Saturday, February 1, 2014

Bali THai Inspired Decor

I recently returned from my Son and new Daughter-In-Law's wedding in the province of  Phang Nga in Thailand.  I am particularly drawn to the beautiful subtle and soothing colors and have sourced inspirational interior pics via my pinterest site (please follow me) which interpret my style of Bali tHai decor.  Hoping one day to have a holiday home there so I can project these images of my virtual Thailand holiday home into a real one!

Beautiful Wood Carved detailing on entrance door
A myriad of rich colours to whet the interior designers appetite

Of course my firm love of French interior decor reflects in this beautiful fusion of Bali tHai French Country

Calming tones inspired by sand, sunsets and thai desserts!

Traditional Thai Dessert

Bringing the outdoors...indoors
Golds and Orchid Tones for the bedroom 
The Asian influence adds a distinct touch of drama and mystique with the use of open space and natural materials

Who says you can't combine the exotic elements of Far East decor into a traditional vintage armchair

Combined with a more modern funky look - its fun to merge many different decorating styles into the one space

I look forward to taking you on a virtual tour of my future holiday home in Thailand in the not too distant future. Until then k̄hxbkhuṇ læa xảlā!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Confession of an addict...

I have a confession....I am addicted to Pinterest!  On the upside. I know of around 5 million other people who also share the same addiction.  So what is it about this social media website that differs from anything else?  It's the fact that Pinterest is a pinboard style photo sharing website that allows you to create and manage theme-based image collections that represent you and or your business.  You can browse other peoples pinboards for images, re-pin their images to your board or simply 'like' images.  It also connects you to a community of people who share similar ideas and interests.  The best part though is all pins link back to their source giving credit where credit is due.

Following is a sample of some of my very favourite pins.  To view my entire board, simply click onto my facebook logo which will also link you directly to my pinterest page too.

A visual feast for the eyes

Escapism at its best...something we all need to take time out to do occasionally

This picture pretty much sums up my favourite interior style - French Nordic.  Sourced from an amazing site which I discovered on pinterest recently....Ágústas Vintage
This delightful image captured everyone's imagination when I posted it on my facebook page.  Oh the stories this gorgeous old French chateau could tell.  
and finally...this picture spoke a thousand words when I used it on my Facebook page to advise fans I was winging my way over to Sydney to help my daughter select her Wedding Gown

Thursday, May 2, 2013

New Kid On The Block

I've been toying with the idea of relocating my store to the other side....and as of this week that is now a reality.  I've moved out of my sleepy little hollow in Milford and burst into the character upmarket suburb of Herne Bay bordering on Ponsonby.  My new premise is called 'Letham Cottage' an historical iconic building front dating from the early 1900's.  Originally a gallery for a number of years and now transformed into the home of Pure Provenance.

And here we are!

Following is a small snippet of inventory on offer and please remember, these items are unique one-off's that have survived the ravages of time, lovingly sourced by moi and awaiting their respective new owners accordingly.

Who doesn't love retro french alarm clocks and coronation mugs

Pretty floral sylvac vase makes the perfect backdrop to this exquisite large old brooch

Lots of delicious antique glazed earthenware pieces...

These are utterly delicious, rare white sarreguemines majolica plates dating from the 60's

Asian, Moroccan and English fusion
Deco Dog Bookends - handpainted spelter & alabaster
Lovely mish mash of assorted goodies to tempt 'thee'
1920's Spelter Hunting Dog with Prey - tail missing in action..

Well hopefully thats enough to whet your appetites for today. I am having an offical Grand Opening on the evening of Friday 17th March from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Please give me a call on (09) 486 3048 if you would like to attend.

Monday, October 1, 2012

What's Your Style?

Everybody has particular preferences when it comes to decorating their own home be it for example...elaborate or minimal, ornate or simplistic, French nordic or English country.  Following are some different categories of interior decorating - see which one appeals to you most.

Cleverly Cluttered

This is the display of an avid collector, the dramatic red walls contrast nicely with the furniture, art, china, treasures and personal momentos.

