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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Peonies, Hostas, New Upholstery

Thursday, May 8, 2014

As dawn broke there was just 
enough light to gather armloads of 
new peony blooms to 
make the trip from Alabama to Texas. 

White blowsy ruffled-edged blossoms 
fill a footed soup tureen that lost its lid 
long before I rescued the tureen from the antique store 
in a teeny Texas town.  

Tinges of pink outer petals and center stamen are the only 
color in the fragrant creamy white peonies. 

Fresh new hosta leaves add multiple shades of green 
to the arrangement. 

In the background is a peek at one of 
the breakfast chairs with its new upholstery. 

Are those large white flowers in the upholstery peonies? 
Seriously, what do you think? 

I really like how well the upholsterer was able to 
center the flower surrounded by the small blue flowers on 
both the back and seat of the chair. 

Are there too many stamen for the upholstery flowers to be peonies? 

Whatever kind the flowers are, 
I like the flowers in the new upholstery. 

With the white background, the floral pattern is light and airy. 

The peony arrangement goes well with the chairs. 

Have you noticed how well the blue in the new fabric 
goes with blue and white china? 

The green leaves in the new upholstery also go well with the hosta leaves. 

Peonies, hostas, and breakfast chair upholstery... 
All fresh and new... 

There are also new upholstered pieces in the living room, 
just waiting their turn to be in the spotlight. 
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  1. A gorgeous big bouquet of peonies that must smell wonderful. I'm not sure if the flowers on the fabric are peonies but I sure do like it.

  2. I don't know which I love more, Judith ~ the peonies or the new upholstery. Together, they are stunning!
    Enjoy this beautiful day,

  3. Beautiful... both the arrangement and the new upholstery.

  4. The new fabric on your chairs are gorgeous, I love how everything matches....
    Your blooms do match beautifully with your gorgeous chairs ;)


  5. Both the flowers and the upholstery are wonderful! They certainly compliment each other! I love the addition of the hostas. We had a nice stand of hosta plants in AL for about two days before the deer would dine on them! How I loved that shady corner of the lawn - pre deer that is!

  6. What a gorgeous bouquet of peonies. I recently brought in hosta leaves for a bouquet and I was so pleased with their longevity in a vase. The white floiwers on your upholstery are more like tree peonies, which do have many stamens. But magnolias also came to mind. I hope you have a great day.

  7. Beautiful bouquet! I love, love your breakfast chairs. Gorgeous fabric!

  8. How gorgeous!
    I floated through this post!
    I felt like I was dancing!
    I was just I found your words..."light and airy"!
    Your upholsterer did a fabulous job with fabric placement.
    ...and excellent, choice of fabric, my friend!
    Happy Mother's Day, Judith!

    1. whoops! " just lifting...just"
      perhaps. I should "just pay attention".
      no. ...not when I am distracted by your pretty images and story!

  9. Peonies are one of my favorite flowers, especially when they are open like these. Beautiful post, Judith. Glad you are safely back from your trip to Alabama. The new upholstery is lovely! ;-)

  10. Oh goodness, you could not have picked a more perfect fabric for the chairs. It is amazing and so "just right" for your home. You won't have fresh flowers on the table year 'round, but the chairs will be ever blooming :) I share your love for blue and white and you are so right~ blue and white china blends beautifully!

  11. What a beautiful arrangement. I never would have thought to add hosta! Peonies are also a favorite of mine. I'm thinking the flower in your new upholstery may be a magnolia! Either way, the fabric is gorgeous.

  12. This is my first visit to your blog. Peonies are my favorite flowers and that is saying a lot since I love all flowers. Love the fabric on your chairs! It is just perfect!

  13. BEAUTIFUL pattern!! I love Peonies too :) -Bev

  14. Your chairs look beautiful. I love the fabric.


  15. The fabric on your chairs is fabulous. It reminds me of chintz.

  16. Love the new fabric on your newly upholstered chairs, Judith! It is so pretty. It could be a peony pictured and I'd go with that if I were you. : )

  17. Beautiful flowers and beautiful fabric!

  18. Your chairs are beautiful, and so is your whole table set up. Thank you for sharing.

  19. I love that fabric. Just gorgeous. Not sure what that flower is since I am not good at naming flowers, but it isn't a magnolia like one commenter said. Leaves aren't correct for a magnolia.


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