Ideas

Colour

Ever wondered why you are drawn to certain colours or why you suddenlyneed to repaint your living room as the colour  no longer resonates with you.

I have been doing some research as to why this happens. It's interesting looking back to when I have craved certain colours how it was an indication of where I was at during that time.

Here are some colour meanings ...

Red is the colour of fire. It is the colour of the burning, radiant sun, and of life itself. Both love and anger, joy and wrath are associated with this colour. Red is the color with the greatest power of penetration and will strongly stimulate the flow of blood. It is associated with sex and the first chakra in Eastern spiritual traditions. Red makes lazy people more active. Phlegmatic children may be helped by having them do their homework under red light.

Orange is a mixture of red and yellow and is the colour of joy and happiness. It is indicated in cases of discontentment, pessimism, psychosis, depression and fear. However, orange should be alternated with blue when treating people suffering from fear. Short exposure to orange light in the morning will prove to be of help to people who are chronically tired at this time of day. Orange will increase a sense of ambition and promote warm-heartedness. It has a brightening and cheering effect and will lend strength and joy to people who feel disinclined to work.

Yellow symbolizes the sun standing at its zenith, and is one of the hot colours. It promotes digestion, strengthens the nerves, stimulates the stomach and has a brightening and cheering effect in general. All diseases of the digestive tract should be treated with the colour yellow. People who are discontent show a change of facial expression when exposed to yellow light.

Green is the most common color in nature and is regarded as being a neutral factor. It is indicated for bronchial catarrh, whooping cough and inflammations of the joints (in alternation with blue, in the latter case). All chronic diseases respond well to the intermittent use of green light and precision work can be done better under it. It has a balancing effect and will promote feelings of contentment and tranquility. Green is also sedative, soothing and relaxing in its effect. It is one of the strongest colors, along with it's complement Red, in the effect it has being looked at, taken in through the eyes.

Blue - This is the colour of peace and infinity. It is regarded of being a cold colour, and has a relaxing effect. Blue is the color of the pituitary gland and the endocrine system. All diseases involving heat require treatment with blue light. This color is also indicated for complaints involving suppuration, pain, plethora and congestion. Warts disappear under the effect of radiation with blue light. Hyperactive children should do their homework under blue light. This color promotes quietness and reserve.

Violet has always been associated with spirituality and in accordance, it acts on the unconscious, lends the individual spiritual strength and promotes awareness and consciousness. Violet increases the effect of all kinds of meditation and is also regarded as being the color of inspiration. It has a positive effect on the spleen and promotes the functioning of the lymphatic system.

Remember there are no rules. Some of the most beautiful settings in nature are a colour explosion. Follow your intuition and be brave. You will inspire yourself in doing so.

Here are some lovely examples of clever use of colour ...

A visit to Versailles July 14, 1789

Farewell my Queen is a movie directed by Benoit Jacquot and based on a script by him, Chantal Thomas, and Gilles Taurand. There's growing disquiet at the court of King Louis XVI: the people are defiant and the country is on the brink of revolution. Behind the scenes at the royal palaces emergency plans are being made. Although nobody believes that this spells the end of the established order everyone is talking of escape, including Queen Marie Antoinette and her entourage.

Lea Seydoux and Diane Kruger in a sultry scene from Farewell My Queen.

Madame Gabrielle de Polignac (Lea Seydoux) and Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger) in a scene from Farewell My Queen.

One of Marie Antoinette's ladies-in-waiting is Sidonie Laborde who, as the Queen's reader, is a member of the monarch's inner circle. She takes us on a journey back and forth between the lavish rooms of Versailles and the back corridors of their servants. Little does she know that she is about to witness the downfall of her beloved queen.

The aristocracy and servant classes are equally anxious as they hear of the storming of the Bastille and the unrest in Paris.

When a pamphlet circulates at Versailles listing the enemies of the revolution, who are to be beheaded, Marie Antoinette and her husband top the list. It's the third name - the Queen's lover and confidant, Madame Gabrielle de Polignac who provides the intrigue for Jacquot's sensual drama.

