Casement fasteners by Sun Valley Bronze. Available in the full spectrum of finishes. This range of fasteners are not only very good looking but extremely well made for many lifetimes of service.(more…)



As part of Mother Of Pearl & Sons ongoing commitment to our valued customers, we now offer a Hardware installation service.(more…)


“At the next roundabout take the third exit”, and as you eventually come over a crest, there’s Paris spread before you. Is there any greater thrill? We didn’t plan it this way, but we’re arriving on Saturday morning and the traffic is fine all the way to Gare du Nord.

I had chosen to pay the extra for a VW Golf and very glad I did. The drive from Cannes to drop off was comfortable and easy. Not so on other occasions when I had the budget car and the drop off was the highlight of the road trip!

As we all know, there is Paris and there’s the rest of France,- nothing much like each other except for the language and French people.





We haven’t had a visit to this project since before Xmas. As you can see things are really coming together, it’s all in the final stages with Mother Of Pearl & Sons supplying the hardware products being installed. The house is truly stunning, Normyle has an attention to detail, things like having this baluster made from scratch



Well, we may as well turn this into a travel series! So, from Arles, my mate Davo and I travel up the road, taking off the super (super expensive) highway roads that take us through villages and sights that leave us spellbound. Our destination is St Maure de Touraine in the Touraine district and Loire Valley. Here we are booked into ‘La Poste – Les Hauts de Sainte Maure’.



Mother Of Pearl & Sons will soon be launching a small collection, the inspiration for which took me to the French city of Arles. A pleasant 3 hour drive from Cannes & an hour from Aix En Provence,




Classic sailing boats have their own special charm. They survive through the passion of their owners who are prepared for the challenges that go with maintaining and preserving a crafted vessel over the very convenient options with newer marine technologies. While Sydney harbour can put on a great spectacle of classic boats, nothing compares with the annual meet of classic boats in Cannes in the South of France.




It was a very different looking site today. With the final rough wiring & plumbing in place,  Gyprock is beginning to go up. Here you can see the beautiful transition from rustic bagged brick to smooth plasterwork. You can gain this attic space in any terraced house with a gabled roof, enabling you to create an extra room whilst preserving the contextual architecture of the streetscape.




As you can see this build has progressed enormously, the structure is well & truly up with the roof on. You can see how much space has been gained by using the full width of the house for the new kitchen / living area. There will be a small downstairs bathroom, the main bathroom being located upstairs above the kitchen. The pitch of the skillion roof & the width of the upstairs has been kept in proportion to all of the other houses in the street, to comply with council heritage requirements.



What was a really quite a small Paddington terrace has gained an enormous amount of space with this renovation. The bedroom above the kitchen has gone from box-like dimensions to enormous. The new kitchen/living area leading out to the garden will be filled with light, two steps down into a tranquil oasis a large melaleuca provides shade and a feeling of being far away from the city. The steel frame of the extension will be seen as an architectural element of the building. Steel framed bi-fold doors are being used as Normyle does not want to obstruct the view from within using clunkier wooden frames which would be necessary with the enormous amount of glass. These huge convict cut sandstone blocks which were the foundations of the old kitchen will be used to create garden beds, the whole becoming an indoor/outdoor room, a place for family and friends to live and socialise rather than being squeezed into a Victorian Era box.