Reviews - Exhibitions

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

New Zealand Fashion Week - "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” Coco Chanel

Fashion week in Auckland has been alive and well in this unfortunate weather. I have had the privilege to View several shows, all with very different styles. I arrived at the first event in blustering winds, forcing me to leave my well groomed hair in the car. I was then immersed in the World of Haute Couture, watching Walk the Line by North Shore YMCA.

This Show was created by young designers, it provides an opportunity for young Designers, aged 13 -18 years, to show their talent. Talent there certainly was. My favourite dress out of the four shows I viewed was from this one. Unfortunately the judges were not of the same opinion.

I think this is absolutely gorgeous. It reminded of the beautiful Valentino dress in my last blog.

The very attractive girl modeling it was the  designer, Narelle Melissa, an exciting name I'm sure we’ll catch up with in future magazines.

Nicole Miller was another favourite.  An American Designer, who completed a degree in Fine Art at the Rhode Island School of Design and also earned a degree at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, where Nicole trained to drape and maser the classical techniques of Couture.

Annah Stretton is also inspiring. A definite temptation to shop.

Just as a beautiful chandelier will enhance your French Furniture so will shoes to a beautiful outfit. What better way to display them than in this gorgeous cabinet?

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.