Home Tour: Vintage French

I haven’t blogged a home tour for a while because there hasn’t been much time to read interior design websites lately.  So I’m lucky this one popped up in my Facebook feed, because it is near perfect in my eyes.

Looking at the various French vintage pieces in this home, I know how much effort the owner would have made to source them and bring it all together so beautifully.  And I love the green in the kitchen.  Better yet, it’s an Australian home in Sydney!  Enjoy this inspirational tour.  All photos courtesy of Home Beautiful Australia.

Alison x










Meant to be!

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I’m convinced things often find you, rather than the other way around..and are meant to be when the time is right.  I’d been wanting a rustic vintage coffee table for a while, and didn’t want to pay a huge amount for a vintage-look reproduction, nor have the legs shortened on an old table.

Earlier this week I was visiting a supplier across town and spotted this industrial table hiding under various vintage bits and with another table sitting on top of it..

Anyway, I probably don’t need to explain what made me scrounge together extra funds on the spot so I could buy it – smooth weathered planks of wood, minty green metal frame and original caster wheels.  It’s from eastern Europe and probably came from a factory where they made clothing or rugs, as I spent two hours prising cotton threads out from the wheels… another hour later after that & it was clean enough to come inside!

Still needs a final clean and some wood wax, then she can be made pretty with various green glass bottles and candles!  Always satisfying to give an old piece a new life.

Have a great weekend.

Alison x

Hello & French Village Painting

Hello, I wanted to share with you this beautiful vintage French oil painting of a village that I had in the shop last week… it was sold within a couple of hours after I listed it for sale.. there was a lot of interest in it!  I’m sorry to customers here and overseas who missed out – I do have another two French paintings on the way, and love these paintings of the French countryside.  Make sure you keep checking back, or send me an email!

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I don’t blog that often these days, there’s just too much going with family life that it’s hard enough just keeping the online shop stocked with everything!  And to be honest it’s difficult to write about pretty houses all the time, it can be quite superficial (to me anyway!).  I’ve noticed some of my favourite vintage & personal blogs aren’t being updated as regularly either.  I wonder if blogging is starting to take a backseat to Instagram, where it’s of course so much faster to share vintage objects and pretty images.  A picture tells a thousand words.

Still, I’m not ready to give up on this blog altogether just yet – I have a lot of vintage pieces to share with you and I’ve been busy planning my trip to France next year, so I want to share some of that too.  I’ll endeavour to visit this space more often!

Alison x

Roses & ranunculus

We’re at that point here in winter, one month in, when it’s now properly cold.. most of us Aussies just don’t cope with the cold too well, especially here in Melbourne.  Not that 10 degrees during the day is that cold compared to winter on the other side of the globe, but…we’re sort of conditioned to the heat.

So it was nice to spy some colourful, and very Spring-like roses and ranunculus at the fruit & veg shop this week – the colours are amazing and a welcome pop of colour to brighten rainy and gloomy days here!

Hope you enjoy your weekend, and if you’re on the other side of the world, enjoying some sun!

Alison x

Winter Sale! Two weeks only

Winter Sale now on – Two Weeks Only until 15th July!

Up to 50% off beautiful vintage pieces including everything you see below and more…

Mason jars from the US also reduced!

Hurry before it gets snapped up…


Some Australian vintage finds

To start the school holidays, we headed to Maldon in country Victoria to stay a couple of nights.  It was their Christmas in July festival and the main streets was lit up with lights, and there was even a visit from Santa.  It was freezing!  But we visited a few towns in the area including Castlemaine and Trentham, and escaped the cold inside the local bakeries (which are full of amazing local produce).

I also managed a bit of vintage hunting – it’s good to periodically check what stores are pricing things at and see what other sellers feel are on-trend.  I was a bit disappointed with the vintage about, it’s getting hard to find nice pieces at decent prices.  Unless you can embark on a State or country-wide road trip that is… not really possible when you have young kids!

Anyway here are a few pieces that I did find, including some glass and stoneware bottles and a demijohn not pictured.. a couple of unframed landscape paintings, wirework tray, a cute green chippy mirror, and a lovely bottle-green enamel candle holder, nicely weathered!  I’m drawn to anything green at the moment..

