Sunday, June 03, 2007

Home and Garden

My friends J. and Emma are currently house sitting a place in the suburb of Rosebery which I visited on Sunday. Very trendy and sure to impress, it could readily feature in a Home and Garden magazine. But Emma says the house is crammed with stupid details that demonstrate a focus on showing-off rather than comfort of living. Despite these drawbacks, could you picture yourself living there?

Mes amis J. et Emma gardent actuellement une maison d'amis d'amis dans le quartier de Rosebery, et dimanche je suis allée leur rendre visite. Complètement tendance et très haut de gamme, voilà une maison qu'on dirait tout droit sortie d'un magazine Maison et Jardin. Mais Emma dit que le lieu est froid, impersonnel et plein de détails imbéciles qui démontrent le souci de paraître plutot que celui du vrai confort de vie. Malgré ça, ça vous dirait d'habiter là ?

37 comments:

calusarus said...

Nice idea to show us a garden. Specially by you, a French girl : this week end, the French Ministry for the Culture propose to visit gardens ("Rendez-vous aux jardins"), and this year thema is : water :-)

Abraham Lincoln said...

It is a modern-looking house but I wonder why the fence is down the middle? That is a cheap looking chain link fence at that. I don't understand the showing-off part with the fence.

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Nathalie said...

Abraham, the fence is there because in Australia it is compulsory to fence off swimming pools to avoid children drowning. But I agree with you, it is ugly and ruins the show off effect!

La cloture au milieu du jardin est justifiee par le fait qu'il est obligatoire de cloturer les piscines en Australie pour eviter les noyades d'enfants, mais comme le fait remarquer Abraham c'est franchement moche !

Glenn Standish said...

I love it! When can I move in? Thanks for the nice comments over at Toruń DP here in Poland! Do come again...you are most welcome!

Peter said...

I must admit that it's not really the house and garden I'm dreaming of. (To be frank.)

Abraham Lincoln said...

In the back of my mind I thought it was a requirement to protect people/children from falling in the pool. We have the same laws here.

I just think the people who spend that kind of money on a home could spend a few dollars more and come up with something to keep the people out besides a chain link fence.

I appreciate your stopping at my blog and commenting and also for leaving me the explanation that brought me back. Thanks again.

Kala said...

*sighs* my dream place for sure - i wish i could house sit this place for the remainder of my life time!

Z said...

Wowza! Are your friends sure that the owners won't read your blog, or have they already told the owners about the "stupid details"? Hee hee!

As for living there, my first reaction is to say "oh, sure!", but then I think that I actually would like something cosier. Like the small Hobbit house I posted on my blog. This one looks like it is too big to clean, and pools? Pools require so much work and nasty chemicals, don't they?

And I agree with AL: how come they can't put together a better looking fence?

Pod said...

too showy and modern for an old fashioned pod
;0)

Z said...

Looked at the photo once again: that isn't a chain link fence, and actually it isn't *that* bad looking, on second viewing. Oh dear, next thing you know, I'll be ready to move in. :-)

alice said...

C'est bien évidemment une "belle" maison, je me demande d'ailleurs si elle ne figure pas dans ce livre "Living in Sydney" où sont photographiées de superbes maisons d'architectes, il faut que j'y jette un oeil pour vérifier. Mais y vivre...je ne sais pas. Et dis-moi, elle est drôlement vitrée! La clim doit tourner à fond quand le soleil tape!

April said...

No, I wouldn't like to live there. I don't like the architecture. But perhaps inside a lot can be done with the helpf of the right furniture.

isabella said...

No, not my style...
Either give me a "character" building in a big city or a cozy country estate, with only nature for neighbors ;-)

sapramiska said...

Since none of you seems to like this house, I'll take it :) WOW!

richard said...

There's a lot of glass, which can be nice as long as you can manage the sun. Are there shutters, or blinds? Could do with a nice balcony. I don't mide the railings - trailing plants are nice

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

I'm deeply convinced your friend Emma is in right and no, I wouldn't like to live in that "cold" house.

Bergson said...

the room beside the swimming pool
it is too common
why not try the room in the swimming pool with a floating bed

ptitlapin said...

