11 December 2010

Our new house: The "before" shots (Part I)

As I write, my entire body is aching. We've been up at our 
new house (!!!) all day pulling down curtains, ripping up carpet and painting since 9am and we only just got home. 
It's 8.27pm. I just had to show you the "before" shots I 
took as soon as we walked in:


(above) The front room will be the dining room, 
kitchen in the middle, living room out the back.


(above and below) The front deck, which we vowed to rip 
down initially (Mr Tonic, the architect, says it "destroys the 
modernist facade"), but it's a really great sunny spot 
(Mmmm coffee and papers on a Sunday morning...)


 (above) Front/dining room


(above) Living room


(above and below) The kitchen is old and scary, 
but has plenty of storage...


(above) Out the back garden - love this 
part/angle of the house


(above) Audrey promptly found her spot in the sun 
and settled down beautifully.

PS And the best part? We get to do it  
allll again tomorrow. Yikes.

53 comments:

  1. Its got great shape and all that sunshine too! (I am writing this in cold grey London, the thought of such a sunny deck is bliss)

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  2. Looking forward to seeing you put your stamp on your new place - hope you can put your feet up tonight before doing it all again tomorrow :)

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  3. how exciting! stressful but exciting.. looking forward to seeing it transform!

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  4. It's going to be gorgeous. And that bit further up the coast you should miss out on all the thousands of drunk Santas who're yahooing down here presently.

    One odd question - is Audrey sleeping on a dog mattress? And if so, where did you get it? My Dane is in need of something really thick and poomfy like that.

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  5. WOW Louise, thanks for sharing... your new house is FANTASTIC!! It looks like it has a great feel to it. You will love living there!! Suzanne.

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  6. There is NOTHING more exciting and tiring about moving to a new house. I love the whole funky journey and you have made me a little jealous of all the fun stuff ahead (yes, I know, jealous is a weird word considering you are no doubt completely stuffed at this very moment). Have a great time doing up your new house. Endless hours of thought and activity ahead. (-:

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  7. LOVE the view from the back garden. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Kitchen may not be fabulous now but it's a nice space with tons of storage - could be fabulous!!

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  8. Oh I can already tell that it's going to be spectacular!!! I can't wait to see it after you've put your fabulous stamp on it:) xo

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  9. I see why you wanted it. can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  10. Wow - thanks for all the encouragement guys. Thanks everyone for all the encouragement. You're so great (keep it coming!!). Rouge - The cushion Audrey is on is a Country Road floor cushion from a couple of years back...! Okay - It's 6.25am on Sunday and I'm off to do it again! Aaaargh!? xx

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  11. What a lovely looking house and a massive garden - so much potential! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Good luck!

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  12. What a beautiful house. It is going to look fantastic. My only advice. Live in it for at least a little while before deciding to rip things out and up and change the aspect only because sometimes the original people got it right! We wanted to do all kinds of window insertion activities to our house and then we realised there were no windows there for a reason (eg hot westerly sun etc) xo

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  13. It's a beautiful looking shell - I can't wait to see how you transform this home! Best of luck with the move next week too!

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  14. It is fabulous and all the work will so be worth it. It's such a workout, isn't it. Who needs the gym when you are a renovator!
    Thanks for showing us :)

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  15. Thanks for sharing, your new home has fabulous bones and I am looking forward to seeing what you will do to it. As for the front deck, hubby is probably right but it looks like such a lovely sun trap in winter... think about it. cheers, Victoria

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  16. Ooh how exciting! Have fun painting today I'm sure you will, despite the achy body. It's a good kind of pain isn't it, when you have accomplished so much. I can't wait to see what you do with the place. It looks fantastic but will look even more amazing once your furniture is in (do you have any left after the ebay purge??).

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  17. Louise - LOVE your new home! so much light, space and potential. Enjoy!

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  18. It all looks very exciting and I cant wait to see how it progresses - best wishes and take care of those poor muscles! xx Melinda

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  19. Look at all that mid century goodness. It looks amazing already.

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  20. That house has such a great feel to it, even in the "befores", so i can't wait for the afters - it will be perfect.

    Katie

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  21. Wowser...you know when I look at all those images I just think..wow..all the potential...its just amazing...you guys are going to ace it..with your awesome style and hubby's expertise in thinking outside the circle...what an awesome abode you are going to end up with. Audrey already looks right at home :)

    p.s I quite like the front decking....looking forward to following your little...or shall I say HUGE adventure :) So happy for you guys xo

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  22. Wow that kitchen is scary looking!! Good luck with that one, I'm sure it will be looking fab in no time. It's got great 'bones'! Can't wait to see more.

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  23. What a lovely home! It's got great potential. I can't wait to see how it turns out when you're done working on it! Have a gorgeous week ahead, Kellie xx

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  24. Definitely loads of potential there Louise, not to mention loads of hard work, but won't it be sooo worth it in the end. And you've got all of us bloggers cheering you on from the sidelines :o)
    Angex

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  25. I love the design of the Dining room....

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  26. I can't wait to watch your home transform. I do like it the way it is though! Mimi xx

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  28. ow i love your home! it's just lovely x

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  29. I LOVE this!! Exactly the kind of open layout I imagine for our Aussie house . . . whenever we actually there ! :) It's going to be gorgeous for you guys!

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  30. Looks amazing - and so friggen bright! Looking forward to seeing more.
    -Jordana

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  31. The house is great. Love the modernist style and that chimney stock!!

    It will come together beautifully. Bet you are the perfect team!

    Best of luck and don't forget to book yourself into a body massage sometime between Xmas and New Year!! :)

    xx C

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  32. i'm loving your new house darling... it is so spacious and the lighting is amazing!

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  33. Oh my goodness, do you know that our next house is definitely going to be an Eichler house, which is a post-and-beam just like this, with a lovely courtyard in the middle. Love your house, love your style!

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  34. It's a beautiful looking shell - I can't wait to see how you transform this home! Best of luck with the move next week too!

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  35. What a lovely looking house and a massive garden - so much potential! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it. Good luck!

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  36. I see why you wanted it. can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  37. LOVE the view from the back garden. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Kitchen may not be fabulous now but it's a nice space with tons of storage - could be fabulous!!

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