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Some photos of the house in a "mostly set up" state...

This is the view into the boys' rooms (from the door). That door in the background with the hoodie hanging on leads to Erik's room. This is the first time Erik has his own room, and this set up is perfect because it's his own room, but it can still be part of the "boys' room" if he leaves his door open. So, it's a soft transition from communal sleeping to seperate sleeping and he can control the level of "seperateness".


Luey and Bryn's room as seen from Erik's bedroom doorway. The book shelf contains a row of containers for each boy; Erik's in black and yellow, Luey's in red and Bryn's at the bottom in black. The tower of drawers on top of the bookcase is Luey's lego storage and is kept up there to keep Bryn's sticky fingers at bay!



Erik's room. It's looking a little austere atm, but he has big plans to hang framed posters in there. Inside the wardrobe is a full length mirror, just perfect for the self-preening pre-teen!

Erik was delighted to find THREE electrical outlets in his room. Now all he needs is a TV, Stereo and computer - or so he tells us... Dream on little buddy.


The master bedroom. Ok, first let me tell you the great big HUGE tv in there is not my choice. There wasn't anywhere else in the house it could go and we really didn't want to get rid of the option of setting the kids up seperately if we needed to. So, there is stands, but it doesn't go on while I'm in the room! Don't you love the ceiling rose? I just LOVE it! I also just LOVE having books in my room (more books to come once Dave has unpacked his books).

The living room taken from the main entrance near the front door. It's not big, but it's fine for us with the uses we make for it. I love the soothing green on the walls. Not too fond of the curtains but have seen worse. We bought a HUGE off-cut of carpet and had it overlocked to cover the appalling excuse for carpet that was visible before (thanks for the idea, Michelle, brilliant!). The day after we moved in Ari (not supervised at the time) tipped an entire bag of defrosted crushed raspberries onto the carpet right about where that patterned Ikea chair is (he poured part of it onto the chair cover as well). I TOTALLY lost the plot (not at Ari, but at the bigger boys who were supposed to be keeping an eye on him for me - something they're more than capable of doing). I did manage to get the raspberry juice out though (as you can see)...


Dining table at one end of the lounge room - Ari's toys on the shelf there, of course.


In the far corner of the room there is a basket containing more of Ari's toy, his wagon, and three floor cushions (though there isn't much floor to sit on!)... The glass doors behind the couch lead to the dining room which we're using as a study. It's FANTASTIC! The only entrance to the study now, is through the kitchen, and so we can close the kitchen door and the door from the kitchen to the study, so the study is this quiet little hidden room in the middle of the house. Luey said to me today, "This is like your secret room, isn't it, mum?" Too right it is! If I want I can open the glass doors and be part of the living space, or just keep them closed and be all by myself - like right now! Bliss!!!


From the tv corner of the room. It's small, but I don't think it's too crowded even with all of us in there.

The kitchen - which feels HUMONGOUS even though the one at the last place wasn't small. There isn't a lot of bench space here so I'm planning on getting a kitchen island to use for bench space and more storage and somewhere to sit and drink coffee in the morning...


I'm loving using the old tv stand as open shelving in the kitchen, I really like the electic, casual look of it with baking pans and paper files and large food storage on it...


We had a glass door crockery cabinet in our last house and at first I hated it, but over the years I really grew to like seeing all the crockery stacked up. So, when I saw the glass door cabinets in this place I was very excited!


Just one more glamour shot of those cabinets, aren't they lovely (ok, not everyone's thing, but I just love this look!)...


Overall impression of the house.

Now that we've been here a few days, I have to admit, it's already feeling like home.

I went back to the old place yesterday pick up the vacuum cleaner and it didn't feel like home anymore. This kind of surprised me because I loved living there and we had many good times there. Not to mention Ari being born there! And yet, without our stuff cluttering the place it just felt like a house, not like our house at all.

This house has a very homey feel about it and we're all settling in really well here already. Dave loves the layout of this place and the fact all the rooms shut off from one another (he's not a fan of open plan living). Of course, it's perfectly situated, being on the same street as the boy's school and close to transport and amenities.

One of the rooms of the house (added on after the original building was built) is a dark room leading off from the laundry. The fact that someone lived here who love photography enough to build a dark room makes this house feel like home! The couple who owned the house before the current owners were named William and Claudene. Many of you don't know this, but nearly 6 years ago now, I changed my name by deed poll from Claudette to Sif. So, there is yet another coincidence that makes this place feel so comfortable to me!

Comments

Stitch Sista said…
I really love it from the pics!
Spiralmumma said…
Looking great! Your crockery cabinet is so ordered!! Lucky mine isn't clear-then you could see everything shoved in any old way LOL
shae said…
It looks great!
There is nothing like that settled in and unpacked feeling :) (I like moving house lol)
Juniper said…
LOVE your house! So glad it is really feeling like "home" to you guys!
katef said…
new place looks FAB! Glad it feels like home already... yay for a nice smooth and easy transition!
Sif said…
LOL, Kate if only it had been easy on the pocket! $1700 to move 10 minutes down the road was a huge price to pay for glass cabinets in the kitchen of a rental property!
Juniper said…
Sif, you need to photograph the yards and the patio - I love those too!

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