Thursday, April 4, 2013

Naming Little House

We are coming down to the wire on the renovation of Little House now, with the new tenancy due to start next Wednesday. There is still loads to do and I've been running around the last two mornings trying to find curtains and light fittings and an oven and various other bits and pieces.

In retrospect, I should have just driven into Ipswich but I had to pick something up from Gatton and decided to try and get everything there.

Yeah, no. Didn't happen. I just wanted four plain, flat, one-bulb light fittings but the light store only had one in stock. I couldn't find ready-made curtains that weren't patterned, bright and shiny... not quite what I had in mind.

Ipswich, here I come. Or maybe I'll just go to Ikea...

Here's a few photos anyway. This is the kitchen, looking out of the bathroom.

  Untitled

A closer look at the tiled splashback. Dan chose to do the tiles throughout the house in this straight up and down pattern rather than the traditional brick because he'd seen them on a building site done this way and loved it. Personally, I'd have gone with the brick as it all becomes a bit liney with the (fake) VJs in this room, but apparently it's quicker to use this pattern when tiling and who am I to argue with that? I'm not the one doing the tiling or feeling the pressure to be done by next week.

Untitled

We went with bamboo bench tops. I love them and have decided to get the same for Big House.

Untitled

So, there you go. An up-to-the-minute look at where we're at here. I've also been thinking about giving the house a name. It seems like the kind of little cottage that should have a little name plaque out the front. SO, I thought I'd throw it open for discussion: what would you call the little place?

To recap its history, it used to be a school house but there's another former school house just down the road that has a prominent school-related name displayed out front, so that might get confusing. We live in an area with a name that lends itself nicely to house names and puns, but many places around us have already snapped up the good locality-related names. 

Beyond that, I'm scratching my head. About the only thing in the garden worth noting is a few nice Birds of Paradise plants. 

Any ideas? Or should I just make a little plaque declaring its official name is Little House?

19 comments:

  1. What about Little School House or just the initials LSH.
    I am impressed with how much work you have done. It looks great.
    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  3. How about just using 'The Cottage' It's very natural for people to say the cottage and the big house.
    Or something horse related since that's the sort of tenants you are having. 'The Stable cottage' or the 'Paddock Cottage'.
    Although I do like 'The little school house'

    ReplyDelete
  4. I like "the Little House" then on the big House you can put "The Big House"

    ReplyDelete
  5. I like little house to or how about little ol' school house

    ReplyDelete
  6. Little House In The Paddock!
    A pun on Little House On The Prarie!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Curtains: Jump online and look at Spotlight or Harvey Norman or David Jones or Kmart or Lincraft. Easy as. Spotlight is having sales just now.
    Name: Lucinda's. Or if you want that for the big house then name it after a favourite grandmother. Or Oscar's. Make it personal. A totally different name would be a tree that shades the grounds, e.g. Pepperina. Do not run with the pack.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Le Cottage, for a touch of French. Translated: The Cottage. May not suit the location though. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Or, "April Lea". Meaning: (Lea) grassland or pasture, and (April) the month it will be first occupied.

    ReplyDelete
  10. little school house gets my vote.

    ReplyDelete
  11. You could call it the postmasters cottage

    ReplyDelete
  12. I like April Lea, good idea Chris! Or Paradise Lea (for the birds of paradise - I love those birds, they're so beautiful and quirky, too bad there's none up here in Canada!).

    ReplyDelete
  13. What about the Little Bird House? Looks great, good luck finishing it off. Nothing like a looming deadline to get everything done.
    Alison

    ReplyDelete
  14. It looks like it's coming along....I've got my favourite "School's Inn" or "The Cottage", "The Old School" "The Old Post Office Cottage" although it's quite long..."The Old School House" "The Old School House" or something a bit different "The Guest Cottage" or "The Guest House" I know these ones are not related to school and I know that you are renting the house out but using the word Guest makes it kind of homey and if in between tenants it truely is the "Guest House or Guest Cottage". Also it can make your tenant feel part of a family even though they will be in their own little house/cottage. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great progress, love the benchtops. I'm sure your new tenant will be thrilled (you too) when it's all ready.Little School House sounds lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Teacher's Cottage? Paradise Cottage? The Post Cottage? Little Post House? Little Home? Or in another direction something to do with the bush/view?
    Valley View? Bush Cottage?
    Good luck!

    ReplyDelete