Happy FRIDAY, the first Friday in December – and

w e l c o m e  to Monday Morning Blooms!  I know, it’s Friday, but this is a special edition of our Monday Morning Blooms.




In celebration of our inaugural Monday Morning Blooms series, I’m kicking it off with this fabulous

GIVE AWAY for this beautiful



Our Floral Friday has changed into Monday Morning Blooms – and our posts will be the 1st and 3d Monday of every month.



We have a few treats up our sleeves, the first of which is that our friend Yvonne of StoneGable has joined our circle of flower loving friends. I know you will all love Yvonne, and give her a warm welcome!


We are collaborating with Lynch Creek Farm, each of my blogging friends {ME, too!} is sharing their beautiful home with more decorating inspiration.



I hung my beautiful wreath on my office window in the front garden.


To decorate our front garden for Christmas, I hung the beautiful Bronze Magnolia wreath from Lynch Creek Farm!  Lynch Creek Farm wreaths are so fresh, they cut the evergreens from the forests in their “backyard” of the great Pacific Northwest.


Each handcrafted holiday wreath is full and lush, they smell divine!



Care instructions are included on the box for wreath longevity. In colder climates or northern states, wreaths will last about 6-8 weeks. In dry climates or southern states, wreaths will last about 4 weeks.


To help your wreath last as long as it possibly can, be sure to mist the back of the wreath with water every two to three days. The evergreens will drink the water, making them more fragrant and live longer.



After unpacking, I placed the wreath on our little wood table to put the batteries in the lantern.  It’s what sold me on this particular wreath, how charming is that light?? You can adjust the level of light from a low glowing light, to a high beacon of holiday cheer, too.


This Bronze Magnolia Wreath combines Southern magnolia leaves, bay leaves, white pine, noble fir, cedar, champagne ornament clusters, and ponderosa pine cones. The gorgeous gilt edged and sparkling bow adds just the right finishing touch.




I love how this little bronze lantern shines at night, it has such a cheerful glow!  I really wanted to hang this beautiful wreath there, on our front bay window, right by our little wood garden set.  Since I didn’t want to climb on the roof {last year I managed to get two black eyes for Christmas!!} I used one of those handy removable “Command” hooks from the hardware store and it works great on the glass pane.


This little seating area is the perfect spot to curl up under a wooly throw blanket, drink some hot chocolate and have some holiday treats.  Our weather is often temperate enough even in December to sit out here mid-day with a cup of holiday coffee and get some inspiration from my favorite holiday books.



This little chocolate cake is faux – because unless you are joining me, I’d eat it all by myself! I love these “fun” cakes, they look so great in my holiday kitchen on display with my antique cake stands and glass dome covers.


And unlike the real thing, there is zero chance of me cutting “just one tiny slice” and then giving myself a side-eyed look in the mirror when that tiny slice morphed into the whole cake! { there are still a few of them on sale here. }




Now, please join me inside the living room so I can show you how I created a stunning focal point on the French commode where I serve holiday tea.  I was inspired by the beautiful  GOLDEN MAGNOLIA CENTERPIECE arrangement.  It was so easy, I’m surprised I never thought of this before.


This pretty centerpiece was made with a pre-made fresh Christmas arrangement from Lynch Creek Farm.

It came boxed and ready to be used, it smells divine! The beautiful glowing gold pillar candle was included too.




I placed the arrangement on an antique French ironstone compote, and set that on my silver tray. A few glass ornaments in silver, white and gold on the tray is all it needed to give this area holiday magic!


I added the mercury glass hurricane to play up the silver of our antique silver tea set that is displayed on the same commode.





This Christmas centerpiece was put together in no time. And if you water the greens, it will stay this beautiful for the whole Christmas season. Really, how easy is that?


You can create a centerpiece as easy as this one, too, just order your favorite centerpiece from

Lynch Creek Farm, find a container to put it in and add flowers, ornaments, or ribbon, place it on a tray with other elements, and you’ve created holiday magic!


Easy. Beautiful.








The Monday Morning Blooms with Lynch Creek Farm tour line up is:








SHIRLEY -Housepitality Designs










ME ~ ~ ~ FrenchGardenHouse


A big THANK YOU   Lynch Creek Farm for these gorgeous Christmas “blooms”,  I love how fresh your products are, perfectly boxes and shipped to FrenchGardenhouse and how beautiful they look here at home. The “I love these fresh gorgeous things” opinions are strictly all my own.


à bientôt


  1. Lidy, thank you so much for participating in this giveaway! The addition of the lantern is so en”light”ening. Light always adds to the holiday mood. Follow you through Home is Where the Boat is. Thanks again! Merry Christmas!

