Saturday, March 1, 2014

"The House That Time Forgot"

Anth sent me the link to this lovely little 50's house located in one of Brisbane's Northern suburbs a few days ago. It has since sold (thankfully to someone who is planning to preserve at least some of its beautiful wallpaper and general awesomeness. You'll see what I mean in a sec...)

Some of you (particularly the Brisbanites among us) have probably already had a look-see (Anth spotted it on the Corurier Mail real estate page) but if you haven't you're in for a treat.

It's described by the author of the article as "an assault on the eyes" which is absolute poppycock IMO. It is a bit wild and crazy, sure, but I doubt you'll find a more perfectly preserved 50's interior in Australia (excluding Rose Seidler House and its ilk, of course).
There's no black or white with this one. It's gonna have lovers and it's gonna have haters. Drop me a note and let me know where your feelings lie.

(my feet are firmly in the luurve camp - but you already knew that didn't you?!)

I've got a baked Ricotta Cake in the oven, almost ready to come out. So I've got to make this a quick one. Here are some pics. Feast your eyes!

Bathroom first. I think this appropriate given current circumstances, don't you? (and it's my favourite room in the house. I love that wallpaper!)

Sunnies on? You might need them.

Florence Broadhurst meets Opium den?
 
Blue and green should always be seen! (did you notice what I think is a Cathrineholm bowl up there on that cupboard?)
 
"They call me mellow yellow (quite rightly)" Donovan, 1966.
 
This is what I love about real interiors. Colonial, meets retro, meets Nanna = keeping it real. Not a stylist in sight. Just someone with obvious pride in their home, doing their best to make it look nice. Love.
 
Here's the link to the article (and source of the images I've posted). You can see more pics there. Including a couple of bedrooms, one in peach tones, the other in browns. Lovely! Plus a garden with a real Hills Hoist. Enjoy!
 
Perfect timing - oven's beeping. Bye and thanks for reading x
 
 
 
 



22 comments:

  1. It is indeed crazy, but I love it.

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  2. Ohh the yellow floral wallpaper... wow. I love it.
    x

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  3. Holy Freaking Guacamole! I think Grayson Perry should move in there immediately xxx

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  4. Wowzer it sure zings with umph!! xoxo

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  5. Love, love, love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Wow, that wallpaper brings back memories of a lot of apartments I live in when I was in my 20s!!! :)

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  7. Wow Kylie, you find the good stuff! I am not sure I could live in this but it is certainly straight from the 50's isn't it?

    When we were newlyweds we lived in my husband's late grandparent's house and it was very similar to this complete with carpet in the kitchen, wallpaper, blue patterned carpet and frosted, sliding glass doors. It is a rental now and I wonder how much of the original stuff is left?

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  8. l want to live there ..as is..its so groovy!

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  9. I did see this, and I think I saw something on the local news which showed the lady who bought it sitting with the original owner. The lady who bought it said she fell in love with it and would keep some aspects as they were but change others (she said she'd change the bathroom). I liked her attitude and the original owner was very good humoured about the whole thing. It's a happy ending really for such a fabulously genuine home.

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  10. Well I'm joining you whole heartedly in the LURVE camp Kylie! That lime green and electric blue kitchen with the wallpaper is glorious and fresh! The bedroom is a girl's dream and how about that lounge room hey? What a gorgeous feature wall - those rich colours!!! - and how about that coffee table eh??? Man, I have the perfect outfit for every room. Might have to photo shop myself in!!! Hee hee!

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  11. What a funky funky house! I love all the colour, most of the wallpaper ( the salmon coloured bedroom is foul) and am so pleased to read that the home has been bought by someone who loves the era and will keep much of it as it is. While I love the wallpaper and the style of the bathroom, the two together are a bit full on for me. That yellow wallpaper with matching yellow crochet blankie is just the bees knees! mel x

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  12. The kitchen!!! Yay for green and blue!!!!

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  13. 'with obvious pride' is what i like to recall from this. it gives me the jitterz, but in a nice way. like many of us, i grew up in such surroundings, so having a look at these makes my heart melt. it also brings back a feeling of no-thanks. so it's VERY mixed feelings, with an aftertaste of bitter sweet.
    yes. absolute pride. for that i LOVE. n♥

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  14. That kitchen!! Thanks for sharing x

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  15. I'm on team kylie! All the colour is making me a bit excitable and i just love its authenticity. We have a programme here called homes under the hammer, and i feel so anxious when houses like this come up, because you know the next time you see them, they're going to have all the features ripped out and a cheap kitchen put in. Xx

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  16. This is a fascinating house Kylie, my Gran (Violet Lucy)'s house is now up for sale as she's had to move into a care home and that has barely been changed since the 1950's (or maybe earlier!) - not always a good thing! I think it will be a developers dream property.

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  17. Lurrrrrve it especially the mellow yellow bedroom! I am so loving all things yellow this year...fab post as ever....d xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  18. I love every inch of that house, absolutely perfection, and like you said, honest.

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  19. I love the living room with the turquoise wallpaper and yellow furniture!

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  20. Wow! That last pic reminds me of my Auntie's old lounge suite. Love the kitchen too. Sherry

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  21. Life is finally returning to normal and the baby is thriving and could possibly be sustained fully on the mountain of love he is receiving, and so I read and catch up on the last couple of months in your life. Loving all the reno photos and forgive me for placing all my comments in this spot and confusing the heck out of some readers when I talk about how full of admiration I am of your toilet which is yet to happen in blog post chronologicals. So many brilliant ideas but my favourite is the Readers Digest wall followed closely by the WC on the red door. As for this post I couldn't help but ask "did you notice the seldom seen Caroma colourway of the wall tumblers in the bathroom?" AND in the post of the five little dresses.....you had me holding my breath, I thought you were going to say you were expecting you wag!

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