A few of my favourite things ..

There is something so wonderful about a parcel arriving at your door. A small flatpack. A giant box. Coming home and finding one of those little Australia Post cards makes my day.

Do I know what’s inside? Maybe.. maybe not. (You know when you’ve waited so long for something to arrive, you’ve forgotten all about whatever it was you needed to buy..)

Will it be intact (or, God forbid, broken and requiring some kind of Paypal claim)?

I am the first to admit I have made some dubious online purchases in my time. But I have also bought some of the most amazing, beautiful things that I hope I never have to part with. A perfect Friday night is when the children are in bed and I can sit on the couch and trawl through pages of French antiques on Etsy (it’s either that or fold a pile of laundry, so no competition really).

French wash basin

A 19th century French boudoir wash bowl and pitcher. So gorgeous. And huge. So happy it was handled with care on its postal journey .. now it just needs to be kept out of reach of little hands at home.

The problem (if you could call it that..) is that the longer I spend clicking through the pages, the more random my purchases tend to become. Who knew that I needed about six different part rolls of antique wallpaper? Or an antique hessian sack used by a bride two centuries ago? Or a second old sack for that matter, which was used to carry mail in the 1930s?

Liberty wallpaper

Random part-rolls of French wallpaper. If only I could buy enough to do a whole room. This is a fabulous 1900s piece from Liberty that I think I’ll get framed as a large print for the wall.

French painting

A 19th century French oil painting that I’ve hung in our bedroom. I seriously put this painting in and out of my cart a thousand times before finally buying it.

French wedding sack

A French wedding sack dated 1889. Literally needed a hose when it arrived, after being uncovered in an old barn and arriving in ‘as-is’ condition.

Antique fabric

The most delicious French fabric – antique chintz with roses and ‘Paris pink’ velvet. Cushions are in order, I think.

My husband is now at a point where, as long as it doesn’t involve a removalist truck, he turns a blind eye. Wise move.





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