French Autumn Floral Inspiration

We are almost at the end of summer, and then comes my very favorite season, Autumn. I’m welcoming it with wide open arms, just as I did as a little girl growing up in Europe, walking in the orchard to pick figs and pears, or discovering moss, beautiful leaves and other natural delights in our family’s woods. Today I’m sharing French Autumn Floral Inspiration, using the jewel tones of this glorious season.



French Autumn Floral Inspiration

Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms!



I’m so glad to meet your here…please come in, help yourself to some coffee or tea, and join me for some floral therapy!  At the end of the post I’ll share the links for my friends, Mary, Pam and Shirley, so you can visit them too.




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Even though we are still in the heat of summer here in Southern California, there is a change in the air, especially at night. When we walk our Bentley for his last walk of the evening, it’s chilly enough to wear a wrap, or a light sweater.




Some of the leaves are turning a slightly different color, and I can’t wait until they have that golden glow.




autumn floral bouquet




I was thrilled to be able to find arm-fulls of beautiful autumn colored flowers this time.



My secret tip for buying flowers in this hot weather is to put a bucket in your car and fill it 1/4 full of luke warm water, so that you can put your flowers straight in the water.  When I get home, I fill our farm sink with tepid water and let the flowers drink more water for a while.




French Autumn Floral Inspiration




I covered the little table in our living room with an antique French boutis {it means a “whole cloth quilt”} in beautiful golden colors.  The country blue wooden firkin is a recent favorite from a buying trip.





The flowers in  this autumnal bouquet are :








PURPLE FOUNTAIN GRASS {from our front garden}



French Autumn Floral Inspiration



French Autumn Floral Inspiration




I added a container inside the bucket to hold the flowers. I used floral tape in a grid, and filled it with water.  What works best for me is that the bigger the arrangement, the smaller squares I tape off. {So many more taped off grids and use lots of tape.}  The tape grids hold the heavier stems upright.



French Autumn Floral Inspiration





This mustard painted caddy is another great favorite from a recent antique buy.  It is the perfect color for autumn.






These napkins are back in stock and they remain a favorite!






The figs are in season! Aren’t they beautiful?  Their color is inspiring on so many levels, and they taste delicious!  My favorite way to make them is with cheese and balsamic vinegar.  I made them last night and meant to take a few photos, but sadly, we ate all of them. I promise to share this easy recipe and snap a few images before they are eaten…they are just so good.



French Autumn Floral Inspiration


French Autumn Floral Inspiration


French Autumn Floral Inspiration



Thank you so much for your visit. I hope that you are inspired to create your own pre-season bouquet with this French Autumn Floral Inspiration.



We are working on adding lots of French autumn antiques to the shop this week. I’m channeling my inner-autumn, because these are the hottest weeks of the year.  I wish you a blessed week ahead!


French Autumn Floral Inspiration



I hope you will click on my friend’s links,  below, for even more flower therapy.




fall flowers in garden setting

PAM at Everyday Living


autumn floral bouquet

MARY at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs


French Autumn Floral Inspiration

SHIRLEY at Housepitality Designs


French Autumn Floral Inspiration
and me, LIDY at FrenchGardenHouse.







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20 thoughts on “French Autumn Floral Inspiration”

  1. Swoon Lidy! Autumn is my favorite season too and I cannot wait for her to arrive. Your vignette is magazine-worthy from your mix of autumnal blooms with the addition of feathery fountain grass, blue vessel, wonderful quilt, monogrammed napkins and handsome armoire. We love figs and have to fight the birds for them as they ripen. Thank for my dose of fall this morning. I hope Mother Nature cooperates and it lasts longer than 20 minutes this year. 😉 So happy to joining you for some flower therapy today, Happy Monday. <3

  2. Gorgeous, Lidy.Love the arrangement on your little table,I have the same candle holders.
    Fall is one of my favorite seasons just like you.
    Happy Monday.

  3. Be still my heart Lidy!….the arrangement of gorgeous flowers is magnificent and speaks to the last days of summer. I must say that your firkin stopped me in my tracks…I am so loving your beautiful draped table of so many Fall inspired beauties…so happy that those napkins are back in stock as they are wonderful and I love mine that are similar. Figs are certainly beautiful and a former neighbor/friend had a huge fig tree and they did not like figs…just the look of the leaves, so it was available for the picking. Thank you for your beautiful French floral inspiration today…you are making me want to find a table and create one too. Lovely, lovely to join you today for lots of flower and French love!

