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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Christmas Sleigh Bell Tablesetting

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


Christmas is the time to use all your beautiful things. No other time calls for your best and finest more than Christmas. No better time to polish the silver, to wash the crystal, and to create a special tablesetting. 

Christmas Rosemary Trees on Kitchen Island

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Fresh greenery always makes me think of Christmas, and nothing smells more like Christmas than a live rosemary tree. Three of them on the kitchen island triples the fragrance of Christmas, the feeling of Christmas, and the look of French Country noël.


Creative Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas

Monday, December 18, 2017

Receiving a beautifully wrapped Christmas gift makes the present inside even better than just the contents alone. Pretty packages become part of the gift and say the giver put special thought and effort into the gift wrapping. Which tells the recipient she or he is thought of with love. The kind of love that says, "You are special." Special as a friend, or as a family member, or as the love of your life. 

And, when you have several friends you want to receive a little something at Christmas time, gift wrapping needs to be easy. These ideas are good for putting together gifts for 14 blogging friends, or for 12 book club members, or for 7 birthday group lifetime friends, or as party favors for 6 dinner guests. 

Creative Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas 

for the friends in your life.


Hanging Horizontal Boxwood Wreath

Saturday, December 16, 2017


Hanging Horizontal Wreath 

Step-by-Step Directions 

Christmas is the time for "hanging the greens," mistletoe, holly, ivy, evergreens. Traditionally businesses, homes, and churches now hang greens the first day of Advent, but the tradition has deeper roots in ancient Druid, Celt, Norse, and Roman cultures that celebrated the winter solstice which occurs around December 21.

If you love hanging greens in your home as part of your family's traditions and would like to hang a horizontal evergreen wreath, it is much easier than you may think. Here is a DIY step-by-step guide for how to hang a horizontal boxwood wreath.  

Christmas Guest Bath

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Little French, Jewels, and Snowflakes  

in the 

Christmas Guest Bath 

If you are looking for ways to add a little Christmas sparkle to a guest bath, take a peek at our guest bath decorated for Christmas company this year. Adding some crystal jewels and glitter are only the beginning ways for a guest bath to welcome guests during the most festive season of the year. 


Christmas Sparkle Greenery Throughout the House

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Are your Christmas decorations the same style as they were ten or twenty years ago? Or perhaps your decorations have changed like many other Americans' decorations. 

What better way to spot old and new traditions than with a Christmas blog tour! 

Today is the fourth day of a week long tour, Cozy at Christmas. Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles organized over twenty bloggers to share our homes for this Christmas. Thanks, Katie, for inviting me, and thanks to all of you for visiting. I think you will find some ideas to inspire your Christmas decorations this year.

December is such a busy time of the year, but the hustle and bustle of the holiday month always fills me with CHEER. Earlier this week several Texas bloggers gathered for lunch in McKinney, TX. We had a grand time laughing and catching up with the latest exciting news. There were a few secrets shared about upcoming events for some of the bloggers. I can't wait to see to their secret projects  revealed in the coming months.