A beautiful movie. If you adore the opulence of court life it's a must see.

The King and Queen of France

The Queen's reader Sidonie Laborde

Marie Antoinette throws the list of heads to roll into the fire.

Marie Antoinette distressed the king chooses to stay at Versailles

Craig Campbell a Genius of our time

When I first met Craig Campbell I had the same feeling as when I was standing in the Rodin Museum in Paris. In awe of the genius behind such beautiful creations.

Rodin Paris

Craig Campbell Wellington

That first meeting with Craig was at Sky City when he was sculpting live in 2011.

Craig is an American artist now living in Wellington working as a Sculptor with Weta Workshop.

Craig has  been in New Zealand for 3 years.  He began sculpting in the mid 1990’s after working as a nightclub bouncer.

Craig's sculpture is primarily figurative, or animal related and often has a flair of whimsy. Craig's focus is to express life through sculpture, and that he certainly does. To see him working is incredibly inspiring. My son was so inspired he has been sculpting ever since meeting Craig who has a lovely aura about him and a very gentle, approachable manner with people, especially children.

Since being in NZ Craig has Sculpted many pieces for the Roxy Cinema in Miramar.  He has been a lead sculptor on the Rugby World Cup Sculpture with Weta Workshop, as well as exhibiting work for Unscripted Exhibition and performed sculpting demonstrations both in Wellington and Auckland. Craig has donated sculptures to “Born Project” for the Neonatal association, and donated sculpts to the Wellington Zoo. Currently running a Sculpture studio in Miramar where he holds sculpting classes and workshops in figurative sculpture, portrait sculpting, animal sculpting, bas-relief sculpting, and concrete sculpting. If you are lucky enough to live in Wellington you can learn first hand from one of our true geniuses.

We too often feel the need to travel to see such beautiful pieces of art or to look in our history only to find them on our door step actively working in our present day. What a gift to be able to be in the presence of a great artist. It does give you a sense of the wonderful and whimsical.

Craig Campbell

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Craig Campbell

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Luke's flower he made for my birthday

Craig Campbell

If you have ever walked amongst the great galleries of the world and wished as I have to own something of such beauty, then contact Craig as he does do commissions.

You can contact Craig either by email or phone as below ...

Craig Campbell

csculpt@aol.com

www.craigcampbell.net

021 293 8218

Blogs that will inspire you.

I'm making the most of this wet weather by searching the internet for more ideas and inspiration and I have come across some amazing blogs. I love to change my home around so often I drive my children mad. I find it inspiring to have a change. Its funny I am reading a book at the moment called The Honeymoon Effect by Bruce Lipton one of my favourite authors. I'm loving every bit of it. I read that when your energy changes you often want to change your home around. I can relate to that. There have been huge changes In my life this year and I now feel I need to redecorate every room. :-)

Here are some inspiring blogs for you to browse through on a rainy day ....

The lovely Claudia form the Paris apartment not only has a beautiful website but has a wonderful blog. I always look forward to one arriving in my emails. She also has just published a new book Paris Flea Market Style

The Better Decorating Bible is a blog full of beautiful homes from Elton Johns Berverly Hills paradise to a Modern French Regency Marie Antoinette Style Apartment.

Rachel Ashwell the woman who created Shabby Chic has a lovely blog full of Shabby Chic ideas. I love looking through The Prairie page at all the gorgeous rooms that you can stay in.

Here are some photos of what I have created from all the inspiration these blogs have given me.

Sweet dreams

My reading nook

Our social space

My darling

This beautiful space is from The Better Decorating Bible

This is my inspiration for my dream project of a barn house that will look like this on the inside.

And so to bed to dream ....

Bonne année et bonne santé

Bonne année et bonne santé I hope you are all enjoying the New Year and have been lucky enough to eat well, relax and contemplate the coming year.

I have managed to have what my idea of a rest is and watch some inspiring movies filled with beautiful 18th century interiors.

