Before shots - the dark




Our old girl goes under the knife tomorrow.  Tonight we pack up this room in prepartion for the big skylight installation. I feel very nervous. Not only because this feels like major surgery on the old girl, but because it's my idea. My first major renovating decision coming to fruition. The style of the skylight, the location, the flashing colour, everything. My choice.  We've made a few changes since we bought the place, but all cosmetic and all reversible.  Some people relish these major decorating decisions, but I'm not sure I do. Oh the anguish... Am I lacking confidence in my decision? Why yes I am as it happens. 

I wouldn't mind so much if it was a more contemporary dwelling. But our old girl is circa 100 years. She's withstood a century of fires, floods, dozens of housewives, untold handymen and at least one urban gay decorator and remains in pretty good shape. Fairly original and unspoilt by decorating fads.   So I can't help but feel that in owning such an old place, my role is more caretaker than owner. Yet it's our home and it has to suit our family.  The challenge lies in striking a balance between creating a warm, liveable modern family space whilst respecting the history of the house.  Does cutting a whopping great hole in the ceiling find that balance? Or spoil our modest Tasmanian farmhouse.  We'll find out tomorrow I guess.  I really hope this skylight decision is the right one.  Oh dear.  If you never see the after shots, you can assume it wasn't!  

9 comments:

  1. Good luck with the 'cut'. I am sure it will be a good choice.
    Your house looks so lovely and homely i love it.
    Good luck...xx

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  2. I felt the same about the warehouse in Leiden it being 500 years old and all. But I figured we all need a bit of updating through the years - staying fashionable - energy efficient and yet sympathetic to our years. You have taste, class and love - it will look amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. I love the banner you have up, and the artwork. I hope the skylight adds to the beauty that's already there :)

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  4. I've seen the 'after' and it's looking fab. There's NOTHING worse than living in a dark space. Though your space looks gorgeous regardless.

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  5. What a gorgeous sitting room - so welcoming and warm. Nice. x

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  6. this is such a lovely space that will be even better with more light. can't wait to see the final outcome.

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  7. She looks lovely and could tell some stories I'm sure.

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  8. i love your house michelle. now i really truly want to come visit

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  9. beautiful home! nice to see the bunting hanging in a good spot.

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