Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Reading and Powder room

 Here are some more pictures, taken inside the Royal Automobile Club.
Through a doorway we came into the Reading Room which made my heart flutter a little faster. 
I imagine being back in bygone days when everyone dressed up in their finery and came here for some peace and quite,  to catch up on their reading.
I loved all the old books behind the glass... you could just imagine the old musty smell, that  only you get with age.
 
 The sandblasted glass window to the Ladies room, where you could go and powder your nose.



Along all the corridors of this magnificent old building, were the loveliest old photographs.
This one, I thought was really sweet with the precious little children and looked like one of the very first ways of getting from A to B.

I am looking forward to visiting you,  and thanks to new followers and  for the kind visits from you.
My husband and I spent most of Saturday stripping off the wallpaper and we only have one more wall to go!  

Happy week, dear friends
Hugs Carolyn

42 comments:

  1. I love that glass on the door to the powder room!

    Love,
    LuLu~*xoxo

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  2. Love the old photograph!

    Yay! So glad to hear the wallpaper is almost history!!

    Have a wonderful week!!

    xoxo

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  3. Love the old books and their smell.
    Poor hubby with wallpaper removing...I need to do some of that myself.

    x
    Carole

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  4. Oh how lovely is this powder room! I love the door.
    Oh what a job..stripping wallpaper...it will all be worth it in the end. xoxoxo HUgs

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  5. Hi Carolyn, What a fantastic building with a lot of atmosphere! You must have had such a great time.
    Have a lovely week!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  6. Dearest Carolyn,

    You did present another lovely post about the Royal Automobile Club where we dined. Love this old British antique style of class.
    Love to you,

    Mariette

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  7. Hi Carolyn, enjoyed reading your interesting posts about your trip to Sydney. Glad you had a good time. The place you stayed looks so beautiful, it's nice to see some history being preserved in Sydney, as they have far more character than some of the more modern buildings. Happy week to you and good luck with the renovating, hugs Robyn.

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  8. Wow, what a wonderful room! All thos old furnitures and books!... A place to have a great time to relax!

    Have a lovely week!
    Sending love and hugs
    Claudia

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  9. What a romantic ambience!
    Especially I love the sandblasted glass window. Thank you for the closed up photo.
    The drawing on the window is so lovely!!
    Have a fabulous weekend.

    RedRose.

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  10. Oh what a lovely place you've visit! That must be from "the good old time" as we say here! Have a nice week!

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  11. Wowww...this is so nice !!...happy week darling....xxx..

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  12. Love the old bookcase! Have a good week Carolyn:)
    ~Anne

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  13. HELLO CAROLYN!

    I so love that etching of the beautiful lady on the frosted window of the powder room! What beauty.

    I hope you are well dear one! Anita

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  14. The powder room door takes the cake. Wouldn't it be good to spend a week in that bygone era.
    Hugs
    Kay

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  15. It must have been nice to spend time in this reading room!

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  16. Dearest Carolyn,
    if I ever come to Sydney I really have to visit this place - it seems to "exhale" history... Oh, and the old photo is enchanting!
    Warm "winter-hugs" from very-very cold Austria,
    Traude

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  17. There must be an interesting atmosphere!
    I´m sure that you had had great time, my friend!:)
    The old photo is beautiful!:)

    Many ♥ many hugs, Marge

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  18. What a wonderful old building with so many treasures - equally great to visit and to relax in!

    Have a wonderful week too (Hope decorating's going ok!)

    Hugs

    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

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  19. Oh Carolyn I love to adventure with you. The old photograph looks like one of our family. Beautiful reminder. Stripping wallpaper is the worst. Good luck with that.

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  20. What a lovely place!
    Thank you for show it
    Love

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  21. Nel would love that Reading Room, as she has so many books. What a charming room. The black and white photo is wonderful. Black and whites are my favorite. The lady on the window of the Powder Room is so elegant.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  22. I wish you all the best with stripping the walls, I know it is a very hard job.
    Thank you for your visit to my blog, I am your latest follower.
    Your blog looks great.
    Hugs,
    Angela.

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  23. Hello Carolyn,
    It's something that is wonderful to consider, a reading room and a "Powder Room". Do you remember when the ladies restroom was referred to as the Powder Room" ? There is something elegant about the thought of these two rooms that I wish were still present in our culture today. Thank you for making me think about it.
    Can't wait to see how you and your husband will transform your walls!
    xox
    Constance

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  24. Great visit Carolyn !
    Best reghards from Paris,

    Pierre

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  25. It's living in an old movie. Love the atmosphere. Thanks for posting the photos and feel free to drop by me too.

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  26. what a beautiful place :)
    hope you can join my jewellery giveaway!

    natalie
    http://lucyandtherunaways.blogspot.com

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  27. very pretty powder room!

    http://mojomade.blogspot.com

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  28. Woww, such a classy place!!!
    Love it!
    That ladies room window is fab!
    xxx

    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

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  29. Dear Carolyn,

    At last I am following you! Why, I wonder, did I not get round to it before.

    Warm wishes,

    Stephanie

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  30. Dear Carolyn
    The old photographs are fantastic! I love the old things!
    Thank you for the nice comment on my blog.
    I wish you a happy weekend and send you a lot of greetings from Switzerland.
    We have a lot of snow and it is very cold.
    Warmest hugs
    Yvonne

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  31. looks like a lovely room to sit andread!

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  32. Back in the 70's I loved how you Kiwis wallpapered anything & everything in sight. It was something we Aussie's just weren't into. That Other Husband did the dining room of our house in Wellington with a ripper deep red flock paper with a raised gold fleur de lis thingie pattern. I did wonder then as a 19 yo what I had got myself into!!
    Millie xx

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  33. Hi Carolyn, What a grand and beautiful place to read and relax. The glass door to the powder room is really unique. Love that. And the old photo is precious.

    Hope all the wallpaper removal went well. The hard part will be over then and on to the fun part.

    Have a great weekend and sending hugs from a very cold Texas this morning. BRRRR. 29 degrees and cold for us.
    XO Celestina Marie

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  34. I love reading and I adore reading rooms and this one is really dainty! And the powder room window is lovely too!

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  35. How lovely!!! I can smell the books now! :)

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, Carolyn. xoxo

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  36. Oooh, what a dream of a reading room! Would love to be there now! So cozy!

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  37. Dear Carolyn
    Really I thought about you reading that book ,New Zeland must be a beautiful and interesting country
    It´s sad it is too far away
    Love

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  38. Love your blog and your taste of decoration

    http://maryfashionlove.blogspot.com/
    Mary
    xx

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  39. How did I miss this one?! Wow, I just LOVE old books. Absolutely lovely.

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  40. Such gorgeous architecture. Love that old photo too. Everyone seemed so simple and innocent then.

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