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
 
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.




http://www.facebook.com/pure.provenanceNow 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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Colours of Provence

 


Nothing evokes a more warm fuzzy feeling than when you walk into a home filled with the colours
textures and furnishings based around the colours of Provence.  





I'm talking about yummy ochres, butter yellows, flesh pinks,wilted faded pastels,chamois,raison, tango orange,poppy reds, mulberry and lilacs to name but a few.



I absolutely adore antique baltic pine furniture. The more marks and dings on it, the better. The rich warm hue, the traces of old borer thread, the smell, the simplicity, I find extremely appealing.



The impact an antique  French leather club chair has in a room is priceless no matter how distressed it may be!



Garlands of onions in a traditional French fruit market make an unusual eyecatching display - the colours can easily be incorporated into your French Country kitchen
A beautiful view of clusters of plump juicy ripe merlot grapes still growing on the vine and ripe for the picking - loving those earthy colours




      Gorgeous glazing and colours on these antique Sarrageumines plates - available in store now



     Exquisite festooned detailing to the pediment of this antique French double bed - in store now


                                                                 A symphony of colours




                              Or paler palette with a slightly washed out faded look perhaps




     Or perhaps a room with grey flooring, milky damask print white walls and a pale pink accent chair      


Whatever you decide, whether it be bold or subtle, all of the  above are indicative of classic French Country Styling.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

This Goes With This Goes With That

A beautiful soothing collection of silks and linens with furniture and accessories embodying beauty of form and material.






                                  All of these pieces have a timelessness of appeal




                                                          Classic Tradition at is very best!





Friday, January 20, 2012

Hottest Items In Store this week

Rhinoceros Hornbill skull: an avian remnant from the founding period of the British Museum. Many specimens from early collections have been lost due to decay and insect damage. This skull may have survived due to its large size and spectacular appearance.


Victorian skipping rope. A rare piece of faded charm from a bygone era.


Assorted Victorian era porcelain pocket watch faces - tactile and quirky