Today as part of the 'Other People's Houses' month on this here blog, we have a guest post from the lovely Sunae! I will not whitter on too much - take it away Sunae!
I am Sunae and I blog at Little Foal, a place for me to share my love of vintage, tea cups, pretty dresses, making things and living life Down Under. I have a good go at just about everything that is thrown at me over on that blog, and I'd love for you to stop by some time and take a look at what I've been up to! Today though, you are in for a treat! (or at least I hope so) You are going to get a nice, long sticky at my little unit in all it's plain and barely decorated glory!
When Anna first mentioned the idea of a "real" house tour to me, I was so excited! YES! I thought. Show me other people's messes so I feel less terrible about my own! Living by myself, and being a full-time uni student means that I do not really have the time of day to spend cleaning my house. I'm a bit of a slob by nature, and what you will see today is the average state of my home. I say average because on good days, it can look a million bucks (for about 5 seconds) and on bad days, such as exam week for example, well... you'd be lucky if you could tell we have floorboards. Then, she asked me to join (in exam week, as luck would have it!) and I was suddenly even more excited! I gave the house a half-arsed tidy today and got busy snapping photos :) It's not perfect, and it's barely decorated since I haven't had the money and haven't been sure on whether I'm staying here or not, but it's home and I'm hoping that it will only improve in the coming months! Step one would be to get some things up on the walls!
So, after a long and rambling introduction, here it is! My little home!
Starting on the verandah, here is a quick glimpse of the view from my third story flat. It's quite beautiful, day or night with the city off in the distance. I only wish I had a better camera to show it off more clearly! If you look in the other direction to this off our verandah, the view is of the mountains in the distance which separate the liveable portion of the country from the desert. It's rather nice being able to pick our view, and hearing the rumble of the ocean is so soothing at night!
Once you walk in the front door, you have landed in our living room! Its quite a nice, large space for such a small apartment, and it gets great natural light throughout most of the day, but especially during the morning. There's nothing like a bit of sunshine to wake you up and brighten your day!
This room is probably the most "decorated" of the lot, so far, as I bought the rug for a steal from spotlight to make the room more cosy, and have sprinkled some antiques throughout to make it feel like home. I also have my Blue Willow collection on display in this room, nice and close to the kitchen because I lack cupboard space in this place, and it looks rather pretty in the cane hutch. Functionality was more important to me when I moved in, on such a limited budget as I was, so the fact that my Blue Willow collection is pretty and functional is a huge plus for me! Another feature of this room, which brightens it up whilst also being functional is my dining table - the biggest DIY project I have ever taken on!
Excuse the black edges on this photograph, I can't seem to find the original, non-instagram version and my editing software isn't cooperating right now for me to get rid of them! This little chunk of the room is my absolute favourite, visually. It was never intended to have a blue and orange theme in this room, but I love the way it is coming together. This antique plate was my mum's and she has graciously let me have it to decorate my space :)
The kitchen in this place is tiny and I hate cooking on an electric stove, but overall the kitchen is functional, even if it does lack cupboard space. The people who were renting this place before us apparently ruined the kitchen, and so we were lucky enough to get a brand new one before we moved in!
The boyfriend, demonstrating the kitchen's functionality and making me a sandwich! I have trained him well ;)
I haven't really found that there is much I can do to inject my personality into this kitchen, as it's so modern and plain (unless leaving dishes in the dish rack for three days counts? It shows my laziness!). I have been displaying these little beauties with pride since my mum gave them to me, though and the big one is used to store tea bags! I'm rather fond of them, as they remind me of mum.
My bedroom is soo bloody frustrating as far as decorating goes! I really haven't bought much for it since moving in, and I have no idea what direction to take it in. All I know is that I'm keeping the bedspread the same, as cream will go with almost everything and I love the rose details.The bedspread is one of the few things I bought new solely for decorating purposes for this house. This room is very plain at the moment, and usually is adorned with piles of dirty washing on the floor near my wardrobe. I'm just stuck on what to do with it to make it feel more "me" without going too girly so that Jake (my boyfriend) doesn't feel uncomfortable, or not at home.
This other view of my room is rather depressing. I've been meaning to do this dresser up since Jake's parents gave it to us, but just haven't had the time or the energy for such a project since I moved in. Plus, it's not big enough and I really, actually want to replace it with something more functional.At the moment it is adorned with random antiques and the jewellery box my grandad gave me, but again, I'm not sure which direction I want to take this room in and this will probably change. My dresser is always messy, as I like to have everyday needs within reach. Obviously, a flower crown is an everyday need for a blogger ;)
There's not much to really say about the bathroom... it's lacking storage, but it's in good working order.
And finally, my baby. My precious spare room, which was supposed to be an office/sewing room, but never quite got there! This room is my happy place, my dumping ground, my creative space and the space where everything gets to much and I feel as though I'm ready to drop out of university! I love this little space, even though it never really got to where I wanted it to go. Sadly, I am saying goodbye to this space in a few weeks, with a housemate moving in as soon as she gets her finances in order. I'l be sad to see it go, but I am welcoming the company and the financial relief a housemate will bring. Somehow I have to fit all this stuff into my bedroom, though and that is a scary thought!
Well, thats it! A virtual tour of my whole house done and dusted! It's not the biggest space in the world, and it's far from perfect, but as a first time renter and uni student, I feel so lucky to be in it at all! I hope you've enjoyed my little tour, and I hope to see you all soon over at Little Foal, where I'll be able to keep you posted on the changes that happen to the house as I start getting some decorating done here and there!
Thank you so much, Anna, for letting me share my house with your readers!
Thank you Sunae for that lovely post! I am so jealous of your view!! We look into other houses/gardens from every window! And you have trained your man very well! Hehe!