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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

antique shopping and French linen in country Victoria

At the beginning of the month I had the opportunity to explore one of my favourite getaway places, the Daylesford area in country Victoria. I once again stayed at Hepburn at Hepburn (see previous post). Would you believe it if I told you that I was there for work purposes? Probably not. Especially as I did seem find the time to visit some of my favourite stores, including Lavender and Lace Living in the town of Maldon, north of Daylesford. Dianne who owns the store is surrounded by gorgeous vintage and new linens and lace for the homemaker and romantic in us all. Check out the monogrammed linen shades on the lamp, above.
I also love the detail in this panel, above, with the embroidered chickens.
Damask tablecloths are beautifully laundered and are piled up on a table. These tablecloths are becoming increasingly hard to find, I have noticed.
More antique linens stacked into a shelf. Very dreamy!
And antique floral quilts. Perfect for a little girl's room.
Another shop I couldn't wait to visit since reading about it in the April 2011 Australian Country Style was Peonies and Picnics, in the town of Daylesford. Look at the wonderful shopfront, above.
Peonies and Picnics is a delight inside, filled with all sorts of goodies including antiques, vintage wares and carefully selected gifts and home wares.
A central table in the middle of the store with soaps and other gifts.
Spanish oil jars are displayed on a sideboard.
A basket filled with brushes. I have such a brush at the sink for scrubbing potatoes and find it very useful.
And a polished milk churn.
The gorgeous window display must have great success in tempting people passing by in to the store. Who could resist?
Peonies and Picnics also stocks a selection of vintage French including ticking. Adjoining the store is a little cafe, a perfect little reward for a tiring day exploring!


  1. What a great shop !!...love it...have a happy new year darling......thanks for your friendship the last year !!...xxx...

  2. Wow! l Really love your blog! Im now your newest follower! Have a happy New Year!

    Mark @ room363

  3. Hi Tammy,

    You had me at the first image. The monogrammed lampshade is to die for. I don't think it will ever date.

    I've heard other people rave about Daylesford...it is on my wish list of places to visit. I'd rather get out of the city and see something different anyway.

    Thanks for sharing the photo's of Peony's and Picnic. So much to look at and see. Those spanish oil jugs are gorgeous. Someday, I'd love some myself......on my other wish list at the moment.

    Better go, hope Santa came and you were spoilt with everything on your wish list!!!

    Happy New Year. Will see you in 2012.

    Take care

  4. Hi Janine, I thought the lampshade would get attention, and I don't think it would date either. Wouldn't it make a great gift for a wedding if you could personalise the monogram? Yes, you must see Daylesford, it has heaps to offer, especially great produce. I had a wonderful meal at Mercato restaurant, I would highly recommend it if you get there. I hope that Santa came to you, too. I was spoilt, I must admit, I will share some pictures of presents in my next post. Regards, Tammy

  5. Glad you were spoilt, Tammy. Look forward to your next post.

    I did mean to mention the fabric in the last picture, it all looks gorgeous. Can you remember if they were cushion covers or maybe remnants of fabric?? I love the colourways, don't you!

    Take care


  6. Hi Janine, I am pretty sure they were remnants, not cushion covers. They also stocked handblocked linen tablecloths and napkins, although these were not vintage they were really lovely. Have a great new year, regards, Tammy

  7. Hi Tammy, what a surprice to see I have a follower from Australia and thank you for the comment. You're more than welcome.
    I love your shop, what a pitty it is so far away you have such beautiful things. Are you traveling a lot? It is 13.45 here in Holland and the last 10 hours of 2011 pass. I wish you a Happy New Year, thank you for following and regards.


  8. do you have any varity of tables and charirs cloth???

    Folding Chair Covers

  9. Thanks for sharing your experiences! By the way, if you are looking for antique shops in Australia, visit: www.morethanantiques.com.au.