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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!

Easy Holiday Chocolate Favor

Easy Holiday Chocolate Favor

I want to share this easy, but beautiful dinner party favor with you! It’s festive, delicious and has a little sparkle, perfect for this time of year. A few nights ago I went to our Giving Circle {read about what that is HERE} and wanted to bring something small for everyone.  I bought these French Chocolate bars, dark chocolate with sea salt {!} and saw the little glitter clip-on birds at the store a while back and purchased quite a few, knowing they would be perfect to add to gifts for our neighbors and friends.

Collecting Antique Silver

Collecting Antique Silver

Antique Silver makes your holiday table shine! The Holiday Issue of Victorian Homes Magazine is absolutely filled with inspiration of all sorts, I am thrilled that my latest article about Antiques is in such gorgeous company. Collecting antique table silver is not only fun, but silver is such a useful antique, too. Tables set with gleaming silver start the party in a sparkling way, nothing says “you are special” to your guests than a table set with beautiful silver pieces.

Harvest Breakfast Meeting Tablescape

Harvest Breakfast Meeting Tablescape

This morning I had breakfast with two of my dear friends Sharon Hughes from Launch Your Creativity, and Cheryl Turner who owns the most beautiful tea room in downtown Orange, California called Paris in a Cup.

Aside from being friends, Sharon is the founder of Launch Your Creativity, a business that inspires, encourages and teaches entrepreneurs how to launch and grow their business. Cheryl and I are blessed to be able to work with Sharon, and this meeting was to discuss the event that we just attended, and to plan next year’s event. I love to mix business with pleasure, and always enjoy hosting meetings at home. It allows everyone to have a relaxed time, and there really is nothing better than to gather people around your table and to hear laughter in your home!

For the Love of Linen Napkins

For the Love of Linen Napkins

Set your most beautiful holiday tables! Thanksgiving is synonymous with family bonding, tradition and of course, a delicious meal. It’s also a time to pull out your most elegant china, press your linens and polish your silver. Why not make your table more inviting by using real linen napkins? Here are a few of my favorite new linens to use, all of them are available at FrenchGardenHouse.

Gold & Pink Backyard Bridal Shower

Gold & Pink Backyard Bridal Shower

This last Sunday afternoon, I had the privilege of lending my garden to a wedding shower my eldest daughter and her sister~in~law hosted for their sister~in~law~to~be. Despite the fact that it rained all day on Saturday, and it rained early on Sunday morning, the sun came out, and we were able to enjoy a fall afternoon in the garden celebrating this young beautiful bride. This last Sunday afternoon, I had the privilege of lending my garden to a wedding shower my eldest daughter and her sister~in~law hosted for their sister~in~law~to~be. Despite the fact that it rained all day on Saturday, and it rained early on Sunday morning, the sun came out, and we were able to enjoy a fall afternoon in the garden celebrating this young beautiful bride.