Would you like a tour of our house?
I warn you, this is a warts-and-all tour.
I'm not big on housework...too many other fun things to do!
So here we are at the front door, with smiley face made with sticky notes, by The Artist.
On the left are posters of the stained glass walls at The National Library of Australia.
On the right wall is a selection of hats, a hall table with baskets of hats,
and a crystal bowl of bouncy balls!
I lifted the carpet in the hall to expose the roughly finished wood,
good enough while we have young boys!
Standing at the front door, the hall veers to the right up to the bedrooms.
On the right is a window The Artist painted
so we could feel like we lived in a chalet on a mountain.
Against the wall is a permanent mattress,
for The Actor to practise somersaults etc.
If we turn to the left we find the sculpture/painting made by The Artist and I, and the edge of the baby gate used to control the dog, especially when people arrive at the front door. Hope you're not afraid of dogs?
Step through the sliding door, and we reach the laundry, complete with painting and back door.
Here are the warts I was speaking of earlier!
We renovated this room as part of my nesting instinct before The Actor was born.
We installed top cupboards, wooden bench, and cork tiles on floor, and retiled wall.
Let's turn around and turn to the right, into the family room.
First we see the computer desk, covered in lego pieces for the stop motion films The Artist makes.
And the office chair whose seat I recovered(very proud).
On the right out of shot is the buffet where I usually take my internal shots, pretending to be a model!
Next is the TV room and the dog's home. Winter is her name, and she is a Cocker Spaniel/Labrador mix- called a Spanador.
Turning to the left you see through to the french doors
(toy room and day bed)which we installed as part of nesting before The Artist was born,
and the dining room (Art Studio)
Here is the day bed with second hand curtain, cushions made by me or secondhand.
Next to the Dining room, is the Kitchen with odds and sods along the dividing wall.
We renovated this room too, and installed the wooden benches and tiles.
There are cork tiles on the floor. Lovely in a kitchen when you drop something...it bounces!
They need a refinish, one day when the kids are older.
Here is the Studio! Typical of the Dining table,
we have cups of tea, sewing, drawing, reading
and wood carving going on!
It does occasionally get cleaned up and used as a dining table ;-)
You can just see the edge of the buffet where the art materials are stored.
I bought this dining table for $20 secondhand!
See the grain matching?
It was all dusty with chairs stored on top. There are some scratches.
Very happy, polished up really well.
Felt like a real treasure hunter with this one :-)
If we walk through the kitchen, there is a door into the music room.
This is where I teach, and the kids practise cello, and muck about on keyboards etc.
On the wall are paintings and artifacts from PNG.
Through an archway, decorated by me, there is the warm hub of the house, the loungeroom.
Patchwork curtains made by me, colourful ceiling and walls also by me.
Mess, courtesy of the boys!
Our pretty section, with secondhand chairs,
and antique chiming clock we gave ourselves for our 25th anniversary.
Also nightvision goggles, a total necessity in every lounge.
The cat Smart-Blue, is hunting his food bowl.
All the cardboard boxes are for the fire, which we are enthusiastically getting ready for,
but only occasionally cold enough so far.
On the wall of the Lounge, opposite the music room, we have our bookshelves.
We are great readers, but heavy users of the Library, so don't own a tonne of books.
The kids have bookshelves in their rooms and the toy room also has one...Okay, okay, we have a fair few books :-)
And finally we look up to the ceiling you can't miss!
I did this many years ago. I offered to paint over it recently and everyone shouted me down.
It's become part of our family's folklore it seems :-)
So out the door and you're back to where we started!
Hope you enjoyed the stickybeak into our home.
I just realised these are all night shots.
I'll have to take some daytime ones to show you the view...another day.
'Til next time, keep creating!
Jazzy Jack :-)