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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.

Decorating for the HOLIDAYS with Greens

Decorating for the HOLIDAYS with Greens

Great Greens literally make your look when decorating your home for the holidays. They are the very first thing I put up when I decorate our home for the season. {the shot above, of our mantle in the living room, was done for Romantic Homes Magazine a few years back.} I’m still decorating our home, and the outside gate with greens today! If you are still decorating away at home, here are some gorgeous inspirational images to get your creative juices flowing. Decorating your home for the holidays should be fun, never stressful, and having some gorgeous ideas to start from makes it a snap.

Thanksgiving Last Minute Inspiration

Thanksgiving Last Minute Inspiration

Thanksgiving is almost here! I am so excitedto spend time with my family. I’m always up for some last minute decorating inspiration, and hope you are, too. I’m sharing some of my favorite images from my Pinterest Boards.

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.

Ecstatic About Extasia!

Ecstatic About Extasia!

I am thrilled to show you the newest Extasia Jewelry pieces we acquired at FrenchGardenHouse! Extasia Jewelry is exceptional, the original designs emanate classic beauty and the luxury of old world craftsmanship, but they are fresh and timeless designs. 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. Extasia collectible jewelry is meticulously detailed, in a full palette of colors, to compliment your wardrobe, and add to your collection.

Come on a European Treasure Hunt ~ No Passport Required!

Come on a European Treasure Hunt ~ No Passport Required!

C’est Magnifique! Come on a European Treasure Hunt with FrenchGardenHouse, no passport required. I am thrilled to share our special new arrivals at FrenchGardenHouse with you.

We recently unpacked our latest shipments from Europe, it was like an early Christmas! So many of you have called and emailed to ask just exactly when our new decorative antiques were arriving, and the answer is finally NOW! I know you are anxious to add one or two beautiful, one of a kind pieces to your home for the season, and for the holidays. Antiques glamorize your home with the soothing patina of history.