The white metal tin is Australian Willow ware – despite it having no lid, I just loved that fruit design when I saw it and thought it would look great as a pot plant holder, or for utensils in the kitchen. When I asked how much it was, the seller said I could have it for nothing.  I don’t take things for free so did pay him something for it – but needless to say it will be a bargain in the online shop soon!

Alison x

Hello and some house photos

Hello out there… embarrassingly it’s been ages since I last added something to the blog.  Husband has been working overseas recently, we were struck down by the flu for almost a month, and lots of kid-related stuff has left this space very neglected!

Our house is finally decorated after our renovations so I thought I’d share a few (beautifully grainy) photos I took today – and because with school holidays starting now, it won’t look like this soon! I’m always changing things around as I sell pieces, but happy with how it’s coming along…a labour of love..

We’re off to the Castlemaine district this weekend, including visiting one of my favourite country towns again, Maldon.  Looking forward to some scouring of a few vintage, junk & bric-a-brac places while we’re there.. I will share some photos of any vintage finds next week.

Have a good weekend, and if you have kids, enjoy the winter school holidays – pancake-making and staying in pyjamas until lunchtime in our house is obligatory at least a couple of days!

Alison x

p.s. Next week I am having a big SALE in the online shop, so make sure you check back on Monday morning!

Autumn has arrived..


In Albert Park, Melbourne

Autumn has well and truly arrived here in Melbourne. We are still having a few warm sunny days, but it’s chilly in the morning and getting darker much earlier now.  Weekends slow right down for us at this time of the year – we might visit a park or two, but the rest of the time is spent playing games, reading, drawing and making time to do some baking for the week ahead.

There is something about using vintage kitchenware, like a stoneware mixing bowl, old wire cooling rack, or even just a time-worn wooden spoon, that makes cooking and baking a special experience. I will be adding small individual vintage kitchen pieces to the shop next week… here is a small selection below.  They are a lot of fun to collect and really a pleasure to use.

Hope you have a great weekend, and manage to get into the kitchen to bake something delicious!

Alison x

Mother’s Day giveaway!

You may have noticed recently on Facebook I mentioned an Easter giveaway… I will admit I’ve been a lazy blogger and never got around to it – apologies!  However I’ve gathered a few vintage pieces and coupled them with a gorgeous French vintage interiors book, to make a beautiful Mother’s Day giveaway.

The giveaway is worth over $230.00 and the winner will receive everything in the photo above, except the jug with flowers in it!  All pieces are authentic vintage (just like everything in our shop!) and includes:

~ A French madeleine mould value $40.00 ~ Two stoneware mixing bowls value $35.00 ~ A French wooden paddle spoon value $20.00 ~ A set of six fluted tart tins from France value $42.50 ~ A French linen kitchen ‘torchon’ with red stripe value $28.00 ~ A quart-size Ball ‘Perfect Mason’ jar from the US, with original lid value $31.50 ~ and a copy of French Style at Home by Sebastien Siraudeau from Book Depository, value $38.50 ~ Total value $234.00!

Either enter for yourself or your Mum – I don’t mind – so long as the lucky winner puts their vintage treasures to good use!

The small & medium stoneware mixing bowls are great for mixing cake icing, sauces, pesto, or use as bowls for porridge or individual salads.  Be inspired to try new baking recipes with the tart tins and madeleine mould!

Mum will love using and displaying the vintage French ‘torchon’.  Featuring red stripes down each side, the heavy linen cotton fabric is such good quality that despite its age, gets better with time.

The book French Style at Home is a stunning collection of the author’s photographs of homes around France.  A book to pick up time and time again.  And I had to include a vintage Ball jar… because everybody needs a vintage Ball jar in their home – especially Mums!

How to enter?  Make sure you like us on Facebook or follow on Instagram @bayside_vintage – and leave a comment below (ensure you include your email address), describing how you’d like to spend Mother’s Day.  That gets you one entry!

For a second entry, share this giveaway on Facebook or Instagram.  You can find the  giveaway to share on Facebook or Instagram @bayside_vintage

Additionally, any customer who makes a purchase from the Bayside Vintage online shop during the period 22nd April – May 10th 2014 inclusive, receives one entry into the giveaway.

