Bianca's Tasmanian Bungalow: An Adorable Artist's Abode Full of Thrifted Finds9:46:00 AM
Bianca's an artist, mommy, wife, and cat lover. She runs the adorable blog Goodnight Little Spoon. An Avid thrifter in Tasmania, when I saw glimpses of her colorful home on her website I had to ask for a full tour!
Occupants: Myself, my husband Cam, my infant son Theodore and our 4 cats.
Professions: I am a student and work part time at a supermarket and my husband is living his dream of being a stay at home dad. Location: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Square Feet: About 1080 square feet Space Type: House Years Occupied: 6 months.
Please tell us a little about yourself: I'm Bianca. I'm in my mid twenties and I live in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia with my little family of three. I am about to finish my Contemporary Art degree and do my Masters of Teaching, before I'll be a primary school teacher. I like to be creative, go opshopping (Australian for thrifting) and ride my bike.
House (or Apartment) History: Our home is owned by family members but hopefully in the next couple of years we'll be in a position to buy it from them. We moved in at the start of the year and although it is compact, it is the perfect size for our family and encourages me to be less of a hoarder. It is a sweet federation cottage in a sweet neighbourhood [sic] close to lots of amenities and a short walk into the city.
Define Your Style: Opshop Eclectic.
Favorite Thrifted Home Find: All of the items in my son's room, especially the lockers. Our bright orange dining chairs (there are four, but I've stolen one for my studio).
Favorite Home Feature? The whole house has lovely polished boards and four of the rooms have skylights which really brighten up what could have been very dark rooms. I wish there was more of the lovely exposed brick! I also love our very compact but practical kitchen (8ft x 10ft) - I cook so much more in it than I did in our previous home's enormous (13ft x 13ft) kitchen.
What was your biggest challenge with your home? All of the houses in our suburb are prone to moving slightly depending on the weather as it was originally quite a swampy area. As a result, the house is full of little cracks - just aesthetic ones, nothing structural - sometimes it also means that the back door won't open for me after it's been raining for a while!
Visitor's Reactions: They always love the skylights, the polished boards and our sweet garden.
Biggest Embarrassment: Nothing much really. I'm not a big fan of our big red couch (though it is very practical - comfy and easy to clean) and I really should put more effort into gardening.
Proudest DIY: When we own our home we'd love to make a couple of DIYs and mini-renovation projects happen, mostly just licks of paint. I fixed up the green lockers in my son's room after finding them at a second hand shop in pretty bad shape.
Biggest Indulgence: None, we're pretty thrifty!
Best Money-Saving Move: LED lightbulbs & ducted air circulation system (we put on a heater in one room and it shares the warmth amongst all of the rooms - a godsend in a Tasmanian Winter!).
Thanks so much for showing us around your beautiful home, Bianca! What's your favorite piece in her house? That glass front credenza above! I Want! Badly!