Our Forever Home - Hallway, Linen, Mudroom & Storage

We have some very cool features in our new place that I haven't had (but always wanted!) before. One is a mudroom! I've seen lots of these on Pinterest, and always knew having one would be perfect for being able to store bags, hats, shoes etc., and later when the kids are at school, their school items. 

This little alcove off our garage (and leading into our hallway) is our mudroom, and I was super excited to pick up this storage unit (off our local buy swap site) which is absolutely perfect for this space! It has storage up the top, bottom, a spot for bags & even a hanging rack (under each top cupboard). There is currently nothing in the cupboards or drawers (the girl's shoes are in their rooms). 

I have a corkboard and whiteboard above but I think I'll put these on the wall later so they are more accessible. The black baskets were from Target - Brendan has one and I have the other for our personal items. The vase was also from Target and fake flowers are from Kmart. 

The shoe rack was from buy swap and sell, and has all my shoes (Brendan's are in the walk-in robe in the master bedroom), and the hat rack was also off buy swap and I painted it white. 

I love that our 'stuff' can be hidden away, especially as entry ways like this tend to have stuff dumped here as you get out of the car, but as everything has a place, it is super easy to keep tidy. 

Across from this space, is a door which is our storage room! 

I LOVE this little room, which on the house plans said it was a 'walk-in linen' cupboard, but as you'll see below when I show you our linen cupboard, we don't have enough linen even to fill one linen cupboard! 

This room has shelving on two sides, and so far it has items such as our picnic basket, some items for parties, my boxes of cards (like from birthdays), our marriage keepsake box, sportsbags/duffel bags/backpacking bags, nappy & swimming bags, green bags for shopping etc. 

I also have a sleeping bag (can you believe we only have 1 sleeping bag for Brendan and 1 for Miss M? I've never bought one, but need to!), our present tub, my IKEA spice racks which I will spray paint and put up soon, some spare tubs and pillows and rugs, and our items for the beach. 

It's very easy to keep tidy as there's so much shelving, but the best bit is, even if it does get out of control at times, I can just shut the door!

This is our hallway looking into the lounge room (from the mudroom). 

This is the hallway looking back from the loungeroom. My brother will help us put hooks on the wall soon so I can hang all my frames. 

This print was already here at the end of the hallway, and I think I'll keep it there, I'm not really sure yet! But I like what it says. 

In the centre of the hallway is our linen cupboard which is over double the size of the two previous linen cupboards we've had! 

I have the vacuum cleaner we are borrowing off my Mum, spare cushions, photo frames ready to be hung, our swimming bag, bikini/wet bags, beach towels, bath towels, spare pillowcases, spare cushion covers, handtowels, bath mats, and up the top are tablecloths, spare toiletry bags, more photo frames, wheat bags and hot water bottles.

Hope you enjoyed these few rooms - more to come!

Our Forever Home - The Living & Dining Rooms

Welcome to the living room!

This room is off the kitchen, and is a three-way open plan space of kitchen, dining & living spaces (and the toyroom comes off the dining area). The living room also leads outside into the outdoor area. 

As we've only ever had one lounge room, we have split up our lounges (the three-seater in the lounge room, and our two-two seaters in here). These lounges are part of the Tivoli range from Fantastic Furniture and are vinyl, and have survived two girl's well so far - they are super easy to keep clean. This is the view from the sliding doors to outside.  

I love our pillow cases from Pillowtalk, and our coffee table we are just using for now until we find exactly what we want. The vase in the corner was off a local buy swap and sell site, and the flowers were from Kmart. 

The black boxes were from a local cheap shop around 15 years ago, and are still going strong - they have soft toys/baby toys in them, and we use them as side tables as well. The blue ottoman was from Kmart. 

This room is very minimalist, and doesn't really have a defined use yet. Before we borrowed a second TV and TV cabinet from my Mum, we used to use it to just sit and take in the gorgeous view of our back paddock. 

[Our borrowed TV in the opposite corner to the vase of flowers]

[An updated pic of the whole space]

[The amazing view from our living space!]

This is our dining space. The doorway on the left leads into the toyroom, which is such a perfect spot for it, as the kids are happy to play in there because I'm usually pottering around in the kitchen (do you tend to find your kids want to be wherever you are?!) 

Our dining table is a 6-seater but is extendable, and was originally from 1825 interiors, but we bought it secondhand off our local buy swap and sell site. We have two secondhand highchairs which the girl's eat food together in (handy when I want them contained! Both were off buy swap: one was $10 and the other was $5, and I just love these plastic highchairs with no padding because they are super easy to clean! The legs also come off so you can store them easily, or even take them travelling. 

We have a small table and chairs in the far corner using an IKEA side table and a few Kmart $5 plastic chairs (which is handy for the girl's to eat at, or if we have other kids over). The girl's easel in the other corner is from Kmart. 

On the right of the table is this little station & hat rack, which has everything we need for outside play, such as hats, sunscreen, bug spray, as well as tissues, spare nappies (although I need to refill them at the moment), and bibs in one of the drawers. I've used this little trolley from The Reject Shop for many different things over the years, and I haven't currently filled every space or drawer, but we'll just see what ends up there or what we need it for. 

And that's it for the living & dining rooms!

I love this space - it is always filled with light and is so inviting! 

Our Forever Home - The Ensuite

Welcome to our Ensuite!

The white vanity and tiles are repeated in this room, but with a black tile on the floor and in the shower. 