Good luck and Happy Mother’s Day… here’s to celebrating everything Mums do, and appreciating the tireless dedication that Mums give everyday!

Alison x

*Winner will be drawn via random number selector and notified on or around Monday May 12. Open to Australian residents only

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Paris. Provence. 2015!

I’ve at last booked the date for a 2015 trip to France!  Just on a small scale…and timed to get home for the start of the school holidays.  But it will allow for the purchasing of lots of vintage goodies.. and satisfy my travel itch at the same time.  Also, it’s always been a bit of a goal: vive la France before the big 4-0 hits!

It’s taken me a long time to make the trip a reality, partly finances & renovating the house, and also putting aside all the mummy guilt – accepting it’s ok to do something just for me, for a couple of weeks.  I know not everyone will agree with it but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, a personal goal, and to help grow my business.

Here are a few photos of the Marais district in Paris where I will be based.  It’s a neighbourhood that has retained its narrow cobblestone streets and features architecture from the medieval and renaissance periods.  I don’t think I could spend the money and go to Paris without staying in a beautiful historic area.

I am no expert when it comes to Paris (actually makes it all the more exciting) – and a lot of my trip will rely on lots of Google Maps searches.  Ironically though, I came across my accommodation and then happily realised it was located within a prime antique & brocante area, so perhaps it was meant to be!

Due to time constraints I won’t have opportunity to see much of the countryside, but am planning to add a trip to Provence on the train, and stay there for a couple of nights.

I’m relieved to have pared down my trip – it’s not one huge buying spree and there will be no big container loads of purchases coming back – and I’m fine with that, because I want to see some of the sights of Paris while I’m there, not just spend the whole time buying brocante.  And as much as the brocante tours I’ve seen sound wonderful, any profit I’d make will be lost paying for a personal tour.  I’m happy to do it all on my own though, even if I make mistakes…that’s half the fun, right?!

Please bear with me as I plan aloud my trip from time to time via this blog over the coming months!

Alison x

Vintage Easter postcard decor

Scary that Easter is almost upon us, which means almost a third of the year’s already passed.  Each year seems to be going by more quickly than the last..

So with time being a precious commodity now more than ever, this is the extent of my Easter decorations this year – with the exception of any handmade craft decorations the boys might do. Which we will get around to at some point within the next fortnight… yes we will… I’m sure of it…

Three French vintage Easter postcards pegged up on some twine makes for a super easy decoration. No naturally dyed eggs in this house, I’m afraid!

Next week I’ll be announcing a vintage giveaway to celebrate Easter on the blog…it will contain lovely vintage, and it will contain chocolate! :)

Looking forward to slowing down next week as we go on school holidays, and the cooler Autumn weather hits.  Until next time,

Alison x


Vintage mirror collage

I finally got some of my vintage mirrors on the wall today (thanks to our builder and finding the right wall hooks).  Creating a mirror collage is not easy – I initally had five mirrors and that would have been too much for the wall..

I’m happy with how it’s turned out, for now… until I find another old mirror down the track and will no doubt change things around again!

The way they reflect more light into the room is an added bonus.  I also like that the butterfly one is extra girly – I appreciate that sort of thing living in a house full of boys!

As for the mirrors I didn’t end up using, I’ll be adding them to the online shop soon.

Alison x

Our place…


Finally here are some photos of our home post-renovation.  The kitchen and bathroom aren’t featured much as they still have minor fixes needed; and as for the bedrooms – I’d consider them Phase 2!

So here are the nice bits.  What you don’t see are the messy bedrooms, Lego & loom bands all over the floor, the kids’ unmade beds, our old leather lounge we can’t afford to replace for now.. the general mess I pushed out of the way to make tabletops clean…

Most of the decorative bits were quite inexpensive – eBay was handy when we were renovating, and some of those vintage pieces I’ve had set aside for some time.

Fireplace surround was found on eBay, $179

‘Cloud’ mirror, vintage find.  French metal cheese mould, Bayside Vintage

Antique french pewter plate, Bayside Vintage.  Metal mould, as before.  Miniature painting of Sydney, gift from my parents when I moved to Melbourne

A Christmas decoration that was never packed away..

