a moment to take stock- a beach house, life & all that *stuff*...

hello lovelies...it seems that y'all need to *see some beach house*...

i've had so many messages, emails, comments, & thoughts on *Face Book* about the house...

i love, that you will fall in love with our little space in the world, as we fall back in love with it all

over again...

so gals...images of our little beach house will be coming thick & fast this coming week...

so far...our daily life is full of the *stuff* we stored in two containers in Sydney 4 long years ago...

we seem to have done well...

we've all heard the stories..."sheet...i can't believe we've paid to store this stuff..."

but gals...we don't share this thought...we have done good...

i am a V.E.R.Y contented Cheshire cat by the sea...

what we will enjoy here together...the next step on this coming home journey...is the arrival of one 

very big, very special crate of goodies from ol'Blighty...

four years of collected...travelled for, very loved special pieces that will sit in our beach house by the

Australian coast...

i am crazy excited at the thought of mixing the two together...i love that old & new...

side by side...the sum of both sides of my heart...

coastal country...

this week has also been all consuming with preparing this little beach house for our new family 

member...the gorgeous Miss.Lola...

yep, moving 12,000 miles from the English countryside, back to the beautiful beaches of Oz alone,

was not enough to rock our family boat...we needed a little more chaos...

a challenge amongst all this sunshine & smiling...

there are books galore on puppy loving, rearing, parenting, disciplining, feeding & more loving

strewn across these gorgeous dark floorboards...

we're as ready as we'll ever be...& somehow it all reminds me of the way we approached becoming

parents...*we'll just take each day as it comes & love this next one like we have the others...*

leave me a comment with giggling if you think we're a little naive...as i'm sure we are...!

so...the plans here are to share as many beach house, beach life, sandy...salty...sea loving pickies

with some very wise, sharing words of wisdom ;-) as possible...

if there's anything you'd like to see...know about...share...or ask me about life Down Under, after four

years of living abroad...with three kiddos in tow-please do...

i'm home & being here with you just feels even more right... 

that's it from me surrounded by the beautiful beaches of Oz...& puppy *stuff* galore...

nothing like taking on *all* that coming home has to offer in the shortest period possible...

thanks for stopping by...i love ya for that...



a huge welcome & warm hug from *Down Under* to all the new gals here...thanks for joining our little beach house life...

drop me an email & say G'day...



  1. Ah amazing, that plant is gorgeous, the flowers look so delicate. Lola oh Lola what a little cutie x x x x

  2. Dear Melissa,
    Your little radio it is so beautiful ,I love this old design.And your sea -urchins at the window ....the flowers and your lovely puppy ...
    Have a sweet day

  3. Lola is just too cute! I can see it will be a difficult job not to spoil her rotten with cuddles - just look at those eyes....


  5. I am DYING to see your house, loving what I've seen so far, it's beautiful :)

    And that Lola....OMG, just gorgeous!! My two have fallen in love with her! XXXX

  6. just hope you picked a good puppy, Melissa!! we see that she is cute!! here is my question(s) for you...how far away is the beach and how often do you go to the beach and is it usually a family outing? hugs from good old COLD & snowy Ohio, cathy

  7. Being back in your beach cottage just seems right. It fits you better than your years abroad, even though I know you loved the adventure. Lola is adorable and will bring lots of happiness to your new life home again.

  8. Oh, I love this!! How lucky you are to live in such a beautiful house <3

  9. Your beach house looks stunning! And congrats on the soon to be new addition! We have two dogs, one recently turned two the other just turned one, I am of the same mind, "we'll cope with things as they come" hehe two dogs is a LOT more work than one, Lola on her own will be fine. There will be precious items chewed, rugs peed on and lots of "No's!" but after the first year of training each other it gets so much better! The old saying "a tired dog is a good dog" is very true, lots of walking and playing is key! ;) Enjoy! xo K

  10. She is beautiful! What a lucky puppy moving in with such a gorgeous bunch. Happy days... gxo

  11. It's funny Melissa, but I've been thinking about getting a dog again, whenever we get home...something to do with making the family 'complete' in my mind...we've had border collies twice before and it is lovely having a dog in the house...your Lola is gorgeous...is she kelpie or perhaps a heeler...not sure...but she is cute. I can't wait for you to unpack your UK goodies...it will be such fun to meld the two worlds and I'm sure you will do it beautifully. Your house looks lovely and airy...with the doors flung open...memories!! Robx

  12. Ohhh my the puppy!!! So cute. I am a complete dog convert since we got our boy puppy. It has completely rocked my world! The house looks beautiful - lush and lovely. I am worried about your ergonomics Melissa if that is you sitting in the background...I just ordered a new chair you see, so I have been reading up on spine health! Haha. Your life sounds so chilled, I am sure you haven't got an aching muscle in sight! Lou x

  13. Love that you are settling in to the Aussie beach life and having a total blast decorating you home. So looking forward to the puppy adventures to come and I bet the kids are thrilled. N x

  14. Oh Miss, finally catching up and now I see this! Just heavenly, my friend. Hmm, I'm missing those Sydney frangipanis big time now. *Sigh*. And I want that radio! Will have to get the details from you. And loving your penchant for Eames chairs as well. J x

  15. yes, you are totally and completely mad, Melissa! : ) i love the glimpses of your coastal life, so beautiful and calm. that is one sweet dog, for sure.

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