"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Welcome

The door is open...welcome in.
Our first meal in the new home was Thursday night, and we had an extra guest - a friend of Slicer's. Freshly made lasagne, salad and garlic bread on the back verandah, surrounded by the trees....beautiful. 
Having that verandah, and being blessed with trees on all sides, brings a soothing calm to the house...
We're still putting things in their right place. When Mr Elefantz and Slicer go back to work tomorrow Blossom and I will begin the real indoor transformation - laying out quilts, runners, and generally adding that feminine touch.
The sewing room was the last room to be unpacked and is almost finished...it leads into the main bedroom through one set of double French doors, and on to the front verandah through another set of French doors. If you look at the front of the house my sewing room is on the right.
This is the view from my bed...pressed tin ceilings all through the house, with gorgeous ceiling roses under vintage styled fans...
Above the doors are fretwork inserts...
...and on top of the bedroom walls are more fretwork, much simpler though. This means there is virtually no sound-proofing throughout the house, but the purpose is to allow cool air flow all through the house during the very hot tropical summers.
I'll share more internal photos tomorrow, or the day after...so I'll close today with Blossom's door. She is safe behind it resting from all the hard work of the last week. 
Hugs,
Jenny
xxx

81 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Jenny! Thanks for the lovely tour. That fretwork IS beautiful, but I don't think I can handle that lack of soundproofing, LOL! Good luck in your new home.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your new home. It does look very peaceful and serene. What is the space under the house, in one of the photos, there is a door open showing chairs. I am just wondering.
    Hugs!!

    Pam

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  3. your new home looks lovely and I relly like the fret work it looks classy.Glad to see the sewing room set up, now you can create again.

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  4. HI Yenny congrats, this is beautiful, very nice !!!!!
    kisses for you from Argentina

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  5. You have been busy unpacking. Your new sewing room looks great. I love the soft colours throughout. They should be nice and cool in the summer. Weren't they ingenious in the early days to make their houses suitable for the climate. So different to down here where we want to be able to close everything up to keep the heat in.

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  6. The new home looks lovely. Plenty of inspiration all around you and a nice calm atmosphere. I wish you happiness in this new place.

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  7. Oh so tropical and peaceful - hope there are a few air conditiners hiding somewhere for later in the year. I can imagine you are all really tied and Mr E & Slicer re probably glad to be going back to work.

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  8. Wow Jenny, gorgeous house, so comfy. I can already see the feminine touches, those men stand no chance, lol! I love your new house. Thanks so much for sharing, is that a banana tree? Big hugs, Elaine

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  9. Your house looks wonderful! I think the lack of soundproofing will be worth it if the house stays more comfy with the fretwork. It's beautiful as well as functional. You have accomplished a lot in a very short time. I'm sure it is feeling like home and once the quilts and other touches get added it will be perfect! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  10. Lovely home. How exciting for you.

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  11. Love the greens, the fretwork and especially your sewing room! No doubt you'll make your house a beautiful home. Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. Your new house is so gorgeous and the old world details are just perfect to show off your feminine style quilts

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  13. Lovely tour of your beautiful home.
    It looks so cool and inviting out on the back verandah.

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  14. 11c down here so to wander through your FNQ house was a pleasure. We live in the same country speak the same language yet have vastly different living. Lovely photos .

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  15. Oh, Jenny - it takes me so far back in times I am so teary at wonderful memories - I'm a bit that way these days, lol! Have a wonderful time there!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  16. Oh Jenny it's beautiful! You girls are going to have so much fun decorating that sweet little house.

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  17. Dear Jenny, Thank you for showing us all through the new house. That house is just so you can not wait until you have finished it with all the lady touches.
    Huge
    Narelle

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  18. Jenny thanks for showing us around your home. It has such a lovely relaxing look to it and I love the doors and fretwork. Blossoms door is stunning, can't wait to see more.

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  19. Nice house and I love Blossoms door

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  20. What a beautiful home you have been blessed with. Banana tree and all. :o) I just love old houses! I'm green with envy... in a good way. So happy for you all.

    Your photo of you all eating outside made me shiver. It's sooooo cold here even during daylight hours. LOL! What a difference. Think I'll see what jobs are available up your way. ;o)

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  21. Lovely Jenny. That home seems the ideal backdrop for your beautiful creations. I also wonder at that space under the house. What will you ues ot for?