  2. Lidy, the bronze magnolia wreath is beautiful in your front garden area. You have set the loveliest spot to enjoy hot chocolate or coffee. I would have never dreamed the cake was faux, now that would solve my sweet tooth for sure. I can just imagine how cozy it would be to join you in your gorgeous garden for hours of conversation. The French commode is so stunning on its own but adding the centerpiece makes it sing during the Christmas season. You have definitely created holiday magic dear friend. It is always a pleasure to join you for Monday Morning Blooms!

  3. Lidy….I so love that you placed that gorgeous wreath in your garden…such a beautiful place for it to shine. Would love to join you in your garden for your special treats….but I’ll choose the real cake please! Now you had me at the antique compote and silver…I so love that the LCF centerpieces can be adapted to any decor. The arrangement is truly stunning among your exquisite antiques…..A most wonderful inaugural debut of our Monday Morning Blooms!!! Have a very Merry weekend Lidy!!! xoxo’s

  4. Lidy, You’ve created such Christmas cheer with your garden sitting area with your cheery checks and red enamelware. I have the same books for cozy reading Christmas inspiration, great minds read alike! 🙂 I’d happily share a real cake with you but the faux saves calories and is so festive, I would have never known if you hadn’t told me. I admired that gorgeous wreath with the magnolia leaves and lantern. One lucky reader will be so happy to have it. I adore your beautiful vignette with your centerpiece set on your silver tray with sparkling ornaments, mirror and boxwood wreath. It’s a joy to be among your circle of flower loving friends.<3 Happy Friday!

  5. Lanita Anderson

    I love your beautiful Christmas decorations and your inspiration using the beautiful wreaths and greenery! I have a love for dishes of all kinds and love that you paired the wreath with the pretty red and white dishes!! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

  6. Sandee

    What a lovely wreath, and I’m sure the smell is totally Christmas!!

  7. Susan McNeely

    Your decor always inspires me. Thank you for the beautiful pieces that you share with us. The wreath is gorgeous. The perfect touch for Christmas.

  8. Oh Lidy, the magnolia centerpiece on the French commode is absolutely beautiful! The wreath you chose is also pretty! I adore magnolias and love decorating with them during the holidays. Your Christmas house is gorgeous. Enjoy your weekend!!!

  9. Cassandra Bullington

    Lidy, these wreaths are beautiful and look so fresh I feel I can smell them while reading your post. As always, your home and decor are lovely.

  10. All the pictures are so inspirational for planning holiday decor. The extra bonus is that not only will it look wonderful, but it will create a lingering holiday scent in your home as well.

  11. Lidy, you have made a wonderful Christmas garden. All your touches are special and the silver and compote pot is perfect. Always show pretty pieces


  12. Well, that chocolate cake sure fooled me! I went back after looking at all the photos to see if there was link for a recipe! I just love your red and white checked chocolate pot and the simply hung boxwood wreath on your mirror over the more ornate centerpiece.

  13. I would love to win the wreath and sit by the fire and sip hot cocoa. Thank you for sharing

  14. Joan Riker

    The lantern and beautiful wreath. Thank you for letting us know about Lynch Creek Farm!

  15. Pamela

    I love your little faux chocolate cake and all the beautiful greenery. the smell of fresh greens is the best, especially to us Floridians who don’t really have those products readily available.

  16. Joanne

    The Bronze wreath and center piece are gorgeous. And so so festive. I love the red and white come for tea setting, it’s so whimsical. Adding the mercury glass candle holder adds a warm glow to your center piece. Such a lovely way to showcase the wreath and centerpiece.

  17. Bobbie T

    This wreath is beautiful. Just love the lantern. You did an excellent job designing the centerpiece. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year.

  18. Maureen O

    Another fantastic wreath choice from Lynch Creek Farm! All the ladies did a wonderful job with their wreaths!

  19. Lidy-The wreath you chose is gorgeous! The bronze lantern is such a wonderful touch. I enjoy reading all the clever ideas you have.I think I shall try the silver tray idea on our buffet. Have a great day! Clara?

  20. Lidy, I love the bronze magnolia selections. They’re very much aligned with my taste for traditional. Each of you have chosen beautiful arrangements and I would enjoy any of them, as my style varies from casual to elegant throughout the house during the holidays. Thanks for the opportunity.

  21. Lorna Hadley

    I just love all your ideas for decorating. They inspire me to be creative as well. Nothing says Christmas to me as much as the fresh,
    fragrant greens. You provide such wonderful ideas, that I even come back to previous blogs to get ideas for each new Christmas season.
    Thank You.

  22. Doris Nollman

    This wreath is gorgeous in your garden area! Thank you for sharing.

  23. Donna Milazzo

    All these wreaths are just gorgeous – I can almost smell them. I haven’t purchased a live wreath before, but you have me tempted!

