Phoney monkey toy money lose end soda hands pink plastic Jesus on the dashboard


We've been sniffing around the aptly named Cashmere, a suburb of Christchurch, looking at divoon but largely unaffordable houses....we both love going to open homes for a good nosey,and it doesn't hurt to fantasise! 
Or is that torture I mean?!
This sweet church would make a marvellous home, actually.
I could have a tower for my accessories!
Fancy!



This particular day we checked out an amazing 1970's architecturally designed rabbit warren of a home which ticked a great many boxes except how the hell would you heat it in Winter with its enormous vaulted ceilings, and the fact that it was up for auction, which to me means they want biiiiig bucks. It was on a cul de sac, which would be perfect, had a sunken lounge (!), but had a dreadful spiral staircase.
We also looked at a house of similar era to ours that had my dream stove but had a stupidly tiny fridge space, was on a busy street, had a massive garden and was across the road from a dodgy looking house and an old folks home.

I'm going to dream about the 70's one.....have a nosey here, if you like!

At this stage, we're just looking...it's going to have to be INCREDIBLE for me to be happy about getting into a mortgage again, I can tell you.
We'll see.
We could make our existing home our dream home....but we're pretty keen to move to a nicer, quieter area.
What will be, will be, I guess!



Frock-50's, Small Earth Vintage
Belt-garage sale
Tights-retail
Shoes-Trade Me
Handbag-60's, a shop called Junk and Disorderly; it crumbled in the earthquakes
Sunglasses-Catch a Thief
Necklace-gift from G
Flower-consignment store in New Mexico





These darling Frida earrings were a gift from my lovely friend Christine, who runs The Vintage Cupboard!





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34 comments:

Melanie said...

I would come and pay homage at your Tower of Accessories. The other '70s home would definitely need the Helga/G Star touch but I could see you presiding over the style ingdom from there. You are a vision for screen-bleary eyes. You and the flowers are my vitamin D substitute.

mondoagogo said...

Is there anything more 70s than a sunken lounge?! I've always wondered if any of them still exist... (I don't think I've ever actually seen one, just pictures)

V pretty frock, matches that church door nicely.

Brooke F said...

I know nothing of NZ suburbs but even the name "Cashmere" sound so posh! I had myself a nosey at the 70's house and you are right, it is frickin awesome. Probably with a price tag to match but awesome just the same. You are looking heavenly posing in front of that pretty church (Oh how I love a church!) - your dress is a beauty and I'm pretty sure I have coveted that bag before too. Happy house hunting!XXX

Krista Gassib said...

I love a nosey around in homes for sale, state sales, oh I do love a nosey around! That house was killer! Loved the spiral staircase in theory:) I wish I could go looking with you, what fun!!!!

I think you are just the thing that gorgeous church needs to make it super cute. I'm in love with you, your bag and the door is such a perfect backdrop. G nice eye:) I often wonder how Vanessa heats her gorgeous place.
LOVE you darling!!!!!!
XXXXXXOOOOOOOO

Sue said...

Good luck with finding your dream home, I just know you will find it. But in the mean time enjoy the open homes, loads of free fun to be had. That church would be perfect, you know how I feel about wanting to live in a church. You looked gorgeous outside it, and what a colourful garden!

Mariela said...

My goodness that house is wonderful! I would love to have a tower for all of my accessories.

Lucy Nation said...

That church looks immaculately transformed and you look so fetching in your florals against the flowerbeds. Like a scene from Miss Marple! That 70's gaffe is massive. It's a bit 'designer' 70's for my liking but I'm sure it would look fantastic after being given the Helga treatment xx

pastcaring said...

Helga's Tower of Power! Wouldn't that be amazing? Ah well, you can dream...
The 70s house is incredible, so big, so much space. I don't mind the spiral staircase actually, though I don't suppose it's very practical. And yes, the heating bills would be a killer...
Look at you; I do believe that is a Church Picnic Dress, darling! Of course, you sexify it up in true von Trollop fashion, with those fabularse wedges and sunnies. The pics against the blue door are beautiful, you look like the saucy lady of the Vicarage. Which makes G the vicar... There's a thought! Oh and I noticed the drum kit all ready for G in the 70s house; it's a SIGN!
Loving yoooou! xxxxx

Carina Rosenholm said...

How awsome to live in a church ... space ... walk in closet with several floors and lots of space for playrooms ... making music must be great - aucustics in a church !

xx

Forest City Fashionista said...

You do look pretty fab posing in front of the blue doors - they set off your dress quite nicely! I love the red accessories, especially the red-trimmed straw bag.

The 70's house is huge - it would be a bugger to heat! I like some things about it (the back yard, bathrooms) but I would prefer something cozier. Yes, hold out for something truly Helga-and-G-Worthy.

Angels have Red Hair said...

Love the blue on that door … it's like the perfect blue hue.
xx

thorne garnet said...

Not a fan of that house. Although the yard is nice . Too modern for my tastes.

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

How fun is it that you managed to find a door the perfect colour for your dress? Luck is on your side!

Every time I see you with a basket style vintage bag it makes me think I need one. Thanks for being an enabler.

You look smashing darling!

bisous
Suzanne

Trees said...

That church is simply beautiful! I Love all the pictures in front of it - looks like a divine day in Christchurch. Tower of accessories? That would be something to behold!

The Grande Dame said...

