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

A Place For Inspiration

A Place For Inspiration

A New Place For Inspiration

I love antique stores, especially ones that have a certain vibe. A little French, a little Swedish and totally unique. When I came across these pictures on Tumber I just had to share.

I especially love the blue patina on the chest in the back left.  Like many of you I have a passion for old patina. In fact, I spend a great deal of time working on imitating it. And all of us as painters can get very close. But this is aged to perfection that only time and gentle can accomplish.  Which piece of furniture do you like the best?

Enjoy these pictures from Josephines Antiques in London. I don’t know what I am dreaming of more, a blue patina like this armoire, or maybe a trip to London to see it in person. Sigh… not in the cards for this month year.



Christmas at The Manor

Christmas at The Manor

The English Manor in Winter

One of the slight advantages of being sick is that you can binge watch TV with impunity. Between, The Crown, James Before Bond, and now the Midsomer Murders I have parked myself in every great English series I can find on Netflix. For all of the them the decor and the scenery is just wonderful. Eye candy to make you healthy.

Eventurally,  The Crown will get it’s own post today I thought I would share 7 lovely winter english cottage photo’s as a teaser.


Sudbury Hall

A simple country home in Derbyshire. Ready for the Holidays.


The Perfect Tree

Chrismas is a standout with the perfect tree in front of this manor house.


Waddesdon Manor

Located in Buckinhamshire Waddeston Manor has its doors open for the festive season.




The best discription for the wonderful manor. I would love to have a peek inside/


The Jewelry Box

This simple and small manor has a welcome and cosy look.


Georgian Delight

This wonderful Georgian home would be a treat at Christmas


Adare Ireland

Irish Manor House now turned Hotel and Golf Club would be a great retreat.


Welcome December Happy Holidays

Welcome December Happy Holidays

Welcome December

What a glorious time of the year. Check out our new quick and easy video with some fun ideas for Christmas Decor with Efex.


Whats Trending For 2017  – From Domain

Whats Trending For 2017 – From Domain

What’s Trending For 2017

From Domain

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.

What’s In?

European Classic


Natural Elements

Natural Trend

Bold Florals

Trend three

Jewel Tones

Jewel Tones

What’s Out

Hollywood Regency

Overkill Brass

Chevron Rugs

Edison Bulbs


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.

xoxo Lydia

Easy Holiday Mirror.

Easy Holiday Mirror.

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….

Trim T 31

But after cutting it up into pieces it makes the most lovely statement on this mirror.

Easy Holiday Mirror closeup

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.