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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Fall French Country Living Room

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Country houses come in all shapes, sizes, and designs. In the beginning our house was more American Country than French Country, but the white cut limestone fireplace in the living room and the pine post and beam structure of the whole house are now more French Country than American Country. 

Fall French Country Living Room 

How To Style a Rustic Blue Box

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

You may have a natural talent for knowing exactly how to style a large box with flowers, pine cones, pumpkins, and wild wispy vines. Or, you may have taken floral courses or weekend workshops to develop your talent. 

I confess I did not have a natural talent and did not take a course to develop a talent for styling a rustic blue box. No, I developed my skills by reading gracious fellow bloggers who shared their tips and secrets for styling arrangements on their blogs, and some even have shown step-by-step instructions. Plus, I have a very talented sister who is a professional florist who gives me pointers periodically. She did take floral courses to become a florist. 

Rustic Blue Box For Fall

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rustic Blue Box For Fall 

Living with the colors you love is easy when you realize your home is yours, not the real estate agent's, not your mother's, not your neighbor's, and not a professional interior designer's. While all of these people may influence your choices for your home, you get to create the home that makes you happy, not the one that makes each of them happy.  

GREAT Pumpkin For Fall Porch

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

What makes a pumpkin a GREAT Pumpkin? 

Charlie Brown knows the answer, but he's still waiting out in the pumpkin patch for his great pumpkin. For the rest of us, there are G R E A T pumpkins to be had now, with no waiting. Here's what makes a great pumpkin for our  decks, our patios, our porches. 

October - The Blue Hour

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Because of its beauty that makes time stop for an instant, the expression l'heure bleue has come to describe a variety of special times and events, not just a description of a special blue glow at dusk. Each month in 2016, I am sharing a collage of blue images that create a little l'heure bleue for me. 

l'heure bleue en octobre
The Blue Hour in October 

Fall French Sunflowers

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Have you ever seen a huge field of sunflowers in bloom at different times of the day? Have you noticed how the heads of the flowers follow the path of the sun during the day? 

How amazing it is to see all the sunflower faces turned at the same angle, pointing toward the sun.  

French Fall 5 Ways to Get the Look

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

F R E N C H   F A L L 

5 Ways To Get The Look 

Welcome to Fall on my covered deck... in Texas... but still French inspired... 

If you are searching for ways to include French Country in your house and garden for Fall, I am sharing some key elements for how to get the look and feel.  

See the bottom of the post for a special announcement about a giveaway.