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That’s a quote from Mary Catherine Bateson (American writer and cultural anthropologist). What are you willing to learn? What are you doing about it?

I’ve got lots to learn.

With the dates unknown (I assume the first half of next year) for the next NKBA National Certificate in Kitchen Design and National Certificate in Bathroom Design course I’ve just enrolled in the Interior Design Diploma Course – an online course offered by the Interior Design Institute.  I wish I had thought of this earlier.  I’ll let you know what I think of the course once I’ve completed the 12 modules and got the certificate.

Saw the first photo and it made me smile (from a house in Minnesota ).  So with the help of Microsoft Word’s stencil font, a piece of cardboard and a sharp knife I created our own version for our front step.  It’s obviously a temporary step – but we’ve had it for a few years now and it will be there for a few more.  We won’t be getting a ‘proper’ front step until we build the new carport and re-concrete that part of the driveway (and that’s last on the list).

BTW Richard, I’ve also created a ‘sugar is poison’ stencil for the Chelsea Sugar Refinery :-)

What’s the point of having a smart phone unless  you can use it smartly?  Last time we replaced our front door lock I had to get six keys cut.  But now I can finally get rid of the spare key hidden under the rock.  This is a much simpler solution – that is it will be – once I can also sync it with the house alarm.  And I love the keyless entry.  However as you can see from Lockitron’s website we’re going to have to wait a while to get one.

Lacquered walls – glorious.  This photo is from a townhouse in Chicago.  I’m going to put red gloss paint on a wall in the lounge (behind the bookcase), but that seems like child-play compared to this.  I can’t say I’ve seen any NZ examples, though if you check out these pictures on Houzz and read the article you’ll understand perhaps why.  They’re expensive and high maintenance – but isn’t everything in my life :-)