Beach Cottage Corners and Renovations

Thu 10th, Nov, 2016

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Hello all.  Lovely ladies, how are you?

All well here and enjoying Spring and the end of the year rolling out here in Sydney.  I love Spring here.  Currently am sat at the little (white) round table in the kitchen with a cup of tea and some afternoon tea, I’m just back from the hairdressers, the window is open and a lovely cool Sydney Spring breeze is coming in from outside.  All around is blue sky and amazing greens on the trees flutter in the wind off the sea…the old frangipani is coming to life, soon it will be full of blooms, carpeting the footpath below with sweet yellow and white flowers… people will stop on their way to the ferry or the beach or a coffee shop, pick a flower off the ground and take in its scent….perhaps tuck it in their hair.

I have been thoroughly loving having some time off this year…we actually delayed our plans to buy another house (until now) and so I’ve made the most of it, though not really by doing that much…slowly getting the house more organised (the garage which was suffering from post move overload is now clear) and we’ve had a huge amount of foliage removed from the garden and it’s like this 100 yr old lady of a house took a huge breath and sighed out as years and years and years of overgrown trees and shrubs got a good old fashioned prune.


The last few years, indeed the last many years looking after children and juggling working in between, I often thought of how much I would get done when littlies were no more, less school runs and after school activities and more time in the day…I truly thought that I would be a pillar of resourcefulness, superbly efficient and scooting around getting all the things done that never seemed to get done.  My house, indeed my life, would have everything in place.  I would be attacking my to-do lists (both real written down ones and the ones that have lived in my head for years) with fervour.  But, in actual fact, this last few months I’ve been aimlessly mooching around, from morning cup of coffee to afternoon cup of tea, watching re-runs of my favourite tv shows in old trackies, slow walks with Barls, long (very very long) daytime baths (up to neck) with book club books.  Before I know it, it’s 3pm and time for the school run and I’ve just about managed to unload and re-load the dishwasher, clean the odd toilet and ummm get dressed.  So much for the having more time and getting more things done thing.


This sloth-like household wandering, lasted, pretty much, from the day we got back from Hawaii until, to be quite frank, about six weeks ago when, all of a sudden, something changed and all cylinders began to fire.  I think I needed that time, a welcome time to re-charge and take stock…

And to that end I’m just about to start the next renovating adventure.  We have been, the last month or so, seeking a new old house to do up, getting up early on Saturday mornings, driving about 45 mins or so to a new suburb and seeking out a house that needs some love… and well it’s all on.

I’m going to be renovating the new place (not quite literally on own but in terms of being in charge it will be moi) – floors, kitchen, bathroom, garden etc etc. all need help.

It will be our sixth reno, I cannot wait to get stuck into it, I love finding old houses, there’s no secret about that and love bringing them to life not knocking them down…there will be a lot of white paint.

And that’s about it, I’m ready for the ride…

See you again

Sarah x

* these are two old dressers I thrifted and were very much worse for the wear – painted with a very matte chalk paint, I popped a large mirror (also needed love and painted) on top and it’s working out quite nicely for perfumes and bits and bobs

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30 Responses to “Beach Cottage Corners and Renovations”

  1. Alison says:

    Welcome back! I’m strapped in and ready for the next reno.

    Cheers, alison

  2. Jane says:

    Great to read your blog again, can’t wait to hear all about the next renovation

  3. DeAna says:

    So if it takes going to Hawaii to get a long break, then I’d better get packing!
    Sooooooo glad you’re back! I’ve missed you! Lost puppy kind of missed you… (Did that just get weird?)

  4. Linda Tague says:

    I’ve Really missed you too! And Barls! I’m so Happy you’re feeling yourself again!
    There’s another post that’s similar to yours, in name. I kept getting that by mistake. I kept looking at my notes to make sure I had the name of yours right. Could not figure out where you were! I wish if you leave us again for awhile, you’ll at least briefly, explain, please? I was worried about you. I truly missed your posts. WELCOME BACK!! Thank you!

