{For all you summer lovers – don’t read this part!}

This time of year, I am ready for fall!



I am putting together the FrenchGardenhouse Fall Collection, as well as traveling to a few Home & Design Markets to view all the spring {2019!} trends in home decor, and shop more for our FrenchGardenHouse Holiday Collection.

We just had a family wedding {yay!!- you can see a few photos on our instagram account} AND….shipments are continuing to arrive with all the antiques from France. So…it’s a super busy time here.


French Country Linen Market Tote| French Citron Label Jar


It’s a hive of activity here, and with the hot weather in our part of Southern California – a hot one!  {And I’ll be honest, with this hot weather, lazying around in the back garden sipping lemonade sounds really good.}

But there are so many exciting boxes and containers to unpack for Fall!


French Jar Fraise Label French Country Check Bowl


I was able to restock some of the French canning jars with the vintage fruit labels you’ve asked for, they are already back up on the shop site.  Not just for storing things in your French Country kitchen, they love to show off late summer flowers too!


Country Check Salad Plates |Red Charger Plates | Antique French Bottle | French Parisian Towels


This larger Citron French jar was just featured in the fall issue of Victorian Homes Magazine, along with its friend the French bucket.


French Country Zinc Bucket French Citron Label Jar


More often than not, during this hot and so busy time, dinner in the summer at FrenchGardenHouse is a combination of a huge organic salad with something else easy.

Sometimes just fresh baked bread, sometimes with a soup, or sometimes as a side, it all depends on what is on the salad.


Embroidered Linen Napkins| French Country Blue Checked Cake Stand Cafe au Lait Bowl


By early evening, our back patio has cooled off enough to eat out there.

For quick al fresco dinners, I put everything on a tray to carry outdoors. A few dishes, napkins {yes, I do use our linen napkins every day- I wash and tumble dry only, no ironing!} a few glasses for an aperitif, and I’m all set.


French Country Blue Check Plates


Weekday evenings are the perfect time for fresh, “clean-eating” salads.  I’m sharing the recipe for this very easy delicious salad today, it’s a summer favorite at our house. I buy organic produce as much as I can, this week I found such beautiful watercress, I added it to the salad and omitted the kale. {Mr FGH hates kale. He’s not a trend follower!}


Antique Silver Salad Servers


So easy, and this Green Goddess Dressing is absolutely delicious in combination with the fresh produce from the market!

Be sure to slice the radishes super thin, and try to get small ones.  You know how radishes are sometimes super bitter or spicy? I’ve found that the smaller ones are the better ones.






  • Butter lettuce, a little shredded kale if desired, and some watercress
  • 1/2 pint organic multi-colored cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 radishes, sliced thinly.
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan {i use more!}


  1. Chop up kale and butter lettuce, and the watercress.
  2. Put the cherry tomatoes in a small bowl, drizzle with some olive oil, salt & pepper and marinate a while.
  3. Place all ingredients in bowl {including the tomatoes in the olive oil}
  4. Top the salad with parmesan.
  5. Drizzle Green Goddess Dressing over entire salad.
  6. Mix and serve.


I hope you are enjoying this last month of summer. I’ll be channeling Fall in every way I can.  Watch for the FrenchGardenHouse Fall Collection to launch sometime this month. If you want to be first to see and shop the newest collection, please sign up for our newsletter on the Shopsite . {You’ll get a discount for your very first order, too!}




And aside from enjoying dinners in the back garden, I’ll be attending a few more decor markets this month, and traveling to some favorite buying destinations. Hope your August is a happy month so far!


Blue & White Linen Tote Bag


à bientôt


  1. I’m reading this before breakfast and considering a green goddess salad instead of my usual flax seed muffin and coffee.

  2. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

    I love summer, but I’m looking forward to fall too! You always have such beautiful things. The salad sounds scrumptious! Thanks for the recipe. Enjoy your week!!!

  3. Mary coleman

    I knew Mr. FGH had good taste. I strenuously don’t like kale and thought I was the absolute only one ever!! I might possibly give it a chance if I was dining in your garden with the delicious dressing and colorful table setting.
    A lovely blog as usual but how was the wedding??? Been thinking of you and all the love surrounding your family!

  4. Sandra at Maison De Jardin

    Lidy, as always a lovely post. We so love green goddess dressing and it is so refreshing on these hot summer days. I thank you for another great recipe. And, by the way – I made your French Country White Bean Salad and it was a hit. I knew my husband would love it and he did. Actually, I have made it twice since you posted the recipe.

    Enjoy your travels, I will be visiting your shop.

  5. Taste of France

    Nothing sounds better than a salad on a hot day. A little tuna on top and you have a dinner. My husband prefers salads the French way–composed, with each ingredient separate, rather than tossed.

  6. Ginger Valdes

    I love how you always surround yourself with beauty, Lidy. Indoors and out!

  7. Ginger, thank you…I try! Life is just so much more pleasant if we try to be beautiful with our manner and words, and surround ourselves and those we love so much with as much beauty as we can. I’ve been in some very beautiful and lavish homes around the world, but there is one that touched my heart so much. A very small home, where everything was fairly threadbare, the woman who lived there added a flowering weed in a little cup of water to her little table to bring beauty inside for her family.

    We are so blessed to be able to bring some beauty to the everyday, lavish or simple!

  8. Lidy, by August I am done with summer. It gets very humid in NJ. I can’t stand it and then it feels like it takes forever for fall. Fall is my favorite for so many reasons.

    Salad sounds delicious.

    Hopping over to your shop.

    Have a wonderful day


    1. Cindy, I tried to leave a comment on your blog, hoping it worked! I hope your Peanut is feeling better and better!

  9. You always make me smile every time I read your posts…the salad looks like the perfect summer salad and the summer vignettes with those amazing things you have to offer are always a treat for the eyes. Looking forward to hearing about your trips to the Home and Design markets and learn about the new trends. Have a great week Lidy!

  10. I am going to definitely want to hear about the home and design event, Lidy. How exciting…please pass along what you feel we would love.

    I so enjoyed all of your pics, as always. The salad sounds simple and perfect. I think Green Goddess dressing is making a huge comeback. I’m gong to try your recipe.

    Jane x

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