The door above leads into the master bedroom. Again I love the neutral, fresh colours used in this room. 

It is a very large ensuite, and we absolutely love the design!

The vanity is the same as in the main bathroom, which has plenty of storage, and a nice, clean design. On top we have a fake string of pearls from Kmart, a vintage shaving tool we were given, hand wash, a built-in toothbrush and toothpaste holder and my straightener (as I use it daily). 

In the drawers on the left we have Brendan's shavers (this is his drawer so he will add bits and pieces over time), and down the bottom is our 'extras' drawer, as I hate to run out of toothpaste, soap, shampoo or conditioner (or I can stockpile if things are on special). 

In the centre cupboard is my necklace/earring holder, an IKEA tin for my hairdryer, some foot products in a small, clear toiletry bag and a basket of hair items, and down the bottom is my toiletry bag, always packed and ready to go. Brendan gave me this for Christmas last year from Collette! I just love it!

On the right are my drawers which have random items such as extra razors, a brush, an exfoliating glove, shower cap etc, and down the bottom is my travel hairdryer and the heatproof bag for my straightener for when I travel. 

We also have plenty of storage behind the mirrors again! On the left we have Brendan's deoderants, cologne, and some multipurpose spray and paper towel if I quickly want to clean the vanity. In the middle is my hair brush, face wipes and some products, and on the right I have my nail polishes and accessories up the top, my perfumes and hair ties & bobby pins in the white jar, and down the bottom is my makeup bag and a jewellery box with my earrings in it (that my brother gave me when I turned 21!) Up the top on the mirror-storage I have 3 small jars with cotton buds, cotton wool and floss sticks, an then another fake IKEA plant (you can never have too much greenery in my opinion!) and a lighthouse from Kmart that I just love!

This is our shower, which is very long and has a screen but no door (but being very long, the water doesn't leak out). I really like it - it feels very spacious! You can also see our gold spotty dirty clothes basket next to the vanity, which was from Kmart (we have a bin on the other side of the vanity). 

This is the view from the master bedroom into the ensuite. 

Nice fresh white towels!

The toilet is behind the door, and I have a toilet brush, toilet spray, bin and extra toilet paper next to it. 

The view looking out from the end of the shower. 

The decorative wooden box sitting on the windowsill has sanitary items in it. 

Thanks for joining me on this short tour of our ensuite! More rooms in our forever house to come!

Our Forever Home - The Main Bathroom

This is our main bathroom in our forever home! 

It is located almost in the centre of our house, to the right of the front door off the hallway before all the bedrooms (except the office). This is just the girl's bathroom at the moment, or any guests that we might have, as we also have an ensuite (which I'll show you in the next post!) 

It has a deep bath, large vanity with plenty of storage (including behind the mirrors) and a shower. I love the neutral colours, and the amount of space (especially compared to the last two places we've lived in!) The bath runner on the floor seen above is from Lorraine Lea - the size is very handy! 

After not having a bath for the two girl's for most of last year in the town we moved to (we bathed them in a plastic tub in the shower), I am LOVING and really appreciating having such a beautiful bath! 

We try and keep the bath toys to a minimum - I use the IKEA bath storage as seen at the end of the bath, and the girl's also love to bath their dolls, so we have a pink dolls bath as well. 

On the other side of the bathroom is the shower, and a space behind where the door opens for our drying racks and another towel rack (the bathroom only has one towel rack so this will be handy if the girl's ever have to share the bathroom with another guest or if we have more kids. The little hooks on the side of the shower were from a local cheap shop a few years ago. 

Beside the vanity we have an aqua hamper from Kmart which we use for a dirty clothes basket. I don't have a bin in here as there is one very close in the laundry. The stool is handy for Miss M to wash her hands now that she is toilet trained!

On the vanity we have a tin of the girl's hair items (spray, brush, hair bands & bows), hand wash and a built-in toothbrush & toothpaste holder. 

In the two drawers to the left we have the girl's toiletry bags in the top drawer ($1 pencil cases from Kmart), and a replacement heat lamp light down the bottom. 

In the centre of the vanity we have the girl's hair bows up the top, and the diffuser & vaporiser are kept down the bottom (I can't tell you how great it is to finally have space for the vaporiser - it has lived under the cot or under our bed for about 3 years lol!)

In the drawers on the right are all our washers up the top, and some more hair bands/bows down the bottom. The girl's have two towels each, and the spare ones are kept in the linen cupboard. 

When I first saw that the mirrors had storage behind them, I thought that it's not something I'd necessarily pick for a bathroom but I LOVE them! It is so so handy and practical. 
Here we have: spare cups on the left, in the middle I have bath bombs & Epson salts, and then cleaning products down the bottom plus baby oil (the girl's can't reach this shelf). On the right we have a brush up the top, some baby lotion, bubble bath & shampoo, and down the bottom we have the girl's toothbrushing cups, some spare toothpaste and spare bath wash. 

The bathroom is a three-way bathroom with the bathroom on the left, the toilet in the middle and the laundry on the right. I absolutely love this design, and would replicate this/want this again if we did ever more (which we don't plan to!) It means I can easily tidy these rooms which the girl's are in the bath or I can grab a basket of washing to fold. 

The toilet is a nice simple design, and I just have a bin, stool/potty for Miss M, extra toilet rolls, a toilet brush, a fake plant (from Kmart) and some toilet spray. 

And that covers the bathroom and toilet! Next post will go through our ensuite! 

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