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The day I told our house it won an MBA award

The other day I got a phone call,

I was so sick,

I took the message and went straight back to bed.



two days later,

I told our house what had happened…

“You’ve just won an award!”

I said.


Best Exhibition/Project Home $200,001-$300,000 at the recent MBA (Master Builders Association) Excellence in Regional Building Awards.



The front of the house,

just sat there,

saying hello.






The shower made me feel half decent to head to work,


it never spoke about the award.




The hallway said nothing,

Although, I swear it said…

Do what you love and you will always be smiling.


Our spare bedroom,

not a peep,

but it did let my husband rest there for a whole day, while he was sick too.





The kitchen didn’t say much either,

it just wooed me to cook a substantial meal for my sick family,

and we ate vegetables together,

to get better.



The media room

was quite this week,

it didn’t reply either,

just let us rest in it’s space

and get well.





The bathroom didn’t speak,

but it’s music soothed us as we took long baths to get better.



The loungeroom,

never piped up once,

it just offered…


days of it.

For cuddles on the lounge

and movie watching,

and sharing blankies.



The deck never uttered a word,

it just sat still,

waiting for us to get better,

knowing soon,

we would eat and celebrate at it’s table.

and in time, get well enough to swim in the pool.






Our bedroom, never spoke,

it just stayed constant,

like the moon,

and took us to peaceful dreams.




and the office,

slowed right down,

and took a rest,

no visitors came to sleep in it’s wall bed.


Not one room spoke,

about the award.




Not even the garage,

It stayed quite and peaceful.


to make more Yamba Scandi creations.






I forgot to tell the laundry and the other bedroom.

But something tells me they wouldn’t have spoken either.


When I told most of  the rooms,

in our home,

they had won an award,

no one spoke.


They just

sat there,

waiting for us,

to keep enjoying the space,

we’ve made with incredible people,

and sharing it with friends and family,

and growing with it.


I thought the rooms

would all jump for joy,

because they won an award.



they won the best home award,

the day we moved in,

I think they’d already heard it before.



Incase they ever need reminding,

I framed up that little award…

that our home won,


and it’s going “straight to the pool room!”


Just incase they forget,

the wonderful people

who built their walls,

and crafted them into what they are today

so we could fill them with our style and memories.


We are so lucky we are able to live in a house,

that we call our home.

Thank you Micha and Tania and your wonderful team at GJ Gardners Grafton,

You know we already think you rock!

It must be time for that party now,

with the team,

I think the house said, yes!


Ever talk to your home like it’s real?

Have you been as sick as our family this week?

Got any awards in your poolroom?


Happy weekend guys

Live with Love,



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23 responses to “The day I told our house it won an MBA award”

  1. Oh I love this post 🙂
    For so so so many reasons!!!

    YEAH, well done house!!!! You are looking good!

    Fabulous photos. I love it!!!! And well done for being finished!! We moved in on Australia day and I still haven’t hung curtains in every room!!! (Or painted the bathrooms!)
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    • Sarah says:

      Yay, the house thanks you…
      I thank you, it’s such a big job filling a house, we have so much more to do, little layers to add, small projects to finish, mostly outside.
      We had a whole lot of people coming to visit so it made us finish to a point, a deadline definately helped us.
      Good luck with your finishing touches, once they are done you will feel so good. Have a great weekend.x

  2. Denyse says:

    How absolutely awesome is the house…and of course the award. Looks like the most comfy and cosy yet upbeat & modern house for today’s families. Lucky you, living there!

  3. Oh the house is looking SO fab! Sorry to hear you’ve all been so poorly but I hope the champagne is on ice so you can celebrate in scandi style! Here’s to bubbles not troubles and oodles of happiness in your award winning home!
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    • Sarah says:

      Yes, what a week, we are still resting, I think we might have to have a belated celebration next week, so we are well and truly back on deck. Have a great weekend lovely x

  4. michelle says:

    What a humble and gorgeous home you have there. Congrats on the award

  5. Grace says:

    Beautiful post and congratulations! What an amazing achievement x
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    • Sarah says:

      Thank you lovely, we’ve had such a great time making our house a home, and the team that worked with us, was totally awesome, the award is just a cherry on top really. x

  6. Just looks absolutely amazing! No wonder it did so well, congratulations to all involved!!!
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  7. Bec Senyard says:

    Congratulations! OMG I so want to live in your house. It looks amazing!!! The styling and design say enough!
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  9. Yay! Worthy win and thank you for the trek around the house again. My eyes are still green. We have headed down the Ikea hack loungeroom wall now so once we get started I will have to fill you in on how we go. Inspired by you! Excuse my stoopid but was is an exhibition/project home? Is it like a display home??
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    • Sarah says:

      My pleasure, it has changed again since these pics.
      So glad you have been inspired by our lounge room tv unit, can’t wait to see it.
      Yes, it is a design that is exclusive to GJ Gardner, it is called a display home when they build one for people to see and walk through, but they call it exhibition/project in this award.
      Although we did modify it to suit our needs quite a lot.

  10. Wow how could your home be speechless? It is absolutely beautiful. Straight from a magazine so stunning. And I’ve never seen such a clean garage in all my life 🙂
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    • Sarah says:

      Awh what a lovely comment… thank you.
      That garage gets so many comments, I’ve always wanted to make one like that, so you can find everything and use it for different purposes. x

  11. Erin says:

    Fantastic news Lisa!!
    and studying your kitchen pics closely.
    did you get a Yamba mob to do them? or Grafton?

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks Erin. Yes, it was a kitchen place in Grafton, Gj Gardners at Grafton organised it. They were called B & S Kitchens.

  12. Sandra Kelly says:

    Congratulations! You have created such a beautiful home. I bet if your house could talk it would say thank you for filling me up with love! Xx
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