I officially moved into my Sydney apartment in Rose Bay in early 2007. This apartment was a culmination of a bit of a stressful apartment hunt
But looking around it now, I am so very glad that I decided to rent this place.
Since I came from Cape Town with pretty much just the clothes off my back (OK, I had a suitcase full of clothes), I need to start from scratch. I decided that I no longer wanted hand-me-down furniture – this had to be stuff that was “me”.
And so the shopping began. I became a daily local at Bondi Junction Westfield (a huge mall) , buying all my cutlery and crockery from David Jones (Sydney has the most awesome New Year sales – I went a little crazy).
I also dragged my angelic cousins – Lara and Ruth – to Ikea where we shopped till we literally dropped, finding my dining room table (which expands from 2 to 8 settings), a coffee table, bedside tables, chairs etc. I came back vowing never to return to Ikea again. If you’ve never been – it’s this labyrinth of household stuff and once you enter, you can’t leave until you’ve reached the end of the shop…seriously. And then once you’ve decided what you want, you need to go down to the warehouse and collect it yourself. All the funiture is packed in flat boxes. What a lug!!!
Freedom also did well out of me with the funky “o” chair – it was a hole in the middle of it. It’s worth a trip to Sydney just to sit in my chair – I promise :). Then there’s also some fab outside furniture for my balcony (and yes, I do have a city view if I stand on my tippy toes and crane my head around the trees giraffe style).
I bought my chocolate brown suede coach from a place in Moore Park Supacentre (which is packed with Furniture shops and household department stores).
I rounded up my big purchases from Bing Lee – a well known electronic store – with a big TV, great fridge, kettle, toaster, vacuum cleaner etc etc.
And then I had to unpack it all……