Well we have done it – and it was relatively painless (which is to say, it was pretty stressful and exhausting, but could have been much worse) and we got what we wanted for the place we have called home for 7 1/2 years. While we polished our home until it shone, I felt quite sentimental and bittersweet.
Our home is clearly too small for us, and the new house is going to be fantastic, but there is so much of our personality stamped on this little house. We have put lots of love into it, and the garden, and I will be very sad to leave. I am sure I will find it hard to go past every day on the way to school with the kids – I hope the new owner takes care of the garden. A man in his late 50’s, or perhaps early 60’s, has bought it. He wants to live in it, (thank goodness – I know I would have been really sad if it was turned into a rental) but his children are all grown, so the house will be positively large for someone on their own.
Now that it is all sparkly, (the real estate copy said “A Sparkling Family Home”) would you care for a tour?
I know you have seen it before, but this shot of our bedroom shows the bedside tables that we borrowed from my Mum and Dad, which happen to actually match the bed, unlike the ones we own. They also make the room look larger as they are much smaller. How sad is it that we both need a clock radio – I recently bought mine because at night, with my glasses off, I can’t read the one on Luke’s side of the bed.
This is Michaela’s room. It usually has a different set of drawers in it, but these match so nicely. The chest of drawers is mine, and was inherited from my Grandmother – sadly it does not match our bed either. There is so much more storage in the cupboards in the new house, that I think this will go in our lounge room, and store table linen, place mats and good cutlery – that way everyone will get to enjoy this treasured piece of furniture.
This is our bathroom, which sits between the second and third bedrooms.
It was really hard to shoot the kid’s room – it was such a grey old day, but here you can see where Rory and Amelia sleep. They are both very excited that they will be getting a room of their own. The beds they sleep on have actually served three generation of my family. They belonged to my uncles, and then my twin brother and I. Mine was painted bright apple green by my father when I first went into it. I repainted it yellow when I was about 19, and I painted my bedroom in the same colour. Rory’s bed is still the enamel red that my brother Julian had.
You have all seen this shot before….
…but never the other view – the shelves have been too messy.
It is amazing what removing 1 1/2 shelves worth of stuff and rearranging can do.
The lounge leads through to our lovely sunny meals area and kitchen, scene of many a blog photo, and containing the ubiquitous blogging poster. Usually this area is filled with a much-too-large table that actually accommodates all 5 members of the family. Currently it is in the garage, and the equally lovely table from the early days is in it’s place. Both tables were in the family, and were lovingly refinished by Luke and I. This little round table will probably be going in my sewing area – what a thrill it is to say that!
Here you can see the kitchen and laundry beyond – that door at the end is the only toilet in the place. I am really going to enjoy sending guests to a toilet that actually has an adjoining bathroom, so that you don’t have to wash your hands in the laundry trough – and did I mention that after the move there will be 2 toilets – we will have an en-suite!!!!! I really loved this kitchen – I can see almost the whole backyard from the window above the sink, which is perfect when you have small children. We hid sundry items like the toaster, kettle, laundry baskets etc every time someone came through.
So this is also where the magic happens! That second shelf, with all the red boxes, is actually my current “sewing room” and you can see where my sewing machine has always lived. Thankfully it has a hard cover – the kids often sit on it to eat a snack, while watching telly – they are not allowed in the lounge with food. So where do I keep my stash? back in the lounge at the bottom of the shelves.
These clear boxes are what I like to think of as my “active” stash (the blue box is full of kid’s puzzles). My stash is fairly diverse, but mainly made up of fat quarters or smaller pieces, due to the limited space. There are two of the smaller boxes at the top of the bedroom cupboard which contain fabric for a couple of projects that I am not ready to start – mainly fabric I purchased in the USA in 2007, as well as some upholstery weight pieces. I don’t dip into these fabrics so they are in a pretty inaccessible place.
Lastly on our tour – the deck and backyard – scene of many a happy barbie.
Thanks for indulging me on a nostalgic tour of our home – I can’t wait to show you the new one after we move!