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  22. What a lovely house! Congratulations:-)
    You really live in the tropic's don't you; so different from way up north here in Norway. The only palms we have are inside in pots:-)
    I love the pictures of the house, your new home looks airy and nice. And your sewing room is great!
    Big hugs from Synnoeve:-)

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  23. Hi Jenny,
    Ah, I'm sure you and Blossom will put the itty bitty feminine touch on this gorgeous house without tooo much trouble.
    Looks really sweet and homely!
    I'm sure you'll all be very happy living here.
    Hugs,
    Anna

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  24. Thanks for the tour...I Especially love that Ceiling...and the Fretwork.Enjoy.
    cheers

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  25. What a nice house, it is so YOU.
    Did you already paint blossoms door, it looks very pretty.
    Can´t wait to see more.
    KATRIN W.

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  26. Your new home is gorgeous and I love that veranda with all it's view's... thanks for the tour xxx

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  27. Lovely house and details. It looks cool and airy. I hope you have happy days there.

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  28. So glad you are settling in to your new home Jenny. It looks lovely. Hope you and your family will be very happy there.

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  29. I have never seen a house like yours, it looks so clean (all that white) and fresh and calm . . . I LOVE it!!!!
    Is it a one-off or is it a fairly normal design for where you live?

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  30. Jenny, love the new house...and we have matching puppies and banana trees!!!!! Love the fretwork in the old Queenslanders....unique, very chic and practical!..and I luuurrrrve how your sewing room is so neat. I know it's due to just moving, but....I'm still jealous!!!! LOL
    big sugary hugs Wendy :O) XOXOXO

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  31. Thanks for the tour of the house - it looks so lovely and fresh in the white and I love those timber floors.... The beginning of new memories....Hugz

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  32. What a beautiful house to have for your home - I'm so happy for you! This should really be a happy place for you~

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  33. Thanks for the wonderful tour. Your new home is lovely. I especially love the photo of the banana tree right by the house. How convienient to just reach out and grab one. No banana trees in Ohio LOL!

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  34. Oh... it remember me my old house in Queensland, now I live in Italy.
    Your house is very beautiful, I love it very much.

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  35. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home, Jenny. The veranda looks so inviting and it does look like you are in a treehouse! All those gorgeous, large leafed vegetation! Just beautiful. It looks as if you could also have a party under the house as well...hmmmm. The fretwork throughout is oh so beautiful. It reminded me of the house I grew up in-it was Victorian and I remember my parents talking about how they tired of hearing me play my saxophone. That house was well vented...lol! Well congratulations on being blessed with such a lovely home! Oh, I like how your sewing room looks as if you have been there for awhile...lol..

    hugz, Pam

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  36. Charm everywhere! Love the fretwork...beauty with a purpose. I think lots of happy days will be spent in your pretty new home. Lily Rose looks like she has a big yard to pay in.

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  37. What a beautiful, cozy home! I love all the details you shared... can't wait to see more! Enjoy!

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  38. Wow - what a great house... you must be so happy to be in it finally...

    Sandy N

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  39. Your new home looks so nice! I am sure you will be able to create and sew a lot here. Blessings for your new home! Thank you for sharing with us.

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  40. What a lovely house you have Jenny! So many pretty details...I love the ceiling and all the open work to let the air go through! Enjoy your new home! :0)

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  41. That's a lovely dreamhouse. Congrats Jen
    Hope u will be more creativ in this awsome house and the luck will never leave you
    HUgs Gunda

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  42. It is "oh so cosy" Jennie and suits you and your family down to the ground. You will have lots enjoyable coffee breaks on the lovely verandah. Your handmade goodness will look divine around your new home.
    Keep well my friend;
    Love Judith
    http://creativestudio10.blogspot.com

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  43. Congratulation, Jenny!
    Your new home looks very spaciously and comfortable.
    I wish I could bring some SALT BREAD and WINE to Your house.
    Stay healthy
    a big hug
    Heike

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  44. It looks like the most wonderful house. Almost like you're on vacation every day with the verandah and trees around you!

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  45. Boa sorte na casa nova. As plantas são iguais as daqui do Brasil, se não fosse pela arquitetura da casa diria que você estava morando aqui no sul do Brasil!!!
    Um abraço
    liége

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  46. What a great tour and very lovely....you are making it your own like I knew you and Blossom would. Have fun with your new venture!

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  47. Everything looks so beautiful and the yard is great. You must be pooped from all the unpacking! Look forward to more inside pics.

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  48. It`s Beautiful! Thank you for taking all the great pictures. I love it!

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  49. Oh, Jenny, it's wonderful! It's so different from what I'd expect to see here in my part of the world, but I am completely won over :0)

    Thank you for sharing... I predict that as soon as you get to the kitchen pictures I'll be grabbing Mr. W. to have a look and "Make It Happen!!".

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  50. I love your home! What great details - the fretwork is gorgeous! Good luck and God Bless. May you and your family have many years of happiness and many wonderful times in your new home!

