Today is the day! The sun is shining, I’ve thrown our French windows at FrenchGardenHouse wide open, and the roses are beginning to bloom in the garden. It’s closer to spring!




It’s time to refresh and lighten our homes, bring in some fresh decor accents, plant new things in the garden and fill at least one vase with a bouquet of gorgeous flowers.

Here at home, John and I are re-imagining our back garden borders, trying to decide what to dig up, and what to add. {Our garden – photographed a while ago- is to be featured in This Old House Magazine early this year…so exciting!}


Spring is filled with gatherings, and invitations, so I’ve collected some wonderful things with a European flair to bring a gentle spring accent to your home. There are also plenty of beautiful gifts for giving. {or keeping.}

First, I’d like to show you some of the faux luxury floral arrangements in the LES BELLES FLEURS ATELIER.   I get so many requests for more of the permanent botanical accents for your home, that I re-opened the atelier this season.



Decorating for a new season is all in the details, and there is nothing that livens up a room like flowers. While fresh flowers are ideal, sometimes they are just not practical. I know I have a few spots at home where I love flowers, but it’s too labor intensive {and costly!} to have so many floral arrangements at home.


The boutique floral arrangements from our Les Belles Fleurs Atelier showcase the colors of spring and will last long after your garden has faded. I designed this collection to brighten up chez vous with the most beautiful long lasting faux floral arrangements. Our florals bring the allure of “just picked in the garden” French style flowers to your home.




Hydrangeas are heavenly when they bloom here, as well as in Provence. Isn’t this hydrangea and sedum pot accented with lavender stunning? A small decorative accent that brings joy to your bedside table or vanity, the crisp white pot features our signature decorative golden bee, the symbol of Napoleon, for added beauty.




Timeless Blue and White design, this beautiful Hyacinth planted in a white petite basket will remind you of days visiting the conservatory {la serre} at a French country chateau. The exceptional color of the hand crafted hyacinth flower will charm you for years to come.  Add this to your side table for an instant re-fresh of your home decor. I love these on a spring mantel, one makes my tea set in the living room look very cheerful.




Captivating florals imbued with French character bring irresistible je ne sais quoi to your home. Rhapsody in blue, the Bord de Mer channels the timeless charm of seaside hues. Exquisite blue hydrangeas and green sedum are artfully arranged in a French Country white basket together with velvety soft lamb’s ear. Add this stunning arrangement to your dining table or entrance hall console to bring seaside memories of a coastal vacation in France to your home.





Different blues, accented by that soft green are perfect just about anywhere! The colors of spring, especially beautiful if you are a lover of Blue & White. This is large enough for a spot on your antique French buffet, your dining table, or entry hall console.



It doesn’t take much to bring the romance of the garden inside.  This Romance Francaise bouquet brings the soft colors of spring inside, and it’s completely wilt-proof!





Beautiful from every side, with elegant soft light pink roses and a cream snowball in a classic glass footed vase. The rose has often been thought of as a symbol of admiration and gentleness. I love how this arrangement looks so fresh and sweet, add it to your nightstand or antique French shabby vanity for a touch of romantic beauty.


There are lots more arrangements, many one-of-a-kind, arriving this month to the LES BELLES FLEURS ATELIER. Each one will help you cultivate your personal decorating style with nature inspired arrangements.



One of the reasons I haven’t been blogging all that much this first month of the new year is that I went to market to source some beautiful things for FrenchGardenHouse. {beautiful things for you, and me!!}


While I don’t traditionally sell Easter gift items, I couldn’t help but fall in love with these rabbits that would be perfect for your Easter decor. Our French Country Hare Buckets are always such a hit {sold out, but more coming soon!} that we needed some other hares to keep them company. We are a little crazy about country hares and rabbits.




Introducing our Monsieur Lièvre, a different and slightly smaller version of the country gentleman who sold out so quickly last year. He is a fine gentleman who is clearly in love, as he’s carrying a petit pot filled with Provence lavender to bring to his beloved. A small faux chartreuse egg completes his gift. Ahhh, l’amour in spring! He even sports a jaunty French Country Blue checked ribbon, to further enchance his handsome self.


Show him off for spring parties and events, he can be displayed without his finery too. {His pot and ribbon are removable.} He will add cachet to your covered entrance porch, your entryway, your dining room or your sunroom. Made of a weighty composite resin that looks for all the world like weathered cement, little areas of “faux” green moss complete his faux-the-eye details. He’s a fine gentleman, we have an extremely limited amount.




I was able to obtain just a few more of these “stone” rabbit busts for your wall. They sold out immediately in the last spring collection, and are no longer being produced. So if this good-sized jaunty fellow captures your heart, grab him now!

He is charming, and quite delightful, and he promises not to eat your lettuces. You will be delighted to display him all year round, especially those of you who have a bunny collection.


Detailed and with a rough textured decorative faux stone finish, he will make a statement and grand impression in your garden, in your entryway, front porch, or kitchen. Anywhere and everywhere, he’ll charm you and make you smile each time you glance at him. He looks stunning over your spring buffet. Meant to look like slightly aged stone and distressed for instant classic character. He’s got quite a personality! Display him with flowers and ribbons, or a jaunty bow tie. {Floral not included.} Very limited quantities.



