Summer Entertaining: Great Tips, Tablesettings and Recipes

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The sun is out, it’s a gorgeous time to entertain outdoors. Need some tips to make it super easy? Here are a few of my favorite tips, tables and recipes for summertime.

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Set up an easy, no fuss self serve summer bar on a tray. This Mimosa Bar {courtesy of Colin Cowie} is easy, guests can serve themselves. The summer fruit adds a pretty, colorful touch to each glass.

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Serve an appetizer that can double as part of your meal.  Beautiful, this fresh summer platter combines all the best flavors, make it ahead and let guests serve themselves on salad plates.  Stacked on a cake pedestal, these add interest to your buffet or table set up, too.

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Super Easy Heirloom Tomato Salad

Gather:

Ripe Heirloom Tomatoes {at farmer’s market if possible, or grow your own!}
Assorted Cheese
Balsamic Vinegar {more than one for extra fun!}
Olive Oils
Fresh Basil, Oregano & Thyme
Crusty Baguettes or Rustic Fresh Baked Bread
Salt and Pepper

Slice the tomatoes and arrange them on a platter with the cheese and herbs.
Serve with the olive oil, vinegar, and bread on the side.  Sprinkle salt and pepper as desired.

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Make one great summer salad and serve in our French Checked Bowls. For salad recipes, check out our SALAD Pinterest Boards.

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Still a favorite at our house, our Pesto Chicken on the grill gets rave reviews each and every time! Try it, it’s easy, and oh so good.  With a super easy meal like this, go ahead and go all out for dessert. Serve up an ice cream bar {several flavors ice cream and toppings including fresh fruit, sprinkles and nuts etc.} or just buy a wonderful fruit pie from your favorite bakery to end the meal with summer’s deliciousness.

 

Inspirational Summer Tables:

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Go Natural: Set a casual, French style table outdoors with our Linen Tablecloth in natural. For two, or 8, a “real” cloth brings a touch of elegance and luxury to any outdoor setting.

Add a string tie and a little snip of rosemary from the garden to our Linen Napkins, and the table is set and good to go! How easy is that?

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Here are a few more inspiring tables outdoors I love:Bsummertable

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All Tablescapes from Our FrenchGardenHouse Pinterest Board HERE please follow us for beautiful pins!  Summer is here, it’s the perfect time to gather those you love outside to share a delicious meal and plenty of laughter!

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What Every Room Needs : How to Decorate Luxuriously

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What does every room need to make it spectacular? It’s a question I get asked often by clients, here are a few of my tips for decorating your rooms luxuriously.

1. Create meaningful decor. What do I mean by that? Your home should tell your story, with things you collect over the years, art, collections, books you love,  and things that have meaning and memories for you. Your rooms should have personality, you should have a sense of who lives there when you enter the room. The worst thing is for your home to be “matchy” like a furniture showroom.

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My collection of antique Red Transferware displayed in the French armoire in our family room.  Although this armoire’s contents changes often, I do always add quirky things to every display, like the worn Victorian Scrapbook nestled in the sauceboat. {the doors are mostly closed, this shot was for a designer who used the picture on his t.v. show about transfer ware.}

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2. Antiques.  Every room should have at least one Antique statement piece. No matter what your design aesthetic is, an antique or rare decorative object gives your  space an inviting, luxurious feel and instant character.

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One of my all time favorite finds, this 18th Century Italian Processional Madonna.

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3. Family Photos. A series of framed family photos tell your story and the story of those you love.  A group of pictures in antique French frames on a side table, your mantel, and your walls bring interest and warmth to your rooms.

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4. Living Flowers and Plants. Nothing transforms a space more than a bouquet of fresh flowers from your garden, or the florist shop down the street. Even one perfect bloom in a glass bottle on your mantel will bring life to your interior.  A few green, healthy plants add a bright, fresh pop of life and color to your room, too. {I do sell “faux” florals, for those areas in the room where a live plant or floral bouquet won’t work.  Some of our clients purchase faux for their vacation homes, and they look gorgeous.} But there is nothing that compares to the real thing. nothing.

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This tall bunch of tulips adds just the right wow! to the serene Blue & White library above.

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Really the only color in the room, above, see how the simple tulip arrangement lift this room from ho hum to stunning?

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5. A Sense of Order.  We all have personal styles of order and neatness, and a family home doesn’t have to look like a showcase. You live there, but a room should have a sense of organization, books neatly stacked or lined up on shelves, some balance in how objects are displayed, magazines on your coffee table corralled by a tray. You can have a glorious clutter, if that’s your style, but not out of control messes.

