Friday, July 27, 2018

A few French pieces this week

Good morning. I finally had a full uninterrupted day of painting yesterday. I had thought that would happen Wednesday with the kids heading back to school but at 9:15 the phone rang and the school nurse was telling me that Jonty had cut his head open and I needed to come take him to the doctors. A quick trip to the city then to Balmain hospital emergency for some glueing. How good that they no longer stitch kids heads up. Jonty was so relieved to hear that. Although the glue is ruining his hair style for school photos today :) ha ha the trials of being a boy.

Anyway yesterday I got a lot of painting finished. These beautiful drawers from France were painted in a warm pale grey and a charcoal top. They have already sold. They are just the most amazing stately shape. 

I just love them and if I needed more storage I would keep them. It was my buyer’s birthday yesterday and she bought them as a present to herself. 

I also finished this gorgeous little French style console. I love all the detail and the long fluted legs. It also has a leather top. It is still available. 

Available: gorgeous little vintage French style console table. Things I love about this piece:
* ornate swag & wreath
* elegant fluted legs
* embossed leather top

I’ve painted this in the palest grey and antiqued it to make the details pop. Swipe for more photos. If you zoom in on the third photo you will notice a tiny imperfection to the leather top in the centre of the table top. Very small divot.
77w x 32d x 76h cm
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I also have this lovely carved timber mirror available. 

Available: a lovely vintage carved timber mirror. Can be hung portrait or landscape. Painted in a pale grey and limed for a lovely soft finish. Mirror glass in perfect condition.
110w x 54 cm
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I am having a huge allergy attack today. I had a quick coffee with a girlfriend this morning and there was a huge case of lilies nearby and I’m just so allergic to them. I’ve had an antihistamine, a shower, changed clothes and I still feel like ripping my face off. My friend thinks it’s hilarious that the owner of Lilyfield Life is so allergic to lilies :)

Have a great day
Fiona xx

Sunday, July 22, 2018

I’m back and sweet French style bedside tables

OMG that’s the biggest blogging break I’ve taken in 8 years. I hope you haven’t all unsubscribed and are still reading. I have been busy painting furniture and just normal life.  We have an exchange student from Hong Kong staying with us for a month. She arrived this morning and is just lovely. Probably overwhelmed as my kids haven’t stopped talking all day; so excited.

 I have loads of pieces to share with you if you are interested. I thought I may as well start with the pieces I currently have for sale. Last night I finished these sweet bedside tables that are perfect for your French inspired bedroom. I have also seen these as little side tables in a hallway.

Painted in a beautiful warm pale grey chalk paint (my special custom mix), smooth waxed finish and glazed to highlight the lovely detail of the brass ormolu. 

47w x 24d x 69h cm

$550 the pair

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I have loads of ideas for blog posts and tutorials so I hope you keep reading. I apologize for being slack but sometimes you just need a break and to simplify your life a little.

Fiona xxx

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sweet depression era cabinet in Porters Paint

The other night I got a text from a friend if I wanted a cabinet. Of course I said yes :). It was her grandparents and needed about of love and the glass needed lots of scrubbing. I painted it in Waterford one of Porters Paints beautiful greens.  My aunt recently painted her dining room in this colour and I just love it. So sophisticated. The interior has been painted in a bright white satin enamel. 

The back is made from an old tea chest and still has the original stamps. I have left them unpainted inside and out as couldn’t bring myself to paint over this piece of history. This piece is very versatile. It would be gorgeous in a bathroom, kitchen, lounge room or large hallway. 

How cool is the SYDNEY on the back. So special.

This is Waterford below. Such a gorgeous colour.

This sold immediately on my Facebook page with several people interested so I think people love it as much as I do.

Fiona xx

Monday, May 7, 2018

Console tables available

Thanks so much for the lovely emails and messages about yesterday’s blog post. You guys are the best. Thank you.  I feel as though I have loads and loads of friends online and I really appreciate the community here.
Today I didn’t get much painting done. I’m priming a few pieces but nothing finished today. I do have a few console tables available so I thought I’d share them here for those of you who don’t follow me on social media. 

This black beauty is a very old English mahogany table imported by a gorgeous elderly couple who are now downsizing. I’ve painted it jet black and given it a matte clear coat. The pie crust edge and ball and claw feet are stunning.

109w x 41d x 73h cm


Available below : I always love painting these French style console tables. They really are a perfect way to add some elegance to your home. This one has been painted in a pale putty colour (beautiful hardwearing paint), white highlights and antiqued for a sublime aged patina. 
88w x 34d x 72h
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I also have a few of the gorgeous bowls also available. These can be posted. $70 each.

Available: Sweet little vintage console with rattan shelf. Nice shape and painted a pale ASCP Paris grey mix with a Graphite top. Classic combination for an elegant French look. Nice slimline piece for a narrow spot. 
77w x 36d x 71h cm
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And last but not least the white console table I blogged about a couple of weeks ago is still available. Just beautifully I don’t know why it’s still unsold. Someone needs to fall in love with it:)

Available: a lovely solid timber French style console table. Also would work beautifully behind a sofa. Painted in white chalk paint and with a silky smooth waxed finish. Three deep drawers with rustic iron handles, (if you prefer I have cup handles that fit perfectly). The drawers’ interior have been painted a gorgeous bright green for a pop of freshness. 
So many uses for this piece. 
145w x 50d  x 76h cm
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If anything catches your eye please let me know
Fiona XX 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Local Business Award and a vintage French sideboard

Hello from Lilyfield on a lovely autumnal evening. We have had a relaxed weekend and are all refreshed for the week ahead. Some good news is that I am a finalist in the Local Business awards. Thank you everyone for your votes, it really meant a lot. I’m not sure if I’ll go much further as the competition criteria really favours shops. I needed to submit a photo of myself with my products and so Phil snapped this photo of me yesterday morning just before this sideboard was shipped to Brisbane.

Fiona Gaven Lilyfield Life

The sideboard is a lovely one. A beautiful serpentine front vintage French piece. It was a horrible yellow when I got it with green details so I couldn’t wait to get the primer on it.  I love this two tone grey finish. 

hand painted French sideboard Lilyfield Life

hand painted French sideboard Lilyfield Life

hand painted French sideboard Lilyfield Life

hand painted French sideboard Lilyfield Life

hand painted French sideboard Lilyfield Life

hand painted French sideboard Lilyfield Life

This sideboard is off to Queensland to a lovely customer whose been wanting a sideboard from me for ages. So pleased she fell in love with this one.

I also wanted to share a couple of photos from the weekend. Jonty sewed a cute little seal toy that he designed himself. He googled an image and then made a design from it. It’s for a big project he has been doing on the effects of plastics on marine life.

wool seal toy Lilyfield Life

wool seal toy Lilyfield Life

wool seal toy Lilyfield Life

And some photos of my gorgeous girl this afternoon at Barangaroo. Such a lovely afternoon to get out and about.

Have a great Sunday evening. I’m off to do the ironing :)
Fiona xx