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.
What’s Trending For 2017
Yesterday I read a great article from Domain by celebrate designer Mary McDonald. She had some interesting ideas on what’s hot and what’s not. While I am not certain I agree with all of these picks, specifically I will always love Grey and I am fond of Edison Bulbs, I do love her first pick European Classic.
The other bit of wisdom I got from this article is “know the value in swapping accessories from one trend for the next in her designs—a trick that keeps her projects from ever looking dated.” Great advise don’t you think.
Easy Holiday Mirror
The holidays are here and the time for gift giving and decorating our homes has arrived. Over the next few weeks we will all be busy with the massive swirl of the season and what better way to say thank you to your DIY friends than to give a gift that keeps on giving.
Today we are showcasing a quick and easy projects that you can put together in a snap.
To put us in a festive mood, I thought it would be fun to look back at a great project from a couple of years ago.
In 2015 our friend Leslie Stocker did this great gold holiday mirror project.
It was so simple…. One mirror frame, a can of spray paint, and one Efex Trim T31
The trim starts life looking like this….
But after cutting it up into pieces it makes the most lovely statement on this mirror.
I this case it was spray painted in gold but you can get the same effect with gilding wax or our lovely General Finishes Pearl Effects.
The time need for this project is only about an hour and it would make a great hottest gift or present for one of your crafty friends.
PS – After almost two months off from blogging I’m back to blogging. I guess I just ran out of steam. Enjoy our holiday posts and have a happy and relaxing holiday season.