Happy Monday! I’m sharing Things I Learned from my Mom, and setting a garden table in honor of her. She loved nothing more than to come over every Sunday to visit us and the garden. Please join me today in our back garden at FrenchGardenHouse as we celebrate Moms.


Things I Learned from my Mom

Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms! On this Monday Morning Blooms, Mary, Pam and our special guest Jennifer and I are celebrating moms!  If you haven’t met Jennifer yet, you will love her as much as we all do. She’s incredibly talented, and one of the sweetest out there! You will be smitten with whatever she has planned for all of us today. Be sure to visit her and Pam and Mary to, just click their links at the end of this post.

Monday Morning Blooms For Spring

Celebrating Everyday Life

Please join me in our back garden that is just beginning to bloom with roses, hydrangeas, and all sorts of beautiful flowers. Let’s sit at the garden table, drink some French champagne, or sweet iced tea, and I’ll tell what my Mom taught me over the years.

French garden table set for spring Mother's Day luncheon

Things I Learned from my Mom

How pretty is this fresh cotton tablecloth strewn with flowers? Part of the bright and cheerful cotton tablecloths in our Spring Collection, this one is especially dear to my heart because my Mom loved blue and yellow. When she moved into her little condo to live closer to us when she got older, I re-decorated her living room with bright florals in blue and yellow. She loved her room, filled with sunshine and blue!

Things I Learned from my Mom

French Country Blue and yellow napkins

This little table in the garden is set up in her honor, although she is no longer here. {She IS in our hearts and memories though! of course.}

Things I Learned from my Mom

The antique Spode blue and white foot bath is the perfect cooler for a variety of French champagnes and rosé. I always try to use the antiques for a variety of occasions and this foot bath is no different! It’s held ferns on our fireplace, folded towels in the guest-bathroom, and now ice for drink bottles.


For the flower arrangement, I used a favorite antique morning glory pitcher. Our local Trader Joe’s had these beautiful blue hydrangeas, creamy pink butterfly ranunculus, and white ranunculus.  And how excited was I when I noticed that our tall hopseed bushes had these incredible bright chartreuse green blooming branches?! Pretty darn excited!  What an exciting color! So pretty. But for the concerned frown my head gardener Mr. FrenchGardenHouse threw my way I would have cut all of them.

Beautiful blue hydrangea arrangement for spring

Blue and white flowers for Mom

Things I learned from my Mother

Small white enameled plates to serve fruit tarts are part of this setting, as are some art deco Mother of Pearl handled fruit or dessert knives.

Veuve Clicqout Champagne

Antique Spode foot bath

My Mom was a force. She immigrated to the states by herself with me in tow when I was 8. She left behind a very large, happy family, a great circle of friends, and a very successful life. She was adventurous! You can read more about her here >

Veuve Clicqout Champagne in antique Spode

She was hard working, fiercely loyal, loved to read more than cook or decorate, and taught me many things, many of those I didn’t realize until years after she was gone. {isn’t that always the way?} It’s probably due to her inability to even hammer a nail in a wall to hang a picture that I began developing my decorating skills at the age of 8.  She was a no-nonsense European, with all sorts of rules that I fought in my teens.

She didn’t like any of the boys I dated, until Mr. FrenchGardenHouse came along, whom she loved instantly.
mothers day gift guid


Things I Learned from my Mom

Some of the things she told me again and again growing up {some proved to be more true than others}

1. Family matters most, family always comes first.
2. Work hard, give all your effort even when no one is looking. Be trustworthy and loyal.
3. Get up early, make your bed, and put on nice clean clothes, it matters what you look like.
4. Large earrings, blue eyeshadow and chewing gum make you look trashy. {!I don’t agree!}
5. Always have good manners, and eat with your mouth closed.
6. Don’t hang out with boys that smoke, or drink, they are no good.
7. NICE matters.
8. Be respectful and kind to those who need your help.
9. Don’t complain, just do it! It’s quicker that way.
10. Read, and learn as much as you can, no matter how old you are.


Mother's Day scripture

Thanks Mom! Your life lessons have proven to be true {with the exception of #4- I don’t dislike gum and big earrings}

French Garden Party

For all of you blessed enough to be with your mother on Mother’s Day, look after her, cherish her and remember all the little sacrifices our Moms have made for us throughout the years.

celebrate Mother's Day in the Garden

To all mothers who work tirelessly to support and care for their families, Happy Mother’s Day! We collectively honor and salute you!




Mothers day table
PAM at Everyday Living

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Our special guest JENNIFER at Celebrating Everyday Life

Mothers day table setting

MARY at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs

French garden table set for spring Mother's Day luncheon

and me, Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse




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