April 29, 2011

Moving and Redecorating

Greenspace behind the house

I'm on the move... from a country setting on 43 acres to the beach! It's going to be great for walking and exploring a new area.  Pine Harbour has a ferry to the city (Auckland) and a French Market on Saturdays.  There are two golf courses in the area as well as 2 family sports centres (Formosa and Te Puru).  When we first moved to Auckland, we joined Formosa and used the swimming pool all the time.  My boys are looking forward to riding their bikes to the pool and the dairy.  They didn't have this kind of freedom in Clevedon.
Susan's new sewing machine

I have an entire room currently devoted to my crafts so it's hard to imagine sharing a room with my family, especially two teenaged boys. Where am I going to put my spinning wheel, fabric, sewing machines, and wool? That's the most important decision for my creative stability. I will be marking my territory tomorrow morning!  It's always fun to rearrange the furniture too.   I've decided to do some redecorating in the upstairs living room.  I'm moving the current living room suite down to the family/rumpus room along with the oversized TV (always hated that ugly thing in the living room).  I think rugby can be watched in style downstairs.  This leaves me with a new living room to redecorate completely.  I've left some Mexican glass and iron tables in Vancouver that I'm having shipped to NZ.  I think it's time to have a linen slip cover made for the pink couch and I bought some Sanderson fabric in Australia to recover either a small arm chair or large footstool.  It's all on! I'm on the look out for a new/old table and chairs to go in my new dining area. While the Kauri table and chairs were nice in the country home, it's not the right look for this house. I haven't fought my husband over the spare room yet.  He thinks it's going to be his office!  Another thing I'll be looking for is art and a feather sofa (traditional, overstuffed with rolled arms would be nice).  I've been on the Pottery Barn website and found a couple of beautiful rugs. Well, it's time to focus on the packing.  I'm watching the Royal wedding out of the corner of my eye. Bye for now!
Side view of the house

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