Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Just checking in :)


Hello friends!!! I'm still alive haha ;) Firstly, I just want to thank you all for your truly lovely comments and emails, I'm completely blown away by the warmth and love you've shown me. Who'd a thought my little blog could lead me to such amazing people and make wonderful new friends.
Anyway, enough of the emotional moment *wipes tear*, I just had to swing by and brag about my newest love. Thanks to PM K. Rudd and his stimulus package I bought myself a new book recently that left me gasping for breath. Inspirations from France and Italy by Betty Lou Phillips is truly the most magnificently breathtaking book I've ever laid eyes on. I have quite an extensive design book collection. Not as big as Joni's of course ;) but I'm still quite proud of it, and this one now sits as my very favourite. It's going to be hard to find a book to top this one.

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves ;)



I desperately want a pastel map of Paris to frame for my office. I'll have to check out Ebay.


I'm still currently trying to sell this apple green colour scheme to a client for her formal lounge. She still not budging grrrrr hehe :)


It's hard to see in my poor scanned pic but the Gracie handpainted Chinoiserie wallpaper in this foyer is too. die. for! *sigh*



Please click the images to enlarge!


I practically squealed with delight at this kitchen! Those bar stools immediately reminded me of Gaynor Groome's, owner of Sydney store Shades Of Pale, kitchen. One of my all time favourites. And an aqua ceiling??! Absolutely stunning!





Again, GORGEOUS!!! I'll never tire of monogrammes.

This picture is probably one of my very favourites in the book. Everything about this image is perfect!



OK what is it with me and Green and Yellow at the moment? Hmmm.



I hope you're all doing well. I'm going to do my best to catch up on what EVERYONE has been up to. I've missed you like crazy, you have no idea.

30 comments:

alice said...

I think this book might be her best!

Miss Kris said...

Hi Lovely Anna!

You have been sooo deeply missed! I'm glad things are going well & you have a chance to check-in with us bloggers. I hold your blog dear to my heart, I just LOVE everything you post about! I hope you know that. I love Betty Lou's book which I was lucky enough to get for Christmas this last year. It's been awhile since I last opened and now you have me going through it before bed. It's lovely and the pics you pick are gorgeous!!! Lovely to have you back. Miss you, Miss Kris

vicki archer said...

Welcome back Anna - you have been missed. I agree this book is lovely and what better way to spend some time than on this delicious eye candy. xv

Porchlight Interiors said...

Good to see you back Anna! What a beautiful post - so much gorgeous inspiration here! I have sooo many design books also but it looks like I will have to add to my collection! Tracey xx

A-M said...

Oh so great to hear from you Anna. What a beautiful book. I LOVE that kitchen. Thank you for sharing. I think of you every time I walk into my laundry in progress...that beautiful laundry you posted all that time back was my inspiration. I can't wait to show you the end product.... "The House That A-M Built - Laundry by Villa Anna". A-M xx

belles choses said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!! This is exactly the style I would be living in, if I had enough time (time is money, you know??? haha!). I appreciate a lot your blog and put you on my bloglist. You don't mind, do you?
Regards from snowy Germany,
Angelika

The Carolina Quilter said...

Wow! What wonderful pix! Makes my little country home look like a pauper's hovel! LOL! Thank you for sharing these photos. Exquisite!

Jody
Mini Leaps and Bounds

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

these images are so beautiful!

Irina said...

I'm glad you're back, Anna!
I also LOVE that book, one of my favorite is a photo on page 51.
Irina

parisapartment said...

Hi Anna, welcome back! Thanks for the preview. I don't know how Betty Lou does it, not only is she a master at creating gorgeous books but is also the sweetest person in the world! I'll be adding this one to my wishlist. It's great to see you posting again, you have been missed. :)

Berlin Deluxxe said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful pic :)

mechesi said...

I am new to your blog, but already know that it will be one of my favorites....love the photographs.
~ Glad you are back ~

Danielle said...

So great to have you back...have been checking your blog often in the hope that you might check in. Thanks for sharing these loving pictures.x

Mrs. G said...

So good to hear from you dear Anna, we have missed you and your gorgeous finds. I'm so glad that you like Betty Lou's book, it is one of my favorites too. She has been one of my favorites for many years. I will do a post about here one of these days. The story of my involvement with her would take up too much space here.
Again, it is soooo go to see you back.
Hugs,
Sue

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

Well Hello Wonderful! I'm so happy you are doing creative things. If you were to suggest a paint chip (Benjamin Moore?) of that apple green...I love it...and you are so good at this. Big Canadian Hug! LPxo

Fabulously french said...

Welcome back - love the new book, the pictures are fab!
L xxx

Michelle Zuniga said...

Hello! Love your blog! I really look forward to it! I blogged about yours as a blog to definitely check out! Thanks for keeping it interesting and beautiful!

Gail McCormack said...

Glad K. Rudd stimulated you Anna, even glader to hear from you!
Welcome back - I always love visiting your blog!

Draffin Bears said...

I am new to your blog and just want to say what a beautiful blog it is.
Love the images you have shared ~
thank you.

Enjoy your weekend
Carolyn

Teresa said...

Lovely blog,
Beautiful pictures!

paris parfait said...

So glad to see you back blogging again. Lovely images!

Millie said...

Hello dear Anna - welcome back! I love the cute little monkey, it reminds me so much of you sweet girl. I miss that wicked sense of humour more than you know. Beautiful images to bring much happiness to my day.
Millie ^_^

lily-g said...

I'm so happy your back, you have made my day xx

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Thanks for the tip, I was planning a new book purchase to take on vacation. I loved the photos that you shared.

MelsRosePlace said...

Fantastic to see you back Anna - loving the book, thanks for sharing the images. I wish K. Rudd would send some $$ my way ! You have stimulated the economy so keep buying lovely things! Mel xxx

Yoli said...

Such Opulent beauty!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Glad to have found you and your gorgeous blog....I agree, that aqua ceiling is stunning in that kitchen, actually all the photographs are! I will be back, hopefully you are as well. You have a wonderful blog.

Federica said...

Such a beautiful places...love it!
Greetings from Italy!

littlemissairgap said...

For the Paris map, try Ex Libris in Armadale, Melbourne (also in Daylesford) 1060 High Street phone 03 9509 0900. They have beautiful prints and will most likely have something you're looking for. I don't think the have a website.

Villa Anna said...

WOW! Thank you so much! I really appreciate that.

Anna :)