When is a House like a Box of Chocolates?
Have I gone nuts?
How is a house like a box of chocolates?
Well, when the exterior is richly dark, fancy & decadent.
Just like chocolate.
And when every room inside is different from the others.
Just like the colourful fillings of a mixed box of delectable chocolate.
This turreted villa for sale in Hawthorn, well, more of a mansion really,
if we are going to get picky,
has all the richness and variety of a deluxe gift box.
Let's lift the lid and peruse the contents of this luscious selection.
For starters, there is a large selection of rooms,
like a variety box.
Including, oh yum, a tower room in the main house.
(Wouldn't that be a good spot to retreat
with a good book, pleasant company & perhaps afternoon tea?)
And a summer house. I like the idea of that too.
And, in a nod to sheer luxury, an open fire place in the laundry.
Now that would be ironing in style!
But in order to be a really good box of chocolates,
you know, the kind that one really wants for special occasions,
there needs to be quite a bit of colour & flavour in little bites.
Peppermint fondant, raspberry, violet, nougat...
So let's see if our house has the goods.
The dining room is definitely pistachio marzipan,
in a rather dramatic tone.
With coconut ganache on top.
(A dining room is the perfect room in which to add a bolt of colour;
it makes it quite theatrical.)
Perhaps fondant in violet or possibly plum,
for the sitting room, do you think?
Now I am a little more stumped with this beautiful blue bedroom.
Perhaps a blueberry-scented truffle?
The almond praline of the summer house interior
is visible through the darkest chocolate ganache windows.
Oh this room is a cinch. Has to be vanilla nougat
with slivers of roasted almonds.
A blue and yellow kitchen.
Blue Curaçao fondant with salted caramel? (Personally, I'm twitching to get out some paint cans here. Changing the blue for marshmallow white, and painting the yellow in pale duck egg blue instead. But I digress...)
The house, named Talana, was built in 1900,
and designed by the architect John Beswicke
in the Queen Anne style of red brickwork, tiled roof & fretwork gables.
Our chocolate box home comes with a tennis court & pool
as well as that summer house,
so there is plenty of variety in both spaces to entertain
as well as colourful interiors.
And it is rather like a box of chocolates.
Would you love to live here?