We are happy to welcome Rhonda Mason to the blog today to share her lovely home with us! "I live in a two-story brick house in the northern beaches of Sydney with my husband Rick and our four little boys. It's a relatively new house, and we are very spoiled with space, I have to admit. There are four bedrooms upstairs, an office downstairs, a formal lounge room, a formal dining area, a meals room plus a family room. It is the biggest home we've ever lived in (and probably will ever live in). And with four little boys under five at home, the space is something that we are thankful for every day. Playing hide-and-seek works a treat in this house, and I'll often find the boys going on bear hunts and treasure hunts all around the place. We moved in just over a year and half ago, and I decided to go all out and decorate the entire house in one go while my husband was still on leave, because I knew it would drive me crazy living in half-finished rooms with three little boys under three (at the time). Everything was set up within two months (thanks to a couple of kiddy sleepovers at grandparents'). And while I know this is not everyone's cup of tea, it meant that I could just sit back, relax and enjoy our home early on without having to constantly think about 'finishing off' the house. The only change we've made these last eighteen months has been to swap the single bed in the boys' bedroom for a bunk bed, so we could move all three boys into the one room before their baby brother arrived in April this year.""The lounge room is adjacent to the formal dining room. This space looks almost identical to our main living area in our previous home. I merely moved the sideboards around to make them fit the new wall configuration! One of my favourite items in this room is probably the aqua swivel armchair in the corner (yes, I seem to have a thing for swivel armchairs). It used to be my reading chair at our previous home. Whenever the boys were asleep, I would sit in it with a cup of tea and stare out the window or read. Nowadays, I don't get to enjoy it as much anymore, but I still adore it as it's such a beautiful, unique colour. The red rotary dial phone is also a favourite. It is actually a functioning phone, and at our old home, we had it hooked up to a telephone line. Nowadays, the boys like to use it during playtime and pretend they're calling Fireman Sam or their nan. As for me, I love the pop of red that it adds to the space (and how it ties in with the red balloon in the print behind it).
This is usually the room in which the boys like to play hide-and-seek, and it's also where our three-year-old naps during the day. Sometimes we set up the boys' tents in this room, and they pretend they're camping. In the past, we've also packed their cooking toys into a basket, and set everything up at the coffee table for a nice, pretend picnic." "This is by far the room that we spend most of our time in as a family. All the boys' toys are stored in this room, and it's also where we have our television! This room is actually tiled, as it's adjacent to our kitchen and meals area. Right after we moved in, we ordered a piece of grey carpet the exact size of the room. We waited over a month for it. And when it finally arrived, I held my breath as I watched Rick lay it down over the tiled floor. It fit the room perfectly. If you walk into our home, you wouldn't even guess there were actually tiles underneath the carpet. The store had hemmed the edges to stop the carpet from fraying, and we had also requested that they add a layer of anti-slip material underneath to hold the carpet in place. I'm really glad that we took the plunge in doing this (it felt risky not knowing whether the supplier would get the carpet size exactly right), as it completely changed the feel of the room. It is so much more inviting and cosier than it was before. The rug that I chose to go into this space was from Crate & Barrel (I had it shipped all the way from the US to Australia!). I fell in love with its unique stripes, and its big size was perfectly suited to our space."
"Seeing as we do not own the house, we didn't want to do anything to the walls or the floors, so I simply made the decor work around it. As much as I 'dream' of white walls and timber floors, the house came with really good bones. The light latte colour on the walls was a nice neutral colour to work with, and the thick, dark carpet actually makes the rooms feel very warm and cosy."Thank you so much, Rhonda, for sharing your home with us! You can find more of Rhonda over on her blog Pink Ronnie or on Instagram! xo. **all photos taken by Tealily Photography