Monday, February 28, 2011

Design Secrets


Man, I love how Ruby wakes me up from 5-6:30 (we are trying to break a middle of the night milk habit, as well as getting her accustomed to staying in bed until 7), and then falls back asleep when I would happily get up, as DrMr is up and turning lights and noisy things on around the house. But no, it's now past 8am and she is asleep and I am a cranky zombie.

Our "weekender".
So like most of you, I am a fan of The Design Files and love (in a masochistic way) checking out all the magnificently designed and decorated feature homes that pop up from time to time. There are so many creative and inspired people out there. I have oft planned to do one in my blog as a kind of parody with my house. The toys stacked everywhere, the books featured magnificently in our fantastic furniture book shelf, the baskets of unsorted washing in each bedroom (2 in the adults, 1 in the childs), the mismatched child-themed placemats on our ugly 1980s wooden dining table that even guests are forced to use. The foofs of dog hair in corners, the weeds in the garden that are taller than me. Cause you know, if we are one thing, it's definitely fancy. We be fancy folk. I am typing from bed and drinking tea, and noticing that the original 1950s blinds are actually repaired with brown duct tape (not our handiwork).

The family relaxing in our naturally stylish and architecturally designed environment.  The jeans on the bed are placed to be an ironic comment about contemporary family living and the everday working class mother's statement regarding "shortages of time". 
So last night I was overwhelmed, set in a panic and laughing that hysterical and shocked laughter when I discovered that a fairly massive international design blog would "love to consider my home" for a spot on their site. They often have the most delectable homes in Paris, New York, Barcelona etc on display. Yep. We currently live in a rental property in Blackburn. It's certainly not you know. Classy. I am a person who likes to say yes to everything, no matter how humiliating, so I am awaiting more information. I note that they do word the email "would love to consider your home"... which means that once they do see the duct tape blinds, cranky owl chalkboard declaring "what the f*&k is for dinner?", and "hard rubbish inspired" furniture, they can politely decline.

Our creative use of space.  We like to play with the idea of post-modern design minimalism.  I have actually put the play house away for the moment, as it was driving me insane.  And summer was not the time to be sitting in a tiny plastic house.

11 comments:

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

it looks like people actually live there so that is a start!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

and I love the hearts across your bed

JoeyNomad said...

I'm glad to read this. In our house we like to use industrial elements such as air conditioning hoses to bring the outside to the inside. Simply by hanging them out the window. It's a modern yet classic touch. Also the pregnancy exercise gym ball brings an element of Bauhaus into our retro home!

Frankie and Ray said...

Laughing hysterically over here right along with you...having just tripped over the big pile of dirty laundry on our bedroom floor.

MildlyCrafty said...

Hey instead of the Design Files you should watch How Clean is Your Home! It freaks me out that people can live in so much filth and makes me feel less bad about only vacuuming once a month :)

eg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCpzP7nxsxs

Betty Jo said...

Ha, I got the same invitation...been avoiding the issue for over a year while our walls crumbled around us.
Can't actually get into girl's room, boy's room chaos, vacume broken and I have lost the feather duster.
And I am now on the computer. Or the "Screen of housework denial" as I like to call it.

Fiona said...

If they were asking to come here, aka Least Child Friendly Home In Australia, I would give them my father-in-law's address and pretend I lived in his seaside home. And there are pictures of me up as well so if they spring a visit it's still convincing, no?

Seriously though your house is pretty cool.

Lexi:: PottyMouthMama said...

I love you Sally. I've said it once, I'll say it again. You are fabulous.

Jess said...

hey sally, it's been a while since I've checked out your blog, but laughed heartily at this post! and I can soo relate. I get mildly panicked at how inadequate my house looks compared to those on Design Files. Congrats on baby number 2! hope all is well

Polka Dot Rabbit said...

haha I've been invited to one of these design features before too. Despite being brave enough to exposure my delapidated rental property (falling down due to the landlord's inability to do any non-legally essential repairs) to a fringe festival exhibition, I know that walls with holes in them are ok in Berlin but sadly, not Brunswick....

Panic Attacks said...

This house is very beautiful and all the stories which is given here is very interesting about the little kid and also of the house. It's a modern yet classic touch.