We are in the middle of our family and friends New Zealand holiday and I haven’t mentioned my favorite antique store.
Yes, most of my friends lust after stores in Paris and London, and while I also do that the top of my list is right here in Auckland.
John Stevens Antiques is filled with great great antiques both French and Scandinavian as well as some of the best reproduction chairs I have ever seen. I keep wanting to bring them to the USA and hubs keeps asking who the manufacture is.
This sofa was hubs favorite which was a big of a surprise to me. Yes, it really was the sofa not the boat behind it.
But he also like the new more modern ones l
My favorites are still these.
These tall chests with swags certainly would be easy for us to paint up…. and they are so cute.
Or, I just love this small one with our bead trim.
Mirrors are a passion of mine, though they are a little hard to ship to the USA. I suppose they have already been around the world once so why not twice 🙂
Sigh… when in doubt I may just have to leave them all here and keep dreaming.
The Art of Margaret Wolley
Every time we’re in Auckland one of my first stops is the home of our friend and artist Margret Wolley. As many of you who have read the story before she is how we discover Efex.
Every time I step into her home there is one more little nuance, something slightly different ready to be photographed and discussed or in the case of her paintings to be lusted after.
It’s not surprising that within 48 hours of touchdown we are having coffee with Margaret and her husband. After all my husband has know them for over 50 years. Yes, we’re dating ourselves but so what. Isn’t 60 the new 40?
Ok I digress, the first wonderful treasure I want to share with all of your is this lovely vignette.
The chair, the side table, and sigh… the painting are all perfect. Yup, she painted them all. The painting is one I love and I own two that are similar yet slightly smaller. The chair however was a treat. Margret went to her local (less than 400 feet down the street home store Le Monde and bought Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in pure white) She had actually painted the chair years ago, but wanted to refresh the fabric. Wow, what a great change.
And finally, the little black box. Margret is a fan of Coco Channel (read big fan) and so she does a lot in black and white. This little black box with an R77 on top was done 25 years ago. And yes, that is an Efex.
I guess we can say they last well! What do you think?
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Chic French Frame……
From Patina Home and Garden
My friend Tami, one of our Efex Stockist in Northern California is so clever. Here a simple frame F28 and a rosette R35 makes a great embellishment for furniture.
It would also make a great piece of art.
If you’re in Northern California stop by her shop Patina Home and Garden, in Fairfield for some great DIY and retail therapy.
PS: As an aside, I really love Tami’s shop because it’s about three blocks from where I once lived as a child. 🙂