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Say hello to our new kitchen! 

Our very GREEN kitchen. Our wallpapered, linoleumed, retro, cute-as-fuck kitchen.

Yep. We finally found a new place to live and we could not be more ecstatic.

This is a house I would never have considered before. My OCD kicks into overdrive when I think about other people's DNA lurking in shower recesses and kitchen sinks. So it was with great delight that I moved into our current rental which was BRAND, SPANKING NEW.

A word to the wise; new ain't all it's cracked up to be. New lacks character, personality and charm. Of course, those are the things that a person should bring with them when they move in. But when you're only renting, it's difficult to really stamp yourself on a place and make it unmistakably yours. Lease conditions can be a barrier to authentic you-ness.

And new, unless it's your own place, built to your specifications, is often cheap. Cheap fixtures and fittings, cheap paint, cheap overall vibe.

And new places still get dirty. And they're not actually any more fun to clean. And who am I kidding? I live with three males. This is DNA Central.

Living in a brand new place has cured me of my crush on brand new. And when a friend (Saucy, remember her?) moved into a place with original 1950s wallpaper and picture rails, I came to see that vintage homes are the shiz.

They don't make 'em like they used to.

Our new (old) place has history. Charming? Oh, you'd go to bed with it on the first date, you really would. Even the windows frames are gorgeous. And the front exterior of the house is partially covered in ivy. IVY!

Add to that, a big back yard with gorgeous established trees and a gardener included and HELLO NEW HOME! 

When we move in, I will do a quick OCD check, scrub stuff to get it out of my system and then settle into our sweet new home. I am so ready for a change and the opportunity to clear out the old space and start again renewed.

Oh, Universe! You're a trickster! I knew you had something in store for us.

Thank you, Universe. This house really is a little gem….most likely an emerald….


Hello friends


I’m Angie!  I mum. I write. I wife. My husband would say this is the correct order.  He’s so neeeedy. I live with my family in Melbourne, Australia, where I complain about the weather for 90% of the year – but I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Except maybe in Lake Como, waving to my neighbours George and Amal each morning.

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  1. Janeo

    Love love love it….

  2. Rach

    Looks fab, Angie! Is it local to where you are/were?

  3. Imaleetwo

    Yay!! Just buy a new loo seat! Old loo dna…aaarrrggg! Congrats happy happy joy joy

  4. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Yep, Rach. We’re moving suburbs but still in the area. Not so far into the sticks now!

  5. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    I know, I know! That’s why I didn’t mention the toilet – OCD overload, brain exploding!

  6. melbo

    I love it … but you knew I would.

    I’m so glad you’ve found a place. It’s going to be good … old DNA or not.

  7. Rae

    Oh babe – i’m thrilled for you guys!!!! So full of character and quirkiness – i love it!

    And ‘gardener included’ – shut up! Bonus plus!

    Can’t wait to see more pics.

  8. Fran

    Yay, congratulations Angie!!! Can’t wait to see more of your new place 🙂

  9. Strawbes

    That’s awesome, Angie. Retro is the new black! And I can defo relate to the toilet seat post. I think ours is made of ivory with intricate 1960’s detail. Too retro to care about OCD. I love watching our guests cringe and the resulting comments about the toilet seat! It’s the symbolism that trumps all that.
    Very happy for you guys xo

  10. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Well, yeah. I suspected my idea of cute might be similar to yours.

    It IS going to be good. Thanks babe. xx

  11. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    I know! Gardener included! I hate gardening!

    Thank you, Lord!

    It is most definitely a quirky home and I am supremely confident that we can make it work.

    And I have a GREAT feeling about bringing Norshun home to that house… 🙂

    Thanks, honey. xx

  12. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Thanks, Fran! It’s just nice to have somewhere to start planning for. I was SO over this place.

    And yes, I will be sure to do a post giving the grand tour once we are in and settled.

  13. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    I can not, for the life of me, remember what the toilet seat is like in this new joint. God help me, I hope it’s not horrendo!

    Retro is totally the new black, babe. 🙂

  14. Madeleine

    I am so happy that you’ve found a new home! And one that you love, no less. It’s tricky, the old versus new homes thing.

    Our apartment is the first new place I’ve ever lived in – all the other digs we’ve rented over the years have been O.L.D. Charm galore, but plenty of issues. This place is solid and I don’t miss the draughts, cracks for slugs and spiders, or mould. Ick. However, I LOVE me some retro charm! How cute is your new old kitchen? Go green!

  15. Belle

    So rapt for you guys that you have a new abode!!! Once you’re settled, I’m inviting myself over for a retro fix ok?!!!

  16. Ruthy

    Reminds me a little of the green kitchen at Snodgrass St. I love it. Your green kitchen and my orange kitchen should hang out :)Sounds like you will all love it. Just wipe your whole toilet over with straight eucalyptus oil and it’ll be like brand new. That stuff kills everything!!

  17. Ladybird

    My Nanna’s kitchen could be that picture above – except in orange. Even down to the chairs *sigh*. I miss her house.
    I grew up the in most lovely red brick home. The stock standard one of old, the multicoloured shag carpet, the lino etc….
    Venturing back to my parents now it doesn’t feel like my home. It has been given a tranformation and now you think you are in a villa in the greek isles. ALl blues and mosiacs etc. Nice, but not ym childhood home 🙁
    I can totally see you in that kitchen. And Norshum too. Wearing a vintage baby doll dress with ruffles. In matching green hues of course!
    On the flip side, I have a tenant currently TRASHING my brand new home she is living in. Sure, it might only be an investment property to us – but alot of blood sweat and tears went into us being able to do it. It was immaculate when she moved in, and we were damn proud. She has taken the shine off our beautiful home forever more 🙁

  18. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Best part about this house, Mad, is that the person currently living there is the owner – so the issues you find with patched up ‘long term rentals’ are largely absent. Oh, and this is Melbourne. What’s mould?

    Fingers crossed that it is as wonderful to live in as I think it’s going to be.

  19. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Totally babe! Best yard ever to send the children into and never hear from again…until it’s time to go home!

  20. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Indeed, our kitchens would be very happy together!

    And eucalyptus oil, you say? GREAT! Will stock up.


  21. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    I miss my family home, too. Sigh.

    And yes! Norshun and I totally belong in that kitchen – pretending to bake!

    And yes! I would totally wear a vintage baby doll dress with ruffles!

    You did mean me…..right?

    As to your shitty tenant,SHIT! Whether it’s an investment property or not, it’s still awful when people don’t take care of a home. I would be terribly upset. How much longer is her lease? Boot her!

  22. Tina

    Green is awesome! Galiambil had green patterned blinds and curtains, cupboards and kitchen tiles. Sigh… Green sits your interior gently together with the trees and ivy. Just tell me there is a silver birch in the garden to climb and I’ll show you a kid who will love climbing it! Vegie garden anyone? Oh silly me. Who am I talking to?!

  23. Angie @ The Little Mumma

    Hey, I just saw this comment! How cheeky are you, Mumma! I could garden….I just choose not to….


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