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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Monday Social #24

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Welcome to Monday Social #24. 


Judith at Botanic Bleu  || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Botanic Bleu ||
Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Let's Add Sprinkles ||
Eilis at My Heart Lives Here  || Instagram || Pinterest || My Heart Lives Here || 



Monday Social
is a social gathering of friends where we connect with others by visiting them 
on 
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or a Blog.  

That's right, you do not have to write a blog to participate in Monday Social.
You can also link photos from Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest.

Find the addresses for your friends' sites, and 
link your addresses for friends to find. 

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Each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. party goers link up photos from one of four sites, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and/or a Blog.  

Old-fashioned socials were held on/in lawns, porches, parlors, churches... where friends mixed, mingled, and shared their lives... and exchanged their calling cards that gave their names and contact information. 

Monday Social is a 21st century social where we exchange our calling cards (link our URL addresses) for Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and a Blog.


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The hostess this week is 

Eilis from My Heart Lives Here


This week I styled our family room mantel for March




and shared my table setting for a recent book club meeting.



I think I'm in a green mood.  Or maybe it's a spring mood.

Whatever it is, I seem to be pulled toward flower creations this week.



Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles share this lovely vignette.





Judith at Botanic Bleu shared this gorgeous centerpiece.





Let's get to the features.

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Sarah Pinned her beautiful redbud centerpiece.  What a happy spring table she created.




Instagram




Sheila at MyKentuckyLiving shared some amazing faux flowers.

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Penny at Penny's Vintage Home offered a great tutorial for turning a yard sale cake pan into this beautiful birch bark centerpiece.
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Debby Goes Shabby shared a great bucket she found at Goodwill.  I can't believe her flowers aren't fresh, can you?

We'd love to see more Instagram and Pinterest guests at Monday Social.

Keep sharing and tell your friends.

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Party Directions

Come as you are.
In your cocktail dress, boot-scooting boots, or your jammies, but
remember your party manners, and do the following, please.

We would love for you to FOLLOW all your hostesses on their blogs at least one way ... 
Bloglovin', email subscription, URL, Google Friend Connect, Google+, etc...

And FOLLOW each hostess on at least one social medium.
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest


Please read how to be a good guest before linking to the party. 

1] Link a maximum of 5 photos that take party goers to Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or a Blog. 
    Share home decor, DIY, recipes, inspirational thoughts... whatever is going on in your world.   

2] You do NOT have to write a blog to link up photos to Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook.
     Isn't this great? More people can join the gathering. Just grab the web address and link away.

3] Monday Social attendees visit sites linked to the party and socialize ... 
    Suggested ways for mixing and mingling ...
  • Instagram - comment on a photo or Regram another person's Instagram ...
  • Facebook - comment on a post or share a post on Facebook back to your Facebook site ...
  • Pinterest - re-Pin another person's Pin on Pinterest...
  • Blog - comment on another person's Blog...
  • Make a regular connection with a site that inspired you by following the site.
4] No direct links to linky parties or advertising including Etsy shops.

5] By joining the party, you are agreeing that the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them, that we may use those photos to feature your work on a blog post and/or in social media. The blog post will always have a link back to you. Remember to disable "no reply" to your email so we can reach you.

6] Not required, but we would love for everyone to invite their readers to join the party and to share the Monday Social button on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog sites.


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Need help linking to the party? See Monday Social Linky that explains how to link up Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog photos.

Please keep in mind that Pinterest and Instagram photos must be your own to be featured.

Link Away! 

 






French Design on Friday 7

Friday, February 24, 2017

~ Accessories ~



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Paris Hôtel de Ville 
When selecting furnishings, lighting, and accessories for a French Country look, how do we decide what to use? Botanic Bleu provides examples straight from France through photos taken by me. Together we will study the photos, and then see how to translate French designs into our own homes. 


Early Spring Blue Plate Stars

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Inspiration for new tablesettings come from random sources and sometimes from unexpected combinations of events. An early spring blue and purple tablesetting is one of those that began with a beautiful new blue scalloped edge tidbit plate and unseasonably Spring-like temperatures. 



blue-and-purple-placesetting-with-votive-egg-nest
Out of the blue, an unexpected package arrived in January from a friend who lives in San Antonio. Our friendship was born through this blog. We have never met in person, but talk to one another via blog comments and emails regularly. 

Monday Social #23

Sunday, February 19, 2017



Welcome to Monday Social #23

Spring officially arrives in 28 days!

March 20, 2017 

Not that anyone is counting.

Who are we kidding?
Longing for Spring seems to be on everyone's blog.



