Do you remember your first post of 20+ Comments? I still recall the feeling of wonder & amazement when it happened here at The Hedge. It was at the end of my first year of blogging in 2008 & the subject was Banquettes.My penchant for them hasn't subsided, so when I saw this beauty I felt compelled to share it quickly. Even though it's in a private home, it has a real 'restaurant-y' feel about it.....I can almost feel the waiter hovering. And the meals would definitely need to meet the ambiance of the setting. No scrappy left-overs from the back of the refrigerator with a Pepsi Max on the side served here. Image: J.T Living
Life in the little village of Stirling in the hills above Adelaide in South Australia is just about as good as it gets! Enjoying a cool climate and 'hill-station' feel, Stirling is well-known for its 19th-century stone villas set on large grounds dense with roses, camellias, rhododendrons and huge old Oaks.
With 3 sons, 2 grandchildren & my work in a scientific business dominated by yes, more men, The Laurel Hedge was born out of my sheer desperation for something the boys just don't get & never will!
'No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it all too seriously.'
15 years of renovating was over - we'd just completed everything & were really enjoying our lovely old Victorian villa in the Eastern suburbs of Adelaide. However we'd always had a fondness for the country life & without warning we found ourselves transported by alien beings disguised as Real Estate Agents to a house on 1/2 acre of wild, rambling gardens in Stirling!
The house is circa 1972 & with all the 70's features. Open-faced brown brick walls, raked ceilings, exposed beams, split levels - totally yuk! However, it's inherent design is great & the location amazing - tucked behind a wonderful old laurel hedge in a quiet country lane in the heart of gorgeous Stirling.