House tour: part one!

by Elizabeth on September 27, 2011 · 8 comments

in Home, Life


You can really tell that Spring has hit when I am overcome with the urge to clean.  I’ve had a couple of days off work this week, and rather than spending my time at the beach or the shops I cleaned.  Really cleaned.  I’m talking deep-cleaning at every level of every room in my house.

You guys, I even wiped down all of the skirting boards.  Serious business.

It has taken a while for this house to feel like “home” to me.  Tim doesn’t really have that problem – as long as he has a comfy spot in front of a big TV, and somewhere to sleep, I think he’s pretty happy.  I wish I was so easily satisfied, but I’m just not happy unless my home feels right.  I don’t need a lot of stuff, but I am happiest when I am surrounded by good light, clean lines, and colour!  This house has some pretty great bones, but there are weird little quirks that have been difficult to find solutions to.

One of the perils of renting is that it is tempting to just camp.  For instance, our terrible couches are broken and really need replacing but it’s hard to commit to a big purchase like that when we might live somewhere different a year from now.  We’d like to stay here at least another year or two, but what if the landlord sells it and we’re booted out?

At some point I felt so disenchanted with our house that I had a choice – invest a little more in making it work, or be sad about it.  I don’t do sad, so I set about making this funny little house a home.  Broken couches and all.

And since my house is sparkling clean I thought you might like to take a look around!





Open the gate, walk down the path and this is the first thing you’ll see.  This covered porch could use a little TLC (especially in the colour department), but it’s the perfect place to watch the moon rise or enjoy a thunderstorm.

One night last week we had a beautiful storm with plenty of lightning, and although it was freezing cold I wrapped myself up in a blanket, grabbed a cup of tea and enjoyed the show.  We just bought this little table and chair set a couple of weeks ago and I can tell that it’s going to get a lot of use over Summer.



Go through the front door and you’ll find yourself in the teeny tiny foyer.  It’s just big enough to hold a coat rack and a hall table, but it helps to make the adjoining rooms to feel so much bigger just by being there.  It’s a pretty little room, but maybe a little cluttered right now.



I’m having trouble deciding which room to show you next, since the two adjoining rooms are probably my favourite rooms in the house!  If you go straight ahead from the front door you’re in the bedroom, take a left and you’re in the living room.

Maybe you could decide for me?  Leave me a comment and tell me which room you’d like to see next!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Tim September 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I think you know which of the two is my favorite!


Elizabeth September 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Haha!  The one with the Playstation? 😉


Leigh September 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Well now that you are done, can I put my house on your to do list 😉

Your house is super cute, I love it. It has a character 🙂


Elizabeth September 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm

No problem!  Have your driver collect me in an hour or so.


Louise Sullivan September 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

Your house looks like a magazine! You have done a great job, I am very jealous of you fantastic effort


Elizabeth September 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Thank you Louise! 

(You’re totally going to change your mind when you see our terrible kitchen though.  No magazine would publish the pink colour scheme that is happening in there…)


Cara September 29, 2011 at 11:49 am

Your place looks fantastic. My bf is the same (first thing to set up computer, then xbox though), I’ve only just started full time work so never really had the money to decorate a place
and always have this nagging feeling that I shouldn’t buy too many ‘things’ coz I would like to travel/live overseas for a while. However, I read the other day another’s blog that talked about the fact that regardless of your money situation, or your plans, it’s still your ‘base’ and you need it to be comfortable. Therefore this weekend I’m going to try and find some wall stickers (Have this big plan of a sillihoutte of a tree across the big in cupboards in the bedroom). 🙂
PS. Living room first!


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