Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Appley Hoare and La Bastide...

Appley and her daughter Zoe Hoare are the owners and founders of a highly successful French antiques store in the popular Pimlico road area of London. Appley is my mothers favourite designer and she's followed her career pretty much since it's begining in Australia. Hopefully with fingers crossed my mum and I are planning a trip to London and Provence next year and we'll finally get the opportunity to visit this amazing designers place of business first hand :)

Appley - born in England, grew up in Kenya then at 17 was sent to a Swiss finishing school but left to go to Sorbonne in Paris. During her time there she developed a passion for visiting flea markets and rummaging through junk that has remained to this day. She married at 22 and moved to Australia where she spent the next few years working as a stylist for interior magazines before opening her own stall called Traders in Sydney's main antiques market.

The stall became very popular and eventually expanded to the first Appley Hoare Antiques store in Mosman (My mum visited often). "It was the first of its kind. We sold early Australian country furniture, which no one else was doing in those days, partly because there was so little of it around. So I started going to France and bringing back French antiques to sell." - said Appley for an article for Homes and Property.

Unfortunately the resession hit in the 1990's and Appley seperated from her husband so in the late 90's Appley and her daughter Zoe decided to move their business and their life to London and have never looked back.

La Bastide is a stunning 18th century farmhouse in the Camargue region of France, between Montpellier and Nîmes, that Appley and Zoe completely renovated by using a local builder and Moroccan stonemasons.

The colour scheme for the interior was inspired by the wonderful tones of the building's original limestone.

The soft furnishings also reflect the muted colours of stone - a giant pair of natural-canvas-covered sofas from The Conran Shop provide tons of comfy seating in the sitting room, which is dominated by a huge 18th century Provençal armoire.

Appley's bedroom is also a pallet of natural colours but with accents of grey through to deep purple. There is an 18th century painted armoire that houses linen, and the bedhead is a piece of 18th century panelling.

Zoe's bedroom features a large set of drawers to house all her belongings she found at a local dealer and an old red seesaw sits on top of it.

The kitchen is ultra-simple, with only an early 19th century zinc-covered table in the centre, 1930s pressed-steel chairs and a huge dresser with a marble top. The base came from a French convent and Appley had a rack made to house her collection of 19th century plates from the famous Gien pottery.

The most important piece of advice Appley has for anyone interested in achieving this look is to leave well alone. "We try to find original pieces that need nothing doing to them and have just aged. Anyone can restore a piece and make it look ordinary but once you've done that, you'll never be able to get it back to how it was when you first saw it and fell in love with it," she says.

(All information came from Homes and Property. Images from La Bastide website)

This gorgeous home can be rented as location space for photo or production shoots.
I think this home is flawless. Beautifully presented with class and sophistication. Isn't restoring and decorating a farmhouse with beautiful French antiques just about everyones dream?


Maison Douce said...

Wow! I am so impressed with your blog...!!! I will definitely be coming back for more! Love this post about Appley... Pictures are gorgeous!

Sue said...

Oh my god!!It is gorgeous, and my head is telling me, that is exactly what I love, but my heart is telling me, fill it to the brim with 'stuff'!I remember Traders, it sounds like they are quite successful over there.Lovely photos!

Linda said...

What a fantastic house. I wish I had that knack of decorating.

Millie said...

Dear Anna - I've been crazy for La Bastide for ages, how wonderful to see the photos so beautifully styled. What an inspiration Appley & Zoe are to all of us! Millie xx

Things That Inspire said...

What a beautiful post! I am going to London this summer, so thanks for the heads up on their antique store. Although the prices will be unaffordable (exchange rate for the dollar is terrible), it will be a treat to see.

Country French Antiques said...

Appley...She IS my HERO!!!
Hadn't seen the interior of the house. Thanks for the photo's.
You got my heart started this morning.

~j~ said...

Wow, this is one talented mother and daughter duo! Lucky you to be able to go and check out their shop! Can't wait to see that post!
That bedroom, sigh, put your tower of cupcakes in there and i am 100% officially in heaven!
love to you Anna,

AnastasiaC said...

so airy and light and I do love natural stone walls...gorgeous!!

Gail McCormack said...

Anna, once again you have presented a fantabulous post! I think this would be one of my favourites so far....although I'm feeling a bit despressed because I don't live there.
I hope you can go on your planned trip...FANTASTIC

Kathy said...

I adore Appley. My jaw has officially hit the floor! What wonderful pictures--thanks for sharing.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Oh, what an absolutely lovely place! Spectacular!


Happy weekend,

Arlene said...

This is sooo gorgeous! I want to live here!

Jeannene said...

Dear Anna,

Thank you so much for your visit and well wishes for my (Yikes...35th B~day)!! I Know I am still!!

I always love it here, I only wish I can "jump" right into your blog and sit down, or lay on one of those ravishing beds or sofa's!! Love everything you share and Post.."too tempting dear;-))"

Come by and see this very elegantly sophisticated "filing cabinet" I found. At a great $$ too!


A-M said...

BE STILL MY BEATING HEART!!! Oh my, it's perfection... have left a little thank you for you on my blog...hope you get lots of visitors! A-M xx

vosgesparis said...

thanks for posting this beautiful pictures ;)

Jane of JaneZworld said...

Hi Anna, my daughter sent me the link to your blog but I can find my own way here now and will be doing so. Often.

She is about to receive a beautiful china tea set from mums estate and sent me your link to show me an idea of what she can do with it.

Your blog is beautiful and inspiring. I'm dreaming of my own home, a cottage I think.

I will be adding you to my blogroll...
come visit me

a rather eclectic Blog...

I'm located central Gold coast...which is grey and rainy today.

ColonialEast said...

Hello! Found your blog today as I followed the link from A-M. Love your blog! So much inspiration and beautiful pictures.

Cote de Texas said...

This is to die for!!! Such gorgeous eye candy - I'm in heaven!!!!!!!!

pinkstilettos said...

oh, how gorgeous is this house? I just Love it all! I really like the fireplace- it's all so beautiful!

Topsy Turvy said...

Wonderful post! What a pottery collection!

Mélanie said...

Wonderful style ! great taste ! She is my heroe !
I'm sure I have some pieces she would love.
I hope to meet you next year in Provence