19th century art

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 ....

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

Art is my Soul food.

When it comes to feeding my soul Art would have to come first. I just can’t live without it. When designing a room I believe art is one of the most important features. If you walk into a room with nothing on the walls it looks unfinished. Even if you like a minimal look one or two pieces of art is still necessary.

You can design a whole room around a beautiful painting just as you can around a piece of French furniture. I have a passion for Vintage art with a romantic feel to it. I’m very lucky to be from a family of artists so I have no shortage of inspirational pieces with great sentimental value. I walk past some of my favourite pieces every day admiring, always feeding my soul, feeling grateful for all the creative people in the world. After all if we had no creative geniuses we would have no beautiful architecture, furniture, art, jewellery, clothes, cars, pretty much everything we buy starts by an artist or a designer.

I always choose art from an emotional point of view. If I fall in love then I will do what I can to continue my love affair. Which is what brings me to my exciting news about my new art work.

Thanks to my good friend Geoffrey Heath who called me and said “Claire you must come and see this drawing by my friend Vivien Masters that is up for Auction at the Richmond Road primary school.”

When I saw this beautiful watercolour by Vivien Master’s I just fell in love with her. It was the perfect match to go with all my lovely pieces of Vintage furniture. Luckily I won the auction and now The Duchess of Superbia graces my wall. It is almost like having the presence of Marie Antoinette herself.

Having had such a lot of feedback on how beautiful she is I decided to ask Vivien if she would do some pieces for Vintage Revival.

As a result of this Vintage Revival is very pleased to announce new art works by Vivien Masters. These beautiful original water colours are exclusive to Vintage Revival.

I have added some inspiring rooms below that are finished with lovely pieces of art as well as a peek inside a few of my favourite books and of course Vivien's beautiful drawings.


“The Peacock”

“Diamond Dame”


“Lady Catherine”


Christian Lacroix in Vogue Living.

Amanda Harlech at the Ritz in Paris, Vogue Living.

Rachel Rileys home in Loire France, Vogue Living.

Rachel Rileys home in Loire France, Vogue Living.

The new Tricia Guild Book A Certain Style.

The new Tricia Guild Book A Certain Style.

Designers Guild.

Designers Guild.

Marie Antoinette.

The Opera house in Paris.

A Renoir painting hangs in the living room of  Greta Garbo.

A Louis XVI trumeau in Greta Garbo's living room.

Greta Garbo's hallway.

Greta Garbo's living room.

Marilyn Monroe in her home a month before she died.

Mickey Rourke's living room.

My old living room.