Welcome to my home!
I’ve had quite a number of requests to share more of my home on the blog – not just the snippets you see in the back ground of my outfit photos – so I thought I’d kick off the tour with the room we spend the most amount of time in…
Our back room, which consists of an open plan kitchen, dining and lounge.
But first, to give you a bit of background, we live in the inner southern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia in a lovely 1900 symmetrical villa. Although it wasn’t always so lovely. When we purchased it nearly 3 and a half years ago, it was so unloved, run down and in dire need of a major makeover. Not to mention partial demolition and an extension too.
I’ll tell you more about the makeover in future posts when I share photos of the original part of the house, but today we’re hanging out in the newest part.
Our extension – which consists of a walk-in-wardrobe and ensuite for our bedroom, laundry, powder room, main bathroom, open plan kitchen/dining/lounge and outdoor room – was finished in 2013. And when I say ‘finished’ I don’t actually mean ‘finished’. Those who have renovated/extended their home will understand when I say that when you first undertake your very own version of The Block, you have absolutely no idea just how much time and money that project will demand.
We got to a stage in the latter part of our project when there was one final chunk of money left in the budget and one final big decision to be made on how to spend it: completely finish the interior of the house (including buying furniture) plus putting up the carport and landscaping the front yard… or put in the pool.
Now that’s not to say I regret that decision. Quite the opposite. We love our pool (and so do our friends!) and have gotten so much use and happiness from it. Plus it was the perfect time to have it put in with full access down the driveway, so logic won. And so did our social life.
But back to the house.
This means there are still plenty of ‘finishing off jobs’ to be done, which I’ll share with you as we make our way through the tour. And in the case of this room, our butler’s pantry (hidden behind the kitchen) needs to be fitted out with cabinetry. It currently features a mish-mash of temporary shelving to house our coffee machine, toaster, microwave, platters, the amp, Foxtel box, etc. Just another job on the To Do list!
Ready to see where we love to hang out? Here we go…
This is what you see when you walk through the front door, down the hallway and into the back room. Dining table to your left, kitchen to your right and the lounge straight ahead. The husband designed our extension, including the fantastic vaulted ceiling, which accommodates the commercial sized bi-fold doors. We open up the doors on warm evenings and play music through the amp, which is what those speakers in the ceiling are for.
This fireplace made of reconstructed stone runs from the floor to the ceiling. We love to crank this baby during the colder months and I love the fact that I can switch it on and off with a remote. We set the timer so that it comes on half an hour before we get up in the morning and also when we get home from work. Many a glass of red has been consumed in front of it, with that spot on the couch being hotly contested (pun intended).
This has got to be the world’s most comfortable couch (from Harvey Norman). I fall asleep on it just about every single night in front of the TV! Too many cushions are never enough and my biggest tip would be to buy cushion covers – much cheaper – and then buy the $9 feather filled inserts from IKEA. The cushion covers are from IKEA, Down that Little Lane, Target and I Love Linen. The coffee table is from Freedom (similar style here) and the throw rugs are from IKEA and I Love Linen.
We searched for ages to find the perfect dining table to fill this space. We ended up scoring this 3 metre table for a song from Early Settler (it’s actually an outdoor table, according to them). The metal dining chairs are from Relax House and are not as uncomfortable as some people might lead you to believe. I love the industrial feel they add to the recycled teak table. The beautiful orchid was a 30th birthday gift to me from Ms Fox in Flats and I can’t believe it’s still going strong. I am so not a green thumb type!
Here’s the kitchen – which seems to be where we all end up gathering when friends come over. The husband found the stools at Officeworks of all places and I love that they encourage people to take a seat and engage in conversation with whoever is cooking (not me!). The white/bamboo fruit bowl was a $10 find at Kmart and the blue glass vases were a housewarming gift from my husband’s aunty. The artwork you can see on the right was painted by my brother-in-law as a wedding gift to us and is actually the centre diamond of my engagement ring. The painting has shades of white, beige, silver and grey and catches the light in different ways at different times of the day. A truly special piece (just like my ring).
Here we have the world’s biggest clock! An amazing housewarming gift from my husband’s parents, it is actually much lighter than it looks and runs on a single AA battery. Obviously it’s the husband’s job to change the time when daylight savings ends/begins…!
This is a wooden floating shelf which runs the length of the room, either side of the fireplace. My husband and his friend made it themselves from recycled Tasmanian oak. I only have a few decorative ornaments on it – in opposite corners – as I’m not sure how much more I want to add to it. The stunning candelabra was a wedding gift from friends, the print is from Down that Little Lane, the owl is from Target and the love letters were a gift from one of my bridesmaids on our wedding day.
While it’s generally frowned upon to play favourites with loved ones, it’s totally OK to play favourites with cushions! The hummingbird cushion cover and black and white cushion cover are both from Down that Little Lane. The Bonjour cushion cover was a gift from Lauren of I Love Linen. Tres bien!
This is the opposite corner of the floating shelf and features a photo of Amalfi I snapped one morning during breakfast (he was waiting for some bacon to drop) and also a photo from our engagement photoshoot. The little owl was a gift from my mother-in-law to say thank you for hosting Christmas Day and the ampersand light was a gift from Lucy of Little Letter Lights Co. We adore this light so much that after dinner, all the other lights in the room get switched off and this gets switched on and used as a lamp while we enjoy a cup of tea and an episode of Seinfeld before bed.
So there you have it!
The tour of our back room has come to an end.
I hope you had fun hanging out with me here. Until the next time…
Do you have any questions about our kitchen/dining/lounge?
Do you have open plan living at your place? What are your favourite pieces in that room?