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This bookcase is styled neatly, but with personality, I love how this does double duty as a bar, all neatly set up on trays, which can be picked up and taken anywhere the party is happening at a moment’s notice.

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An ottoman becomes a coffee table with the addition of a tray, and the flowers, magazines and decorative object are neatly placed for visual rest and impact.

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Another example of how putting accessories on a tray unify them and give restful impact.

6. A Touch of Black. Every room needs a touch of black, to ground it, and add contrast. Black adds impact and drama, and is both refined and elegant.

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7. Good Lighting. Good lighting makes everyone and everything look better. Invest in a dimmer switch for your chandelier, that way, you can turn the overhead lighting down, light candles and enjoy the soft romantic glow when appropriate. Make sure to have great, bright task lighting in areas such as your kitchen and closet {often overlooked!} so that you can see what you need to.

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Love how these large lanterns light up this dining space.

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A little touch of color on an antique chandeliers makes a statement you can’t deny.

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8. A pop of unexpected color. Every room needs a bit of the unexpected, a little tension to make it pop. It doesn’t have to be a lot, just a few colorful pillows, or a footstool in a bright, slightly “off” color is all it takes to take your room from boring and dull, to exciting and filled with energy.aorderpop

Clean, casual colors and design, with a wow factor of coral fabrics make this such a welcoming spot.

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This room combines soft, muted neutrals with pops of pink and purple, and a stand out bouquet of chartreuse green flowers for visual POW!

 9. Tender Loving Care. Once your rooms look personal, beautiful and comfortable, they need care. Fluff your pillows, straighten a rug, add clean water to your floral bouquet, these all make every room in your home look cared for. An open window, a lit candle, a bowl filled with apples, these all add to ambience and say “someone lives here who cares.”

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Our living room, above, for a photo shoot for French Country Style Magazine. It’s a combination of colors I feel good with, elegant and casual style make this a room for family, friends, children and dogs. {and yes, it’s changed since then!}

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More than anything, the things you love, that are meaningful to you, create a luxurious, inspiring place for your family to live life. Adding colors you love, textures and objects that speak to you, one layer at a time, even scents that you adore, transform your home into a beautiful,  luxurious and graceful one that you love to come home to.

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Favorite 4th of July Tablesetting and Recipes

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The 4th of July is a great opportunity to enjoy time outdoors, the company of family and friends, and to set a beautiful, casual outdoor table.

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While it’s by nature a casual holiday, it’s fun to dress up your home just a little.  See some great last minute Red,White & Blue decorations you can add to the festive look of your home HERE.

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Our own beautiful outdoor table setting using my favorite Red White & Blue Checked Dishes. I just love how fresh and all American this table looks, and since the French gifted the Statue of Liberty to the US, it’s appropriate to mix in a few French pieces.

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Now for some fantastic recipes I want to share.  Start the day off right with my delicious Gluten Free Pancakes!  Topped with fresh strawberries or blueberries, and a little dollop of whipped cream {if you must, after all it’s a holiday!} these are not only delicious, they offer a powerhouse beginning to your day 28 g of protein, at 288 calories.

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Instead of offering sliced watermelon at your table, why not try this delicious Watermelon Salad?

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An alternative to burgers, these Honey Chipotle Chicken Sandwiches taste like they have been slow~cooked on the barbeque, but are ready in no time. They require last minute time in the broiler to toast the bread, or you could just add them to the top rack of your bbq if you are already making traditional hamburgers. Delicious!

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Who doesn’t love Blueberry Shortcake? This Gingered Blueberry Shortcake is not only delicious, it’s a snap to make.

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For variety, try these mini treats, festive to look at, and a delight to your tastebuds! Strawberry Blueberry Mini Cheesecake Treats. We will be enjoying a BBQ and plenty of sunshine in our garden on the 4th, then watching fireworks on our street. I hope that you have a relaxing, fun filled and safe Fourth of July!

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Luxurious Hotel Ritz : The Sidecar Cocktail

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Claimed to have been introduced right around WWI by the fabulous Ritz Hotel in Paris {and their Bar Hemingway bartender mixes up a exceptional one!}, the Sidecar is refreshing, and just perfect for sipping on the terrace at the famous Parisian hotel.

The claim to fame of the Sidecar is not an exact science, as historically others attribute it to the invention of an American army captain on leave in Paris, still other cite a British inventor.  It achieved fame at Harry’s Bar in Paris, and is still a classic, refreshing drink for summer.

