Sunday, 14 August 2011

Hi everyone! Its been sometime since I last blogged...way too long!

I just wanted to let you all know that I wont be blogging here anymore but on the up side you can visit me on over at

I hope you can drop in soon. xo

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Wall colour & fireplace tiles

Hi everyone, first I would like to thank you girls for coming past after so long and remembering me...I have not had time to visit all my fav blogs but I will get to it soon. Yesterday I had a colour appointment to pick paint and I think I have decided to go with basic Antique White USA to the internal walls rather then a creamy white on the walls as when I put a sample of my French furniture up against it I feel there is too much cream. I asked the colour consoltant what she thought and she agreed so the walls are back to being basic one colour and split up with a solid white picture railing. I think it will be fine and come together well once I make all the other decissions. This weekend we are off to pick tiles for the front of our fireplace too. I already picked the fireplace feature tiles which I have to say I just LOVE!

How pretty are these? Not sure about what colour to put on the floor in front of the fireplace...I wish they had a tile with similar colouring like the mustard in the background but sadly they dont. We have to pick carpet this weeked as I feel like its really happening! I just wish I was feeling better than I do now, this cold isnt feeling too good...migrains, runny nose, cough...oh well I suppose I will get there. Have a great day. xo

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Colour selections and picture railing?

Hello, its been a very long time since my last post...lots happening...selling our house, moving into my mother and father in laws, battling with the builder over variations etc, etc. Yesterday we finally signed our contract, you have no idea how relieved we are to get here after this long. So, now I have a HUGE job with colour selections! I think I know what I want but when I'm giving too many options sometimes I tend to freeze a little. We are having picture railing and two toned walls, full strength to the bottom and quarter strength to the top but I'm not sure about the picture rail colour? Do I go lighter or do I keep it similar to the top section? Hmmm??? Very confused at the moment.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Saturday, 27 March 2010

Skylights...square or rectangle???

Hi everyone, sorry I have been away from blogging all week...this packing is killing me!!! Every time I look at a box I am getting a migraine so does that mean I hire a skip bin and just get rid of the rest? Well, it is an easy way out but I don't think I could do it. Anyway, I need your we are choosing skylights for the attic which is going to have cathedral ceilings rather than a flat top. I am so confused at the moment with making a I go square or rectangle?


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What would you choose??? I have been recommended to go for one 1mt by 1mt square but I don't think its enough as its a big room so I want to put at least two in to make it nice and bright. The other thing I have on my mind is, is square set too modern for me??? Help please!!! Opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

My oh my...look whats heading my way!!!

OK, so my husband sat me down the other night for a serious talk, 'I know you are excited about the new house but do you think you could just hold off on buying anymore furniture until we move in?' I know I shouldnt be buying at the moment with things heading into storage so we struck up a deal (I think I got the better end of the deal) He said I could buy one more piece and thats it till we move in so I said, 'Deal' after all I had already picked the piece I wanted! So...what was all this about??? Only the most beautiful piece I have eva seen!!! Take a look at whats coming my way...

Look at the work on this amazing handpainted French bureau...

beauty and function...

I dont think I could ask for anything else in this piece do you?

Even the back is handpainted...WOW! I think its unbelievable...even if the back is a back which doesnt get seen its still complete.

Sadly I wont be seeing much of this piece, its off into storage as soon as its picked up from the lovely Samantha over at Shoestring Splendors Treasures who is one of the sweetest ladys on eBay with the BEST treasures eva!!! If you dont know of Sam please do head on over and check out her items as they are simply stunning! A special thank you to Sam for letting me use her lovely photos.

Now I do hope I can keep my end of the deal that was made with my husband...its asking a lot isnt it??? How do you stop yourself from buying beautiful pieces when you know you shouldnt be?

