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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Backyard Bluebonnets | Time in Nature Reduces Stress

Thursday, March 26, 2020



Relaxing in backyard bluebonnets is one way nature can bring calm to our bodies and minds during stressful times. Research shows spending as little as five minutes outside can reduce stress levels. Plus, even viewing scenes of nature reduces fear and anger, and makes you feel better emotionally. 


Backyard Bluebonnets are a way Time in Nature Reduces Stress
If your stress levels are low right now, spend time with my backyard bluebonnets to feel even better. If your stress levels are high, or you are depressed, afraid, or angry, sit back and enjoy a little relaxation in my backyard bluebonnets to feel better emotionally. Take your mind off your worries.  

And get a few ideas for how to create time in nature in your own backyard. 

French-Inspired White Bird Cage for Spring

Friday, March 20, 2020

A French-inspired white wire bird cage has landed on the white shelves in the kitchen sunspace for a fresh look this spring. Previously, the white bird cage sat on a table at the end of the sofa in the living room. 


French inspired white bird cage for spring decorating in a country house sunspace
Why this bird cage and the two myrtle topiaries? 
  
As always, I look for ways to bring more French design into my country house. If you also love adding French Country style or garden style to your house, read on to see how a bird cage and topiaries could bring a fresh look to your house this spring. 

Well House to Tool Shed | Exterior Before

Monday, March 16, 2020

Photos of my old rustic well house in the country may look romantic to those who love chippy paint, but the truth is the building needs repairs. And, I need a tool shed for garden tools, garden supplies, and garden equipment. 


Well house to tool shed before photos in the countryside during spring
This spring the well house has finally risen to the top of my list of repair projects. 'Before' photos from last spring, during bluebonnet season, show the old well house at its best. Spring green trees and wild flowers soften the views of badly damaged siding and a damaged flower trellis. 

Breath of Spring | French Country Wire Basket

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Artificial narcissus in a French wire basket adds a breath of Spring to my post and beam country house. One of the joys of living in the countryside is seeing the earth awaken from Winter. And, one of the first signs of the earth awakening outside around my house is daffodils. 


Breath of Spring French Country Wire Basket of Narcissus
Once the narcissus/daffodils begin blooming outside, I bring some inside to awaken the house from Winter. 

But, I also want to look out the windows and kitchen sunspace to see daffodils swaying in the breeze in the tall rye grasses. If I cut them all to bring inside, there are none to see outside. To enjoy daffodils inside and out, I create some bouquets inside using artificial narcissus.

French Country Kitchen Stone Wall | Spring

Friday, February 28, 2020

Spring is officially still weeks away, but the sun and warmer temperatures have arrived in my French Country inspired kitchen. The warm sunshine signals it is time to decorate the shelf in the stone wall with favorite pottery and a Spring time arrangement. 


French Country Kitchen Stone Wall decorated for Spring
Hand thrown pottery plates by local artist Jess Lord, now deceased, often decorate this high shelf in the stone wall of my kitchen. Periodically, I decorate with other dishes and arrangements on this shelf, but I always like to bring back the Jess Lord pottery during the warmer months of the year. 

Dried Narcissus Spring Bouquet

Tuesday, February 25, 2020


Fresh Spring narcissus bouquets are not unusual for February through April, but a DRIED narcissus bouquet was a first at my house in early February this year. 


Dried narcissus spring bouquet
The blossoms not only dried, but they also retained their delicate yellow colors.

French Country Winter Bulbs Promise Spring

Sunday, February 16, 2020


Deep in Winter, bulbs emerge with a promise of Spring. Even before bulbs sprout outside and their blooms appear, bulbs potted inside in a French Country urn brighten our Winter-weary indoors while we wait for Spring to appear outside. 


French Country Winter Bulbs Promise Spring
Cold, dreary Winter days can be depressing, but indoor flowering bulbs work wonders to lift our spirits. 

Valentine's Day French Inspiration and Link Party

Saturday, February 8, 2020


Need a little inspiration for your Valentine's Day decor, cards, and special treats? Valentine's Day is next week, and I have rounded up several of my French-inspired Valentine's posts all in one spot. 


Valentine's day French inspiration and linky party
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But, there is even more Valentine's Day inspiration for you with quick, easy links from several of my blogging friends who I am joining as a co-host for a Valentine's Day link party. You will want to visit each of their sites to see their special Valentine's Day inspiration. 



And, you are invited to link up any of your Valentine posts! 



Join the party... 
Guidelines... must be Valentine's Day related... new or old posts 

Link up any time 
Saturday, February 8, 7:00 p.m. (EST) through
Sunday, February 9, 12:00 midnight (EST)


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Christmas to Winter Decor | Nordic Inspiration

Saturday, January 25, 2020


As the new year began, Christmas faded into the past, but some holiday greenery lingers at my home as Nordic-inspired Winter decor. Live spruce tree seedlings on the kitchen island were part of the kitchen Christmas decor, and are now sprouting new growth from the warmth in the house. 



Christmas to winter decor from Nordic inspiration
Little by little, Christmas decorations in my home have been replaced with Winter decorations.