Monday, September 29, 2014

Introducing our new butterfly roof house - external shots

We had been house hunting for 7 months non-stop. Looking in an area close enough to the school but the house had to have the special 'something'. We had already made 5 unsuccessful offers on other homes over the 7 months but as the market in this area is so full on we always missed out. 
When I saw this house on the internet on a Friday night and viewing it on the Saturday, we both immediately knew: this is the one! 

The lattice will be removed to reveal the cantilevered corner deck in all it's glory.

It was better than any other house we had seen, such as large rooms, a huge extra room downstairs, flat land but the compromise was that it needed a lot of TLC after having tenants for many years and many owners. We made on offer at 9am Monday morning, stumbled a bit when the results of the building and pest came back, but it was ours 4 weeks after seeing it.  We are so happy to have it, but are doing some things before we move in. Re-roofing, internal painting, floor sanding, a new kitchen and replace the leaking toilet. 

Here are the before shots of our 1960's butterfly roofed house: 

We have removed a piece of unnecessary timber above the car port, this awaiting cleaning up and painting.

The patio has been painted in readiness for the new roof, this is the only external area we will paint for now. The outdoor painting will be done once we move in.

We love the brick breeze wall and the timber feature of the back stairs.

Sadly the back stairs will need to be replaced, but it's pretty far down the list.

Corner deck. We love this bluish grey colour and will keep it very similar.

Left of the front door. Garden to be redone, painting and wood rot to attend to.

Retro path to the hill hoist.

Front of the corner deck, here you can see the piece of timber that we removed. It used to hold a lattice carport/pergola years ago.

The awnings are good for a house with no eaves, but will eventually need to be replaced as they have rusted through.

The back view of our butterfly roof including a commercial size box gutter and rain head.

The opposite end of the house from the corner deck. The bedrooms are also cantilevered.

Some of these photos where taken by me while the tenants lived here, so much of the 'extras' have been since removed.

My next post will be of some of the internal features, then soon, I can start showing 'before and after's' ...  so exciting.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

GOMA, Harvest...part 2

Here are a few more shots from our visit to GOMA....

A massive and amazing painting!

Here is Ebie being shy in front ogf the painting for an idea of size - I know!

Lou x

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Juicy Pineapples Galore...

I have featured pineapples a few times before on my blog, as I am a fan. So when we visited the Harvest exhibition at GOMA recently, one of my favorite parts was the pineapple feature. I remember many of these item, and I particularly loved the vintage tea towels.

Not the worlds best photos as it was behind glass and taken on my phone.
Loved this wallpaper.

Lou x

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hardy winter plants...

I am loving all the gorgeous plants around at the moment. It's amazing the beautiful colours that are in bloom in winter. So many of these ones have a retro vibe happening.

Lou x

Friday, May 16, 2014

Day dreaming with Pinterest

I love looking at amazing cakes on Pinterest. There are so many beautiful ideas.
I found this one and loved it!

Gold Sequin Cake with soft pastels | by Fondant FlingerLou x

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A few of my favorite flowers...

I love flowers and always have. I like all types, I love bright ones, but find myself drawn to the pastel romantic types more. I went to the flower markets and purchased flowers for my wedding and along with my family and friends we stayed up late the night before my wedding and made all the flowers for the wedding, including huge bouquets. It was so fun and something I will never forget.

So soft & pretty / centerpieces
image from pinterest

these would be in the parlor - next to my piano or throne - whichever
from pinterest
White everything...
all white is beautiful too

Pink and wrapped up in newspaper...

Peonies have become very popular

Pink rose The Enchanting Forest
From my own garden

The Enchanting Forest - May flowers with blue daisy.
May flowers and purple/blue daisies also from my my garden.
Lou x

Friday, April 25, 2014

An enchanting stone castle...

We went for a day trip and we found this gorgeous stone house. I wonder what it looks like on the inside?

Lou x

Saturday, February 22, 2014

House Hunting treasures...

I have seen some real 'beauties' while house hunting. Some in very original condition. Here are some of the things I have seen last weekend.
Very original round bath

Very original tiles

Wondrous indoor garden 'feature'

This kitchen bench is pretty retro and I thought it was pretty cool

Amazing vinyl floor in a kitchen

Grrrrrrr. I've got the eye of the Tiger

I liked this retro light

I actually loved this very cool shed that still had cool storage with rusty nails in them

I nearly wanted to buy this house just for this shed

LOVED these aqua ladders

Checking out a little anodized planter hanging in the garden.
Lou x