I can't tell you how excited I was this morning when I checked my blog to see that Jane Webster left a comment on my Blog....Imagine that!!!! the woman I so admire (move over Ralph Lauren)
Thank you Jane for making my day and I was only kidding about the cooking that would be an amazing experience too, but Paris and exploring those antique markets would be my heaven! and of course sitting under the linden Tree.....with a bottle of Red or perhaps champs I'm not fussy.I'm planning to go to France this September with my husband and "Maison De Object" is on the agenda, hopefully staying at the Chateau in Normandy....but next year girls I'm in for a trip to France lets start getting a group together...and start saving! Thank you Jane for making my day and I can't wait to meet you and your amazing, gorgeous Chateau!
Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Just to help all my blogging friends out there, this is what the book looks like but what I just discovered is the website: www.thefrenchtable.com.au we could all go there for a cooking lesson "A Blogger International Event" brush up on our french cooking skills but I must be honest if I'm going to Paris its not to cook! but lunching with my blogging friends in the garden under the beautiful tree would be heaven and imagine the fun we would have!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
I just love this bathroom (sorry I'm not sure if it was from Camilla or a-m blog) but I just had to save the image, a chandelier and this bathroom would be my dream space for relaxing in a bubble bath and a glass of champagne after a hard days work..um Heaven!
I'm just loving the return of bathrooms appearing to be more like an extension of the bedroom, they are appearing softer and more glamorous, chandeliers are added, more detail to the cabinetry, sinks are back under and beautiful framed pictures are taking over tiled walls.
I left my store lily-g last night at 1am in the morning restocking shelves with all our new stock, thank goodness for my family helping me unpack the endless boxes, so for all my lily-g customers the store is filled to the top with lots of beautiful french crockery, linens from France, glassware, soaps, vases,books and decorative pieces. Later this year we are off to France on a buying trip to import one off antiques, fabrics ,chandeliers and so much more. In the near future we will be going on-line to provide our interstate and country customers access to our beautiful homewares.
Posted by lily-g at 4:24 PM
Thursday, May 22, 2008
I'm always drawn to linen I find it such a great fabric to use on sofa's, bedheads etc... perfect for slip covers and easy care.We now have so many colour choices,textures and finishes to linen that it is hard to pass it up as an upholstery fabric, over the next few weeks I'll post some images of furniture I have upholstered in linen, by adding colour in your cushions it is an easy way to transform your sofa or keeping it simple and elegant as above!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The best part of blogging is meeting so many wonderful people who like me love to dream, we all seem to have one thing in common, our love for beautiful things, collecting, inspiring each other and sharing our thoughts and dreams. My work life/family life is so hectic but my half an hour I put away every day for blogging has become my special time, I just wish I had more time to discover you all. Thank you to Colonial East for posting this beautiful room your blog is truly inspirational.
Is it my eye sight or are these parquetry floors laid in a striped pattern? if so what an amazing effect and the finish appears to have an almost raw timber look. The Beautiful doors and panelling to this home is simply divine!
I'm always drawn to the amazing architecture of these beautiful homes in Europe and America, the large windows, panelling detail and parquetry floors are truly stunning and look at the window curtain rod is a piece of Art.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Tonight (Friday night) after a very busy week I finally get a chance to relax, my son has friends on the deck and downstairs my daughter is having a teenage party.
(Its her 17th birthday) God help any of them if they sit on my furniture!!! My three year old Lily is having a great time socializing in her fairy princess outfit and what am I doing? blogging...Ha! I know I need a life but the music is driving me insane...so before I go on teenage patrol I thought I would get a quick fix on my blog...Have a great weekend to all my friends,
P.S. Can't wait till Carolyne Roehm's new book is out! Unfortunately we all have to wait till October 08.
Posted by lily-g at 7:29 PM
I'm totally inspired with these beautiful slip covers with the monogrammed initial, my love of white shows how easy it is to add colour by simple touches like a slip cover, vases and accessories, my husband laughed when I told him was going to monogram our slip covers, well I really didn't see his humour...men they just dont get it.......
Posted by lily-g at 7:10 PM
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
A picture of my lounge room looking out to the front of our home, I have french doors right across the front of my home, our lounge goes out to our patio which has water views (the grey part is water) we live on our patio as our climate is so beautiful, I love changing my coffee table nic-naks, the silver tray is an antique from france purchased from a company called "Tade" the collection on the tray is shells that I have found over the years on local beaches, an old ship lantern, old bottles collected from a flea market and some of my favourite books. In the silver dish is my husbands grandfathers pocket watch and some beautiful silver coasters from vietnam that a friend gave to me.
My love of the Hamptons inspired me when we built our home in Manly overlooking the bay, we wanted a relaxed coastal look that suited our lifestyle and our area we live in. All the homes in our street are Queensland style homes which date back to over a 100 years old some are just simply ready to be renovated or in need of bulldozing, our previous home was just that, not worth renovating, so we built a new home trying to keep the character of timber boards,french windows lots of white. Winter is approaching and I can't wait to use our fireplace (in all honesty we only get a few months of cold weather, um...10 degrees at night if we are lucky, but us Queenslanders love the cool change.) My sofa's have slip covers for easy washing and care, most of my look is neutral but in spring I add colour with cushions,flowers etc...I'll keep posting more shots of my home over the next few weeks
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I thought I would post today some images of my house, we still have lots to do! my floors are limestone with grey and taupe tones, the kitchen top is a grey stone and to the right is a walk in pantry with lots of shelves for crockery,platters etc...the handles I imported from France they are pewter and limogue porcelian, normally my kitchen is full of activity with kids making lunches so I had to get up early to get this shot..um...if only it always stayed tidy!!!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I just never seem to find the time to actually do my own inspirational board so instead Im posting some of my favourites in the hope that i'll eventually do it! I just think this picture it is so pretty and I'm loving the chair too!
Friday, May 2, 2008
I could so see myself packing up for the week-end and off to my beach house or country house for a few day's of relaxing! (okay! I'm dreaming......) but instead I'm staying home to do house work and a bit of re-organising and bake a cake with my lily, when you work all week I so enjoy spending time with my family and staying home, boring I know but Home is my happy space and of course my blogging time! see you next week and have a great week-end x