Thursday, January 5, 2012

the good, the bad and the ugly...

The last month has just whizzed by. There has been the excitement of Christmas, the busy-ness of the last few weeks of school, the challenge of moving interstate, the chaos of packing and then unpacking, and the challenge of shuffling furniture and stuff around the new house trying to make it all fit! Things are settling down a bit now - we have found all the essentials (except the camera charger which has disappeared into thin air, or more possibly into a box, yet to be unpacked, marked something like keepsake clothes or laundry storage!) and the house is beginning to feel like home.

We are renting down here in Melbourne and my husband did a great job of choosing a house for us. It has plenty of space, a beautiful garden and a lot of history. It also has some bits which I don't love as much and I am trying to get back into the rental mindset of not being able to change those thing... frustrating!!! Here are a few photos to show you some of the features that I love about the house, and some that I love just a little less...

The house has a lot of leadlight windows and doors. I love the way the light changes as it shines through...

Bits of the garden are very pretty and there are lots of roses and other beautiful cutting flowers - hooray!...

Lots of architectural details - cornices, ceiling roses, etc - that are very pretty. A few sparkly chandeliers too...

We have already been feasting on the apricots that ripened just as we arrived. These peaches are coming along beautifully...

I wouldn't have choosen these heart cut-outs on the stairs if it were my house, but they have made me smile...

Hmmmm. Not so sure about this light feature! There are two...

Now we are getting to the ugly... The bathrooms are colourful (this one has a peach suite, there is also a mauve and a green!) and the tiling is eclectic. The wallpaper in this one is so old it is almost trendy again and is actually quite cute, but...

...it should never have been teamed with these tiles!!

3 comments:

Samantha said...

Welcome to Melbourne, that wallpaper is very vintage, definately very in. Hope your settling in well.x

le said...

hee hee at least there are some redeeming features ! you should see the 70s nightmare we rented last year for six months - it had velour wallpaper ... and that was one of the better features :) le xox

Millie said...

I reckon you've done pretty well all things considered Clare (well, maybe the bathroom is the exception!). I've been looking at rental properties in Adelaide with Son #4 & his girlfriend this week & oh my gosh, there are some doosies. Glad to hear you've settled in, now put your feet up for a couple of moments if you can.
Millie x