I hope you have all had a wonderful week!

Inside FrenchGardenHouse, I’m almost 100% decorated, are you?




Today, Mr. FrenchGardenHouse and I are finishing up the garlands around our fence in the front garden, and the lights all the way around the house.

{he doesn’t know that yet, so don’t tell ’til I’m ready, Okay?}


{You already  saw our new garlands here, but the weather prevented us from finishing the fence decorations, we only hung them half way around.}


I’m looking forward to some time in our French Country style garden, I love it in spring, fall, summer, but nothing beats being bundled up in a sweater and being out there during this time of year!




My plan is to set up a little coffee and treat area on the garden table in the garden.


I’ll encourage John to come and drink coffee with me after he finishes

the fence garlands and the house lights. {I have a plan!}



And this time I’ll serve an actual cake, not a faux one, because…well, husbands and people in general, are more motivated by the lure of real pastries and cakes.


And I do want to get the front done.





{As you probably guessed, by “I” – I mean John is going to do the actual work, I’ll just add bows and fluff.}



If you missed yesterday’s post, I’m doing a re-cap so that you can enter to win one of the wreaths we featured from Lynch Creek Farm.  


I hope you have had a chance to meet my friends.



Each one is near to my heart, they always encourage, inspire and lift me up with their words, their sweet spirits, and the beauty they lovingly create in their homes.


Shirley lives in the South, and she has a huge love for blue and white, and it’s evident in her decorating at her Berry Patch home.


She knows how to create holiday magic!






Pam lives in the country, and oh my, she knows how to decorate with style.  

She has a love of color, and is so great at mixing patterns!


{BTW – if she ever gets rid of that rug, I’ve got first dibs!}





Mary lives by a lake, and she spends as much time as possible outdoors in her beautiful part of the world.

Mary always has such cheerful things to share.


She has some darling companions you will adore, too!






And then there is Yvonne. Yvonne lives in a farmhouse, and her kitchen alone makes all of us want to move right in with her.


She decorates from the heart, and creates magic everywhere she goes.



Side bar: I love that we all live in such different places! I live in a beach town in California…each of us lives in a totally different place, but we have so much in common.


Just like you have so much in common with us, most likely!




Each one of these ladies is special to me, and I am so thankful that they let me be part of their Monday Morning Blooms group.



So now, please be sure to enter to win this glorious W R E A T H !


All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, or the one from yesterday, or BOTH ! 




It’s so easy to enter. Just leave a comment below and that’s it. The giveaway is a quick one and will end on Saturday, December 8th at midnight est. – Open to Continental U.S. residents. The winner will be contacted by email. Make sure that you leave me the right email when you comment. Good luck!










I hope you have a beautiful weekend, spent doing things you love with the people who matter to you.


My special scripture for this weekend:

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.” -Luke 2:14


à bientôt


  1. Linda Chapin

    Lidy, it is such a joy to see your greetings throughout this holiday season. It’s the first thing I look for…even before settling in with the NYTimes. Perhaps the grace and beauty in your pictures and messages are helping me face the difficult news of each day!

  2. Your home sings “Joy to the World” Lidy!….it was so much fun doing this Inaugural tour of Monday Morning Blooms with you and the MMB friends…Looking forward to our next Monday Morning Blooms with you!…
    Have a very Merry weekend!

  3. Kitty Lindsay

    Stunning wreath! I hope it will have a happy home with me in the Mountain West.

  4. Lidy, thank you for this beautiful post! Your home and gardens are French perfect and how I would love to visit with you. I am more than thrilled to be a part of our sweet MMB group. Wishing you and John a Merry Weekend!

  5. Alice Genzlinger

    Your front garden is so sweet with the table set in front of the bay window. I can imagine sitting with you there for a cup of coffee enjoying the works of your (John’s) labor. I’m sure at night it is just as lovely looking out of the bay window to the garland lit for Christmas. Our guest this weekend are enjoying tea we bought from Celestial Seasons yesterday. We took a quick tour of Celestial Seasons and the smell was a big CHRISTMAS experience. We had Bengal Spice tea with bourbon cookies after we returned home. Have you ever taken their tour? It’s free and there is a shop to win you over and Cafe where you can try the many different teas with lunch.

  6. Edna McDonald

    Merry Christmas! Lidy,

    Ah! You have done it again! What lovely warm and welcoming Christmas settings that makes one admire your exquisite taste. Each and every scene, especially the adorable pets, says love and peace-and that is what Christmas and the holidays are about,

    And any one lucky enough to join you in having a cup of tea from that eye catching teapot, would remember a most memorable Christmas of a lifetime!


    PS Who produces the lovely teapot? It definitely has my vote!

  7. Maureen

    These are such stunning welcoming wreaths. They Welcome those who come to the home with such grace.
    I love the look of greenery at Christmas because it bring the hope of Spring.

