It’s been longer than we expected, after the first house we were hoping to purchase fell over weeks and weeks into the contract period. With money already spent and time running out, we went back to the market looking for a house that met our criteria, that we both loved. We found that house.

We found THE house. And Monday, in conjunction with our bank, we made it ours. A home sweet home that turns us from benevolent house guests to homeowners once again. Phew. An hour after we collected the keys we had started the work we want to do before moving in.

Including removing a wall in the kitchen and repairing the house, top to bottom inside. We are removing carpets, there are more polished floor below and it’s looking like will we be painting a concrete floor in my new office. Lots to do with an aim to have it all finalised in 3 weeks ready to move in.


With this house it was love at first sight. The angles, the light, the timber, the huge block. I knew it would be mine and I started forming a plan for what I wanted to do with it. Then came what I could afford to do now and what would come later. Then I pinned like a mad woman planning the room layouts and design. Piece by piece the concept came together in my head.

When ended up with a slight detour to that plan when in February, we had a lot of rain. A lot, a lot. It poured down so long and hard it flooded our storage shed wiping out a large portion of our furniture, electrical items and my cook book collection. Not the cook books! It became one more thing on the list I would need to do.

You know, replace ALL the things?

Overwhelm set in as Mr Suger and I ventured to the shops to replace our couch, main bedroom and dining room furniture. I was also looking for a rug or two and maybe a bunk bed for our guest room. There was an idea forming, but nothing set in stone. We left that night without buying a thing.

On the weekend just gone I met with my friend Marylou of Your Sanctuary Design for a sit down to talk paint colours and design type things. She helped me cement my thoughts into a clear idea of what I was going for. Shopping, she said, would be easier if I could make choices and change my mind on the spot based on an overall theme. A clear picture of what I want. And can I tell you, she was so right.

The Suger’s are now proud owners of a couch, lots of cushions, a dining table and chairs and a floor lamp. Phew. Plus a colour palette and a theme for lack of a better word. To share that whole thing with you guys as we go, to give a feeling of what I’m going for, check out the collage below. 

House Inspiration Collage Sugers Place

What do you think? More house updates or less? I’ve already voted yes to house updates, so you’re going to have to live through that. Haha. To bore you to tears is my plan. Brace yourself.

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  • sheribombblog

    I like the look you’re going for! It’s like MODERN Mid Century Modern. Like if Palm Springs met David Jones or something. Snazzy!

    • Haha. LOVE THAT. My friend is calling it cosy modern art gallery or something much catchier along those lines. I can’t wait for you to see it. I hope you’ll come to the house warming when it’s on (probably August). x

      • sheribombblog

        Assuming it doesn’t clash with GreazeFest or by some huge miracle are in the US for a friend’s wedding then I am THERE baby!

        • When’s GreazeFest?? Our anniversary is the 6th, so we are thinking early. But I think we can go before or after.

          • sheribombblog

            GreazeFest is the 1st & 2nd so the 8th would totally work ♥


    Congratulations on the house, it looks great! What a lovely place to put down roots in. Have fun with decorating.

    • Thank you! We are so excited and can’t wait to get into the house and make it our own. With the painting really getting started today, it’s already looking more us than before. Neutral paint colours, very me. Haha.

  • ElegantEccentric

    More house updates is good! I like seeing your inspiration. I’m glad you found THE house (but mourn for the cookbooks, ouch).


    • I know riiight? My poor cookbooks. I do believe they will be covered by my insurance but I already miss a few of the old ones I’ve had for 15 or so years that probably won’t be replaceable. And I’m glad to hear it, they’re coming, ready or not. Haha.

  • Mahina Hathaway

    Commiserations for all your stuff lady 🙁 We have a tonne of stuff in storage too and I don’t know how I would cope if it were mostly destroyed. And congrats on the house. It looks so bright and airy, and I can’t wait to see the ‘Suger magic’ that you’ll work on it!

    • I know right? We were lucky, we didn’t lose anything that couldn’t technically be replaced. All our photos etc were high and dry, thank goodness.

      Thank you! It’s going to be amazing. The height, the window cut outs and light, I’m so excited for it all to be ready to move it. SO EXCITED.

  • Oh my! That house looks just dreamy! Definitely more house updates. There’s no such thing as too many! And oh, commiserations about the cookbooks. But you know, everything is replaceable except life itself, even old cookbooks. Happy new home!

    • I can’t wait for the painting to be finished, a fresh coat is going to make such a difference. And yes, stuff is stuff, we are all alive and well and it was a shed after all, not even our home.

  • I love the theme mood board. Relaxed and I always love a bit of black and white 🙂

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  • michelle barrington

    House reno plans can NEVER be boring. Love the style direction you are headed in

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