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The French Classic Sidecar:

1 1/2 oz Cognac or Armagnac, or bourbon
1 oz Cointreau or triple sec orange liqueur
1/2 oz lemon juice
Lemon twist for garnish

Sugar for rimming {optional, but makes a beautiful presentation}

To Make:

Rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar.
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
Shake well.
Strain into the prepared cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lemon twist.

Et voilà ! Enjoy this classic French Cocktail.  We are on a buying trip this week, and hope to enjoy at least one of these classic cocktails after searching the country side for beautiful French Antiques. Vive les été!

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Summer Collection: Set a RED WHITE & BLUE Table Outdoors

What I love about summer most? Gathering family and friends outdoors to celebrate summer around my outdoor table. I love to entertain, and in the summer, I think of our garden patio as another room of our home.FrenchFourthFrenchGardenHouse

There is something so relaxing about eating outdoors.   I have so many  fun new things in the store for you that I’m really excited about. Thank you for taking a look through our newest collections.

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I layered our old long wood table with a vintage matlasse coverlet.  In the center, our new French Urn & Platform, don’t you just love the scale of it?  Each time I use this, I love it more.  Here I just added a blooming hydrangea in the urn, but you could put a great big pile of shells, moss balls, a draping ivy plant, or even nothing but a tangle of clear twinkling lights {the battery operated kind} for evening. The urn is separate from the platform, so that you could use the platform to display a plate of appetizers and still use the urn as a centerpiece, too, for a different look for your table.

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Our La Brasserie Bleue Bowls are perfect to mix with our Red & Blue Checked French Country Plates.  Don’t you think the little pop of the Red Plates on the Blue is just perfect?

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1.Medium French Checked Plates. Set of 4: 40.00

2.Red & Blue Checked French Country Plates. Set of 4: 72.00

3.La Brasserie Bleue Bowls: Set of 4 : 38.00
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The French Country Checked Bowls are so great for everything, I use them for cereal, soup, snacks, fruit, ice cream {a particular favorite!}, I’ve even marched them down the center of the table filled with a few flowers as centerpieces.  Just a few of them make your classic white dishes take on the holidays and special occasions with a whole new style!

French Country Checked Bowls: Set of 4: 59.00.
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Each season I get new towels to refresh our kitchen at home, and more often than not, at first, they will be used as oversized napkins for a tablesetting.  These new Le Brasserie Bleue Towels are wonderful to use as large napkins. They soften beautifully when washed, and look pretty darn cute at the same time, too!

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1. La Brasserie Bleue Bowls Set of 4: 38.00
2. Le Brasserie Bleue Towels Set of 3: 30.00

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Another shot of the gorgeous urn. It really takes this table to the extraordinary, don’t you think?

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Here is a view of the urn without anything in it. Love it even “au naturelle”!  Large French Metal Urn & Platform 130.00.

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At one end of the table, our French Country Checked Cake Stand works perfectly to hold French baguettes and a little butter.  Dressed with a few sprigs of rosemary clipped from the border, it elevates the simple bread to something special.

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I think this table setting would be wonderful for the Fourth of July, a family BBQ, or a luncheon for your garden club.  I hope you are inspired to set your outdoors tables for meals, not only for entertaining or special occasions, but maybe every night family meals, too. Eating outdoors creates magic memories!

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Luxury Office Design

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What makes a luxury office space? I’ve been working with a client sourcing gilt French chairs and tables for a doctor’s office in Texas, as well as another client who is a young purse designer who has a true love for blue & white this month.  Both projects, as different as they are, are no doubt going to be stunning spaces filled with luxurious antiques.

Office space says so much about your company, but it’s also where your clients as well as co workers {and YOU!} spend time. Creating a work space filled with beauty that reflects your company’s brand and your own taste as a business owner is high up on the list of “must haves” for an office space.

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I am completely awed by the corporate office space of By Malene Birger, a Danish designer whose brand ” is an international designer brand bringing an artistic angle to contemporary classics.”  Each room has a luxurious palette of black, white and greys, each space is infused with luxury.

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While a bit more contemporary than both office spaces my clients are creating, I think the offices in Copenhagen are just gorgeous.  Bright, light filled, and personal, who wouldn’t want to come to work here?

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Stunning waiting area, the lesson to be learned here is that this room has lovely, luxurious details, and plenty of textures ~ plush carpet, soft velvet, rough wood, and sparkling shiny mirrors and mercury silver accessories.

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Love the repetition of the black light shades in this hallway.  And the personal detail of the white tassels on each door, just because it’s a “work” space doesn’t mean it can’t have style and personality .

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Conference rooms should all look this good!

