A little house in Hamilton hosts a happily married couple and their four adorable pets.
Ten years ago a woman from the UK and a man from Cowra found love at Newcastle uni. From there, Chloe Warren and Sam Wright had a bit of a journey, physically and emotionally.
Warren went back to the UK for 18 months, so they had a long distance relationship, and then she returned to Newcastle where she immediately started living with Wright while also doing her PhD.
The pair hopped around town, living on The Hill and then Hunter Street. Now they are absolutely loving living in Hamilton with their four Guinea pigs: Bruce, Gordon, Alfred and Pamela.
"We moved here because we were sick of the noise and traffic, the quiet was so good," Warren says.
"We wanted a house instead of a flat," Wright says.
They began renting the house in April of 2017. They loved the backyard, spacious kitchen and proximity to Beaumont Street.
They don't know much about the history of the home, but they've learnt from the neighbours that one of the previous owners organised a lot of street parties. They figured this out recently when they attended their first street party in the neighbourhood.
"Some other owners threw a street party and we went. It turns out everyone talks to each other," Warren says.
"So there was a big culture in our street that we never knew about."
Wright's a surveyor and cycles to work in Tighes Hill. Warren is a freelance science communicator and the general manager of the Roost Creative, a co-working space in Newcastle.
She appreciates the home's atmosphere when she chooses to work from home.
"When I work from home you hear the kids come home from school and playing in the streets and alleyway; it's very different from living on Hunter Street," Warren says.
"I really enjoy having my study nook and being able to work outside on my picnic bench, hearing the Guinea pigs squeak."
She likes the Guinea pigs because they're low maintenance. They just need hay and a weekly cage clean. She enjoys watching them and cuddling them, and she likes that they all have personalities.
They make you feel better when you pat them, she says.
(Warren is also a stand-up comedian and she regularly uses the Guinea pigs as inspiration for her material.)
She likes having an outdoor space for the pigs. She also appreciates the big kitchen.
"I do like the brickwork and the fireplace, even though it doesn't work. It's very open, a good place for having people over. (I like) being able to open up the French doors.
"Sam cooks a lot on the barbecue."
She thinks "cute" is the best word to describe her place.
"I have moments being like 'I'm 30, I should stop with cute things.' but that's how it is," she says.
Her lounge room is filled with happy plants and there are green, yellow and blue "colour corners" with objects she loves from op shops.
The pair continue to fill the two-bedroom one-bathroom home with treasured artworks.
One of the first pieces you notice upon entering is the massive colourful abstract painting by Warren's friend, Jess Kellar.
Much of the artwork in the house is by artists and friends of Warren and Wright. They have work also by local artists Mel O'Dell and Tom Henderson.
"Tania Ritchie is a local designer, and she made us a portrait of Customs House, which is where we had our wedding reception," Warren says.
She and Wright got married in King Edward Park, but it was never the plan to stay in Newcastle.
"After we got married we said we'd go back to the UK. But after the honeymoon we talked about it, and we were like "why would we leave?" Warren says.
"There's so much stuff happening. Any given night, there's a poetry reading or tech event, heaps of techy events."
"We very much love Newcastle," Wright says.
Warren said it is a bit hard with her family being far away, but for the near future, the pair are happy to embrace their Newcastle lifestyle in their cute Hamilton household.