Judith at Botanic Bleu  || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Botanic Bleu ||
Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Let's Add Sprinkles ||
Eilis at My Heart Lives Here  || Instagram || Pinterest || My Heart Lives Here ||


The hostess this week is 

Judith at Botanic Bleu 






My post in a weekly series, 


French Design on Friday,  

is about French style eyebrow arch windows and doors and how to get a similar look.


Each Friday I share a photo taken in France and show how to translate that look to create a

French-inspired garden and home.






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Here's a peek at what the other two Monday Social hostesses shared this week. 


Eilis has a new rug she layered over an existing rug. 

new layered rug at My Heart Lives Here



Katie is ready for Spring. 
See what I mean about all of blogland longing for Spring. 

I'm Talking Flowers at Let's Add Sprinkles 



Now, for this week's linking party...


Monday Social
is a social gathering of friends where we connect with others by visiting them on 

Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or a Blog.  

That's right, you do not have to write a blog to participate in Monday Socials.
You can also link photos from Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest.

Find the addresses for your friends' sites, and 
link your addresses for friends to find. 

Each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. party goers link up photos from one of four sites, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and/or a Blog.  


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Thanks for joining us last week for Monday Social. 
We had a wonderful time visiting your links that you shared.

One quick reminder... 
Link YOUR specific PHOTO not just your general social media site. 



This week's features 

offer one more look at the beauty of Valentine's Day.   


 Barbara at Fair Meadow Place shared how to make a gorgeous Valentine's Day Rag Wreath
Barbara began writing her new blog, Fair Meadow Place, in January 2017. 
Let's all visit her and leave her an encouraging comment as she begins her new blogging journey. 
She is off to a great start. 






My Kentucky Living Instagram White Tulips and Valentine Napkins 
Sheila shares elegant arrangements in her home year round, and Valentine's Day is no exception. 
L O V E these Valentine napkins with a heart inside the O. 






Lisa at Celebrate Creativity has a stunning, fresh, creative approach to Valentine's goodies. 
Her Shakespeare Sugar Cookies include a recipe, a source for the cookie mold, instructions for a creative gift bag, and Shakespeare quotes sprinkled throughout the post.




Rosemary and Thyme's Chic Valentine's Day Table has a L O V E L Y set of dishes from HomeGoods and fresh spring-like towels used as napkins. 





See all these features on our

Pinterest board, Monday Social Features.

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Party Directions

We would love for you to FOLLOW all your hostesses on their blogs at least one way ... 
Bloglovin', email subscription, URL, Google Friend Connect, Google+, etc...

And FOLLOW each hostess on at least one social medium.
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest


Please read how to be a good guest before linking to the party. 

1] Link a maximum of 5 photos that take party goers to Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or a Blog. 
    Share home decor, DIY, recipes, inspirational thoughts... whatever is going on in your world.   

2] You do NOT have to write a blog to link up photos to Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook.
     Isn't this great? More people can join the gathering. Just grab the web address and link away.

3] Monday Social attendees visit sites linked to the party and socialize ... 
    Suggested ways for mixing and mingling ...
  • Instagram - comment on a photo or Regram another person's Instagram ...
  • Facebook - comment on a post or share a post on Facebook back to your Facebook site ...
  • Pinterest - re-Pin another person's Pin on Pinterest...
  • Blog - comment on another person's Blog...
  • Make a regular connection with a site that inspired you by following the site. 
4] No direct links to linky parties or advertising including Etsy shops.

5] By joining the party, you are agreeing that the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them, that we may use those photos to feature your work on a blog post and/or in social media. The blog post will always have a link back to you. Remember to disable "no reply" to your email so we can reach you.

6] Not required, but we would love for everyone to invite their readers to join the party and to share the Monday Social button on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog sites.


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Need help linking to the party? See Monday Social Linky that explains how to link up Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog photos.

We love your links.

Keep sharing with us and invite your friends to share their photos as well. 
How are you getting ready for Spring? 
What new project is underway at your house?

Help us grow our party and the number of viewers for your sites. 
Share a link to today's Monday Social on your Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. 

Bloggers supporting one another 
encourages all of us.   

Let's all be Rock Stars of blogging and encouragement.  

P.S. Please update your link to Botanic Bleu's new URL address--- http://www.botanicbleu.com 
Link to Monday Social 
Blogroll Link 
Reading List in Blogger 
Address Book 

Link Away! 




French Design on Friday 6

Friday, February 17, 2017


~  Architecture  ~ 

Eyebrow Arch Windows & Doors  



stone-french-house-in-sarlat-with-eyebrow-arch-doors-windows
How do we know what IS French design? When selecting furnishings, lighting, accessories, and architectural elements for our homes how do we decide what to use to replicate French style?