Many of you know one of the best ways to bring a touch of the new season to your kitchen is with a few small linens, like tea towels, or napkins. I love getting a new apron, drying towels, napkins and oven mitts for every season.


I fell head-over-heels for this design line from Europe that has the most inspired patterns….say hello to my favorites for French Country decorating for your kitchen and dining room this spring.



SO charming, the Stylish Bees design is sure to appeal to your heart, they keep you company while you cook, or do any number of other tasks, on this beautiful cotton apron. {French Bees were the symbol of Napoleon, they represent wisdom and immortality.}


On a soft green background {very neutral, almost greige} these bees make a decorative statement.  A handy pocket at the front is perfect for holding your utensils and cell phone while you cook. So well priced, think about giving one as a thoughtful host or hostess gift this season too!




Sure to brighten your days, the Stylish Bees tea towels have a handy hanging loop. You can also use these as an extra large napkin for “messy meals.” A wonderful host or hostess gift, wrap around a bottle of wine or present this with a bottle of luxury honey! Machine wash.




I love these in our French Country kitchen, especially in the spring! Set your prettiest an table with great flair for your next country club luncheon or garden dinner party. Machine wash. Sold in a set of four.




Of all the things this season, I am maybe most excited about these gardener’s aprons.  HOW CUTE ARE THESE? Oh, sorry, I know I’m shouting.

Charming as well as practical, this Country Gardener’s Half Apron keeps your clippers and other tools close at hand while gardening. Durable and water resistant, this apron is made of matt oilcloth with a delightful decorative design of rabbits, wheel barrows, watering cans, cabbages and seedlings.


Four handy pockets on the front of the apron keep your gardening essentials easily accessible – secateurs, hand tools, pruning knives, spools of twine, rubber bands, seed packets and more. The cotton straps can be adjusted to fit gardeners of all shapes and sizes around the waist. A thoughtful gift for a host or hostess who loves to dig in the dirt!




There is also a full apron, which you can wear at your potting bench, but it’s just as happy when you wear it crafting, or painting some garden post a bright new color.




We’re ready for hosting our family and friends for casual dinners outdoors, and for spring holidays. The co-ordinating towels and beautiful bone china mugs make for a wonderful casual setting!  I use the towels in the garden for big napkins at mealtimes, or drying my hands off when I wash them under the outdoor faucet.




One of my very best friends in life moved away a few years ago. She LOVES chickens, and this design, of the quirky Speckled Maran Chickens dotted with white eggs reminded me of her.  So much so, that I had to buy it and send the apron, towel, and oven gloves to her for her birthday. {I miss her terribly, but am so thankful for the telephone and email!}




A handy pocket at the front is perfect for holding your utensils and cell phone while you cook. Matching tea towels are the perfect accompaniments for a co-ordinated look while you whip up your world famous culinary delights! Adjustable neck strap. A perfect host or hostess gift for country chefs or a friend who keeps chickens.






There are plenty surprises for the Spring Collection still arriving!  More are  “on the road” towards FrenchGardenHouse and you.

I hope you will find something perfect to make your home what you want it to be. A beautiful, personal space where you love to be, and where you can entertain your family and friends in gracious style!





à bientôt,



  1. Wonderful bees, my favorite. Lidy it is cold here in Colorado and snowy. It doesn’t stop snowing until the middle of May, so we can’t plant until after May 15th. When you told us that your roses are starting to bloom I was envious. Won’t see my David Austins until June. I might have to purchase the garden apron for myself as I’m always trying to locate where I put my snippers. Lovely post!

  2. Love the aprons and tea towels, I want them all! I especially love the garden apron. It is still to cold here for much work outside but thinking about it makes me happy. Unfortunately I have sick roses so they are all being removed this week and new soil coming in. I am not sure I have it in me to plant roses again so I am looking at other options. Somehow I missed the blog on your garden, please let me know where to find it

  3. Pam, thank you. Aren’t they adorable? I’m so sorry about your roses, and I feel for you. Somehow this past year much of our borders died out, after many years. Not sure what happened there, but now we have the happy opportunity to plan and plant a fresh look too.

    The magazine feature isn’t out yet, I’m hoping to hear soon when it prints. Happy gardening!

  4. Norma Rolader

    oh my what beautiful items and thank you for sharing

    1. Thank you Norma, all of us can do with a little touch of spring, right? A little “re=fresh!”

  5. Ginger Valdes

    Love everything, Lidy! Especially those faux roses. Need to do some budget fudging!

  6. Lidy Baars

    Ginger, thank you. I love the roses too…they look realistic, especially with the “faux” water! I love the one we have on our antique French vanity.

  7. What a most beautiful collection! What a handsome rabbit!….Off to see the details of the collection and so jealous that you have thrown your windows open!! It was 70 degrees yesterday and today it is 45!

  8. I enjoyed every minute of perusing your latest collection. You have exquisite style and taste. So many lovely choices to think about!


  9. Debra Lynn Langley

    Can you please let me know when more of the French Country Hare Buckets arrive?
    Thank you so much

  10. Judy J Covert

    I really enjoyed going through the items you had on your blog. I loved them all. Please let me know when you put another post on your email. I would love to keep up with what is going on with your blog. Thanks.

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