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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

White Rabbit Botanical Centerpiece

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Mr. White Rabbit sitting amongst an ivy botanical setting in a pedestal urn is an eye-catching centerpiece for a French Country kitchen island. 

Large white rabbit botanical centerpiece in a French Country kitchen
Large spaces look good with large arrangements, which in turn, call for large containers and large decorative items. It is all about scale. The larger a surface area, the larger a centerpiece can be without overwhelming the space. 

Usher in Spring | White Bunny Arrangement

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

An arrangement of a white marble bunny, artificial white and green flowers, and a white-washed round basket provides just the needed touch to usher in a new Spring. 

Spring officially arrives in a only a few days, and we are ready! 

Usher in spring with white bunny arrangement
The pine chest at the end of the fireplace is my favorite place to add seasonal touches throughout the year. With a handful of objects a new Spring is welcomed this year . . .  in a delightful way. 

Green Signs of Spring | French Country Spirit

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A soup tureen filled with beautiful blooming blue muscari, green moss, and a green bird's egg on my breakfast table is a sure sign Spring is on its way. 

Spring does not arrive until mid-March, and Winter is hanging on with temperatures into the low 20s this first week of March in north Texas, but cheery blooming grape hyacinths are yearly reminders Winter will end and Spring is just around the corner. 

French Lavender in Winter

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Short & Sweet 

joie de vivre

French lavender blooming in winter is not expected in north Texas, and was a pleasant surprise that brought a little French joie de vivre (exuberant enjoyment of life) throughout January and midway through February. 

French Lavender Blooms in Winter
I am not sure exactly when the French lavender plant in a pot on the back porch started blooming this winter. I was quite ill and did not go outside over Christmas and several days into January. 

Winter Blue and White Bathroom

Friday, February 15, 2019

Decorating a blue and white bathroom for winter has its challenges, but deer and wreath decor works beyond the Christmas holiday as winter decor also.  

Winter blue and white bathroom wreath decor in the window and on the towel
Wreaths are good decor any time of the year. As you step into my blue and white master bathroom from the bedroom you can spot four wreaths, and two of them stay out all year round. 

There is a fifth wreath on the wood panel sconce not visible from this angle, which makes three wreaths that are part of the bathroom's daily decor. 

French Wood Panel Sconce Makeover

Sunday, February 10, 2019

New reproduction French style wood panel sconces were too rustic even for my post and beam master bathroom, but with a makeover, now blend with my French Country inspired house. 

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French wood panel sconce after makeover
After a little sanding, new gold finish, and an added small wreath, the new made over wood panel sconce has more style than the original wood panel did. While the wood panel sconce is still rustic, wait until you see how rustic it was originally. 

Vintage Valentines Display Tips

Monday, February 4, 2019

Tips to display vintage Valentines will give you ideas how to add a treasured Valentine to your home's decor without going all out in every room or on every surface with Valentine decorations. With a single treasured Valentine and a handful of complementary items, you can celebrate the day dedicated to love in your usual decorating style. 

It's a party! 
A Vintage Valentine's Day Blog Hop! 

Thanks to Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home for organizing over 20 blogs to share ideas using vintage Valentines with you for your home. You can find links to all of the posts at the end. 

If you are coming from Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles, you already have some good ideas for how to use vintage Valentines. If you haven't been to Katie's blog yet, you don't want to miss it! Katie and I live within 15 minutes of each other and are friends in real life, not just online friends. 

Vintage Valentines display tips for framed batik fabric Valentine
Whether you are having a party or merely want to add a touch of romance for the month of February, here are some tips to decorate for Valentine's day with an extra special vintage Valentine.  

Winter French Country Living Room

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Winter decor in my French Country inspired living room includes an oval boxwood, an oval glass cloche, and a favorite old water bottle. 

Winter French Country living room decor
Live green plants are always among my favorite things in the house... in every room, but live rosemary trees are hard for me to keep alive. 

Winter Blue Deer Pillow

Friday, January 25, 2019

When winter blues settle in, use a blue deer embroidered velvety pillow to give your home winter warmth. 

Winter blue embroidered pillow warms homes during winter
While crisp and bright whites help cool inside on hot summer days, those same whites cool inside on cold winter days. Color mixed with white and warm natural woods give winter rooms more warmth than austere neutrals only. 

Vintage Church Pew | French Country Dining Seating

Sunday, January 20, 2019

A vintage church pew provides extra seating for family dinners around a French country style pine table. But extra seating for meals is not the only reason a long church pew is handy to have. 

Vintage church pew as extra seating for family dinners
A L-O-N-G simple wood church pew is not easy to fit into a furniture arrangement. A little creative thinking is needed to find a functional, but not in-the-way location. 

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Friday, January 18, 2019

Beautiful gift ideas for Valentine's day for mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends are beauty products, especially if they come in heart shapes. 

Valentine Day Gift Ideas For Mother Sister Friend

Winter Wishes | French Garden Vegetables

Friday, January 11, 2019

Winter brings wishes for French garden vegetables grown from seed. January is the month seed catalogs start showing up in the mail and marks the time for dreaming and planning what to plant. 

Winter wishes for French garden vegetables
When skies are gray with low overhung clouds, grass is brown in its dormant state, and trees are stark gray with bare branches, along come seed catalogs filled with photos of plants to turn our thoughts to kitchen gardens bursting with delicious home grown vegetables. 

Winter Living Room Greenery

Friday, January 4, 2019

Winter months can be bleak, but adding live greenery to your living room can keep the inside of your home from looking cold and dreary. 

Winter living room greenery to brighten homes after Christmas
Add living plants to white flower pots and crocks for a crisp look that goes with any color scheme all winter long. 

Silver Sleigh Bell Christmas Tree

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Wallace silverplated sleigh bells and crystal glittery stems are the only ornaments on this year's fresh-cut Noble fir Christmas tree. 

Christmas Day is past, but the twelfth day of Christmas, January 5,  has not arrived yet which means Christmas festivities and decorations are still part of our winter holiday. 

Inspired by Wallace sleigh bells, the fresh-cut Christmas tree is minimally decorated with sleigh bells and crystal stems. Evergreen, without lights and only minimal red touches, the tree will stay up until the weekend of the Twelfth Day of Christmas. 

Silver sleigh bell Christmas tree is a fresh-cut Noble fir tree
One white angel found a spot on the tree, but not at the usual spot for angels on the top of the tree.