My favorite was Bel Ami. I was so inspired by it I needed to share it with you.

BEL AMI is the story of Georges Duroy, who travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.

With a great cast ... Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and Colm Meaney along with the most beautiful Parisian apartment sets I have seen to date it is well worth watching. You will of course want to redecorate.

Here are a few photos from the movie ....

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If you would like to view more go the Bel Ami website

Happy holidays xx Claire Crosbie claire@vintagerevival.co.nz Tel: 09-483 7717 Mob: 021 472 431 www.vintagerevival.co.nz

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.

Valentino and my New Obsession

I  have just spent 9 days in Brisbane having a wonderful time shopping and updating my wardrobe, visiting lots of Vintage clothing shops, even finding one called Vintage Revival. The biggest highlight of my trip apart from spending quality time with a valuable girlfriend was the Valentino exhibition, currently showing in Brisbane, Australia. The ‘Valentino. Retrospective: Past/Present/Future’ is a major exhibition exploring the work of the celebrated Italian fashion house Valentino, known for its sophisticated, timeless design and glamorous clientele. Developed by renowned decorative arts institution Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, the exhibition encompasses haute couture from the first collection designed in 1959 by the house’s founder, Valentino Garavani, through to work from the Autumn/Winter 2009-10 creations by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Picciolli – appointed as creative directors for Valentino in 2008. Valentino retired unexpectantly in 2008. Designs from the house of Valentino have been coverted and worn by European royalty, Hollywood celebrities and members of high society the world over. This magnificent exhibition includes garments worn by Cate Blancett, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and more. The garments are absolutely amazing and are all hand stitched. To find out all about Valenino I would highly recommend the movie “Valentino: The Last Emperor” I absolutely love haute couture and Valentino is one of the greats. I came home feeling so inspired and motivated, now I want to get out my sewing machine and revamp my own clothes. Arriving home with an overweight suitcase I felt a tad depressed while unpacking finding nowhere to place and show my new found treasures. I feel as though my house is shrinking. Accumulating more without enlarging your space things can become a bit cramped. I am currently looking for a larger home as we have certainly outgrown this one! My home is so full of Vintage and French furniture as well as yummy treasures from around the world. I have always planned a walk in closet like Carey Bradshaw’s in “Sex in the City," which is one of my favourites. I am a huge fan of “Sex in the City”. The vision has grown, unpacking I decided what I need is a beautiful complete dressing room!!! Not just a walk-in closet but whole room to show off my beautiful things. A room for myself, my clothes, my adornments and all my accessories. I imagine emerging from my bathroom in the morning and  opening the door of my very own dressing room. I sit in my beautiful French chair or Canape and leisurely decide what I will wear today. My face framed in a huge gilt mirror. Shelves for my shoes and hand bags. All my clothes and jewellery hung beautifully and easily accessible. I love to dream and design rooms in my head. My visions are endless and I have only just begun with this one. Browsing on the web  has inspired my vision but has also unfortunately triggered impatience!

Look at what I found. These are some of my favourites.

Carrie Bradshaw's walk in closet, of course!!

My new found favourite. Nanette Lepore’s Eclectic Dressing Room Designed by Jonathan Adler. I love the Art Deco rug, the colours are divine!

Organization is the  key in a dressing room or large closet area. The bench in this purple one {above} looks like a necessity with all those shoes to try on!

Miley Cyrus' dressing room is absolutely what I would expect to see for decoration  in a teen's room. I love the big mirror and chair. Loads of fun to be had with girlfriends, trying on the many variations of outfits!

Olivia  Wilde's wardrobe at her townhouse in Venice, California. What a beautiful dress!

Mariah Carey’s  dressing room is absolutely stunning.  “Spending time in here would be such a pleasure, I would never want to leave.”

This is the dressing room of the head designer of  J.Crew,  Jenna Lyons -- you can be sure it's full of many fabulous things!!

