Saturday, 29 June 2013


Finally we are fully unpacked in our new home.. It has taken 4 maybe even 5 weeks to sort through the masses of things our little of family of 5 own!
Previously we had 4 bedrooms, 3 living areas, dining space,2 bathrooms.. I had a wardrobe the same size as the kitchen in our first home in Ireland.. And now we have 3 bedrooms, a small living room,1 bathroom and toilet combined. So squeezing everything in and making it look nice has been a challenge.

I have thrown things out, donated to charity, given to friends.. with so little space I crave a simple life surrounded with favourite things and things that we actually use.

So I finally managed to clean up  find some time the other day to get some photos...

Funnily enough we knew this house really well, some very good friends of ours lived here when they moved over from the U.K.and were working for the owner at the time.

 So we had spent many evenings here for BBQ's, catch ups..even some babysitting on my part.

The original owner is still also a racehorse trainer in Mornington and built the house himself and raised a family here, just as we are now.

One of the things that I loved about the house is that it is very much a blank canvas, there is nothing here that we cannot live with for the next few years until we renovate..

So that's it for now really, i have lots of little projects on the go that hopefully I can share along the way..

Lastly I wanted to share a photo of Little Lulu- who is growing so quickly and developing such a cheeky little personality, time really does fly when you are having fun.

Simone xx

Saturday, 22 June 2013


I have been noticing a lot of wood panelling in a lot of images I come across on the Internet and magazines, and I have to say I am slowly becoming a huge fan.
This may very well have something to do with the fact that we have, without choice found ourselves immersed in the world of panelling... Our new home has panelled ceilings in the kitchen and bathroom. Originally they were a yucky brown colour, hairy wood- if there is such a thing! And now after many litres of paint and a painter with a sore neck they are lovely and white.
Our home is not quite camera ready yet so here are a few images of beautiful panelling that have caught my eye recently..
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Panelling is definitely no longer restricted to country kitchens and those
 * 'home is where the heart is' kind of homes..
* you know those type of house that have a little hand painted sign that greets you as you enter..
*no offence to anybody who may have one of these little gems- because really, home is where the heart is, I just don't want to display on a sign..
Its Saturday night here, the fire is on, the husband is watching Rugby.. I know, I know- I really do lead a wild and crazy life.. Blogging on a Saturday night, I might even step things up a notch and head on over to Pintrest!
Simone xx

Wednesday, 12 June 2013


Oh dear, it has really been a long while since I have been here...
I have written many blog post's in my head but having time to translate them in front of a computer has been virtually impossible..But I am back!
In the past month we have been through what I have always heard is the most stressful one can do- and I can now vouch for that... We moved house and I can tell you now it has been CHAOS.. throw in a few bouts of gastro, ear infections,flu's into the mix and some days I feel like I have been one step away from a straight jacket!
But right now today I have realised there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. The house is actually starting to resemble a home, things are in wardrobes, boxes are mostly unpacked and as I write this I am looking out the window at all the space we have ( 16 acres to be exact)and how this is the life that we have always wanted for us and our kids.
We have chooks, horses, there is talk of a pony... We are home.
We have lots of work ahead- in fact I think a place like this is always a work in progress... however we don't plan on going anywhere soon or perhaps ever..
I cant wait to share some snaps of the house- I am getting to the fun part of moving, getting to faff about and move all of my favourite things around, make things look pretty!
Simone xx