Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Happiness is....

Winning another Ebay auction!

I've been looking for the perfect French bakers stand for my kitchen for years. Naturally, the style that was my favourite was indeed the most expensive kind. An authentic Provincial stand or forged iron made from Le Forge. These unfortunately were a little out of my reach so I then turned to trusty Ebay. As they say, good things come to those who wait.... With perseverance, patience and damn good luck I found and won my ultimate prize at a bargin price.

The Lyon galvanized iron bakers stand retails for $1795. I won my baby for $188.50!!!

She is more beautiful than I could imagine and is quite the show stopper in my home. I almost felt guilty when I went to pick it up cause I'd won it so cheaply. The previous owners said they were sad to see it go but were excited as they were remodelling their kitchen. Well it certainly has come to a new loving home :)

I'm still trialling ways of display but I really like my fruit and veg baskets at the bottom. I am thinking I need Judy from Lily G to hook a sister up with some blue and white ginger jars ;) Can anyone else make any suggestions?

btw we just finished repainting the kitchen ( it's a little hard to tell with my poor photography skills) with the colour Beige Chalk by Taubmans. Thank you Haley from Porchlight Interiors for the inspiration! I LOVE IT!

The home my new baby originally came from was in another of my favourite blue ribbon suburbs of Sydney called Pymble. This is the kind of old established leafy suburb that has an eclectic mix of quiant traditional homes as well as ultra contemporary.

The home I'm featuring is just one example of the older darling residences I'd love to buy. If it were mine I'd probably try to encorporate some ornate ironwork to the panels beneath the windows and change the front steps.

Lovely entry foyer with beloved floorboards and plenty of light.

High ceilings and large rooms are something they just seem to forget about with todays building standards.

I love the built in cabinetry. I have PLENTY of nik naks to fill those shelves lol. I would rip out the carpet and replace it with parquetry hardwood floors and fill it with French treasures.

The family room is smaller but still full of light. I would replace the kitchen with antique white cupboards and stone countertop. I would perhaps replace the flooring with travertine limestone tiles.

What a sweet bedroom. I just love timber, colonial, double hung windows. Another feature you don't see often anymore.

A lovely outdoor area complete with climbers.

(pics of home via

The pool needs updating but still a relaxing spacious area.

It's not a large home with only 3 bedrooms but with a few modifications I would be quite happy living here. This house has been sold so good luck to the new owners :)


vicki archer said...

Talk about memory lane - I grew up in Pymble!
I love your French stand and thought it would look pretty to stack one shelf with lots of cook books or related picture books?
You could also try a series of square, smaller baskets facing the other way and fill in the gaps that way - anyway what fun, such a fab piece, well found. xv

Anna Spiro said...

What a pretty little white cottage Anna!

Villa Anna said...

Vicki, it truly is a small world, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about with regards to Pymble.

Thanks for the ideas, I'll have fun playing around with my new toy thats for sure.

Anna :)

Country French Antiques said...

Congrats on your new find. I love patiseerie racks too!
Love that little white cottage.
Thanks for the tour!
Have a great day!

~j~ said...

Congrats Anna on your new purchase. Great find!
I get so envious of all the gorgeous real estate where you are... absolutely beautiful. love when you share these.
Can't wait to see what you end up with on all those shelves, i hope you get some blue jars :)

annechovie said...

Love it, Anna. Congrats on your win!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Great new find, just wonderful! I've missed my visits...I've just been way too busy to get out much! You always have lovely inspiration here.



Porchlight Interiors said...

so honoured to have inspired you with colours Anna. Well done on your ebay purchase, it's very beautiful and indeed a bargain! Hayley

Villa Anna said...

Thank you so much for the comments friends and Melissa, I've missed you too!

Anna :)