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Personally I love office spaces with more of a mix of antiques and contemporary pieces {of course, I am an antiques dealer, after all!} but I love good design of any kind.  I have been inspired by this office design, and hope that you are too! Malene Birger’s design book is called Life and Work. It’s filled with gorgeous images of her homes, which are all mostly decorated in this limited palette of black, white and greys with antique woods mixed in.  If you are looking to bring some life into your office space, either corporate or your home office, I’d be happy to help source some antique or vintage chairs, and decorative objects.

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How To Display Your Antique Collections

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Once you find an antique object that makes your heart beat faster, you are smitten, you are thrilled to find another one, and another, and so a collection begins! Here are a few beautiful ways to display your antique collections at home:

1. Group Them Together: Collections make more of a visual statement when grouped together.  One antique tureen is beautiful, but surrounded with other tureens, sauceboats and antique platters in white and gold really makes an exceptional display in this dining room.

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A large collection of Antique French Bread Baskets not only make a fun addition to this room, they are available for use for dinners and parties. Their texture and French Country charm add instant hospitality too.

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2. Group them by color:  The architectural window frame above gives a real punch to this room.  Note how the different chairs around the dining room table are all painted white. Sure to start conversation at a party, these individuals with their own personality still look like they belong thanks to their same paint treatment.

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3. Add some sparkle!  Mirrors aren’t the only thing that can add a beautiful reflective glow to your walls. Here, a collection of antique silver serving trays are hung on the wall. Mix it up, on this table elegant silver mixes with plain everyday metal, the simple large metal bowl is a charming centerpiece for what is most likely a party centerpiece.

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4. Use your vertical space. On this stairway, the homeowners display their collection of antique Toleware Trays.

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This Toleware Tray Collection looks stunning against the painted red walls in this home. Note how the decorative painted floor colors bring out the color of the trays.

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5. Stack them up.  A stack of antique suitcases make the perfect side table next to an easy chair.  Added bonus: Lots of storage for another collection inside!

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6. Group together on  tables and trays.  A collection of boxes looks stylish when grouped on a coffee table.  Adding them to a tray visually frames them for more interest.

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Another grouping on a tray, the combination of antique boxes, books and one sculptural piece is especially pleasing to the eye.

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7. Group Objects by Color. This is a grouping of different items, all in browns and golds. While not a collection, I couldn’t pass up showing you how even two boxes (a small collection?) get more punch when grouped with other items in one color palette on this charming antique desk.

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What a wow statement, the porcelain pieces, draped with the homeowner’s collection of blue and red coral necklaces, echo the colors in the antique painting.

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I put these two images together so you can see how a huge collection of Blue & White transferware makes a huge statement in this English dining room.

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A collection of vintage and antique books is the focal point in this Red library.

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8. Show off your quirky personality collections.  Nothing adds personality to a home than things that you collect on your travels, things you love, things that are meaningful to you. This fun display of antique umbrellas, parasols and a few walking sticks adds an element of fun to an entry that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Most of all, enjoy your collections!

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All Images can be found on my Pinterest Board Well Collected

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16 Reasons to Love Decorating with Blue & White

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1. Decorating with Blue & White is elegant, refined, classic and timeless. Not only is it such a crisp, clean combination, it goes with almost every color decor and style. Whether you love French, European old~world charm, contemporary city, coastal or farmhouse style, Blue & White looks gorgeous!

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2. It works well with animal prints. One of my personal favorite designers who does Blue & White exceptionally well, is Barclay Butera.  Barclay has his beautiful flagship design store near us here in Newport Beach, it is always inspirational to visit, and there are always stunning design ideas in Blue & White. TDLiving

3. Blue & White is refreshing. In this room featured in Traditional Home Magazine, Blue & White play up a coastal theme.

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4. It really sets off dark wood antique pieces. A gorgeous relaxing corner, designed by Barclay Butera, I am just about in love with the paisley wallpaper in combination with that beautiful faux bamboo cabinet.

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5. It is a timeless addition to virtually to any room.  I love the mix of patterns in this room designed by Barclay Butera. Classic, refined, a modern twist, timeless!

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6. Blue & White add oomph to a neutral color scheme.  Classic and neutral grasscloth on the walls of this entry get a little pop from the bright blue hurrican vase.

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7. It ties rooms together so that your eye travels from room to room. I love how the Blue & White grounds this room filled with lots of exotic wood pieces and an asian flair. {B.Butera}

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8. It is a great counterpoint to texture. All the blues calm this room, which has a nice array of textures. {B.Butera}

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9. Youthful! Love this combination “mud room” kitchen area designed by Barclay Butera.

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10. Elegant, classic, Blue & White makes every room timeless.  Looks like velvet for the chair and pillows on this bed, deep and elegant. {B.Butera}

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11. Calming Effect. Love how this looks in Tory Burch’s sunroom, it is such a great, relaxing room, so inviting you just want to read a book and drink lemonade.  {Vanity Fair.}

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12. It looks great outside!  So clean looking, the perfect outdoor color of the sky. {Traditional Home}

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13. A great traditional look.  Love this collection of antique transferware integrated into a room color scheme. {Traditional Home}

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14. Allows for lots of patterns to be mixed without being too busy.  Stripes, florals, checks and toile patterns all combine in this area but still this is a relaxed, calming place for the family to gather.

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15. Can be flirty and feminine without being too sweet. If you want to add a flirty element, but don’t want overly sweet, these blue & white checked chair covers are it. LOVE!

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16. Looks great in Kitchens.  Combined with modern, sleek stainless steel, floral tiles still lend an “old world” look to this kitchen.  {Traditional Home}

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I love this elegant living room designed by David Lawrence. {House Beautiful}

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A gorgeous mix of antique transferware, flow blue and Wedgwood as shown in House Beautiful Magazine.

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Great collection of antique as well as contemporary pottery plates and dishes in this contemporary dining room. {House Beautiful}

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I ADORE this.  What a great way to display a collection of flow blue and antique transfeware plates and platters.

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Blue & White in the country.  A perfect country dining space as seen in Country Living Magazine.

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Blue & White mixes well with gilt {should be no. 17 probably!}

We are adding some beautiful blue and whites to FrenchGardenHouse this month. Ranging from antique pottery to drop dead gorgeous linens for your table…..If you love Blue and White check them out by clicking below.

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Decorating with Neutrals

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Soft soothing neutrals are the perfect starting place for you interior spaces. Living rooms are the place to relax, converse, and delight in the comforts of home. With a palette of soothing neutrals and abundant texture, these spaces exude timeless elegance.

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A serene palette of blue, ivory, and silver balances large-scale seating and a heightened sense of dimension in this living room, above. Sofas from Lee Jofa sit by the fireplace, a Louis XV armchair upholstered in grey striped silk adds a glimmer and light and echos the satin silk pillow on the couch.

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Designer Roger Higgins used the colors of the antique Flemish tapestry to develop the color scheme for the entire house.  The darker colors ground the living room’s airier neutrals with its deep hunter greens and warm browns.

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An elegant formal living room is dressed in blues, greens, and yellows to create a inviting space. French doors open up to an outdoor dining area, while a large mirror from Dennis & Leen helps bounce the light around the space. Designer: Mary Joe Donohoe.

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Designer Debbie Cummins kept the background of this color filled room purposely white, it is the perfect backdrop for  the creams, grays, reds, and violets, while there is a surprising amount of color to this living room, the overall effect is pleasingly neutral.

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The antique fireplace (circa 1740) serves as the focal point in this rustic yet elegant living room designed by Mary Joe Donohoe. Antique French DemiJohn and weather vane add a pop of aqua blue to this soothing interior.

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Designer Paul Corrie is a master at mixing antique pieces with the clean, contemporary lines of modern furniture. I particularly love how he tucked the Louis XV Bench underneath the iron cocktail table.

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There is so much to love in the living room above, designed by Virginia Mary Brown. The floor to ceiling windows let in plenty of natural light, a sisal rug adds warmth to the space; botanicals arranged in a column add verticality to the space.

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Another room with fantastic windows, a large scale antique chandelier, and   pair of upholstered antique chaise lounges add visual interest. Designed by William C. Huff Jr., and Heather Zarrett Dewberry.

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Designers Joseph Minton, Paula Lowes and Michelle M. Wade created this stunning living room with neutrals and striking blue accents. The homeowners’ collection of blue-and-white china establishes the theme of blue accents, like the satiny sofa pillows.

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We’ve selected some beautiful  items from FrenchGardenHouse that would be a great addition to anyone’s neutral living room.  Take a look and let us know what your favorites are!

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1. Vintage Silver Leaf Louis XV French Style Single Arm Chair.
2. 19th Century Wedgwood Blue Transferware Plate.
3.Vintage 1940′s French Louis XV Bench in Cream with Gilt highlights.
4. Antique French Aqua DemiJohn {wine Flask}
5. Pair Vintage French Louis XV Chairs
6.19th Century Copeland Blue Mandarin Demitasse Set.

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