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New Arrivals at FrenchGardenHouse

New Arrivals at FrenchGardenHouse

Spring Starts Here. Dreaming of sun filled days. Refreshing your rooms with color. Lots of color. Digging in the garden. Smelling the roses. Long and lazy Sunday lunches with friends. As warmer weather arrives {or we dream of it arriving, it can’t really be soon enough!} a new season beckons ~ Spring is in the air. Welcome to our new arrivals from France, just in time to bring color, and a fresh perspective to your home. SHOP our LATEST ACQUISITIONS. Check back often, I am unpacking boxes and containers and adding Antique deliciousness on the daily!

Color: Bring IT!

Color: Bring IT!

Longing for Spring? Me, too! Probably not as much as those of you knee deep in snow…but still. One of the most sure-fire ways I know of bringing SPRING to your world is by adding color, lots of color, to your home. {I’m working hard behind the scenes at FrenchGardenHouse to bring you stunning colorful antique and vintage pieces such as the French Opaline treats above, at the end of next week!} Here are a few tips for bringing spring early, and adding color and florals to your life right now to chase the winter blues away.

Tastemaker at Hooker Furniture

Tastemaker at Hooker Furniture

I am thrilled to be featured as a “tastemaker” on the Hooker Furniture’s Blog today. I was interviewed by top Interior Designer Wanda Suite Horton, owner of Wanda S. Horton Interior Design in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was so much fun speaking with her about what truly makes a life “romantic”, and I love the article she wrote.

Shower the People You Love With Love

Shower the People You Love With Love

Why reserve Valentine’s Day just for romance? Valentine’s is such great fun, that you can spread the love around to everyone! It’s so easy to put together a small gathering of friends or family and show them how much you love them. Here is a table setting with a few ideas to inspire you.

New: Inspired Amour Jewelry Collection

New: Inspired Amour Jewelry Collection

Sometimes it’s okay to give your diamonds and pearls a rest and opt for something colorful and fun! We are happy to show off our latest acquisitions in our Amour Jewelry Collection, all of them have a little touch of love. All of the pieces in this collection were made with great care in the USA in jewelry designer’s studio, by the artist ~ designer. I am always excited to support our local American artists, and know that is something you value, too. Hand made, most are one of a kind, so that you can be sure you are the only one, anywhere, wearing this particular necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings. It’s thrilling to find a piece to add to your collection that is as individual as you.

History of Lavender: Fuseau de Lavande

History of Lavender: Fuseau de Lavande

Lavender has been appreciated for its many uses (and scent!) for over 3,000 years. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and people of ancient Arabia used lavender for fragrance to perfume themselves, and for mummification. The Romans were the first to give it the name lavender, from the Latin verb “lavare” which means “to bath, or wash” or from the word “livendula” which means “bluish“. Used for many purposes in Roman households, the lavender flower had soothing tonic qualities, it was added dishes during cooking for flavor, it was used as an insect repellent, added to smoking mixtures, and lavender oil was added to baths by Roman men and women.

Guest Post on Transferware

Guest Post on Transferware

I am thrilled to be featured on my friend Phyllis Hoffman DePiano’s blog The Ribbon In My Journal today, sharing my love of antique transferware.

Prairie Style Weddings: BOOK GIVEAWAY

Prairie Style Weddings: BOOK GIVEAWAY

Many of you know and love my friend Fifi O’Neill, she is the editor of French Country Style Magazine, Romantic Country Magazine, Prairie Style Magazine, and the author of the Prairie Style Decorating and Cook Book, amongst many other things. She is lovely, inspiring, has more creativity than most people I know, and French, too! Author, stylist, photographer and designer, she is truly a one woman design inspiration and the force behind Prairie Style. I am thrilled that Fifi has sent me some of the beautiful images from her latest published book: Prairie Style Weddings. I will be giving away a copy of Prairie Style Weddings to one lucky winner, enter at the bottom of the post.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Thank you for your friendship, your trust, and for adding some of our antique treasures and special finds to your homes this past year. I am so grateful for each and every one of you, and cherish our relationship. This has been an exciting year for us at FrenchGardenHouse, we met so many of you in person, at market, or just “out and about”, and I can honestly say that meeting you, or speaking on the telephone with you, learning about how you use the antiques we source for you in your home, or as special gifts for people you love is what makes our antique business a joy.

Holiday Home Tour 2014

Holiday Home Tour 2014

Welcome to our home…. this month is special to all of us here at home as we celebrate the birth of Christ and gather all of our friends and family to enjoy this beautiful holiday season. I hope you enjoy a peek into our home, decorated for the holidays.

This year we re-designed our front garden, removing all the grass and replacing it with gravel and drought resistant plants and trees. It’s in the beginning stages, as it was just completed two weeks ago, but already I am loving that we now have a fence to add lights and garland to!