    • Sarah says:

      Ahhhh sorry Linda… I didn’t intend to leave, I literally just felt no need to open my laptop and I always said in this blogging game that if it didn’t feel right I would stop, just didn’t expect that to happen out of the blue one night. xo

  5. Shannon says:

    How wonderful!!! The greatest gift we can give ourselves is the time we need to do what we need to do. So excited that you got to have this time just to take baths and so excited that you found another house to love. I’ve heard so many people this year say that they just needed down time, just time to sit and be, that their business is kind of slow down, that their project slow down. Somebody said that it’s time for a universal upheaval. Here’s to a great 2017.. I know we’re all looking forward to the next adventure.

    • Sarah says:

      I have heard that too from all sorts of places…many bloggers I read have now stopped blogging too, I think it all got a little bit hectic…

      Finally I feel really re-charged, it feels so good :)

  6. Aloma foggo says:

    Lovely to see you. Missed your lovely photos and Barls!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back. Missed your “voice” and cute English. Phrases.

  8. Julie says:

    Welcome back Sarah! Have missed you and your lovely posts…glad to hear you are all well. I’ve been re-reading your wonderful Christmassy posts (and think your choccie trifle will quite possibly feature here this year…thank you in advance!). Congrats on your new project, how exciting, I’ll enjoy following along! Best wishes to you and yours xoxo

  9. Mel says:

    Hi Sarah!
    I know exactly what you mean! I don’t know how I managed to clean the house, do the laundry, take the kids to kindergarten when they were Little. Now I have so much “free” time and I get nothing done. And the internet with all the great blogs (and Pinterest!) is so distracting…
    I’m so curious about your “new” new house. Whatever happend to the old one? I guess you sold it? It was so fast from one day renovating the laundry room to another you licking your new front door ;-).
    Well, good luck with the craftsman. But I guess it get’s easier every time. :-)
    Greetings from Switzerland

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Mel Yup I have no idea how I got a primary school kiddo, a nursery child and a baby out the door…I guess you do what you have to do!

      I could live in Pinterest hahahahh

  10. Kathryn says:

    Hi Sarah I have just re-read your post about the chalk paint, does your technique leave a gritty feel, I want to tackle my granny’s 100 YO dresser also do you finish it off with a wax to prevent chipping?? Cheers Kathryn

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Kathryn

      I don’t use the wax as I don’t like the finish it leaves – the problem however with chalk paint is it marks REALLY bad – so if you have an item that will have high traffic it’s a nightmare. So I use aquaenamel on stuff I know I will want to spray and wipe and may get knocked. hope that helps xo

  11. merilyn says:

    hello lovely!
    missed you x and white paint love!
    also was looking at my Christmas folder and thought sarah won’t be able to resist a bit of special other foofing at
    this time of year!
    just adding a few Christmas touches in this neck of the woods hun!
    much love m:)X

    • Sarah says:

      hahaha thanks Merilyn, I’m going VERY simple this year for Christmas…no stress and simple decorating… xoxoxoxoxooxox

  12. Alison Clayton says:

    You’ve been missed, so lovely to have you back. Looking forward to your next adventure. xo

  13. Anna says:

    Thank you for the post Sarah! The dressers look lovely. You certainly deserved a break!

  14. Jan Withers says:

    I love having you back Sarah. I know how you felt and I remember going through a similar thing years ago. We were in Manly a few days ago and thought about you. Back home on the Fleurieu Peninsula now. The Harbour was it’s usual fabulous self and it always make me feel good to go for a ride on the Manly Ferry. Good luck with your Reno. x

  15. I totally understand the need for a break sometimes. Don’t we all? It’s lovely to see something new here. I especially like the contrast of the two green leaves against the white. I wish I could go out to my garden and cut those where I live. Alas, I’m too far north.

  16. Sami says:

    So glad you are back sharing your beauty with us – always makes me feel calm and rewarded when i read your gorgeous blog. so glad too you had some rest. xxx