What glorious flowers in these photos! I do love a bit of real estate porn, its always fun having a nose around in houses that aren't yours! Hope you find something that suits you. x

señora Allnut said...

you look so Fabulous posing on that pretty background, your dress with red accents makes my mouth watering, and your little basket bag is delightful! And that Tower of Accessories would deserve admiration and more security measures than Tower of London!!!
besos & suerte

Sandra said...

You had me at the 'sunken lounge', I had a good nosey, and it's magnificent! 'Cashmere' sounds very opulent too, you look divine there. House hunting is an exciting time, so much potential, and I try not to think of the mortgage (which I'm paying until I'm 63, feck) x x x

Vintage Bird Girl said...

You're looking so heavenly in front of that divoon church. Your beauty outshines the flowers darling. That house looks incredible! Not much to dislike there, apart from those pesky small stairs. Xx

Harrie Hattie said...

What an amazing church, you look beautiful, my eyes were filled with colour on reading and the most stunning shade of purple, my favourite in fact my nails are freshly purple today rather than my trademark red. Fab pics! Helga xxx

Penny-Rose said...

The dress is so fabulous I think this outfit is one of my favourites. Awesome earrings and accessories and you really outshine the flowers in these photos. As for a mortgage, and moving, its all very exciting. I love the character of 1970s homes but you are right, the heating, insulation etc, is a problem. Yes, avoid being across from an old folks home, your presence could cause major problems LOL.

Delia Ryder said...

What will be will be indeed :-) I am jealous right now of your blue skies and all the lovely colours in those flowers, its done nothing but rain here for days. You look gorgeous i adore your dress and the red accessories. I think its great to have dreams we all need them it would be boring without them. Good luck in your search, dee xx

Jet Kuhn said...

I love that dress on you, and it looks so pretty next to all those flowers (dreaming of warmer times during our "polar vortex" ugh!) That church already looks like a house to me! And oh wow I can see why you fell in love with that 70s house! All your vintage would really do it justice compared to how they have it decorated. Sigh, well the right one will come along -- we hunted furtively for over a month as technically we were homeless -- our house sold to the first person who saw it and he kindly let us stay while we searched. A lot of dross out there, but we got lucky and found "our" home. (it was also when house prices started going insane & bidding wars ensued, ours was the victim of one that the buyer backed out of at the last min & we were the first to see it when it came back on the market as well as the first to put in a bid so got lucky, not having to go into a bidding war.) It wasn't until a few years after we moved in (over 13 years ago) that I realised it was the house I said I wanted when I was a little girl, what we here call a "dutch colonial" (as a kid I said I wanted a "dutch" house.) Funny how things we say as kids sometimes come true as adults! Good luck on the hunt, I know you'll find the perfect home! XXX

his_girl_friday said...

That title is a mouthful, and you are a gorgeous eyeful!

two squirrels said...

Oh oh move down here......you could get a huge house and still have money in the bank......yay yay.......ok that's that situation solved.......snigger.
Ok that dress is so so lovely with that pretty floral print......you are looking so very pretty miss Helga.
Hope you and g have a fantastic weekend.
Love v

Mrs. D said...

Your earrings are sooo cute :)
Good luck in finding the perfect home at the perfect price - the last being the hardest...

Vix said...

Oh lordy, that church is fabularse, just image that tower transformed into a bastard massive walk-in handbag emporium. The dream 1970s house is rather swoonsome, I remember an old school pal's parents having a sunken lounge and a shag pile carpet so thick they had to rake it, just like a Bond villain's pad.
There's nothing like a spot of house viewing porn to get me going, keep the coming, I'm in heaven.
Anyway, enough about bricks and mortar, you're a sight for sore eyes in your ladylike frock and feck-off red accessories. Those Freda earrings are amazing.
Love ya! xxxx

georginars said...

Oooh you're in my manor (I don't live in a divoon house though). Always loved that church, reminds me of Blighty, and now that so few stone/brick buildings are still standing I love it even more. Lovely frock, and a little weep for the loss of Junk and Disorderly (one of my favourite haunts).

freckleface said...

This might very well be my dream blog post: hot totty plus house porn and all in gloriarse technicolour. Please take us to each and every house viewing. I honestly didn't know that homes like that were available to real people. That church is fantastic with that tower, but the one i could picture you and G in is the 70s special. Oh. My. Days. It's every superlative under the sun. A-ma-ZING! As for you, you are so lush, you put even those flowers in the shade! Xxxxx

Catherine said...

what a pretty little church! they sometimes get the best decorations. I love looking at houses for sale, especially the mid century and 70s ones. But with house prices the way the are in Sydney, its highly likely ill never own my own home and will be renting a tiny apartment with asbestos walls for ever! yay...

Aleksandra said...

What a beautiful place! You look really lovely.

Tamera Wolfe said...

you look divine in that fabulous frock!! I can see you with a tower of accessories!!!

Tatjana Dmitrović Drljan said...

Love the colors and the patterns on you, looking so lovely :)
That church is simply beautiful! I Love all the pictures in front of it.

Misfits Vintage said...

Oooh that frock is stunning and as always, you have accessorised it to PERfuckingFECTION! Now, go nick those amazing doors!

Love you more than 70s architecture, Mr Brady,

Sarah xxx

princesspincurls.com said...

Sending you good house hunting vibes and hoping you find something just right, just where you want it...for not too much moula! xx Shauna