Frame Arrangement – The Gold Room Complete


Happy New Year! I know we are barely two days in, but this year has been brilliant so far!! Β πŸ˜‰ I am starting 2013 with fresh eyes and a positive attitude. Last year was challenging, but there were also amazing times and both have changed me for the better I hope. Here are just some of the lowlights and highlights of 2012.

We saw the New Year in at Times Square NYC. I made the cover of a regional magazine thanks to flattering lighting and Photoshop! Β I started studying again and discovered my brain still works. Yay! My chronic illness flared badly this year. Internal bleeding throughout your large intestine is never good, but it reached a new level last year. I really do not want to see 56kgs again.

My husband and I had the BEST ever weekend in Millthorpe and bought a beautiful house that has kept our family close. Johno tattooed a poem I’d written on his back. It’s impressively large and lovely. My Mum was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She has endured surgery, radiation and multiple rounds of chemotherapy and has managed to keep a positive attitude. Amazing!

We had to put our dog Bob to sleep. He was a silly, fat beagle and we loved him. We got a friend for Ruby who was missing Bob and we are so very glad we did because Pepsi is gorgeous. She has slotted into our family with ease and we love her. My daughter Eilish duxed her primary school. I am so very, very proud of her. My husband merged his business with two others and hopefully this will decrease his work hours.

My son Daniel blossomed this year at school and has grown in confidence, which is so very important. And Rose, my gorgeous spectrum girl, not just survived but thrived in her second year of high school. We celebrated Christmas with my parents, all of my siblings, partners and children. And finally, Johno and I saw the new year in on our red seat on the porch of Winterfell.

Oh, and another room at Winterfell is complete!


My collection of gold frames finally made it onto the wall. I’m hoping to add to this wall as i find more frames.


I used some vintage wallpaper i discovered at a secondhand shop to fill this ornate gold frame.


My grandmother’s buffet features in this room. It looks beautiful here. Also, my other grandmother’s bowls sit on the buffet. I’m going to fill them with chocolates for my guests.



White timber ceilings feature throughout the house.


I’m a little obsessed with collecting books about collecting and decorating. They will all remain at Winterfell for my guests to enjoy.


Local artist Leanne Watt created this golden image, which reminded my husband of our daughter so much that he had to have it! It hangs on the wall in the hall before the gold room.

IMG_3282 IMG_3290I have only two more rooms to finish (eek!) before we get to the serious business of creating a website, information booklets, professional photography (yes, i recognise my photographs aren’t ideal) and then finally opening the doors of Winterfell to guests. How very exciting!



  1. Erin.G
    January 2, 2013 / 2:31 am

    It looks great! I really like those gold frames, it’s very Elizabethan. You should have a copy of Pride and Prejudice in there πŸ™‚
    Were with you on starting 2013 with a more positive out look…there is lots to look forward to!

    • January 2, 2013 / 4:32 am

      Thanks Erin. I really like how this room turned out…..the frames especially. Yes, so much to look forward to in 2013! And I think I have a little Jane Austen book in cream that I could put into this room. πŸ™‚

  2. January 2, 2013 / 2:58 am

    Room looks gorgeous! But I’m now way more curious to see your DH’s poem tattoo. That’s incredibly romantic! And I’m feeling kind of sniffy that Paul hasn’t wanted to permanently carry any of MY words with him…

    I’m terribly sorry about your Mother. And your dog. That’s a lot for one family to endure.

    • January 2, 2013 / 4:49 am

      Thanks Victoria! I’ve really appreciated your support in 2012. I can’t believe Paul hasn’t tattooed some of your words yet…you have so many good ones! ;)He could take a paragraph from your wedding post. πŸ™‚
      Happy New Year!

  3. January 2, 2013 / 3:21 am

    lovely, gorgeous, great post…how lovely to hear your family is thriving. and the gold room is totally GOLDEN- love every bit of it but ESPECIALLY the empty frame amongst the others…a wonderful finishing touch.

    • January 2, 2013 / 4:52 am

      Thanks Edwina. I love the empty frame too and I’d like to say that was my plan all along, but to be honest I just got lazy and couldn’t find a print I liked. πŸ™‚ I’m going to call it fate.

      Happy New Year!

      • Redjohno
        January 2, 2013 / 6:56 am

        Flattering lighting and photoshop my arse ξ„… u are a natural beauty…plus now I get to brag I married a covergirl! Best post ever AJ 

        • January 3, 2013 / 10:09 pm

          Happy New Year Johnathon. Xo

  4. delovelyish
    January 3, 2013 / 8:12 pm

    Lovely frame collage! Looks great. Happy New Year!

    • January 3, 2013 / 10:09 pm

      Thank you so much! And Happy New Year to you. πŸ™‚

    • January 10, 2013 / 6:04 am

      Thanks Donna. The guesthouse is located in a small country village in NSW. i love looking at your furniture makeovers. i only wish you were in Australia so i could buy a few items! πŸ™‚

      • January 10, 2013 / 12:22 pm

        Me too. That could be so much fun! This make-over might even require a special trip over just to paint – now your talking!
        Have a great week! Small House / Big Sky Donna

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