WHY I LIVE IN …

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

PRO­FES­SIONAL blog­ger, so­cial me­dia in­flu­encer and au­thor Nikki Parkin­son (pic­tured) started her blog Styling You after a two-decade long jour­nal­ism ca­reer.

While she nor­mally delves in the realm of fash­ion, she shares her prop­erty as­pi­ra­tions with The Sun­day-Mail.

Where do you live and why?

We live in a late 1800s Queens­lan­der in Padding­ton.

When we moved to Bris­bane in 2014 we wanted a lo­ca­tion close to the city and where our fam­ily lived at the time.

We rented our home for two years be­fore buy­ing it.

It is a great cen­tral lo­ca­tion for my home-based busi­ness, close to my son’s school and an easy bus com­mute into the city for my hus­band.

What do you love about your home?

There’s some­thing about a char­ac­ter home that, no mat­ter how much work needs do­ing on it, it just feels homely and wel­com­ing.

What would you change about your home?

An old house al­ways needs work.

We would like to do a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion in a few years.

The back of the house was put on in the early 1990s and of­fers great space but it could be bet­ter de­signed.

In 2019 we are giv­ing the pool and deck area a much-needed re­vamp and I hope to get the house painted my favourite colour - white.

What is the best thing about your sub­urb?

I’ve al­ways loved the vil­lage/com­mu­nity feel of Padding­ton. I love that we’re close the city but in a quiet, leafy pocket. And I love be­ing able to walk out (via some chal­leng­ing hills!) to cafes and bou­tiques.

If money was no op­tion, what would be your fan­tasy home and where?

I think I’d al­ways love to have Queens­land as a home base, but if we’re talk­ing fan­tasy hol­i­day homes, I’d not say no to a villa on the Greek is­land of San­torini.

What was the best piece of prop­erty ad­vice you were given?

I think we’re still on a very big learn­ing curve but some­thing a wise friend in real es­tate once shared with me was that if we were go­ing to ren­o­vate, then aim to sell within two years of that oth­er­wise that ren­o­va­tion would be out of date. Al­ter­na­tively, leave the ren­o­va­tion to the next own­ers and sell as is.

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