  4. Lidy, autumn is my favorite season and I anxiously await her arrival. The firkin is just fabulous filled with those glorious jewel toned flowers. I love dahlias…this is my second and last year to grow them. They just don’t do well for me, the insects eat the leaves and the blooms. Sorry, I digressed. The quilt covering is a perfect addition for transitioning into the fall season. I adore figs with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of goat cheese. I will look forward to your recipe. I also love to make the old-fashioned fig preserves. I love your perfectly French table and it is always a pleasure to join you for Monday Morning Blooms. Wishing you a joy-filled day xoxo

  5. Breathtaking Lidy! I love love what you chose to combine summer and fall, the yellow sunflower, burnt orange alstromeria, the deep reds of the dahlias, and pale peachy pinks of the roses, they all go together so beautifully! The casual bucket and pairing of figs and apples really adds a welcome fall touch. It looks beautiful sitting on the cozy quilt with pretty napkins…my very favorite part is the fountain grasses, so graceful and lovely! Thank you for the beautiful eye candy today!

    1. Jenna, thank you for your visit! I love the fountain grasses too…they add a little fun and fuzzy everywhere they go!

  6. Thank you so much Jenna. Autumn is my favorite season, I love everything about it. These colors just boldly proclaim the upcoming season don’t they? Wishing you a beautiful day!

  7. Breathtakingly beautiful Lidy. The blue firkin filled with amazing blooms makes for a beautiful arrangement. You have accessoried beautiful with the napkins, mustard colored caddy, and lovely quilt. A touch of autumn for sure.

  8. Donna Milazzo

    Oh my goodness! One of your prettiest EVER! That combo of the peachy roses with the deep magenta dahlias is wonderful! These florals don’t look like they’re from Trader Joe’s, and I’ve never seen them carry ‘named’ roses. I have a Distant Drums rose in a pot waiting to be planted, one of my favorites! I’m wondering where you got your flowers. I’ve heard there is a flower market in Mission Viejo now, but I haven’t visited yet. Would love to know your source! The heat has been awful, but we are lucky that our evenings aren’t so bad.

    1. Thanks so much Donna! And yes, I actually did buy the Distant Drums roses at our Trader Joe’s! They were part of their “garden roses” offering. I bought some of the rest at a wholesale flower mart. Hope the heat fades quickly, but we are fortunate that the evenings are cooler, aren’t we?

  9. So quintessentially and authentically French, just like you, Lidy! This so appeals to me! Those jewel tone florals are so right now, and the bucket you’ve styled them in, the figs, the entire table…..{sigh}. On one of our walk paths there are a couple of fig trees that I am closely watching to nab a few when ripe in just a couple more weeks, I think. Meanwhile, I have started making a few styling changes here in the loft, with faux fruits and some jewel-toned majolica. We’re enjoying a foreseeable forecast of lower than daytime 90s, and cooler than nighttime 70. It’s a welcome change!

    1. Oh, it sounds magical Rita! I am enjoying a foreseeable forecast of fall, too! Hope your week is starting off to a fabulous beginning!

  10. Alice Genzlinger

    Beautiful Lidy. Your flower arrangement would make a perfect oil painting. And I love the mustard caddy. Thinking seriously of painting mine mustard. Your ad in Southern Home is award worthy. We are trying to get rid of things that we feel others can use that we no longer love. What designer said to have nothing you feel is not beautiful or something like that.

    1. Thank you Alice! It was William Morris, a British textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement. He lived from March, 1834 – October,1896. ” Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

  11. Your flower arrangements are just beautiful, I have zinnias and dahlia’s blooming, but I cannot find the taller dahlias to plant, mine are full of blooms but they are short. They are a perennial aren’t they?

    Love all your posts
    Jackie Wild

    1. Thanks so much for your visit, Jackie. And thank you too, for your kind compliment about the floral arrangement (the flowers do all the work!)
      I am not sure about these, but I do know that “dinner plate dahlia’s” grow to be quite tall!

  12. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

    Lidy, your autumn floral arrangement has my heart singing! It is absolutely gorgeous with those rich jewel tones. The entire vignette is beautiful. I’m swooning over that pretty French armoire. I hope you are having a wonderful week, sweet friend!

  13. Denise Carlson

    French Autumn Inspiration indeed I love your beautiful floral arrangement for this edition of Monday Morning Blooms! Stunning I’m inspired, not quite their yet with the Fall decor, but I am beginning to want some deep autumn color after seeing your blog post. Just beautiful! Thanks Lidy!

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