the a frame

imageIf you have a holiday at an ‘A’ frame house you just know it’s going to be a good one, don’t you think?

Particularly in Australia where there is no need what-so-ever for a roof pitch that steep (unless you’re right at the snow … and it could be handy in a bushfire I guess … but I am sure this wasn’t the motivation when the majority were built in the 1960s and 70s). It’s a housing style purely for the dreamers and more romantic at heart I think.


How’s the view? Nice huh?

This one in Mount Beauty is a ripper. Great view. Spiral staircase. Super 70s/80s op shop fitout.  For example, check out this coffee cup. It’s going to be a pleasure to drink from this every day!


And a brown tiled kitchen bench. Lovely!

Balcony. BBQ. Friends. A few games … I think we brought enough, don’t you?


what a view – another grampians house

I think Lucinds and Patrick’s house (it most definitely came with the farm – as opposed to some land that came with the house) has one of the best views in the whole wide world. Really.  Don’t you think?  Even with a swing set and Jemima’s strewn gumboots interrupting the view?


They live in Dunkeld, at the southern end of the Grampians, and their house is a 1960s delight, with nearly every room boasting glorious views of the Grampians across paddocks studded with sheep and river red gums.


I love visiting them in Dunkeld and sitting out on the crazy paved porch under the wisteria that Patrick tends so nicely.

When the Jackson’s bought the neighbouring farm to their family property and Lu and Pat moved into the house on it, it really was completely uncool.  Back then the 1960s were just daggy, even architect designed 1960s … Luckily for them tastes have changed and now it is supercool.


For example, check out the bifold door above.  It separates the formal lounge/dining area from the kitchen/living spaces.  When they first moved in we thought it was dreadful. Now, it’s sorta groovy, most definitely ‘of it’s era’. Who would ever have thought that consatina-ed brown fake woodgrain would be back?

Anyway, check out the formal areas. Lu’s done a great job. The lounge room is furnished with a couch that ‘came with the house’. The previous owners had it, and Lu bought it at the clearing sale that accompanied the house sale. $20.  It has come in super handy for sleeping everyone at parties as it is one of those click-clack numbers.




And the timber coffee table in the corner is second hand.  As is the light on it.   The light’s pretty groovy huh? It was her Nanna’s.


And then Patrick insisted on a photo of his art. He made Merv Hughes and Vivian from the Young Ones in high school. Note Merv is missing his cricket ball.  So much creativity going to waste shearing sheep!


For a couple of years Lucinda drove to Warrnambool every day for work (100kms each way) and was very excited when the Mill Market opened at the old Fletcher Jones factory. She bought her sideboard from here (and the vintage toffee poster in a previous photo). And then lots of the rest of her stuff is Ebay. When you live in the country Ebay gives you the same access as everyone to exactly what you are looking for (if you are willing to travel to pick stuff up – and Lu loves a road trip!).




Her six cherry red chairs, for example were bought on Ebay for $120. I forgot to ask how much she paid for the table.

Great house huh?  Good work Lu.

pressed metal

I really love pressed metal.

The first student house I lived in (Otter Street, Collingwood) had pressed metal ceilings in the lounge room. This feature was BY FAR the best thing in the house (the rest of it was dreadful).

In the last few years a few people I know have used pressed metal in their rennovations.  I have friends who have a pressed metal feature wall in their dining room.  And other friends who have used it outside as cladding for their house.

And my Mum has used it in her bathroom instead of tiling. And I think it looks great with her second hand cream tub and pedestal basin. What appeals to me is that it is sort of busy, but also quite plain – it is like wallpaper in this regard, but a bit more practical in a wet area!