As some of you might know, we have recently renovated our house. We bought a 120 year old weatherboard house in Geelong a couple of years ago as we could see it had huge potential, was in a great area close to schools and had a big backyard for our boys. Initially we did a cosmetic make over of the "old" part of the house, and more recently we moved out for 9 months to finish the project. I think I underestimated the stress this would place on our little family and my relationship with my creative, perfectionist husband.I thought it would be all fun trips to the shops picking out fixtures and fittings. Instead, the reality of the absolutely millions of choices that are on offer, really did make for some very heated conversations and lots of sleepless nights on his behalf researching the perfect choice. My husband and I have a very different approach. I am very much the pragmatist with an appreciation for good design and functionality, my husband is definitely the aesthete. Whilst trauling the net for advise and inspiration, I came across the wonderful Blog An Adelaide Villa. I soon worked out that I actually knew the author and have relished reading her expert advise on renovating period homes. She truly is a wealth of knowledge and very much a mixture of a pragmatist and aesthete having studied Architecture and Interior Design but her decisions have all been made with a family in mind.
We have now moved back into our house and things are slowly getting back to normal. The boys have been remarkably resilient in coping with their stressed out parents and are really enjoying the enhanced spaces we have created.