A touch of gold or gilt adds an element of warmth and style to any interior. It looks best I believe, where the palette of colours used is minimal or neutral.
There are no hard and fast rules for the placement of gilt mirrors except to say, the larger the better.
This palette of colours and textures works like a dream. Gilt … furniture or mirrors, adds a touch of elegance … or even faded glory !!
For all your restoration requirements … whether it be regilding mirrors and picture frames or conserving your Old Masters, it is worth speaking to International Conservation Services who have a very impressive portfolio.
I am always searching for new and interesting homewares and decorative items as the finishing touch to interior projects I am working on …. the pieces that really bring a room to life.
Often it is the antique or rustic elements that will create the warmth and soften the most contemporary interior…. the juxtaposition of old and new.
La Croix in Potts Point is one of those places that you do need to pop into reasonably regularly. Browse amongst their collection sourced from Belgium and France …. furniture, lighting, mirrors, glassware and porcelain …. not a chore given that the shop and cafe are intertwined.
I have found they always have a lovely range of interesting platters, bowls and jugs …. from the very fine to a heavy marble …. and all in white and neutral tones, so easy to work with.
Without doubt my favourite find this week are the rustic timber lamps above with smart canvas shades. The pair of differing height will look fabulous on a sideboard or console. Probably no two bases are the same shape, which gives it a more eclectic feel.
The palette at La Croix is wonderfully neutral …. the space so glamorous with their use of antique mirrors and chandeliers. Just think …. you can ponder your purchases over a coffee and french pastry or even tartine.
I was very excited to receive news from Parterre of the new shipment from France and Belgium.
The showroom/shop has been completely refitted to showcase all the new pieces and I can’t wait to see it all !!! Always looking magnificent….and such a temptation.
I love the mix of larger, serious pieces of furniture and mirrors with small decorative vases and other exquisite collectables.
Having time to kill between appointments I thought I would have a quick look at Parterre Garden in Woollahra…always such a beautiful and inspiring showroom.
It does help having such fabulous pieces to style. Their lighting and lamps I feel underpin the entire look….so unique. The glassware, mirrors and candles are heavenly !!!
What makes the showroom such a delight are the fresh flowers…today mainly roses….spilling out of sparkling glass urns. I never quite manage to achieve such a lavish look but after a visit to Parterre….full of inspiration…. I do try to raise the bar somewhat.
My very exciting find today was their elegant range of Belgian outdoor furniture(below)……looking far too divine to possibly put outside….Massant…..specialialising in French chairs of the 18th century.
Parterre have a brilliant web site with the beautiful Massant furniture, other pieces seen in the showroom….and much more!!!!
While in Sydney during this quiet time before all the fabric and furniture showrooms open next week I have been enjoying seeking out all the places that I just didn’t get to in 2011. High on my list was and is James Edwards Shell Mirrors in Cleveland Street. No 265 actually. I drive past is often, never having time to stop……and wondering where I will park as it is the busy section of Cleveland St between Elizabeth St and Chalmers. It is only open Thursday to Saturday 1pm until 5pm which does narrow the opportunities a little.
So, on googling James….. to establish all of the above, I have stumbled across the fabulous photography of Nick Bassett who has a lovely blog……and beautiful photographs of James Edwards Shells!!!!
I will have details on the mirrors when finally I get there.