In Christina Aquilera's Los Angeles mansion she has two expansive wardrobes. Very theatrical in a very feminine style.

I adore this one,  Very Marie Antoinette.

Flowers are a must have!

I was brought up by a wonderful Mother that not only loved beautiful antique furniture but was also an amazing gardener with a love of flowers. We always had beautiful bunches of flowers in the house.

I believe a room is unfinished without flowers. If they are scented not only does it add beauty it adds absolute pleasure every time you inhale there wonderful scent.

We don’t all have a beautiful garden and purchasing flowers every week can be expensive and good quality flowers are not always available. It can also be very disappointing when they only last a few days.

Man made flowers can look amazing if you can find the right ones and display them well. They can look real, last for years and are mess free.

In these photos I have shown you how beautiful they can be.

Having the right vase  also is an important part of the picture.  When displaying man made flowers you can also bend them and shape them into the form you want to make them look great.

Alternatively if you want something alive that lasts an indoor plant such as Hyacinths are a wonderful choice. They look pretty and smell divine.

Don’t settle for second best when choosing your flowers. Spending a little more is worth it, remember they are going to last and you need to be happy with how they look.

Kings Plant Barn have a great selection to choose from. The lovely bunch in my duck vase only cost $29.00 NZD which is about the same price as real flowers.

I was brought up by a wonderful Mother that not only loved beautiful antique furniture but was also an amazing gardner with a love of flowers. We always had beautiful bunches of flowers in the house.

I believe a room is unfinished without flowers. If they are scented not only does it add beauty it adds absolute pleasure every time you inhale there wonderful scent.

We don’t all have a beautiful garden and purchasing flowers every week can be expensive and good quality flowers are not always available. It can also be very disappointing when they only last a few days.

Man made flowers can look amazing if you can find the right ones and display them well. They can look real, last for years and are mess free.

In these photos I have shown you how beautiful they can be.

Having the right vase  also is an important part of the picture.

When displaying man made flowers you can also bend them and shape them into the form you want to make them look great.

Alternatively if you want something alive that lasts an indoor plant such as Hyacinths are a wonderful choice. They look pretty and smell divine.

Don’t settle for second best when choosing your flowers. Spending a little more is worth it, remember they are going to last and you need to be happy with how they look.

Kings Plant Barn have a great selection to choose from. The lovely bunch in my duck vase only cost $29.00 NZD which is about the same price as real flowers.

A selection of sweet peas and stock from Kings Plant Barn. These look very real.

A pretty beautifully scented Hyacinths.

A posey from Kings Plant Barn.

This blue vase with the ducks on it was my Mothers, this adds a lot of sentimental value for me as well. :) :)

Don’t let the TV be your furniture centre piece!

So many times I walk into a person’s home and find the main attraction in the room a television set. Not only does this look very unattractive it also becomes a focal point when entertaining. Even if the TV is turned off people tend to stare at it.

In this photo I have shown you a way of disguising your television set in a way that looks attractive and yet is very simple and practical. You can use so many different types of furniture cabinet now with the slimline TV.

Even an old painted wardrobe would work, with plenty of room to store all your DVD’s as well.

What to do with Vintage Chinese Silk Screen Panels

Ive just purchased these gorgeous panels out of an old Chinese room screen. I wanted something different for above my bed.

I just loved the colours in them. This could easily be done with any fabric you fall in love with. Or even an old piece of beautiful vintage wallpaper glued on to a board would look great.

I like to have different things on the walls. It always makes a room look more eclectic and interesting.

Antique furniture can look so much better in a room well decorated with a twist of something different.

That’s why I love Vintage French Furniture so much they  were not afraid to be different and use colour, especially all those lovely pale blues, pinks and greens.

When you find something unusual you can almost decorate a whole room around it. That’s how I find most of my inspiration when designing something new…go shopping. A must when needing new ideas. Or visit art galleries and heritage homes. You will be amazed at what ideas will come to mind. I call it a creative date with myself.

Bring your Vintage piece of furniture back to Life!