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  51. Jenny-girl, the house is so lovely - I adore all the fretwork but no sound-proofing? Yikes! What I want to know is does it have air conditioning....
    It looks so peaceful, may the Lord bless your home with love and laughter and abundance!

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  52. I really love your new home sweet home: thanks for sharing it with us. Tell Blossom she has a very lovely door. I'm waiting to see the transformation you and Blossom are going to make.
    Love to all of you.
    Elisa

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  53. Hi Jenny, weve just got back from a short holiday. I am so glad you are moved in and getting comfortable, it looks lovely. Moving house is so stressful so I am glad that is over for you. Dont wear yourself out. Love Jillxx

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  54. It's so lovely to walk through your home with you! I want to comment and ask questions about everything I've seen. It looks so charming. The tin ceilings and fretwork are beautiful. And the outdoor sitting looks cozy. Do you have lots of annoying flying insects being so close to the woods? And why is the house raised off the ground? Does it flood? Wish I could come over for a chat and to deliver a housewarming gift. May you make many happy memories in this home. Blessings.

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  55. I suppose the trees make it a tad cooler too? What a wonderful, tranquil setting.

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  56. Hi Jenny... the house looks wonderful... I hope your time there is very happy and I love blossoms door... also love all the features of that wonderful old house... glorious to say the least.....

    Cath's Blog

    Cath Ü

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  57. Your new home is very lovely. I love your yard, and the sewing room looks very nice and organized :-) Enjoy your new home.

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  58. Jenny your new home is simply graceful, serene and beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with your cyber friends.

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  59. Wishing you all lots of happiness in your beautiful new home.

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  60. Its looking really lovely Jen and you all will be very comfy in it I am sure. Have fun today putting up all the lovely things you have made. hugs Vicki xoxoxoxox

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  61. Your new house looks great, Jenny! Especially your sewing room.

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  62. What a gorgeous house and how happy you are going to be here. You and Blossom will have so much fun adding touches here and there!

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  63. La Casa Serena (The House of Serenity)
    How absolutely lovely! We certainly don't have anything to match on the central coast of California where I live. May this home bring you peace, serenity and calmness.

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  64. I love the look of your new place. It is so unique and once you decorate a little bit, it will be so you! I love reading your posts. I have completed my July little bird challenge, made a scissor fob out of the little bird embroidery and I have also completed Block 1 of the Daisy Do BOM. Please see my blog for photos at www.ohsewaddicted.com. I have linked to your blog there too :)

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  65. What a lovely house, it looks so peaceful - and so tropical! And such a clever design. The old part of our house has stone walls that are about two feet thick, which helps keep the heat out in the summer and in during the winter. I don't know why they don't make houses like that any more!

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  66. Home sweet Home! Thanks Jenny for welcoming us into your lovely home and showing us around, really beautiful. Love the big trees and seeing your family enjoying alfresco dining on your cool verandah.Your house reminds me of my younger days when we played hide and seek, I always hid under the house!

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  67. Your new home is full of character, and set in beautiful surroundings. I wish you every happiness.

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  68. beautiful, beautiful

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  69. Very nice! I am so glad to see you are settling in. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  70. Thank you for the tour. It's a lovely house/home with great details.
    I wish you all a very happy time living there
    Dutch hug

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  71. So wonderful you're in your new home. God answered prayer of having you wait, to have this lovely home, with so much creative beauty about it!!!

    I loved the original photo you showed of the interior with the green paint in the rooms and door frames...I love green!!!

    Regards,

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  72. What a wonderful house! It's fantastic!

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  73. Oh Jenny , I,m English and love the style of your house , I,ll be dreaming all afternoon .
    Would you mind terribly leaving your address on
    ksolomi@btinternet.com

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  74. The new home is really nice and I'm sure you alla will be happy to stay there. Thank you for the tour in your bright and sunny home. Hugs, Clara.

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  75. welcome to your new home Jenny-it looks so lovely and peaceful cheers Teri

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  76. I LOVE YOUR HOUSE, looks so homey and cozy. Just my style. Glad you got it.

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  77. Oh, your new home is simply lovely. It reminds of a vacation resort with those banana trees.

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  78. Hi Jenny, I have been missing from blogland for some time and have missed what everyone is up to. Congratulations on your move, your house looks lovely and I am sure you will find a wealth of inspiration in your new surrounds.

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  79. Love your new home. Everything looks so calming and relaxing. The details are a wonderful highlight to the home. Thank you for showing us around.

    Have a super great sewing day.

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  80. Oh Jenny

    It is simply beautiful! What a lovely Queenslander! So nice!!

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  81. A beautiful house (home) to move to; it looks like you will weather your hot summers better in this house. I hope it works well for you. (((hugs))) Bec xxx

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