I really love leather. I don’t care if it’s old or new. There’s something about the smell of new leather that i love, but i also love when leather is old and worn. We lashed out on new lounges for the house. They are very different styles. The chesterfield lives in the parlour opposite the fireplace and the other is more modern and belongs in the kitchen/living area. I love them equally.
The following pictures are of my cowhide, which i love. I know that animal skins aren’t for everyone (my daughter hates it) but i appreciate all of the animal being used, including the skin, if it has been bred for eating purposes. The black and white contrasts beautifully with the tan lounge. Also, it is durable and easy to clean. Gotta love that!
Alright, so that’s my new leather. Now onto the old. These were all found at the Molong junk shop. Boy do i love that place. I don’t think we’ve ever visited and not taken something home. It is full of treasures!
This beauty was found at the junk shop. The top of the stool is covered in embossed leather. It’s lovely and solid, as most old furniture is.
This black beauty is covered in leather! I adore it. It will probably end up on one of the bedside tables at Winterfell.
I know this won’t appeal to everyone, but my husband loves camels, so when we saw this leather covered one, we had to have it!!
Finding a weekend where we can steal all of our little family away isn’t easy, so sometimes we have to force it. I am so glad we did. It snowed a little in Millthorpe this weekend…..just a little, but that was enough to make the kids happy.
We accomplished a lot in two short days. The biggest thing being BEDS!! Very exciting and much better than sleeping on the floor. I haven’t attached pictures as they are mostly undressed and not looking especially pretty at the moment. We also hung a lot of pictures, pulled out old rose bushes, levelled hedges, assembled stools (x6), bought some essential boring items (brooms, mops, etc) and managed a little sleep in each morning.
I have so many pictures to share of our progress and junkyard finds, but i’ll focus on the kitchen and living area. I fall more in love with Winterfell at each visit. It feels like home. I hope our guests feel that way too.
So we headed to Winterfell with another small truck filled with goodies. My Mum and Dad joined us for the day trip, which was a wonderful way to combine work and pleasure. And just quietly, my Dad is super clever and multi talented in ways my husband is not. Don’t worry, my husband has his own gifts, but Dad was so helpful sorting out the gas hot water and how to start the heating. I was worried Mum would be bored while we unloaded the truck, but she enjoyed my favourite red chair on the porch in the sun and also spent some quality time with my children. All in all, it was a great day! The red chair above was another fabulous find from the Molong junk shop or treasure trove as i call it. I think it was a wrought iron bed in a previous life. I really love this chair. And RED! My favourite colour for more reasons than one…..three in fact! The initials of my children – Rose, Eilish and Daniel. xo
Here is a sneak peak of some the spaces in Winterfell that are coming together. Overall, i am happy with the progress so far. Some of the spaces are not coming together as i planned….remember my scrapbook? Who knew that things wouldn’t go perfectly to plan? *insert sarcasm here* But i am not disheartened.
Please note replica antique or fancy pants chairs (as i call them) in the background behind the black stools. I really love these chairs and they were a bargain found on ebay, but i dislike them intensely (my mother always said hate was a strong word) in the main living area. NO MATTER! They will be dispersed throughout the house in the bedrooms and i will find something else for around the dining room table.
And finally, some photos my daughter Rose took from the car on the way home. My husband and other children were following in the truck. Ahhh…..the beautiful Australian landscape is hard to take for granted.