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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

French Design on Friday 15

Friday, April 28, 2017


~ G A R D E N ~ 
Furniture 
Paris Garden Chair 


With each day in the Northern Hemisphere, the weather grows warmer, and more people are sprucing up their yards, gardens, porches, terraces, and decks to enjoy being outside. How about you? 

Are you looking for some garden chairs with classic French design for your outdoor spaces? If yes, you are in for a treat. Even if you are not looking for garden chairs, you may enjoy visiting a Paris garden for a few minutes. 

French Design on Friday this week takes a look at Parisian garden chairs that are enjoyed immensely by both the French and tourists visiting France. 

Sources for authentic chair replicas are included for anyone wanting to add an authentic French design to their gardens, but for those of us on a strict budget, a source for a SIMILAR chair at a great price is also included. 




paris-park-chairs-near-the-louvre

White Snapdragons Inside a White Metal Urn

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


My sister saw some white ceramic planters at Home Goods and after thinking about them all night, decided, "Yes, I have to have them." That is how our next day began that ended with white snapdragons inside a white metal urn. 




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Monday Social #32

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Welcome to Monday Social #32





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 


botanic-bleu-mint-plants-white-heart-picks


My post this week in

French Design on Friday,  

is about using window boxes.


Each Friday I share a photo(s) 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 at My Heart Lives Here found a new bombe chest for her entry. 
Read about one of her favorite stores for shopping... and getting a bargain every time.  




Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles loves handbags. 
This week she shared photos of herself modeling her favorite designer bags. 
I think her husband has mentioned a need for intervention... 
but I may be remembering wrong. 





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. 



Spring is a time for rejuvenation,

and this week's FEATURES show some 

great ideas for refreshing your life and home. 



If you are considering painting your kitchen cabinets,
then Timeless Creations' post about how they painted their cabinets is a must-read
with detailed photos and explanations.





Sheila at My Kentucky Living gave a little love to her 
kitchen table with flowers and candles.  




See how Home With Mimi gave new life to a little old wicker table. 




Pinterest: Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul has great refreshing adventures which  
she shares in Tales of the Traveling Tote. 
The latest adventure was to see Texas bluebonnets, 
annual wildflowers that signal the arrival of Spring deep in the heart of Texas. 





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. 
What repurpose or renewal are you doing 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. 
  
Link Away! 



French Design on Friday 14

Friday, April 21, 2017

~ G A R D E N ~ 
Window Boxes 


How do we know what French design is? For those of us who love French design, how do we decide how to create our flower gardens to replicate French style? Traveling to France to see gardens first hand is the best way, but what if travel is not an option? 

And for those fortunate to travel to France, once we get home, how do we remember what we saw? Or, how do we discover what we overlooked while traveling? 

P H O T O G R A P H S 

Photographs taken in France help us recognize French design and allow us to study the French style repeatedly. Occasionally, the camera captures something our mind's eye overlooked at the time, but is revealed in a photograph. Each Friday, Botanic Bleu shares photos taken in France and then, shares photos of ways to incorporate similar French designs into our own homes and gardens. 





french-house-balcony-pink-geranium-window-boxes
Sarlat, France

Half Bath with New French Style

Thursday, April 20, 2017

In early March I began renovating our half bath to give it a new French style. Little by little I have been updating each room in the house from an American Country style to a French Country style, and the guest half bath is the latest room for French-inspired updates. 


And here are the results... 


F I V E  Major Changes 



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❶ New Mirror 
Exchanging a vintage hand-carved pine mirror for a new white metal French-style mirror was the first of the five major changes to the bathroom. The pine mirror was once part of a natural-finish pine washstand, a classic American Country piece of furniture found in modest early American homes. 

The carved pine vanity, blue sink, and faucets have not been changed.

Monday Social #31

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Welcome to Monday Social #31.
Happy Easter. I hope it has been a great day.


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 

Katie Mansfield from Let's Add Sprinkles



I shared a few remaining Easter projects.


Judith @ Botanic Bleu shared the joys of porch living.


Eilis shared a post about a friends new shop.


It was a good week.

Thanks for joining us for Monday Social.
We had a wonderful time visiting your links last week.
Let me discuss some of the other social media platforms for a minute.
In this day of cross branding, multiple media platforms are essential.
I hope that by linking to Monday Social you gain followers to your Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest accounts.
Make sure your settings aren't set to private.
Just a quick tip for Facebook.
Make sure you grab the URL for the specific Facebook post not your general Facebook page.
Same is true for Pinterest.
Please make sure it is your own photo and not a photo that is copyright protected.
I hope that helps.
Feel free to message one of us if you have questions.

Let's get to the features.

I love to see something new and unique. These concrete eggs are fabulous and would be darling in the garden. I may have to try that next year. Stop by and check them out at the createaerie.


Stop by The Marmelade Gypsy.  She has a great tutorial for banner making.
I'm banner challenged so I found this very inspiring and helpful.


