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Shopping in a purposeful way starts with knowing what your personal style is and what your needs are. Fashions move in cycles, so don’t let current trends dictate your taste. If you buy something you love, it will hold your interest and it will last.
Try where possible, to steer away from what is currently 'in' because that can go 'out' very quickly and what you think is an up-to-date and on-trend style is quickly pigeonholed into a particular fashion era.
One of the more gauche is the current insistence in using what look like salad bowls as bathroom benchtop basins. Totally impractical and simply not clever.
Stick with the classics, the things you love and are useful but are also beautiful to look at, and not only will it look satisfyingly good, it will save you a load of money in the long run.
We just know that someone is itching to relocate to the rural village of Bungendore just outside Australia's Capital City, Canberra, and where Manon is located.
Built in 1885, this quintessential Australian building has all the character typical of historic properties but with the added bonus of a spacious contemporary addition that is entirely understated elegance.
Some of our stunning antique mirrors are featured as well as one of our gorgeous 19th century urns, which is positioned in the garden - and doesn't it all look just fabulous.
And now that the weather in Australia is cooling as we head from Autumn to Winter, it is the perfect time to consider engaging a landscape architect or designer to review and restyle your outdoor living rooms.
The gardens we cater to are well considered and well designed with attention to detail. Elegance is always a prerequisite and the addition to the garden, of a century old piece, adds refined grace and dignified propriety to any garden, large or small.
Unlike the UK, in Australia, we have long, hot summer Christmases which can be uncomfortably warm. So this year, we decided to head to the greener and cooler fields of England.....and do a bit of shopping.
There are places that you just know you are going to find agreeable - even before you get there and the Charlotte Street Hotel in London, looked to be one such place.
Coming into Spring and we have been busy rearranging things. We had our favourite (and only) photographer, Martin Ollman, out to refresh our images. He is so urbane. The epitome of sophisticated photographer with a cool edge, all rolled into one.
And helping to rearrange were Stretch aka Darcy, Peedie aka Pete, Josh with his 'Blame Society' standard tee-shirt attire and Topher, the bearded, good humoured Christoper. The fantastic four did wonderfully well until they all disappeared for lunch and resurfaced nearly two hours later. All in all though, mission accomplished.
So there we all were in convoy heading out to our photo location to take shots of some of our pieces. Three vehicles, a trailer and eight people and we still had trouble. There was absolutely nothing simple about trying to position 80kg of lead urn on a warm autumn day. And, we nearly lost a 2 metre tall 19th century French mirror when one of us went down a rabbit hole.
Happily though, the photos don't reflect the behind the scenes drama that took place.
We are thoroughly enthusiastic about repeating the process when other pieces arrive in the not too distant future.
As we head into Autumn of 2015, we are planning our next long haul flight to the UK and France for our next shipment.
As glamorous as this might sound, it is the most horrendous 20 odd hour flight, particularly when you fly ‘strapped-to-undercarriage’ class. It is a delicate task when one must balance the intake of beverages coupled with prescription medication designed to help reduce the number of loo trips. A balancing act that is yet to be mastered.
However, we are looking forward to locating those special pieces that will add to our collection of authentic antiques.