Yes, we're celebrating! The house is sold, contract signed, and the contract is also signed on the new place (the cottage in yesterdays blog). Now it's just paperwork, building and pest reports, and then packing and moving. Here in Queensland settlement is only 30 days, so there's lots to do and not long to do it. I am getting some small cardboard boxes from the wine shop across the road to start packing books tonight.
We have already started de-cluttering, but we intend to get rid of lots of furniture, since we are moving from five to three bedrooms and a small living room. At present we have two modular corner lounge-suites and two three piece suites, plus a two seater and a four seater couch, occasional chairs and a bamboo three piece suite. That's what happens when you shop at thrift stores!
I am also planning to change colour schemes. At present we have a lot of red, with some black and autumn tones. Our new house is basically a country cottage near the beach, with lots of internal timber and it's quite dark. I envisage a colour scheme that is light and airy and beachy - lots of white and natural fabrics, with touches of sandy beige and blues and aquas. I want to paint some of my old dark furniture white, and recover sofas in either white or cream cotton duck or even pale denim.
Some inspiration from some great blogs:
I love the Ottoman idea - we all put our feet on the coffee table anyway, so I am definitely going to do this.
More white wainscoting, and a lovely blue rug and couch.
The white painted panelled walls and French doors with sheer curtains look lovely - my dining setting is not this lovely, so it may get painted.
The same room from a different angle - love the couch and the blue throw.
Here's my first project - an old chair I picked up from the op shop a few months ago for about $5.
The seat cover is old green and white vinyl, and I am going to paint the timber white and distress it, and cover the seat in a blue fabric. Update next post.