Distinctly Ornate
Lots of architectural elements with a distinct 18th century flavour, elegant chandeliers, gilt mirrors, ornate furniture and statuary all help to create unabashed exotica

Light and space
Each of the elements in this room have been chosen for their colour, pattern and texture.  Plain walls, strong pure colours, natural textures with minimal decorative detailing.
Classic Shabby Chic

 Rachel Ashwell has firmly cemented herself as the Queen of Shabby Chic style - faded florals, white washed walls, neutral slipcovers, scuffed furniture contribute to an atmosphere which is soothing and welcoming
French Nordic

Nina Hartmann has had a huge influence in creating this extremely popular French Nordic style look, incorporating antique and vintage wares.  Furnishings are never grand, rooms are always whitewashed, 19th C provincial style furniture is preferred and colours ever so restful 
Minimal rooms are devoid of mess with all but a few objects chosen for a purpose.  It is a space in which you see everything clearly.  Surfaces must be flawless, details precise. 
Designer Decorated

This is a light, relaxing room, despite being full of both plain and patterned colour.  With professional help, it is this immaculate attention to detail that creates the air of sheer unadulterated luxury. 
English Country

Beautiful English Country sitting room - quality of furniture and fabric.  Pale pink damask sofa amply smothered in beautiful cushions.  Lush greenery and nothing worn or faded so the room retains its comfortable tranquillity.
French Country

Shutters at the windows, cotton furnishings, and the simple simplicity of a natural brick paved floor . Restful colours and the furniture is light enough to be moved outdoors in the warm summer months,  The gorgeous chandelier adds to the countrified sophistication.



Saturday, June 30, 2012

My Cave

We all know about Man Caves but hey, we women are entitled to a special cave too and I'd like to share mine with you.  Admittedly I do have to share my 'cave' with my man but I've had the pleasure of decorating it exactly how I want and adding special pieces I've collected over the years. I think of my cave as an elegant hotel room but with loads more character. Neutral colours such as white, beige and cream keep the look harmonious. The natural materials such as the apothecary cabinet and original french bistro tables in chalky white shape the character.

My cave always seems to beckon me when I receive the latest copy of World of Interiors or splurge out on a beautiful new French interiors book.  The scene is complete when I snuggle into my favourite wingback chair with a nice crisp cold glass of Savignon Blanc in hand.  Sheer bliss!

Who says you can't have a large statue of Venus indoors.  She has a wonderful presence and presides over the cave with elegance and grandeur. I'm always adorning her in different scarves or necklaces depending on the mood.

You either love it or loathe it but I happen to be a big fan....of taxidermy.  I was greatly inspired by the amazing creatures photographed in one of my favourite books... The New 18thC French Style.  Hence the exquisite white dove gracefully positioned on an old plaster corbel.  On the other side is a sparrows nest salavaged from a trip to the Wairarapa last summer.  It smells of wheat fields.

I would say the piece de resistance of my cave is the apothecary drawer cabinet presently used to house our socks, undies and a few other unmentionables.  Its previous owner was an artist, hence the odd spray of paint and chalk smudges.  I absolutely adore everything about it, including the mismatched victorian glass knobs. This my friends is a 'keeper' irrespective of the fact I have a store full of other exquisite pieces to tempt me.

Speaking of 'keepers'.  There is another absolute fav, my French swan planter.  Currently brimming with an arrangement of dried white hydrangeas which have aged to a lovely sepia hue. 

A cave wouldn't be complete without a big comfy chair to snuggle up in and this magnificent french reproduction wingback does the job perfectly.  Finished in the palest of duck egg greens with beautiful prints of birds and flora.  I'm yet to find another like it so that's presently deemed a keeper also.


Recently a gorgeous Parisian woman entered my store and to cut a long story short, I am now the proud owner of an 18thC French gilt mirror. In a minor state of disrepair with restoration work required on the ornate pediment and framework but presently proudly hung in my cave. The slight misty original mercury glass projects an aura of mystery and romance. Another recent find for the cave was this beautiful set of Italian Florentine Nesting tables picked up at auction. They have distressed white floral tops, I've become slightly obsessed with Italian Florentine pieces after reading Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic books.

Thanks for taking my tour and please......stay tuned for my next blog.   I look forward to showing you some of my displays of random objects full of character and charm.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Recent Rustic Finds

Hi all, I wanted to share with you a couple of my latest finds.  I was visiting my daughter in Sydney and came across a clothing store which was closing down.  In the window I spied this divine old wooden candelabra as part of the display.  I had to have it!  It's deliciously chippy, finished in pale butter tones with loads of old wax tumbling down the side.

The top is large enough to accommodate a dainty pale pink glazed pot and mother of pearl button necklace. for the exciting part.  I'd also recently sourced a decades old mirror complete with borer holes and remains of a soft butterscotch paint.   

Talk about a match made in heaven!  The deliciously shabby pair are virtually the same height and complement each other to rustic french country perfection.