Our Greenacre

family space
The living area of our house needed very little renovating.
Apart from a slight colour change from charcoal to a warm white for the trim and doors

it's pretty much as we found it. There was an aubergine feature wall, surrounding the
fire place which gave the house a very wintery 1990's feel- but no more as it has been colour matched to the existing Quarry grey. However I'm thinking of painting the fireplace

in the same warm white as the trim...it's the only timber fireplace still standing.
Tempted to get out the paintbrush..thoughts??


la Cucina
When we moved to our greenacre in 2011 the kitchen was ready and waiting- 
and, being the uncredible chef I decided that painting the dark grey trim in Hogs Bristle
was a better plan than baking.  1/4 strength HB works beautifully with the Quarry walls.
The white stacks of crockery pay homage to one of my favourite, contemporary feel
good films...can you guess, it's not that complicated!
 subway tiles, always look good and they're economical!
the main bedroom redesign
Originally a symphony in burgundy and yellow with floor length curtains-
the main bedroom is now a sleepy grey and soft blue. 
Taking a feather out of Adelaide Bragg's houndstooth cap- methinks the
country décor looks best with a warm white base not fresh.
Love our bedroom always makes me smile.
Bianca Loren throw from The Bedspread Shop & Bedlinen from Adairs 
view to the garden & James Dunlop wallpaper
Yen Concept bedsides and bedhead from Heatherly Designs
 the thinking man's shed
The study was one of the first rooms to get a makeover- we kept the desk in the centre
of the room and designed around it. The desk originally had glass cabinets on top, similar to a large vintage secretaire. Made the executive decision to split them up, kept the desk in the study and bought another console on ebay (which we colour matched then painted) to sit under the cabinets - it's in the hallway full to the brim with fabric and haberdashery do dads!
Decided to go a little masculine in the study and paint the room a manly
man's colour called 'Mortar'. Its part of the same palette we used throughout the
house so it's all familiar. I'm a big fan of the bookstack - the higher the stack the bigger the IQ and nothing says book reader like a bouquet of sharpened pencils...unless you're Meg Ryan and have had a little book shop around the corner.

the pencil bouquet, a wire wastepaper basket - WHAT..no spectacles on the desk?
Yen bookcase, the mandatory bookstack and almost time for the Angelus.


  1. Jo, your bedroom is absolutely stunning! And such a great office. Are these the only two posts on your house on the blog? Would love to see more!

    1. Hi Joan, Nice to hear from you!
      We were on the east coast USA in April, didn't make it your neck of the woods sadly.
      Will post more house pix asap

  2. Love the grey and white, we have used that in our bedrooms in our 1954 white weatherboard on the little hill in Croydon. I say yeah to painting the fireplace white as it will ‘pop’ as they say. Your home has a softness about it that it did not have in its last life...i was a visitor there a few owners back.

    1. Thank you Candlewick5..just added another painting job to the list.
      The timber fireplace is a gawner!