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New living room.

So I finally got around to snapping a few shots of the flat. Overall it’s old and tired and a bit grungy (a bit like myself TBH), but the wood floors, neutral paint scheme and large rooms make it liveable. The living/dining room is the closest to being “done”, so I’ll start there.

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Are you feeling the understated earthy retro whimsical rustic industrial vibe or what?

I brought the coffee table and the green faux persian with me from Perth. The coffee table is vintage MCM, bought on Gumtree for $100. couch1

The couch is new. I was after another 2.5 seater in charcoal but didn’t have as much cash to spare this time, so I was thrilled to find this one at Furniture Galore for $550. It came with ugly blocky black plastic feet, which I swapped out with tapered timber legs I bought online and stained. They look a bit stumpy from this angle, but they’re actually 10cm high and have completely altered the look of the couch.

Speaking of stumpy…Hans is not allowed within one metre of the couch at any time.

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The cactus painting, cactus statue and cushions were bought from Freedom a few years ago. The Eames bird was an online buy and I found the green pot at a Mexican import store in Fremantle.

I have two fruit bowls in the flat, neither of which contain fruit.

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The hardwood dining table was another Gumtree find. The legs were originally raw welded steel that I spray painted black. The table top itself must weigh over 100 kilos, and even though I had a 100+ kilo Maori helping me (thanks, baby!), dragging it up three flights of stairs nearly destroyed me.

The chairs are cheapies from Fantastic Furniture, but they’re surprisingly sturdier and more comfortable than the typical Eames knock-offs.

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Both the fabric print and the Parker dresser are from a vintage furniture store in Fitzroy. The dresser was dull and dirty and covered in flecks of white paint, but it scrubbed up real nice after a thorough clean and oil. I was a bit hesitant about buying the print because it couldn’t be cleaned, but I figured I don’t have to touch it to appreciate it, right? And any fabric that reminds me of the fabulous curtains that my grandparents hung in their caravan in the 70’s should be a no-brainer.

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I sent the vase, stand and fake foliage over from Perth, and I wasn’t expecting them to make the trip unscathed. The leaf tips got a bit bent when they fell out of the mailing tubes I packed them in, but I actually think it makes them look more realistic. At least that’s what I keep telling myself to feel better about it.

Stay tuned…the master bedroom and accompanying vibe is up next!

Welcome to the House of Squee.

Hi! My name’s Rachael and I’m an ex-fashion blogger from Perth, Western Australia who discovered that decorating my home is far more satisfying than decorating my body.

For those unfamiliar with the word “squee”, the Urban Dictionary defines it as “a random ecstatic exclamation” primarily made by over-excited fangirls. However, I believe the act of squeeing should be free from age or gender restrictions. Forget about scoring a photo with a lusty celeb; in my experience nothing invokes a feeling of unadulterated joy quite like finding the right cushions to match a new rug.

While I still enjoy dressing up, recreating my living spaces with objects I’ve bought, made or refurbished allows me to share my personal style in more accessible ways with those around me. For example, “No, friend of friend, you may not fondle my material or wear my shoes; Yes! Feel free to relax on my repainted ikea outdoor chairs and drink coffee from this enormous mug covered in dachshunds”. Plus, blogging home décor has an additional advantage over blogging fashion; I know my living room will still look mega hot if I gain a couple of centimetres around my hips.

Rest assured, the site won’t merely be a showcase for my amateur ikea-hacks and dog-themed accessories; interweb inspiration abounds and I intend to share as many squee-inducing items and trends that I can.

I hope you enjoy.

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