a fabulous day for wallpaper

We went to look at two houses today. One I saw saw thursday before last. It's a total cutie. Nice street, good area. Beautiful diamond paned windows in the front, lots of charming (and some not so) period features, wide hallway, a linen press, cladding (protecting the weatherboards) and tin roof tiles (which mean that the house hasn't cracked under the weight of cement tiles). There's also several sheds, an adequate sized concrete backyard (blech) and central heating (first house we've looked at with such a convenience). It also has rather spectucular wallpaper, different in every room. The kitchen not only has wallpaper, but tiles and a wooden feature wall. And the bestest light fitting I've seen so far. This house comes across as a warren of rooms and some people just freak out, but I love it.


 The kitchen is on the small side and the bathroom has no bath, which would require some thought, but there would be all sorts of possibilities for tweaking these things in the future. There would however be  two small studies.

But wait there's more... Another house, also in a good area for us, but with a better floor plan. Didn't make sense on the internet, but once we walked around and saw where the light came from, it did. Unusually for the era, it seems to have been sited to allow northerly light into the kitchen and dining area. The lounge is a little dark but that's OK. And the linen press is in the bathroom, which is not ideal, but the bathroom does have a lovely deep bath. Also a house with two studies.Touch and go as to whether it will be in our price range, but.... takes a deep breath, it could be.




The killer is, it goes to auction on the same day as, but after, the other one. Which is probably more likely, but this one is slightly better, especially as it is now. With work and a small extension, the other one could be better in the longer term. But they're both good. Of course, we may get neither.

In other news, I seem to have developed a twitch in my right eye. Can't see it, but if I put my finger over my eyelid, I can feel it. Which means I probably should be avoiding computers and television. So I had a nap this afternoon, but I wasn't really tired. Maybe a little nervours about work next week? I put my hand up to do higher duties while a colleague is on leave and am one of three in my office to take a turn at this role. A little taste of where I might go in the next year or so. I have all sorts of ideas about what I'd like to do in the job, but it's only two weeks. Of course I'm nervous. I always turn into a little bundle of anxiety about things like this. 

11 comments:

  1. I love looking at houses. Before I bought the house we're now in, I'd go looking every weekend.
    Interesting about the 'no bath' comment. I recently renovated my bathroom (1950s weatherboard house), and pulled out the bath and added a second toilet in its place. 5 people, 1 toilet, no one using the bath, so it works for us! I know that I'll be living in this house till I'm carried out in a pine box in another 80 years, so resale wasn't an issue.
    Removing cladding.... it usually contains a bit of asbestos... just enough to make it expensive to get rid of. The relief you feel when the ugliness factor goes is priceless, though.

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  2. Love that kitchen wallpaper and clock.
    With me, eye tics are fatigue. When Son #3 was about 6 months old and the reality of life with three tiny children was sinking in, I developed a twitch in my left eye that I had for a YEAR.

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  3. I love both of these kitchens. Couldn't you have both and just go back and forth as the mood strikes you? That would be great.
    A few years ago, I started getting a twitch in my right eye, then an almost constant headache on the right side of my head came on for - almost a year. Not fun. Turned out I had a pinch in my neck. Chiropracter fixed me right up. Try doing some neck rolls and stretches. Feel better!

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  4. Looking at houses, worrying about which to bid on, filling in for someone at work ... You don't think your tic could have anything to do with stress do you? That's when mine pops up.

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  5. That is a kicker of a dilemma. This whole process sounds so tiring, not at all the fun it should be, peering into people's lives.
    I really love that wallpaper, and in a non-ironic way.

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  6. I have just been catching up on all your house hunting journeys! I have to say the description of the first house sounds eerily like my own. Many rooms, seemingly stacked one upon another of differing sizes but I love it. So much scope for change and re-arrangement which has been used a good deal over the past eight years I can tell you.
    And I am soooooooooo glad (read here: very!) that you mentioned your eye tick (and that Suse responded about her own in her comment) as I have had one develop over the past couple of months and didn't know what to make of it and whether I should have it investigated. It definitely comes and goes so I will now keep an eye (no pun intended!) on it and see when it happens - i.e. when under stress or tired and such. My intial reaction was panic as anything related to my eyes usually means (in my head anyway!) that I'm about to go blind ;-) And with all the reading I do.....

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  7. p.s. Do you think they'd let you keep the clock? You could get it written in to the contract of sale.

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  8. Pretty much what Kris said, but from me.

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  9. Making huge decisions like this stresses me to the hilt!!! So having work stress too, in my opinion, means you deserve extra cool pampering right now ;)
    Vx

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  10. Ooh I hope you can buy the house you want soon as you seem to always like something about them but not really love them. Perhaps tiredness is the key to the twitch as I get them when I am really exhausted. Good luck with the new position too.

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  11. Both of those kitchens look so cool. I adore old kitchen. We just got a new house (well, havn't signed the papers yet, but it's a done deal) and the bathroom has wallpaper - very pleasing. Hope you're doing good with everything.

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