Red Bricks + Lilac Tiles


Life has been pretty busy lately. On top of work and living temporarily in the hotel because of the kitchen renovation in our rental, we got the keys to our first proper house last week. I realised I hadn’t actually mentioned it on here (only on Instagram a while ago)…but we made the big leap and bought this red brick ‘beauty’ on Sydney’s Northern Beaches recently. We aren’t going to live in the house for a few years, as we are pretty comfortable where we are – and renting it out will help us chip away at the rather scary mortgage. The house is over 50 years old and untouched – which is exactly what we wanted. I’m not a fan of paying for a basic renovation – especially if it’s been done on the cheap. The added bonus to the house was that it was also in immaculate condition. The owners had been in it for 45 years, and it truly was their castle. We had a mini ‘backyard blitz’ around the pool area with some of the family over the weekend. Inside, the walls are being refreshed in Dulux Natural White, and the floral stickers have been pealed off the rather endearing lilac bathroom tiles. Other than those small jobs, it’s ready for our tenants. 

In the mean time, I’m dreaming about what our house will one day become. Above are a few images I’ve pinned on Pinterest. I’m sure we will have a few neighbours who will turn up their noses the day the bricks are painted black (or charcoal grey if we are feeling less daring), but I have faith it will be one day our castle too. 

Briar x


  • Lexi:: PottyMouthMama

    I really, really love it!! Far out, how exciting. Congratulations team!! I am going to live vicariously through you. We have our real estate agent doing an inspection this week and I am SO stressed. Makes me dream even harder about owning our own castle. YAY!!! x

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