Friday, July 31, 2009

House tour :: Part 1 :: Front Entry

I thought it was time I showed you around our home. What better place to start than the front door .......
Love my front porch. I'm slowing adding pots of colour.

Bench seat purchased on eBay, restored and painted. So happy to have found one with the cross detailing.


Calendiva - from the succulent family. Very hard to kill (perfect for a beginner like me)

Anduze pots from D.I.G. in Brisbane. I would love to install a timber swing seat at the end of this porch too.

Whilst I absolutely love my home, I'm not under any illusions that a beautiful house automatically makes a beautiful "home". I love the people inside our house and together we we have made our house the perfect home.

Ready to step inside? Be my guest ....

American Oak timber flooring. Had trouble finding this flooring, but months of searching finally paid off. I love the grain.

Gallery wall. I purchased all of the 100 year old original antique lithographs on eBay and Black & Spiro had them framed for me. I'm thrilled with the matting Anna chose.

I have a thing for birds and nests

The colour of the eggs work beautifully with the entry lamps and bench seat upholstery and cushions

Bench seating and storage that holds kids shoes and school bags. All cushions from Black & Spiro.

Antique Italian table was purchased from Michael's Antiques in Brisbane.

Glimpse of our staircase.

Custom lamp shades from Black & Spiro, as are the blue and white ceramics.

Detailing on the table
I love this details, looks just like a bow.

We moved into our home in late October 2008 after 19 months of building. I lived and breathed the entire process and loved every minute of it. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I certainly helps if you have a quality builder. Couldn't say a bad word about ours.

I hope you enjoyed the first edition of my house tour. I plan to show you through the entire house over the coming months.

I'm taking the kids to the beach to spend the week with my Dad tomorrow. I'm nervous and excited all at the same time. See you all back here soon. Fingers crossed I have internet access, not sure what I'll do with myself after the kids go to bed if I don't have the WWW available to me!


  1. I fell in love with the dream of this house, the second you walked into the shop and said...we are building a house! All those years ago...seems like yesterday.

    I so love pretending I live here too hehehe :O)

  2. Gorgeous, Sharnel!
    Your home is beautiful inside and out.
    Love the blue and white color scheme. The fabrics on the built in bench look great together.
    Those lithographs were a great find. Anna did a great job of framing them.
    You and Anna make a fantastic team.

  3. Hi Sharnel, your home is absolutely gorgeous! The antique prints, blue & white ceramics & cushions, and the lovely Italian hall table look wonderful. Can't wait to see the rest of your truly inspirational home. Lee :)

  4. So happy to have found your blog. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your beautiful home.

  5. Sharnel, thank you so much for the house tour! It's sooo beautiful. You've created a fabulous house. Can't wait for the next installment - please don't keep us waiting too long. Leigh

  6. What a beautiful, peaceful entranceway. I love eggs and nests too, so those lithographs really appeal. Looking forward to the next part of the tour!
    Clare x

  7. I adore those cushions! Beautiful outcome!!

  8. Really lovely, my favourites - the bench seat out the front with the cross detailing, the bench seating inside with storage for shoes & bags, and while it was only a glimpse, I LOVE what I can see of your staircase!

  9. How stylish your home comes as no surprise Sharnel, after loving your blog, thank you so much for sharing your home. The bench seat in your entryway and cushions, oh to die for!

    Enjoy the beach beautiful, and the time with your dad and kids, looking forward to seeing more of your home! xx

  10. Hi,
    I love it all! Okay, one question...HOW did you get the group of pictures hung so perfectly straight?! They look fabulous!
    Tracey from A Cottage Industry

  11. Hi Sharnel - love your house it is just beautiful. Can't wait for my house to be at this stage (not long, not long!!). Now I am pretty sure you have probably seen all the posts of Olivia's party - Amy Atlas, your cupcake store blog, party perfect and the photographer - if I find any more I will let you know. Leanne

  12. So stunning Sharnel! Looking forward to seeing more! I hope you enjoyed your time with your dad - he is in our prayers. Tracey xx

  13. Oh my beautiful. I can't wait for the next part of the tour. Also I found you through Party Perfect & loved that party you threw.


  14. What a wonderful Brissy home.


  15. Sharnel, I love it all - the front verandah, the foyer, the cushions, the ceramics.....It must be wonderful to wake up each morning and see and experience your dream home come to life. Thanks for sharing, hope you're having a good week. Meredith xo.

  16. thank you to every one of you for commenting on our home. We just love it to bits and are thankful each and every day for this gorgeous home.
    I'm putting together my next tour this week. Now, where do i show you next?????

  17. It was so much fun working with you on your beautiful house Sharnel. You were a wonderful client. I hope that you and your beautiful family will enjoy living there for many years to come!


  18. Beautiful! I love your entryway Sharnel, can't wait to see more of your tour. :)

    x Amanda

  19. * Congratulations, Sharnel~~~ I "fell in love" (!) at the front door, so obviously I can't wait til you share more of your "living dream" with us!!! Sooooooo beautiful!!!

    How delightful to "find" you thru Brooke!

    Linda in AZ *

  20. Lovely home and lovely floor. Where did you get it? I have something similar, and it was hard too find one that wasn´t too expensive.


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