Antique shop

Moving to the next level and bringing French and Vintage Furniture to the beautiful homes of New Zealand.

You might have noticed in the past month that I've been quiet on the blog front. Well, there's been a great reason for it.I have been busy unloading two new containers of delicious treasures...Heaven :-) As well as moving into and setting up my shop.

Stressful, rewarding and at times a but surreal. I almost need to pinch myself every now and then. It has been quite a fast journey to say the least. They say if you do what you love and love what you do it will flourish, and that it has.

I have been so inspired by others that have this passion such as Rachel Ashwell from the Shabby Chic® brand and Claudia Strasser from The Paris Apartment.  I love looking at their websites and dreaming over their books. This has always come with some frustration as it is near to impossible to find all that French furniture in New Zealand and to bring just a few pieces from abroad is very expensive.

I will be working very hard to bring the loveliest treasures I can find to dress the beautiful homes of New Zealand at a reasonable price.

It has worked well having my home as my showroom it has just outgrown my small abode so hence the move.

It is a long awaited dream come true. As well as a lot of hard work.  Although in saying that it's not like work as I love it. The hard part as any mother would know is juggling it with looking after a home and still being a good Mother to my beautiful children.

Here are some photos of my work in progress and some of my new treasures.

The entrance to Vintage Revival

Inside. A work in progress :-)

Set of four vintage dining chairs with beautiful vintage Romeo and Juliet fabric

French 1920’s sofa

French vintage Armoire in original cream and french green finish with gilt highlights

Sensational pair of vintage French nightstands in original cream and french green finish with gilt highlights. Very sweet little nightstands, perfect for any boudoir or even girl's room.

French Queen size bed

Vintage marble top table

Vintage cherub light

This is a fabulous pair of nightstands with marble tops and matching vanity.  All original with exquisite hand carving on the drawers and legs.

Beautiful old Louis XVI style vanity desk. Could also work great as a console.

A stunning French Vintage Romeo and Juliet fauteuil

A stunning French Vintage Romeo and Juliet canape

Very old antique French theatre mirrors

School Antiques Find - Junk or Treasure

On Saturday morning there was no sleep in for anyone in my household.It was my daughter's school fair. Two eager little faces (Luke and Sophie) bursting to spend their money. To seek out treasures eat lots of candy floss and have fun.

A wonderful treasure I did find. My beautiful Dresden ballerina, she is so damaged and broken with several bad attempts at putting poor ballerina back together again.

Despite this I placed her next to on my other french antiques. I just fell in love with her broken or not. I will keep her, treasure her and be inspired by her. Sophie found lots wonderful clothes being the up and coming vintage clothes guru she is. School fairs are lots of fun and there is always a treasure to find, just as opportunity shops are. Opportunity being the operative word. You have to have your eyes open for every opportunity to present itself. You may not find a quality piece of french furniture, but things such as chandelier frames are common.

I love looking at these pieces and imagining where they have been? Who's house they graced and what stories they could tell. If only a vase could speak.