A Tray of Bliss has been pairing down her wardrobe for her size and shape.
This is timely as I begin to think about my post retirement wardrobe.
In this post, she chronicles her journey to the perfect strand of pearls.



It was a great link up last week.
Anything you can do to help spread the word about our party is appreciated.

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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.

Thank you for your support of our party. 
Katie 

Link Away! 





French Design on Friday 13

Friday, April 14, 2017

~ G A R D E N ~ 
Espalier 


Remember one of the two key elements of French design in a garden is structure?  French-style garden structure is achieved by sculpted plants and by geometrical garden designs. Espalier is a specialized form of both sculpted plants and a geometrical garden design.   


es·pal·ier
əsˈpalyər,esˈpälyər,esˈpalyā/
noun
  1. 1.
    a fruit tree or ornamental shrub whose branches are trained to grow flat against a wall, supported on a lattice or a framework of stakes.
verb
  1. 1.
    train (a tree or shrub) to grow flat against a wall. 
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Source: Google 




espalier-apple-trees-chenonceau
Examples of espalier abound in public gardens throughout France. One well-known garden is the kitchen garden at Château Chenonceau that is bordered by apple trees espaliered along a low wire. 

5 Joys of Spring Porch Living

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Spring is a time for enjoying the great outdoors and no better place than on a covered porch... especially in Texas. In the good ole summertime, Texas will be sizzling, but the months of March and April are perfect months for 

5 joys of Spring porch living 


chaise-lounge-on-porch
Lazing on a chaise lounge 
There is nothing more relaxing than stretching out on a cushioned chaise lounge surrounded by fresh green Spring leaves under blue skies. Temperatures in the 70s and low 80s invite soaking in all of Mother Nature's new greenery. Letting your mind wander as you breath in the fresh Spring air rejuvenates body, soul, spirit, and 

r e a t i v i t y

Or, a soft chaise lounge is a perfect spot for an outdoor nap to re-energize. 

Refinished Oak Floor in the Living Room

Monday, April 10, 2017


Upkeep to houses is an never ending task, and updates can set into motion a series of interconnected renovations. That's how refinishing the oak floor in the living room came about at my house. What began as a half bath renovation quickly spread to include a complete update of all the flooring on the first floor of the house.  



refinished-oak-floor-living-room
Yesterday the contractor sanded the living room floor, applied white oak stain, and applied the first coat of clear polyurethane satin sealer.  Here is how the floor looked at that stage. I love it! 

Monday Social #30

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Welcome to Monday Social #30. 


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.  


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The hostess this week is 

Eilis from My Heart Lives Here




This week I shared my spring refresh .





Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles shared her great Pottery Barn knockoff.







Judith at Botanic Bleu shared the progress on her big renovation.






Let's get to this week's wonderful features. Easter inspiration abounds.



Instagram

Sarah shared an amazing Bunny Centerpiece.







Blog


Barbara @ Fair Meadows Place shared a wonderful tutorial for Watercolour Easter Eggs.




and



Doll Crochetka shared these amazing Crocheted Easter Eggs.





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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.


*****
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!  



Half Bath Update Progress

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Do you enjoy seeing what others do to update their houses?  I do, and can spend hours reading about kitchen and bathroom updates in magazines, online, and on Pinterest. We are in the progress of updating our half bath. 

Of course, once you start an update, one thing leads to another, and before you know it, more than a half bath is being updated. 

The flooring contractors are removing old flooring, scraping, pounding, and repairing sub-flooring today. This is the second day of removing old flooring and getting the sub-floor ready for new tile as part of the half bath update.  



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New tile flooring is the biggest renovation for the half bath update to change the style from American Country to French Country. After looking at thousands (no exaggeration) of flooring options online and in local stores, I chose Rialto White porcelain tile to cover the floor in the half bath, utility room, mudroom, entry, and kitchen... almost 500 square feet of new tile. 

Monday Social #29

Sunday, April 2, 2017


Welcome to Monday Social #29





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 


botanic-bleu-mint-plants-white-heart-picks


My post this week in

French Design on Friday,  

is about vintage French aprons found at Paris flea markets.


Each Friday I share a photo(s) 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 at My Heart Lives Here is getting her daughter's bedroom ready for her to use 
this summer and fall when she does her student teaching. 
Eilis is using repurposed existing furniture like the newly painted blue stool.  




Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles had a whirlwind trip to New York City that included 
sightseeing, visiting her son, and meeting another blogger, Ms. Toody Good Shoes.  




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.  


*****
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 reflect 

Spring is the season for rebirth and renewal... 



Penny at Penny's Vintage Home repurposed an old settee into a fern holder.  




Shannon at Belle Bleu Interiors repurposed old charger plates by decoupaging them 
with some fabric she had on hand. 




Instagram: Our French Oasis captured two nesting storks 
during stork breeding season in France.



Pinterest: Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul repurposed brown and white transferware 
into caddies to display her collection of Mother of Pearl flatware. 





See all these features on our

Pinterest board, Monday Social Features.

*****


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.


*****
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. 
What repurpose or renewal are you doing 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. 
  
Link Away!