Feb 29

Two fabulous beach houses


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My good friend Lynne in Perth shares my obsession with house-hunting and dreaming of places in the country or by the sea. She often sends me fantastic houses that she has found, and these two beach houses are the latest. Both amazing in their different ways, which do you prefer (if you had to choose one!)?

 

The first one is very ‘Hamptons’, in Somers, Vic, and is situated right on the beach:

Amazing right?

 

The second house is in Lorne, Vic, and is just as impressive but quite different. Rather than being on the beach, it’s situated in the mountains overlooking the water. It also has more of a French Provincial feel rather than the feel of a ‘beach house’. The things I love about this house (aside from the obvious!), are that it feels private and secluded, and really warm and cosy as well as being filled with light. You know I love a house on a hilltop!

 

Look at that floor and ceiling! What a dream!

So, if you were in the unfortunate position of having to choose between these two amazing homes, which would you pick?

(I think they are both still for sale)

Naomi xx

Jan 12

Floor plans and country cottages


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I love real estate and anyone who loves looking at houses and decorating loves a good floor plan! Even before you see the house in person you can have a complete visual of what it’s like to walk through, how the spaces might work and, most crucially, how the furniture will be arranged…

A couple of days ago I took the boys to inspect a possible country weekender house an hour or so out of Melbourne. I’d seen the pics of the house online beforehand and thought it looked perfect (if a little Victorian predictable- not quite the run-down stone chateau of my dreams). You know what sold me on it the most? It was the elevation, and the steps going up to the front porch. For some reason I can’t stand the idea of living in a house flat on the ground, I love feeling like I’m up high off it – this must be why I dream of a house on a  hillside. Anyway, the steps looked great and also the big block and established trees sold me before I’d set foot in it. Here’s the pic from the brochure:

And I’d also studied the floorplan online:

And completely planned in my head and sketched out the ground floor plan, with kids’ bedrooms upstairs and a north-facing deck:

I’d even imagined the colours and furniture for each room!

The front rooms on the left – both small and divided by back-to-back fireplaces with arched doorways on either side- would become the library and small cosy sitting room.

The former kitchen (through the doorway above and below) would become an office for two- this is in case we ever spent more than weekends here and could both work away from Melbourne. I planned to have French doors off the sitting room into the office and block off the current door to the kitchen from the hallway.

The house turned out (as the cheap ones always do!) to be in need of major work prior to extending- restumping, new roof etc. so I’m not entirely sure that it would be worth it cost-wise..but it’s a fun exercise nonetheless! And on the topic of floor plans and mental decorating, I’ve been looking at other plans and imagining living in them…

I find that I love most of all very American-style houses that you don’t see a lot in Australia – lots of internal spaces without a long central hallway, a kitchen that is fairly separate and a room of its own, lots of nooks and crannies everywhere and a big living room with a fireplace but no t.v.. I’m also drawn to plans with lots of separate rooms that open onto one another without hallways, and being able to see into the next room without being in a big open-plan space.

So my dreaming continues!

Have a great day,

Naomi x

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