A beautiful Vintage piece of furniture doesn’t need to cost a lot. Junk shops, garage sales, inorganic collections and even peoples garages can be key places in finding hidden treasures just waiting to be revamped.

Here I have an example of a piece I found. Its original form and old piece of wooden furniture falling apart.

I wanted it to look like an old piece of French Vintage furniture. Something that would look like a beautiful well loved treasure in my home.

It is not an easy task in achieving this and does take some practice. The key is not give up before the transformation of a work well done.

With this piece I have used a red base. Then two different blues over the top. It is important to let the paint dry properly before applying the next coat. I was rough with my brush strokes which helps to achieve an old look. Rather than rubbing the paint off on this piece I used an old knife to scrape it off.

Once I had achieved the look I wanted I then put a polyurethane over the top. Make sure it is mat, if you use a gloss it will not look old. Apply two coats of this. When it is dry then apply the gold leaf. I used a fast dry enamel gold leaf project paint. You can get this at most hardware shops. I also scraped this with an old knife. Be aware when you are doing this it needs to be in places it would naturally wear.

Handles also play an important role. Make sure they are in keeping with what you are trying to achieve. These can also be sourced in all the places above.

Don’t be afraid to play with this when you start. Good things take time and come with practice. Even if you paint it 10 times it doesn’t matter. Paint can always be removed and sometimes the more you paint it the better it can look!

Experiment with colour. Test pots are great for this and cheap. It can be fun mixing them together to achieve something different.

If you want some more ideas and inspiration check out more photos of my Vintage Furniture

Folk Art on French Furniture

When you think French Furniture do you think painted furniture, flower patterns, gold gilt, or feminine? Its not only the French that have a talent for creating a piece of furniture that looks like a piece of art. The Venetians have a flair that is equally elegant and beautiful.

When I was in Venice everywhere I looked there were amazing examples of folk art. This included Venetian furniture, a lot of the beautiful chapels, ceilings, doors, mirrors and window frames. I was inspired by the folk art which reminded me of my Mother who has a passion and gift for folk art.

It is still popular around the world and is a wonderful economic way of creating a lovely piece of art or revamping a piece of vintage furniture.

If you think you can’t draw think again. You can copy folk art on to your furniture using transfers. It may take a bit of practice and patience but the joy of the end result will be well worth it.

This is also another way to use a lovely vintage frame waiting to be rescued.

There are also places you can go to learn Folk Art. The best place I know is Keirunga Gardens in Havelock North. All there information is on their web site.

Another web site that I find inspiring is Moissonnier, their French Furniture is amazing, it gives me so many ideas.

A Unique, Simple and Cheap Way to add Colour to your walls

I once had an old door off an antique piece of French furniture that I loved so much I had it hanging on my wall. There are so many interesting items that look really funky hanging on your wall. An old piece of iron work, an antique balustrade, old screens and vintage wall plaques. Scrap booking paper is also a great way to make a lovely vintage wall hanging. Whenever I go into a shop that sells scrap booking paper I always have a look to see if there is anything interesting. As a result I now have a great collection of vintage wall plaques.

What you will need is … A piece of ply wood cut to the size of your paper. Glue, a clear liquid glue is the best. Black paint. Matt polyurethane.

1 Have your wood cut to the correct size you want 2 Make sure the edges are sanded and smooth. 3 Paint the back and sides of the wood. 4 Drill a small hole in the back at the top in the middle so you can hang it on a nail. Don’t go all the way through, just half way. 5 Spread plenty of glue on to the back of the paper and press on to the wood. A ruler or a damp cloth can be used by sliding it lightly over the paper to remove any bubbles. Allow it to dry well and if any of the edges lift apply more glue. 6 Once it has dried properly paint the paper with a matt polyurethane. This will seal it and keep it place, also allowing you to be able to hang it in a bathroom or kitchen where it may get damp or need cleaning.

Beautiful old pieces of vintage wallpaper are also great to use and can be made in any size.