Auckland Antiques

Auckland Antiques

Auckland Antiques

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.

xoxox Lydia

The Art of Margaret Wolley

The Art of Margaret Wolley

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.

Margaret Wolley 1

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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An Oops….and a slice of France in Auckland

An Oops….and a slice of France in Auckland

My big oops…. and a slice of France In Auckland

Sometimes when you’re traveling you don’t quite get things right. I must apologize to  all of you for making a mistake on my last post.  My description of the finish on this lovely piece by Janet at TLC Vintage Collection was just flat out wrong.  In fact, her simply elegant piece had and elegantly simple finish.

“Pure White Chalk Paint paint, a touch of Paris Grey on Efex….Clear wax.” nothing could be easier.

 

 

And the traveling bit…we’re in New Zealand. Once we landed we  immediately set off to our nieces French Farmers Market “ La Cigale”  So enjoy the photo’s from this great little slice of France, in Auckland.

 

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Chic French Frame

Chic French Frame

Chic French Frame……

           From Patina Home and Garden

Patina Home

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.

xoxox

Lydia

PS: As an aside, I really love Tami’s shop because it’s about three blocks from where I once lived as a child. 🙂

Nod to Nordic Style

Nod to Nordic Style

A Nod to Nordic Style

New designs from Efex.

As most of you know I love Scandinavian design in all forms. Especially, antiques. However, they are so expensive. Many times, i see wonderful  embellishments on Swedish furniture and in their decor. Like this stair case.

Swedish look to inspire

I have several ideas for new designs that we are working on and am always looking for more.  Then one day I realized that we had the beginnings in our own Nordic Style appliques in our archives.  Great advise, when looking for something new always shop your home first!

We are so proud to introduce our three new appliqués which are the beginning of our new Nordic Collection

 

 

Nordic Drop D3 – This drop is a perfect match for our new SW 1 swag. They were designed to go together. Less flowery that our most popular drops these are clean with a bold statment. The drop is 5.0″ long and 1.5″ wide and retails for $7.00.

 

Nordic Swag SW1 – A very norse swag similar to the one in our inspiration photo. The center piece of the swag reminds me of a norse helmet. The swag meausres 6.5″ x .3″ and retails for $7.00

Nordic Drop

 

Nordic Corner C3 – Finally this corner is a little nod to simplicity. Again, not quite as frilly as our similar C6 or C7 it measures 3.0″ x 3.0″ and retails for $7.00.

 

It is easy to image these on a simple piece of furnture or box. Especially when done with a great Scandinavian Blue color.

In addition to these three new beauties we are beginning to add a few of our other appliqes in this catagory as we really think they go well with this style.

They are in our updated catalog which you can download below. Remember any of our dealers can get them to you ASAP.

XOXO

Lydia