  8. Susan S.

    Lovely settings like these remind us that beauty can capture our fleeting attention to experience “ahh” moments – we slow down, come to the present and relish in the possibilities of making new memories that will be treasured beyond today. No doubt, such festive beauty fuels our imagination and tickles our “joy gene”!

  9. Your home is so warm and inviting! Just perfect for this season. Merry Christmas!

  10. Cindy A.

    Thank you so much giving us the chance to win such a lovely and generous giveaway. I love the wreath used as a centerpiece. It fits perfectly on the table.

  11. Lorna H.

    I am loving the wreath and all the inspiration. What a beautiful time of the year.

  12. It’s all so lovely and inviting! How can one not be in the holiday spirit with these beautiful inspirations.

  13. John s Comanse

    Good Morning! I so enjoy your inspiration & talent.
    Have a great weekend. See you soon. ?

  14. Becky S.

    How gorgeous and festive! It’s all so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Beverly Dodge

    Hi Lidy, I don’t believe I can respond any more graciously than the ladies’ previous comments above, but we all certainly appreciate your God-given gifts & talents and are greatly inspired by them, as well as being thankful for your willingness, (and for your hubby, Johns as well!), to share these beautiful images with us. It gives everyone a chance to dream as well as imagine our own homes to resemble, (if only in some small way), the elegance and grandeur you always manage to display! God bless you and your family in every way and may this be your merriest Christmas ever!

  16. Hi Lidy! Beautiful things to brighten my morning. Love the wreath; it is the icing on top! Hugs and Merry days. Pat

  17. Hi Lidy! Everything is just gorgeous! I went and looked at your garland on your fence – it’s beautiful! Love it all and thank you for sharing all of the other gals beautiful decorating. Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  18. Oh Lidy, you make magic in all that you do! Your Christmas home is exquisite!!!
    Sheer wonderment my lovely friend! Those garlands are absolutely beautiful and I can only imagine what it will all look like when John finishes 🙂 I loved meeting your friends and their beautiful homes as well! I am so inspired after seeing all this Christmas beauty! The wreath is so beautiful my dear! Such a generous giveaway!

    sending love….

  19. Madonna Jameson

    Hi Lidy ,
    Your beautiful home , and business and your absolutely wonderful life as a child getting to visit your lovely Grandmother and all of her finery , when I close my eyes I am right there with you ! What a dream come true . I love all things old and the wonderful French style, I’m realizing my dream of changing over to French style because I have always wanted to !

    My life is passing before my eyes too fast so I’ll have to work fast I’m stock pileing fantastic chairs and sofas.
    I hope your holidays are pure magic .
    I have been reading your blog for awhile and so enjoy it
    Greetings from Missouri ,
    Madonna J

  20. Myra Phillips

    Your blog is so beautiful and inspiring! The lovely wreath is breathtaking! Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway! Merry Christmas!

  21. Diane McCarthy

    Just stunning! Thank you for such beautiful inspiration!

  22. You made me smile with your crafty ways in working with John! Yes, we all need to have a few tricks up our sleeves to get our loves to help with decorating! I personally have a problem with climbing on ladders, well–in my case, chairs. I fell off one a few years ago and broke my arm. So that’s what I leave for hubby.

    I love your pretty garland. Your front garden looks very elegant and inviting! And thanks for sharing the other ladies decor. It’s all very inspiring!

    I have a question. I made an attempt to decorate my own wreath this year. I added the bow to the bottom. Is there a proper place to put it? Everywhere I look I’m seeing the bow at the top. Is it just personal preference?

    Thank you so much for such a nice giveaway! You are the best.


  23. Jo McCready

    Love, love, love this post! Just the inspiration I need to finish my Christmas decorating! The wreath is truly lovely.

  24. Laurie Smith

    Your posts are always so pretty and I love the decorations outside. Merry Christmas and thank you for the wonderful opportunity to enter the giveaway.

  25. Sue M.

    Love the holidays and all the festive decorations shared!

  26. Christine Weber

    Beautiful home and garden, Lidy! I love the way you add the bows and fluff. Thank you for sharing your style with us.

  27. Sharon Crigger-Stokan

    I so enjoyed this post – all the beauty in everyone’s homes, the decorations, floral pieces, and particularly your Scripture at the end, Lidy! Have a wonderful Sunday!

  28. Absolutely incredibly fabulous home and gardens (and husband, to do all you ask). You live a dream & you cast a magical incantation on every aspect of your Christmas & it’s joy. .

  29. Linda Hovgaard

    Words to describe your posts, your home, your garden…so classy, so French, so beautiful, so inspirational… and I love your closing line about doing things you love with people you love and enjoy! Thank you. Oh, and that wreath is beautiful!!!

  30. Jean Van

    Hi, Lidy,
    Enjoyed all the photo’s and loved your front step and inside with all the warm and inviting thing’s, alway’s enjoy seeing your home it is lovely, wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Happy, New Year~~~~~~~~~~~Bonjour, Jean~~~~~~~~~

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