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June 2009 Cottage of the Month
 
Hope you've packed your suitcases! This month we're headed all the way to Australia to visit Sandy!
 
Sandy and her family like to move around quite a bit. The first group of photos was her home in Mudgeeraba, which was featured in Country Home Ideas Magazine, professionally shot by Tony Potter. The following group of photos was her townhouse, and the last group of photos is a rental, where they now currently reside.

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Residing in Golds Coast Queensland, Australia, Sandy and her family move around quite often. Their current home, a rental, they've been in for the past 6 months. While Sandy has decorated in the Shabby/Romantic style for the past decade, she's finding she's now going towards French Bohemian style. "My decorating style would be shabby white furniture complemented with stylish arm chairs and French pieces. Lots of mirrors and crystal" says Sandy. Her favorite room is the lounge area. "I find this such a sunny place to sit and ponder the next piece to paint. I also canít go past my shed which is full to the rafters at most times with furniture", says Sandy.
 
American magazines are of great inspiration to Sandy. "I find that Australian magazines are slowly catching up, but the Americans sure know how to decorate in style". For Sandy, it all started about ten years ago when she was living next door to an American family. "I used to go to my neighbors house for coffee and she had these wonderful Home and Country Living magazines. I was blown away by their decorating style". Shortly after, Sandy attended her first antique fair and bought her first chandelier on eBay. "Then I noticed a program on television called "Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic". Sandy then started painting her furniture finds white, and now she sells her painted furniture to local shop owners. "I am hoping one day to open my own shabby furniture store, but for now people come to the house and buy".
 
When it comes to purchasing finds for your home, Sandy advises "Go with your heart. If you think you donít have room, you probably donít. However, it may only be a matter of time before you sell a piece and can make way for that item stored in the garage. Just buy it if you like it as there will always be room somewhere. If you donít you will kick yourself and this just may be the piece that you'll regret not buying for sometime on".
 
Among Sandy's favorite places to shop are the local markets. "We have a great variety of markets and we also have a wonderful place called the Tender Centre. This is a large auction house, with events held twice a month. There are three tender centres within a fifty kilometre radius, so I can usually do all three in the one weekend if I am keen". There are also some nice antique shops on Mount Tamborine. And if you go into the city of Brisbane, we have the Paddington Antique Centre which is full of lovely collectibles" says Sandy.

It is Sandy's dream to make a trip one day to the States, as she has met some wonderful people through her blog. As Sandy says "I would love the opportunity to experience the country that started it all for me". To visit Sandy's blog, go here and please tell her The Old Painted Cottage sent you! You can also find her on eBay.
(Photographs by Tony Potter & Sandy Palmer. Written feature by Jennifer Grey)


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