Dried hydrangeas in a glass vase beside a vintage picture of a train station.

It’s been a week since Adam, Paul and myself moved into our new house and we’re starting to settle in nicely. There are still boxes that need to sorted through and unpacked; there’s a lot of styling to do; and our yard is still mud- but we’re in!

It’s been a long process to get to where we currently are. There were a number of unforeseen, out-of-our-control situations that came up during the purchase of our land and during the build, at one point Adam and I were thinking it was all too difficult, but we’re so glad we persisted…

With the assistance of our builder, who’s become a friend along the way, we designed our new house from scratch. We wanted something that took advantage our north-south block and the views it offered, as well as give our family a little extra space compared to what we had, along with room for a project garden.

Despite the rather grey and overcast weather we’ve had at the new house since we started sleeping here, Adam and I have fallen in love with how the light streams in the windows. The entire family gets a kick out of watching the mob of cattle that currently resides in the paddock to the front of our property and after years of negotiating a single garage as a two car family, we’re relishing our double garage.

Looking over a bed towards a window where a paddock is covered in fog.
g through an open plan living area out onto an alfresco eating area.

Adam and I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to execute such a project, especially at a time when so many people are doing it tough. Hard work, diligence and careful financial management have helped us take what felt like a dream a times, and turn into reality.

(At this stage) I think my favourite space in the house is our open-plan kitchen, dining and family room area. We went bold with our kitchen, with dark olive green shaker style cabinetry, a black free-standing cooker and white stone bench tops. It feels modern yet classic, and I really like the way the colour combination injects some personality into the space. It feels like it will be the room we spend the majority of our time as a family.

A black free-standing cooker beside an olive green kitchen cabinet with white benches.

Paul’s handled the move really well. The first 24 hours or so, he did a lot of exploring and running around. He wasn’t sure of the new bath for the first few nights and has already worked out how to let himself into our new pantry, but now refers to the new place as ‘Paul’s house’, so I’m taking that as a positive sign.

I’m sure I’ll spend the next month tinkering with furniture placement and adjusting little things, but for now it’s good to be (in our new) home.

Have a wonderful few weeks. I’ll catch you next month.

M. x

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