Oh elle est superbe, y vivre moi cela me plairait. Merci pour ton blog qui me fait rêver au pays que j'aimerais un jour découvrir

kris said...

love how they maximise the sun light, definitely a dream home for me!

Bleeding Orange said...

I certainly could!

CaBaCuRl said...

Not my sort of house either, Natalie, the neighbours are too close for one thing.

Olivier said...

cette maison est superbe, un endroit de reve.
tu as oublie d'activer les commentaires sur ton dernier post !! alors on perd la tete ;o))

Norman said...

Try as I might, Nathalie, to ferret out a pathway to the comments section on your "dos on beach post", I couldn't find it, On the positive side, this was the first opportunity I've had in a long time to use the verb, "ferret".

Sally said...

I like it. And the fencing issue limits the sort you can have. it is certainly not chain link - possibly powder coated steel. You are not allowed to have any cross-bars on pool fences, so kids can't climb them. You are limited to either glass fences or this kind, pretty much.

I hope the back is north facing rather or at least east, but certainly not west facing - there would b too much direct, hot sun with all that glass in that instance.

I wonder what the stupid details are? Yes people can get carried away with creating impressions rather than function, that's for sure!

Sally said...

PS - I'd be hopeless with all that glass - I HATE cleaning windows! I occasionally get a bit ashamed of my place, but then I think there's far more to life than worrying about window cleanliness!

Nathalie said...

Frustrated I am.

It looks like the comments on my next post (04June) have been disactivated although my blog settings are on 'allow comments'.
I have no idea how I could fix this.
Until I find a way, thanks to those of you who keep on adding comments on today's message...

Irina said...

It looks like your latest post doesn't allow comments. I wanted to say that ferrets gained popularity in Moscow, and nowadays you can see them walked quite often.

And thank you for visiting my blog.

jack said...

"Sorry pour le blog de Jack=
Effectivement ce n'étais pas la bonne photo de Trémois
le texte :
Le Trémois (hélas photo mouillée)
semblable avec la première photo
trouvée sur le net, mais je ne savais plus a quel endroit
j'ai plus de trois mille photos de cette époque et pas mal d'abimées
j'ai confondu (mais la votre j'aurais ét incapable d'en trouvé la provenance
pour réunir autant de photos çà trainer sur trois mois.
photos souvent collées dans des albums hélas...

J'avais pris votre photo, pour son esthéthique, mais franchement sans me rappelé de l'endroit ou elle d'ou elle venait, un coup foudre, un clip et c'est vite fait.
j'ai rectifié mon blog....la photo est un peu semblable, mais était collée dans un album (Année 60) je l'ai donc décolé mais en la dichirant.
J'espère Nathalie que tu ne m'en tiendra pas rigueur
Jack

Jack said...

PS NATHALIE , j'ai déplacé ton message, sans en changer une lettre sur mon blog à la rubrique DALLESSANDRO, et non a la fète des mères.
ton blog a l'air suberbe, je n'avais pas l'impression de le connaitre...bonne occasion pour...

"sorry" pour les fautes j'ai eu les yeux brulés, et je ne vois pas grand chose"
Jack

Peter said...

Nathalie. I guess there is no "comment-link" on your post on the ferret?

isabella said...

Ferrets are popular in the States, as well - especially with the younger crowd. But I can't say I've ever met one being walked on the beach ;-)
Re: your comment on my summering in simmering Florida - here's your answer:
http://inheritthe.blogspot.com/

(we split our time between the two places)

lv2scpbk said...

I can't find to post a comment on your ferret picture above.

M.Benaut said...

Nathalie,
J'ai apprécié votre beau petit furet sur la plage beaucoup. Merci
également de votre traduction aimable sur le suject du feu de joie.
Je n'ai pas su cette traduction avant que vous m'ayez dit.

NDS said...

It would be a nice house to own as landlord or to sell--but living there would be difficult for me, I need cozy and uncluttered. I would rather have 3 small cabins than one mansion!

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Personally, I think it's gorgeous! It looks like a comfortable home.

I guess the show off part aren't as apparent in the photo.

Norman said...

What a relief, nathalie, to learn I wasn't the only one lost in the rabbit burrow, unable to find my way out.

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