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How to Add French Country Style to Your Home

How to Add French Country Style to Your Home

Ready to add French Country Style to your home? Many of the questions that you ask me focus on how to create a French Country style in your home. Spring is a great time to restyle one or more areas at home, to reflect the new, fresh season. French Country is European elegance mixed with rustic, farm house style. It’s the perfect balance of beauty and comfort; graceful and rustic, it looks equally fabulous in country homes, and elegant city residences. Sure, French Country furniture, toile and Provencial fabrics all play a part, but you can get the French Country look just by adding a few well chosen pieces from FrenchGardenHouse. Here’s how:

Reflect the Vitality of Nature: New Jewelry Collection for Spring

Reflect the Vitality of Nature: New Jewelry Collection for Spring

It’s Spring! Do you love it as much as I do? Enchanted by the flora and fauna of the season, I’ve chosen a colorful bouquet of Jewelry to beautify and refresh your every day. New from Extasia, this collection of stunning, collectible jewelry is just the thing you need to brighten your spring days {and add a touch of feminine beauty and romance to your special evenings.} Extasia Jewelry is exceptional, the original designs emanate classic beauty and the luxury of old world craftsmanship, but they are fresh and timeless designs. Extasia pieces are so well made, it is sold in only the best shops and luxury boutiques such as Harrods, The Victoria & Albert Museum in England, The Royal Palace gift shop in the U.K., and exclusive shops throughout the world.

Easter

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.