Monday, 20 January 2014

The House of a Million Displays { Mum's House }

My Mum's house. It is a true reflection of her personality. As all good houses should be. So many bits and pieces. Carefully placed, hung and displayed.

Sometimes growing up, it felt more like you were growing up in a shop rather than a home. And my siblings and I had mixed feelings about it at times. Knocking your head constantly on baubles that hang from chandeliers in the kitchen, soon wears thin when you're a tall person, and just trying to make your breakfast while half asleep.

While I always found peace in the garden, I haven't always felt the same about the inside. I have been known, to cut down in an "I've had enough" type frenzy, ridiculously large cane balls from ceilings after hitting my head on them a few too many times. And to clear one of two dining tables (in the same kind of frenzy mentioned above), so I could just sit down somewhere and eat without a flower arrangement poking me in the eye.

But, as with anything, you appreciate something more when you aren't surrounded by it all the time. And that does describe my feelings about the inside of Mum's house now. While impractical in some areas, it is a beautiful collection of things. Amassed over a lifetime. It fills every heaving shelf, corner, and wall in this home. And my daughters love it all. The baubles, the bells hanging everywhere. The more they look, the more they have discovered.

It's crazy, cooky, confident and sometimes a bit too much and garish. A mixture of traditional, bold, modern and crafty styles. And maybe all of that, kind of describes Mum too!

A very small example, of all that unfolds inside.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 




 While it might all be a little crazy and colourful, this space is definetly filled with all things love.

24 comments:

  1. I'm not sold on the parasol in the bathroom, but I do LOVE your Mum's collection of chopping/cutting boards, they are beautiful and she has so many!! Everything is beautifully arranged and so tasteful. She obviously takes great interest and pride and enjoys decorating her home! Thank her for letting us have a peek! xx

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    1. I love the chopping boards also! They look so nice set up in the kitchen like that!

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  2. I would move in today if this was an option, what a wonderful woman your mum must be! Tell her I love her eclectic mix of collectibles. Cx

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    1. Thanks Christina, I will pass on your message! x

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  3. Oh wow! So in love with her home, love the way she displays everything, she definitely has an eye for detail xoxo

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  4. I bet everything took years to collect and all have stories behind them :)

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    1. Yes, and she knows where every little thing is!

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  5. Your mum is truly creative. What an amazing mix of colours, textures, paintings and randomness. I love it. I can't wait to have a house to fill with colourful things like her place. PS totally in love with the bathroom.

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    1. The bathroom is my favourite also Lizzie. I don't feel like I'm showering in Tasmania when I'm standing in the shower!!

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  6. Wow, I can't get over the disco ball in the kitchen, umbrella-lampshade in the bathroom, and booby art on the wall. Definitely not my taste, but I can see why your girls would find it fun!

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    1. Her taste can certainly be polarising!!! xx

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  7. What a unique and gorgeous home! So much character and love!

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  8. Whoa...that is one cool house. Love the decor!

    http://thatcuriouscat.blogspot.com/

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  9. What an amazing house and beautiful photos! I would love to create interiors like that but every time I try, I get more 'confused jumble sale clutter' than 'cultured travellers living scrapbook'. Will keep the pictures on hand for inspiration nevertheless :)

    http://www.la-lingua.blogspot.it

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    1. sadly my house is kind of the same!! I definetly don't have that knack of styling things with ease x

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  10. Wow, you grew up with that!!! That's just fabulous. I'm inspired. I look around all our surfaces...and, well, lets just say I know what I am doing when my son naps tomorrow!!

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    1. ha! A busy nap time for you tomorrow!!

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  11. what a creative space your mum has. as minimalist as i run (i can see how you could be frustrated growing up!), i can see this is not clutter, but beautifully collected and composed things. it must be a magical place for your two little girls. i love the first collection of little houses, and the kitchen chopping boards and wooden spoons, and the big green apple branches.

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    1. The chopping boards were actually sitting in a wooden box from a bakery in Hobart I think Elizabeth, Daci & Daci. Have you heard about it? x

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  12. Holy moly I love that bath!!!

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    1. I felt like I was on holidays somewhere in the orient every time I was in there!

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