And so here continues our virtual home tour from last week.  Thank you all for your kind comments about the house and sympathy with my reservations about selling!

From the deck you access the back garden by the stairs, which lead to the upper lawn level and then down to the pool area and cabana. I am really pleased with the colour of the deck stain which contrasts so nicely with the crisp white timber. I recently re-stained all the decks myself, which was a mammoth task but worth the effort.





The pool cabana is another area that needs a lot of attention as it was the graveyard for a lot of household furniture that I didn’t have room for. But I sold it on Ebay this year to clear out and make room for some proper outdoor furniture. So for the interim I hired this fabulous outdoor setting from Furnish & Finish, including all the accessories such as the cushions, the plant and shell. If you are selling your home and are in need of some furniture and/or accessories to finish it off or make it look fabulous for sale, I highly recommend Furnish & Finish. They service all of Sydney and are an amazing resource with an enormous range of high quality stylish furnishings. You’ll notice the cow horns in the corner, my husband’s insistence as a tribute to our former farm!


I’m amazed at how much our garden has come on in just over a year. The hedges are doing really well both at the front and back. My husband is always more sorry about leaving the garden and not seeing it grow to its full potential than the house.


I had put off buying some decent outdoor furniture and sun lounges last summer knowing that Pottery Barn were opening and in the hope that they would have a fabulous range of outdoor furniture for sale. The range is expanding slowly and if we are still here in summer I’ll be sure to finish off this area with some nice wicker lounges and an umbrella. The banana palms behind the BBQ were planted as leaves in the ground by my husband about a year ago, and they grow like weeds. We have a huge bunch of ripe bananas that he picked this morning.


Here it the side of the house, which faces north and has the kitchen garden and clothes line. The gate leads to the front driveway.






Another room I have never shown, because it is always in such a disgusting mess and you literally can’t get in there, is the laundry. It’s a very basic and practical space, and not all pretty and decorated like some you see, but it’s functional and the dumping ground for everything in the house that doesn’t have another place to be.


 Here’s an aerial shot from Poppy’s bedroom.



The kids’ bathroom which was converted from a bedroom. It’s a pretty, bright bathroom and I do love that colour on the walls.


Our bedroom is such a haven and every morning when I wake up and look around I feel very blessed.





And I do love being welcomed by this sight when I come downstairs every day – it makes me happy.


Images by Melinda Hartwright.
Our house is open for inspection Thursday and Saturday 12-12.30pm. For more information re the property visit here.

7 Responses to Our Open House Virtual Tour – Part 2

  1. Faux Fuchsia says:

    lovely. I know you were uncertain about the dark antiques but I think they ground everything and look wonderful. Hope it sells. x

  2. Gail Storti says:

    More gorgeousness? I thought we’d seen it all in Tour Part 1. Now, I REALLLLLY want to live in your house. Wonder how my husband will react when I tell him, “Hey honey….we’re moving to Australia” when he gets home from work today!! You have really created a very special home and I love every inch of it!

  3. Leaanth2 says:

    Mel I never tire of looking at your home, I will miss it now your moving on but look forward tofoloowing your next venture,
    ps are you looking to sell anything from this house with the move happening?
    Leanne xo

  4. Michelle nelson says:

    I love the cabana and want one like that for my home in GA. Would you possibly know the measurements for that? It seems like the perfect size! Thanks in advance for any help!

  5. mj dettor says:

    Love the pool tile…do you know the name of it? thank you

    • Melinda says:

      Goodness, no I’m sorry I don’t, but it had quite a luminescence and pearly quality to it, and glowed at night after the UV rays heated it up during the day. It was wonderful. I’m sure Amber or Beaumont could help. We bought them from a tile store in Brookvale, but I can’t remember which.

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