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I’ve had this post waiting in the wings for a while.

I took some photos at the new house when we met the agent there to sign some paperwork a few weeks ago. I didn’t want to publish anything until finance and whatnot was 100% sorted, which it now is.

I would not have posted them at all if the home was still occupied, but it’s a deceased estate which has been vacant for some time. The furniture is still there but it has been largely cleared of personal effects.


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The house is late 50s and is very typical of the area. However it does have a few surprises compared to the majority of seemingly similar homes, because it was built for the builder’s own family as their dream home.

It has only had the one owner for over five decades and, despite the dated decor, has clearly been a well-loved family home. We can’t wait to give it some TLC of our own!

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It’s only five minutes from our current home but it feels a world away as it’s tucked in a quiet suburban street instead of being in a big unit block on a semi-industrial main road.

Entry & hall

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The entrance is quite generously proportioned and I’m actually quite fond of the chandelier. The view from the front door looks straight into the laundry which is a bit awkward so we may block off that doorway and create more of a focal point.

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The three bedrooms are all off a single hallway. It’s not wide enough for any furniture but I’m picturing a gallery wall.

Bedroom 1

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The master bedroom I’d say has roughly the same proportions as our current bedroom, which we’ve found to be a good size for us.

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It doesn’t have any built-ins though (none of the bedrooms do), so that’s on the to-do list.

Bedroom 2

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The second and third bedrooms are decent (certainly bigger than our current second bedroom) but not big. They both have lovely big windows and natural light. Just imagine how light and bright they are going to feel without all the wallpaper!

This room will be a study for The Man, including storage for his work supplies and books as well as his guitar. We have actually arranged to buy some furniture from the vendor, including this desk and dresser.

Bedroom 3

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The third bedroom, which overlooks the garden, will act as a guest room.

Main bathroom

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If you weren’t already impressed with the variety of the wallpaper in the first four rooms, check out the bathroom.

Yep, it’s ladies’ faces. Watching you in the shower.

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…and the toilet.


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The laundry, like the rest of the house, needs a freshen up but this will be low on our priority list. There is a full-size linen closet on the other side of the room which will be very handy as there is no hall cupboard.


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One of the main things that sold us on this house was the floorplan, which has the kitchen ideally (for us) situated between the two living areas. The very long-term plan is to install a brand new kitchen, knocking out the wall on the left to make it open-plan with the living room.

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In the meantime I’m planning to paint the tiles and laminate (and remove the wallpaper of course) to modernise and brighten the room. And generally just bask in having triple the storage space of our current kitchen.

Dining room

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Off the kitchen, at the front of the house, is a formal dining room. For the time being it will be our only dining area as we only have one table.

There are those glorious big windows again.


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Through the brick archway is the formal lounge. It’s actually a double room so there are loads of possibilities. It definitely won’t be set up with two seating areas though.

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This is the room we will be tackling first since, unlike the rest of the house which has neutral flooring, this has carpet that really needs to go. We believe the sub-floor is timber floorboards so if that’s correct we plan to polish those.

Living room

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Adjacent to that is another living space. We actually have not a single piece of furniture to put in this room currently. At some stage I will paint the brick and panelling to create a bright casual meals/living area but it’s something that will evolve slowly.

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This house would have been quite the party place back in the day, featuring a built-in bar and speaker system. Much to the dismay of The Man’s friends, this will not be staying… at least not until after our 30th party this autumn. 

Powder room

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This photo is proof of not much except that I need a wider angle lens.

The toilet & basin is nicely located off the living room, near the patio, so it will be handy for guests.


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Next to that is a stairwell leading up to my favourite feature of the house…

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The attic!

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These two rooms will form my dream studio, with oodles of space for my business as well as crafting and other projects.

The Man is actually just as excited about this room as I am… because it means all my ‘stuff’ will be contained instead of spread out all over the house.


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I mentioned that this house had a few surprises, well here is another one. North American readers may find this quite underwhelming as basements appear to be commonplace, but here anything beyond one floor is a bit la-di-da.

Especially when it involves a wine cellar big enough to host a dinner party.

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Oh and here is the reason why I don’t feel the slightest wifely guilt at ripping out the bar upstairs. Because there is still another one.


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The patio is really spacious and the pergola is structurally is good nick. We’ll remove the green shadecloth and paint the timber but this is a while off.

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As much as I love a blank slate indoors, the opposite is true for the outdoors. I have improved a bit over the last six years of home ownership but I am still very much a novice gardener, so established = good / decisions = bad.

No doubt we will do a bit of landscaping in future but for the time being we will just try not to kill the previous owner’s clearly beloved lawn and fruit trees.


Phew! Well that’s our new home, what do you think? I hope you enjoyed the tour.


There is clearly A LOT to do. As in, no wall, floor or fixture will be safe from a makeover. But everything is in good condition and it’s totally liveable so there’s no rush.

Okay, maybe not, because I have SO MANY IDEAS I’m itching to do. 

Either way, we can’t wait to get in there and start making it ours.

If you have any questions about the layout or our renovation plans, feel free to ask in the comments!


21 Responses

  • WOW your before and after’s are going to be amazing!! the house has such great bones, and its soo BIG your not going to know yourselves in there. The whole house is just full of possibilities and that attic is going to make an awesome studio and workspace.

    I’m so excited for you :) cant wait to see what you guys do with the place.

    Libby x

  • What project will you tackle first? Can’t wait for the photos.

  • Katy

    Another you are not going to know what to do with all that space !!!! Looks like a great buy and need only doing cosmetic changes rather than major renovations like building on new rooms etc. Do you have a floor plan to put on the blog ??

    • We were looking at some other properties that were older and would have needed structural work, plus an extension. We’re thrilled that we found something that only needs cosmetic work. Will post the floorplan soon.

  • Katy

    Our house was built in the 50’s with the same pink brick (I always said I was not going to live in a pink brick house but there you go) !!! We had the original pink and black bathroom to do up – pink being a trendy bathroom colour in the 50’s !!!

  • We were a bit the same actually, it was definitely more the space and potential of the interior that won us over moreso than the facade. Many of the similar homes in the area have actually been rendered so that will be a possibility in future.

  • Oh man. I actually really really love the wall paper. And the complete styling of this house as is 😉 It’s ah-mazing! Such a great find!

    • It’s pretty epic huh? We are actually planning to salvage a section of wallpaper from each room and do a little framed gallery.

      • Yes! Do it!

  • Katy

    Thinking the decor in the toilet could be a bit much after a big night
    out !!!!!

  • Wow what a big house full of potential. I am in awe of all the wallpaper!! Enjoy that attic – it s a dream space for sure

  • Girl, I am so so happy for you! Such a great find for the windows alone! What’s to happen to all the furniture?

    • Thanks Janice! We negotiated to buy a handful of pieces from the vendor (including the pool table!!), some of which will be treated to a paint job or restoration. The rest I believe the vendor is selling on Gumtree.

  • Harriet

    It’s gorgeous! Can’t wait to see what you do with it over time.

  • Wow, I just stumbled across your site from Pinterest (I was attracted by the moving checklist printables!) and couldn’t not comment! This house looks immense!! I love some of the furniture, that bed and those chairs in the sunroom especially! Hope moving goes well (if you haven’t already moved!) and you have a fabulous time doing it up.

    • Hi Amy

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. “Immense” is a good word for it! We’ve done a ton of work on the kitchen and office, stay tuned for the pics!

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