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Falling in love with blue all over again

Here I am sorting yet again...going over all my paintings which I just adore to bits BUT I just cant take everything with me can I??? I had planned on reselling some of my paintings I bought from my lovely and very talented friend Gail as I have a heap of them on the walls and plans for new ones once we have moved in but when I took these photos I think my mind has changed and I have fallen in love with them all over again!!!

This was my very first set of paintings I bought from Gail...a fair few years ago now! I love how she used the old ceiling tin look frames!

And this one was when I was more of the blue girl and didn't has much pink in the house at all. Gail used a photo a jug I had in my collection at the time...didn't it turn out lovely?

And I can remember bidding for this one on was a Friday evening and it was dinner night at my Mother and Father in laws house as I can remember sitting in the hallway on my husbands laptop waiting to put my last minute bid in lol. Isn't it funny what you remember at times?

So sorry guys, these ones are keepers now and wont be listed on eBay...I think they work really well with the cream french furniture and the soft blue fabrics which I just love! I love falling in love with things all over again. Do you have something in your collection that you have just taken for granted? Maybe its time to pull them out and fall in love with them all over again!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Boxes & boxes everywhere

I just love receiving boxes in the mail as I know there will be some goodies inside but when my husband brings boxes home empty I'm not to sure I like them? The last week we have started packing up all our treasures and getting ready for our move. Its going to be a big one after being here ten years so lots to clean out. Today's job is going over my linen cupboard and sorting out what I am going to keep so I'm sure it will be fun (not)! I just hate putting all my treasures into boxes not knowing when I will see them next...I really am going to miss them once they go into storage but its just something that must be done.

Hope you are all having a great week so far, do take care.

Friday, 12 March 2010

The perfect treasure!

Thanks for popping in and visiting! I hope your week has been great so far, I'm not too sure where this week has gone as I really didn't get as much as I wanted done...oh well...there is always next week? Ive been looking for the perfect hall stand for the new house and last week while browsing eBay I finally found it and for only $100 buy now. WOW, what a deal!!! I showed hubby only to get the opposite reaction that I was looking for, 'Well, it looks very European doesn't it?' Hmmm...I wasn't too happy with that one but when I sent him on his way to pick it up he called me and said, 'This is really nice in real life!' So after that he has decided that wife knows best lol and told me he will leave everything up to me for now on so here it is...

If you haven't noticed I'm loving the old timeworn creamy yellowed pieces.

And the little old Italian cherubs are always a winner in my eyes.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Mirror, mirror on the wall

All the packing and sorting you think I wouldn't be buying right? Well, not really! I find myself finding pieces I simply can not say no to for my new house and this trumeau mirror was just my cup of tea. You can click on the photo to enlarge them.

Features an old french fashion print in the top section

Isn't it lovely?

Friday, 5 March 2010

So much china, so little room!

Well the time has come for me to start packing up all my treasures into boxes...not the best of jobs but something that must be done. I have so much pretty china that is all hidden away in my cupboards, cabinets, kitchen & garage that now I have no idea what to do with it all? I don't think I'm going to be able to put it all into storage as I really don't want to see them break so instead I'm going to pop them all up for sale on eBay (when I get a chance to do so) so I thought I would give you all a peak and if anyone is interested you are welcome to email me for more information.

This is one of my fav Austrian tea sets.

and old English jug & bowl set

antique roses & wreaths vase set

Limoges candelabras

Victorian candelabras

set of 6 English dinner plates

set of 4 Nippon jeweled duos

a lovely handpainted rose bowl

set of 3 English graduating jugs

huge handpainted vase

Limoges handpainted mini trio


set of Limoges tea set

On another note my little man was excepted into the school swimming squad and asked to compete in the 50mtr butterfly, we were so excited for him! Sadly he developed a infection in his eye the past few weeks and was told by the doctor that he was to stop swimming till it cleared up. Its been a nasty infection which has traveled into the colouring of Jake's eye and if it went any further it may have affected his eye sight so swimming has been put on hold till further notice.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and take care until next time.

Siobhan xo