Vintage folding coat rack, about $28, Etsy.  Antique French floral painting, Bayside Vintage

Unframed seaside paintings on board, from vintage shops on Mornington Peninsula

We chose Ikea sofas for the price and washable covers.  Grainsack cushion made by Bayside Vintage

I love the sunlight this room gets..  Grainsack cushion, made by Bayside Vintage

The plan is to fill this French zinc soap bucket with masses of dried lavender!  Until the bucket is sold, of course… Bucket, Bayside Vintage.  French basket and farmhouse table, both Zacher Antiques

An old tin cake mould makes a unique candle holder.  French cake mould, Bayside Vintage

We chose granite over marble for the kitchen.  This is a marbled granite called ‘sea pearl’, found at Corsi & Nicolai.  French antique dough bowl, Zacher Antiques

We had this vintage metal sign framed for our meals area.  French sign sourced through suppliers, Bayside Vintage

I like the quirkiness of this sign in the kitchen!  Vintage French two-sided cafe sign, sourced through suppliers, Bayside Vintage

Subway tiles were the right decision.  Love having utensils out of drawers and at hand.             Vintage stoneware pot found on eBay

Another eBay purchase – pair of grey enamel pendant shades $175, from Adelaide.  The enamel loss and rusty edges are features rather than flaws!

Looking back at these photos, I really need some indoor plants!  It’s still looking quite sparse, but it’s getting there.  Hope you enjoyed having a brief tour!  Alison x

Faience Red French Transferware


I will have some beautiful red French faience transferware for sale in the coming weeks, and also some more blue transferware, by Sarreguemines in ‘Mulhouse’ and ‘Florine’ designs..

These old French plates make serving and eating – even simple foods – a real pleasure!

Alison x

We’re in April’s Country Style Mag!

Wow, I’m very grateful to have a little write-up and product feature in Country Style magazine this month.  The French harvest basket in the magazine (page 66!) was quickly sold, but I have other baskets and garden trugs coming in the next couple of months.  Friday night here and the kids are now sounds asleep, so I’m off to read the rest of this beautiful magazine… have a great weekend!

Alison x

Our provincial kitchen

After four months of living in & out of home we’re back for good!  There are still some minor touch ups needed, painting to be done, and a verandah to be built out the back.

Here is a photo of our kitchen though, still a work in progress…but it’s surreal to see it in, and to be actually cooking in it!

Alison x

Shop update – this week

Hello!  We’ve been renovating our house – and tomorrow our new floorboards are being varnished.  So we’re moving out for a week! This means there will be a temporary delay in posting orders.

Please note, any purchases made between Wednesday 5th March – Thursday 13th March, will be posted on Friday 14th March.

Feel free to still shop and place an order, if you’re happy to wait a few extra days for your parcel to arrive.

Otherwise, everything is back to normal on Friday 14th March.  Thank you for your patience!

Alison x

Vintage Plate Wall

It’s always lovely when customers send me photos of their purchases displayed in their homes – it makes the process of my work complete in my mind!  Here is a beautiful kitchen in Branxton in country NSW, where Lucy is building a plate wall (with a St Amand French antique plate bottom right)..

I love her pressed metal splashback also. Lucy has recently painstakingly renovated her federation property.  Thanks Lucy for showing me and I really think you should be in Country Style mag!

Alison x

Kitchen renovation continues..

Our kitchen renovation work continues..slowly..but this week there should be progress every day getting us that bit closer to cooking again!  The stone benchtops went on today, really happy with this stone – a marbled granite. I think the colour works well with our $150 pair of vintage enamel lights (eBay purchase).

After 11 years with a green laminate kitchen, it’s quite surreal to see this happening at last, can’t wait to finally enjoy it and use it!

On the shop front: I’ll will be adding more stock when I get some quiet moments this week.  Here’s a selection of some of the vintage pieces going into the shop over the coming days.

Alison x

Next Week in the Shop

It’s been a busy week here with our home renovations continuing, and single parenting while hubby is overseas – but managed to take some photos of vintage new stock.  Here’s a little preview of some French pieces that will be available in the shop next week (and the Japy clock works!)

Alison x