Tag Archives: Homemaking

The Nautilus: incredible fantasy house!

Don’t you wish you could live in a house that was outside the ordinary?
Well here’s one we prepared earlier… in 2007.
The Nautilus is an incredible house designed by Mexican architect Javier Senosiain.

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And just have a look inside…

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Amazing Gothic finds on Gumtree

The local classifieds are always an amazing place for unique finds, and as I’m on the prowl for things for my new house I’m seeing more and more gothic items on Gumtree, the Australian version of Craig’s List/Classifieds.

But since I only have so much space in my house, I thought I’d share some of these finds with you in case you might want to take some of the pretties home.

I mean…

What am I going to do with a Vintage Medical Autopsy Table?  Who knows, but it’s gorgeous and it’s for sale in Sydney, NSW.

Vintage industrial medical gothic autopsy table found on gumtree amazing goth home decor finds

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Why people always paint their walls cream.

My Gentleman and I bought a house!
It’s our very own!  Words cannot convey my excitement and happiness that it’s finally happened.

Yippeee!
Squeee!

We can do whatever we want to it.  No more rental inspections or removable stick-on picture hooks for us.  No more bland walls or neutral coloured carpets.
But I’m so excited by all the possibilities that it’s literally paralysed me from doing anything to customise it.

I’m stuck.

Purely because I can do EVERYTHING, I’ve done nothing.

I’ve got swathes of ideas.  Pinterest boards full of inspiration.

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Castle for Sale, but what’s inside?

Ever dreamed of owning your very own castle?
For many Australian Goths, like me, this has always been an impossible dream, but hold on to your parasols people: There’s one for sale!

Sunshine Coast Bli Bli Castle is for sale JesterNoir
And what a castle!

The advertisement describes it as:
“A stand out landmark in this location this Norman style Castle, with medieval additions, complete with moat, turrets, towers and drawbridge is totally unique in Australia.” – The ‘For Sale’ ad.

Have a look at their page and you’ll see the usual span of propaganda images of families with their children happily pointing at nothing, outside panoramas and their ‘come have your wedding here’ photos, but nothing that shows you what’s inside.

Which leads me to the reason for our chat now…

Last year, I was honoured to be a part of my friend’s wedding, held at this exact castle.   It’s beautiful and so gorgeous.. but inside it’s unlike any other castle I’ve ever seen.  It’s odd that they don’t have photos on the ad of what’s actually inside, but once you see mine I guess you’ll understand why.

Whilst the bride and groom were having their photos taken after the wedding, we snuck off and explored the castle unaccompanied and unhindered.  So here’s what we found hidden inside…

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Octopus everything! 8 Cephalopods for your home.

I just adore Cephalopods.  Octopuses,  squid,  cuttlefish…  They’re all just brilliant.  Here’s a eight ways we can have octopus decor in our very own homes. SeeWhatIDidThere

Since I’m on a quest to customise my home to be anything but boring, I though I’d bring you along for the ride with the fun yet functional things I find.  Sometimes these will be affordable, sometimes not, sometimes it depends on what your definition of ‘affordable’ is and how far your purse strings go.  I’m saving to buy a home, so the answer for me is not very far, but a girl can dream and I can certainly peruse the beauties…

Let’s start at the front door…

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Trick yourself into taking a ‘Mental Health Day,’ without feeling like a lazy slob.

I first heard of a ‘Mental Health Day’ from my last boss.  A college of mine was having a bad day at work, so my boss said that she’d rather my college took a day off and went to the beach instead of staying at work, being mentally elsewhere and getting nothing done.  That way they could come back the day after ‘refreshed and ready to work.’

I’ve been back at work a week.  A week. I can hardly believe that it’s only been a week.  My holidays were wonderful, but getting back to the daily grind has been a bit of a shock to the system.  I’m already feeling the effects of stress, so I’m preemptively taking a day to look after myself before the stress makes me sick.  Literally.  Of course there’s the temptation to go out and have fun and screw the consequences and lack of sleep, but growing up means learning to look after myself.  Sigh.

There is so much to do around my house though, so ‘Relaxing’ (With a capital ‘R’)  is difficult.  If I’m sitting round my house, I feel like I’m being lazy.  I need a sense of achievement to beat the blues, but whilst a day full of hard work makes me feel good, it sort of defeats the purpose of taking a day of rest.

So, after sleeping in and staying in bed till after midday, (Take that morning! I didn’t even see your face!) here’s what I’ve done to trick myself into taking a ‘rest’ day and ‘Relaxing.’

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