What sort of house is your dream house?
I must admit I love all styles of houses and have been lucky enough to see many wonderful places over the years I have been writing and photographing them for magazines.
One of my own "dreams"
has been to live in an old rambling weatherboard farmhouse and here I
am, almost. We have lived here in the old, heritage-listed house for a number of years now since gradually extricating ourselves
from our house right in the city of Sydney. The complete opposite of this, I suppose.
In between our beach house
and commercial renovation projects and other careers, this house has waited for us to get our act
together. Our friends have waited for dinner invitations - we don't
have a dining room. My office in is that room, as is the guest bed. I
guess that shows what our priorities have been. It has been a case of putting up with things....
My husband Rob, who is (conveniently for me) an architect and heritage specialist, has been my long-suffering partner in our renovation exploits. We actually bought our first renovation project within months of meeting each other. I reckon he proposed to me only a couple of weeks after we met as I was the first girl he'd gone out with who had renovated her own place.
So here we are living long term in a renovation. The main hallway of the farmhouse we lined with boards and very cool paneling (more than two years ago) are still in an undercoated state, waiting for a new pressed metal ceiling to magically appear.