  24. Donna, they are gorgeous, but you are right, there is nothing like the fresh, fragrant smell of greens! I love the wreaths I’ve gotten from Lynch Creek Farm, they last long especially in a sheltered outdoors area.

  25. Carla S

    So beautiful! Nothing says Christmas like fresh greens – the smell, texture, color. Without a doubt one of my favorite things to decorate with!!

  26. Julie D

    I love the LC wreath. I have had them in the past and love the fresh scent that lingers throughout the season. Beautiful decorating. I am a first time visitor to the site and plan to return!

  27. Meg Moore

    I fell in love with your wreath from Lynch Creek Farm so I just ordered one for myself and my in-laws for Christmas. I had originally planned to put it on our front door but after seeing your posts I think I’m going to hang it over our fireplace so I can enjoy it daily. Thank you for your lovely blog.

  28. I am having such fun looking at all these arrangements and would love to have one to call my own. But the chest with the roses on the front is to die for. Can you tell me if you purchased it this way, or is this something you did on your own? I absolutely love it!

    1. Margo, thank you so much! I sell French antiques, when I bought this piece I fully intended to sell it, honest. But somehow it never left!

  29. Lisa Faris

    The wreaths from Lynch Creek Farm are so beautiful. I would love to place one on my door.

  30. Beverly Rowntree

    What a beautiful wreath! It is really lush and full.

  31. The wreath is absolutely gorgeous! I love the mixture of fresh greens which add texture and interest, as well as wonderful fragrance. The lantern is a charming addition, making the wreath especially warm, festive and welcoming. Thank you for always sharing such creative, beautiful and inspiring ideas. Merry Christmas xxxx

  32. Theresa Keller

    What a beautiful wreath and centerpiece, love them both! Great Ideas I love your silver pieces. Thank you for sharing and inspiring!! happy holidays

  33. Marianne Gum

    That wreath is gorgeous! And I am in AL- perfect.

  34. Linda Haley

    I’m in love with that lantern too. Everything looks so inviting. I need to swap out all my cake recipes for Faux ones!

  35. Janice

    I too love the lantern on the wreath. Such a cute idea! Your decorations are so inspiring to look at. I can’t begin to decorate as pretty as you have. I have such trouble knowing what will look good with other items. It takes me forever to make even one little setting but yours is beautiful.

  36. Cynthia

    The wreath is so pretty! Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  37. Denise Carlson

    I went to each blog post and l.o.v.e.each and every one of the beautiful wreaths from Lynch Creek Farm who wouldn’t want one to grace there holiday decorated home. Please enter me into the drawing.
    Thanks, Denise

  38. Cindy A.

    Lynch Creek Farm has the prettiest wreaths. Thank you so much for the chance to win one.

  39. Lynn Schantz

    I’m so glad you have been invited to share your lovely ideas. I have been following “Home is Where the Boat is” for about 4 years. I love your antiques, and anyone who talks flowers and gardens I’m right there with you. The Christmas wreath is beautiful, loving the bronze magnolia leaves. Lynn

  40. It has been such fun to see each day a different wreath and centerpiece each displayed in the individual style of the Monday Morning Bloomer of the day. Thank you. I really would be delighted to win any one of the five highlighted this week. MM

  41. Sharon

    Such a beautiful wreath – and all of your decoration!

  42. Sharon

    Your red and white accessories are perfect for the season.

  43. Rhonda Steelman

    Love love love the bronze lantern wreath and your cherry red and white dishes.

  44. Miriam

    I love your Bronze Magnolia Wreath and all of your decorations. They are so peaceful looking. I would love to have one of the Bronze Magnolia Wreaths.

  45. Maree Sperle

    Love seeing your exquisite Christmas decorations. You give me plenty of ideas and hoping I can execute as good as. The wreaths are beyond perfection so would be thrilled to win one. Fingers crossed.

  46. I am so impressed with all the beautiful wreaths and centerpieces you all have shared this week! Gorgeous, and I love love magnolia leaves! Lynch Creek Farms has such a large selection and very well priced, I’m so glad to learn about their company!! I love the way used your wreath and centerpiece!

  47. Beth C

    Thanks for sharing your decorations with us. What a fun week it was to see everyone’s beautiful holiday designs.

  48. I absolutely love this wreath. I haven’t decorated a thing yet for Christmas, so this wreath would be such a joy.

  49. Darlene

    All post were wonderful each offering something new, stunning and of course added to my bucket list which
    (Is getting a bit overwhelming and I’m not getting any younger). I love and have never seen Magnolia leaves
    Mixed with pines what a warm and casual yet elegant feel the mix offers…amazing!
    Merry Christmas

  50. Shelia

    Hi Lidy! Your arrangements are beautiful and so is everything in your shop! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  51. Sandra Fischer

    I love all of your little vignettes … they encourage and inspire me to try to create my iwn

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