Saturday, January 16, 2010

A new year...

And a new attempt at finding my way back to blogging. I hope this year will be more inspiring than the last. Reading all your amazing blogs though kept my heart fluttering. I am in awe of you all, seriously! Some of the posts you make literally take my breath away. Off the top of my head some of the highlights of last year was the incredible completion of Mz A-M's home, The divine transformation of Mz Giannetti's laundry and study and also the hugely anticipated release of Mz Ashwell and Mz Archers latest books. Both of which have become my new bibles and barely leave my arms.

My other favourite book purchases are Sibella Court's Etcetera, Josephine Ryan's Essentially French, Gail Abbott's Living With Light and another little Aussie gem called A Life On Pittwater by Susan Duncan. Heavenly reading!

Currently living together, my mum and I have spent many hours lolling around on the floor and couch immersed in our decorating books, sketching, list writing and overall planning the creation of her newly purchased home, currently undergoing renovations, as well as, once she moves out, the transformation of my new place of residence.

Basically, my marriage ended and I've spent the last year throwing myself into my work and trying to ease my children into a home without their dad. Fortunately they still see him all the time. My mum sold her lake house which was another emotional time for us considering we built it almost 30 years ago, but she's downsized into a lovely coastal home only 10mins from the beautiful beaches of Sydney. I can't wait to see her wave her magic wand and create something amazing :)

She is off to a good start, losing an unnecessary bathroom to open up the kitchen and a clean palette of white walls and white lime washed timber floors.

Once her home is done and dusted I can begin mine :) complete creative control! Oh let the fun begin hehe.

Oh p.s LOVED the new Nancy Meyers movie It's complicated. Just like a man seeing Angelina Jolie appear in her first scene of a movie I oooh'd and ahhh'd at that kitchen!! Hahaha

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Mz Meyers rocked my world again with that house and wasn't the movie hilarious? haha

I hope all my northern hemisphere pals are keeping warm and my southern hemisphere pals are staying cool :) I've missed you all and I wish you a truly wonderful new year xx


The-Countrypolitan said...

Hello Villa Anna... I had barely become acquainted with your blog and was loving it when you suddenly took a leave of absence. I am so pleased to see you back. I had just passed on a creative bloggers award to you...which you still deserve, your presence and contributions are inspiring and I look forward to reading more.

A-M said...

Welcome back gorgeous. Have missed you so much. We all need to help each other this year to keep connected and motivated...we all ebb and flow.... but I say "once a blogger always a blogger"... it's really a lovely 'life sentence'! Happy New Year to you Miss Anna! A-M xx

Janine Marshall said...


Good to have you back. Have missed you in the blogging world. Here's to 2010 being a great year to you and your family.....sometimes with life's bumpy road you need to take a breath and take time for yourself.
Take Care

paintedpreppy said...

what a lovely post, thanks for being inspiring and hopeful for the future, it was nice to hear!

Janine Marshall said...


Just had to come back again and say the other day I lashed out and bought the book Susan Duncan A Life on Pittwater. To be brutely honest, I loved all the interior pictures so much I just had to buy it. I really loved all the lounge room photo's, completely gorgeous and the furniture so classical. In twenty years time the furniture will still look good as it does today, and is furnished the way the house deserves to be furnished. Have a great week.
Take care.


MelsRosePlace said...

Hi Anna and welcome back to the land of blogging and all your friends here. I for one have missed you! Loved its Complicated too and got the Life on Pittwater for xmas so liked hearing you enjoyed them too. Hope this year works out to be your best ever and you just never know what is around the corner, all good of course, Mel xxx

Shaz said...

Hi Anna, sorry to hear about your marriage. I hope 2010 is a fabulous year for you and your family though. I do hope you get your blogging bug back, I really enjoyed your blog. Always full of inspirational and kind words and not to mention beautiful images. Hears to a happy 2010 to all.

Kifus said...

So glad you are back. During the time you were absent I think I must have read all of your posts. Sorry about your marriage.
All the best for this 2010.

The Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Anna, I started blogging when you took a break - so welcome back and I look forward to following your blog. Love your inspiration pictures and can't wait to see your mums place.
Do you know what issue of OK that pamela anderson was in. Her home looks divine?

vicki archer said...

I am so happy that you are back with us and that it is a new year with new plans and projects for you and your Mum. Thank you so much for your sweet and wonderfully kind words about French Essence Anna...that means a huge amount to me, xv.

Herbgirl said...

Welcome Back Anna!.....Your blog pics are always amongst the prettiest ever and I had missed you. I'm sorry about the loss of your marriage......the all-girl place sounds wonderful though!
Herbal Blessings, Mandy

Katrina Chambers said...

Hi Anna, so glad to see you back! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us this year, with your house and your Mum's. We too have been melting away with this heat wave!

Lisa said...

Welcome back!! I look forward to more of your great blogging!
Glad you're back in the land of the living~ coastal living, cottage living, creative living, all of it!

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Anna

Welcome back!
Great to hear from you, I've always loved visiting your blog

Look forward to lots of wonderful future posts from you


p.s. I meant to say, hope you're doing OK, must have been stressful to say the least

Millie said...

Oh Queen Anna - the biggest welcome back sweet girl!! Sounds like you have 2010 all mapped out & I'm so thrilled that you'd like us to come along for the ride. There is life after divorce & in my case he was called MOTH. Sometimes our life changes course when we least expect it, but often times it's so we can experience wonderment & joy in a way we never imagined possible.
Millie ^_^

Villa Anna said...

Thanks friends :) Wow as crazy as this sounds I feel like I've come home to my family!

Anna :)

p.s Sandy I believe that OK magazine is about 3 or 4 years old now.

Enitram said...

Bonne année !!!!!!!!!!! I's a very beautiful house! See you very soon on my blog !

Splendid Willow said...

Welcome back Anna! I have been to your blog many time and looked for you. You have really been missed. Sending you tons of good thoughts and energy for 2010. Cyber hug, Monika

Melly said...

Hi Anna, I'm new to your blog and its just gorgeous, so full of inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend!