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Easter

It’s almost Easter! Do you love it as much as I do? Each year, we host a fun, casual Easter Egg Hunt and Lunch for our children, their small kids, our friends and their kids and grandkids too. I am happiest when little people are pushing aside our plants and squealing that they found an egg! I’m excited to share this table setting with you for my Easter Buffet. My French Hare Bucket is always featured in a grand way, these are made exclusively for us by artist Robin King, and each one is a true work of art. I love mine, when its not serving up a large bouquet of Easter flowers and blooming branches, it does duty in my hallway holding umbrellas and antique walking canes.

Jewelry School: How To Wear Antique & Vintage Jewelry

Jewelry School: How To Wear Antique & Vintage Jewelry

How to Wear Antique and Vintage Jewelry. We girls all love jewelry, little bits of beautiful to highlight our own beauty. Being an antique dealer, I particularly love wearing ANTIQUE JEWELRY. You have a lot of questions about how to wear antique and vintage jewelry, my email in box always has lots of questions about the what, where and when, so here are a few suggestions that I hope will get you to actually wear your beautiful antique and vintage jewelry.

Family Birthday Dinner: aka World’s BEST CHICKEN

Family Birthday Dinner: aka World’s BEST CHICKEN

Birthdays are a big deal for me. Not so much mine, but those days that count the years of those I love. There is nothing I love more than to have a family celebration here at home. Last month, we celebrated the birthday of one of our daughters with a delicious Chicken Marbella dinner. This is the World’s Best Chicken Dinner {requested by the birthday girl}. This is from the Silver Palate , thanks to my friend Monique for sharing the recipe and recommending chicken breast. easier, and wonderful! I served it this time with rice and asparagus.

Jewelry School: Antique & Vintage Jewelry

Jewelry School: Antique & Vintage Jewelry

Do you love antique jewelry? For centuries, we women have adored wearing elegant, beautiful jewelryto add a little embellishment to our fashionable clothing. I love and wear antique jewelry every day. Some of it has been “re~purposed” by local jewelry artists and designers whom I admire and want to support. In this post, I will answer some of the many questions I get every week from all of you about how to identify pieces, what is antique? what is vintage? and what is something else.

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.