This is an exciting time and a very busy time at FrenchGardenHouse. This week I will be going to market, scouting for the unique mix of home decor and accents that come together to make the FrenchGardenHouse look. I’m hoping to find a few more fabulous pieces for our fall and holiday collections. I’ll also be deciding on the final selections for our Les Belles Fleur Collections for Fall and Holiday, fresh and exciting flowers and arrangements!

AND…our daughter is getting married next weekend! also. so. exciting.




Because I don’t have much time to fuss with floral arrangements in the next few weeks, I created a summer garden in an antique French tureen, using blooming plants, to give our living room color and a touch of the garden. It also just happened to coincide with our theme for this Friday’s Floral Friday!

Win! Win!


If you are coming over from my friends Mary, Pam or Shirley, WELCOME! I’m so excited you are here, and I hope you feel right at home and stay awhile.  At the end of this post, I’ll have links to the other three posts for this Floral Friday inspiration, so be sure to visit all of them.  

Mary, Pam, Shirley and I hope to always have something beautiful to share, and to inspire you to create something delightful for your own home!



For my dish garden, I choose one of our FrenchGardenHouse antique French ironstone tureens, with a deep area for the plants.  I bought a sweet little white blooming rose, a very alluring calla lily with pink flowers, and my all time favorite ivy.

In our living room, the French commode is a wonderful place to showcase flowers, or in this case, the dish garden.  On the silver tea tray, my tureen with plants looks right at home for summer together with a flow blue plate, some quirky {and inexpensive} silver birds I sold a few years ago, and one of the latest antique silver plated tea pots I acquired for the shop.



At first, I added the little silver bird and an antique flower pot to nestle with the plants, see below. But there was something about it that made me feel like it wasn’t 100% right, almost, but not quite!



There, that’s much better! I put my grandmother’s antique Chinese tea cup in the pot instead, it looks much better and really gives the arrangement a pop, don’t you agree?


Two roses from our own garden are nestled in the hotel silver creamer, they add another layer of that garden feel I wanted for this area of our room.



I purposely bought a little rose that had a lot of buds, so there aren’t many beautiful flowers to show you yet. In summer, flowering plants will last much longer in our non-airconditioned home if I carefully select those with more buds than flowers.



Adding one or more decorative elements to a plant arrangement is an alluring way to express your personality.  If those decorative elements just happen to be antique, even better!


It’s really so easy to create a dish garden, the steps are the same as the directions I’ve shared before for CREATING A DESIGNER ORCHID ARRANGEMENT >

I hope you will try to make one!




The most important thing to remember is to add a layer of gravel or rocks on the bottom of your container, for drainage. And to carefully water, not too much, once a week or so.  I let my little gardens get fairly on the dry side before adding water in a cup.


A trick I use sometimes, especially for my orchid arrangements, is to add a few ice cubes on top of each individual plant in the summer. The ice melts slowly, so that the whole plant will get some water.



Those little chinoiserie tags on the tray are something I’m working on for the Fall Collection.


Because I have recently rekindled my love for blue & white. {I know, I know, many of you never strayed from the classic blue & white like I did when I strayed to cream and red for a few years.} {Which I still love!!}



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For those of you who always ask for sources:


Embossed Silver Teapot | Antique Flow Blue Plate | Palace Hotel Silver Creamer


I hope you are having a gorgeous Friday! I’ll be shopping the latests and greatest home decor, getting inspired by the fresh new designs in the showrooms, and hopefully falling in love with some beautiful things for you and me to add to our homes for fall and the holidays.  And…I’m really looking forward to our wedding next week!

My girls and I have had a wonderful time shopping for “the” dress, my darling bride even tried on all the antique wedding tiaras and crowns from the shop. The antique shoes I added to this collage for fun….the bride will be wearing very high, very stylish Gianvito Rossi heels.


This is a wonderful time for our family, one I am locking in my heart forever.



Please don’t forget to visit my Floral Friday Friends by clicking on their names below!


SHIRLEY at Housepitality Designs


MARY at Home Is Where The Boat Is


PAM at Everyday Living

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse



à bientôt


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