Sunday, 14 April 2013


A regular pleasure!

One of the many pleasures of living in the Southern Highlands is being able to visit Antiques on Consignment.  At the gateway to the Southern Highlands, just after leaving the motorway from Sydney,  a pretty cottage behind french grey gates, and glossy green hedges, is the home of Antiques on Consignment. After restoration, the historic home "Kamilaroi", built in 1904 and situated in extensive grounds, has become a favourite stopping place, not only for us but for many many others.  

The owner, Lydie du Bray, was born in Paris and has been in the antique business for over 20 years.  Lydie has been living in Australia since 1964 and loves the Southern Highlands! She is a charming and friendly lady, and visiting her gorgeous home and business is a double pleasure!  Lydie visits France three times a year to buy new stock, and her business boasts a diverse collection of beautiful decorative items, consigned stock and imported antiques.  Regular visits from top Sydney designers endorse her wonderful stock and excellent  buying skills.

Congnac ... an ever present 10yr old gentleman
Lydie cleverly furnishes the rooms of the house with her  wares.

An abundance of paintings, mirrors and lamps.

One of the outside verandas
Lydie also sells seats like these,  and a large assortment of Ironwork.
A display of Majolica at the entrance to the Old Cottage
The attached Barn 

Imagine this deer in your garden.. 
An outside area under gravel displaying urns, outdoor tables, statues and fountains and other items for the garden

Isn't this beautiful !
Lydie has created a little haven and it is this lifestyle that gives her so much pleasure.  Clucking away in their purpose-built coop are a selection of white fan-tailed pigeons,  an assortment of chickens, as well as two ducks!  There are four resident Alpacas in the field close to the garden, as well as a delightful vegetable garden, the centre of which is an 19thC rabbit hutch with one long-eared inhabitant!.

The long-eared rabbit

and the rabbit hutch

 fresh herbs from her herb garden

A Persimon tree... looking lovely in the late afternoon light

A French fountain in her garden 
Lydie is an excellent cook (in the French style of course!) and enjoys having dinner parties at a beautifully laid table.  

Lydie's kitchen

Why not have a look at her website here

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