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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Lavender on the Table Adds Joy

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Clean, clutter-free tables 
and countertops make me happy.
Yet, totally bare surfaces seem empty, 
lacking life, as though no lives 
in the house. 
Thus, I strive to balance a life-filled  
house without life-clutter.

creates joie de livre 
even before it blooms. 

The scent alone enlivens a room, 
even if there are no flowers.

A single large white oval stoneware bowl 
holding two small nursery lavender plants 
give joy and life to the kitchen. 
Each time one passes and gently touches a leafy stalk, 
a wondrous scent fills the air.

The metal lavender label adds a focal point,
causing one to stop to read what is says. 

A white wicker tray under the bowl 
keeps the bowl from scratching or 
water-damaging the table.

But, white on white...? 
The kitchen towel covering the tray
is the perfect shade of French bleu and white.
Plus, it is from France. 
Seeing it each day makes me smile; 
it is another reminder 
of the lavender fields of France.
Yes, the centerpiece is providing life to the kitchen.

The dark blue tablecloth made clashing blues...
and too much layering...
Easy...remove the dark blue tablecloth 
simplifying the clutter. 

Add just one other element to connect 
white, wood, and herbs together... 
A box of white wooden herb stakes...

A few herb markers scattered on the tray...

A few scattered in the box with lavender on top...

For me, this table centerpiece balances 
creating a life-filled kitchen 
without life-clutter. 

The centerpiece brings memories of a good time in France, 
has a beautiful blue (my favorite color), 
has a crisp white stoneware bowl 
(my new favorite thing), 
and has a fragrant up-lifting scent. 

These days in my life I see symbolism everywhere.
A clutter-free environment, but one still 
filled with beauty is what I want my life to be. 
I do not want a bare life.
The white stoneware bowl and 
the box of wooden herb markers 
are from my shop.
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  1. Lovely sunday !!!!

  2. You have a wonderful sense of design. It is the little things that count, and you really have the knack. I would love to find one of those metal plant markers. Actually, you've inspired me to bring a lavender plant inside the house, it is such a happy scent.

  3. Lavender always a scent and flower associated with France, the markers are lovely!
    I agree with how these small finds awaken our thoughts and do symbolize so much to us!

    Come with me on my adventure in France.
    life, possibilities, grace
    a beautiful dream...

    Art by Karena

  4. You're soon to be in Heaven with the smell of lavender. Thanks for playing.

    Happy Blue Monday, Judith.

  5. I am totally in love with that flower bowl.. Great idea how you are using it.. lovely photographs..

  6. I adore the centerpiece and I agree with cluttered counters. I just purchased some lavender this weekend and planted it on my front porch. Hopefully everyone will get a whiff each time they enter.

    1. Lavender near any door is such a treat...I'm sure your visitors will love your lavender.


  7. I love all things lavender and I love this post! So fun to be connecting with so many different bloggers, thanks to Anita! I'm subscribing!

  8. Beautiful vignette! Love the lavendar and the white bowl! Have a lovely day!

  9. Love your simple planter of lavender, such a lovely scent. They look so pretty with your herb markers. New GFC follower!

  10. Hello my Lavender Friend! Love your vignette of lavender-I can smell it right now! Beautiful!
    Following you right now!
    Happy Hugs-

  11. Your Lavender vignette is so pretty. Nothing beats the sweet fresh scent of lavender in a room. The markers are lovely too.

  12. Your herb garden vignette is lovely...I adore the smell of lavender! Thanks for sharing!

  13. What a beautiful table display!

  14. I love the lavender sign and all the little wooden stakes

    After 10 years of having no sense of smell, miraculously, I can smell. It is wonderful. Last week I bought some lavender and left it in a tub in the living room for awhile. Oh, it was lovely to walk past and catch the scent.

  15. Love your pretty planter and the herb markers are so lovely. Great vignette and so creative. I would love for you to link this up to my Inspire Me party that is ongoing.
    Hugs, Marty

  16. Such a pretty centerpiece. I LOVE lavender and have a lot of it growing in my garden.
    Mary Alice

  17. oh my goodness, that ironstone planter is so amazing. love your table vignette, I love the lavender!!

  18. A lot of thought went into getting this pot of lavender into your kitchen. It looks great, and I can just imagine it smells as wonderful as you say! I'm planning on a lavender hedge in my garden this summer, so you've kept my inspiration alive ;) Popped over from Garden Party. Wendy

  19. So very pretty! Simple, full of memories and perfectly accented with your sweet it! Thanks so very much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!


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