded by terrible drivers (and sharks).
// I have one of those faces that encourages tourists to stop and ask if I can take their picture (in almost every country I’ve visited).
// I am a coffee fanatic that enjoys exercise and eats way too much sugar (we’re talking 2+ coffees a day).
I always thought I’d grow up to be a farmer with hectares of land and cattle. Instead, I pursued a job at Bunnings Warehouse studying to be a landscape architect. This took a radical (right) turn into a carpentry apprenticeship with my brother Greg.
Now with over ten years in the building industry, Nikki and I recently said goodbye to our day jobs and set up hobbs building & interiors. So with her love for interiors (and writing) and mine for construction, we make a pretty good team.
I have studied a bit, such as my builders and construction licences, Blue Card, First Aid Qualifications and can drive quite a few types of vehicles.
Now I must now confess, I’m no writer nor very comfortable in the public domain, but what the heck, I’m always up for the challenge!
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