25 December 2011

Hope Yours Was Wonderful!

Christmas Love:
wearing sweaters given by in-laws, and after major gifts  
{sweaters, alpaca throws, Nespresso machine, messenger bag} 
the simple snow globe elicited the most delight!


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21 December 2011

Christmas Chez Nous

Lovely Christmastime is here again! This year I was inspired by the light... since we've had a nice little run of really good weather,  the light has not been gloomy and dark, even for Winter Solstice time. I wanted to capture the pretty light of day and infuse our home with it's cheerfulness even at night. 

Using things found, I pulled together our Christmas home in no time at all... the perfect setting for our Christmas Eve dungeness crab feast and Christmas morning brunch. 

Hoping your holiday is filled with light, warmth, love and peace!

this simple green wreath adorned only with pinecones
is a refreshing sight in front of the mirror

the Christmas tree peeking around the corner to 
see what all the fuss in the dining room is!

the mantel holds fresh white tulips in vintage glass

the mid-century star keeps company with the
rare pink coral and the silver fish on the

the lovely Christmas Tree 2011! I just wanted to use
green and white, and these giant balls were the
perfect choice (from my stash of ornaments, that is!);
I tucked white starfish in the branches
and we're done!

this old French painting of a battle scene (inherited!) 
sets a somber & serious tone... so I used
antique paper Chinese lanterns,  pink peonies and
Mexican angels 
to lighten the mood; flanking the painting are
 wrought iron peacock door panels

silver pitchers holding peonies reflect
the light and bounces in back into the room

dining room is ready for the festivities! 

I started to create a flowery centerpiece then I decided I 
really like the simple beauty of the
way the bottles of water capture and disperse the light
and left it at that

Christmas place settings using vintage pieces:  
French flea market silverware,
 the dishes (you've certainly seen a lot of those Minton
dishes I scored at l'Isle sur la Sorgue last Easter!)
 and the heavy 60's goblet


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16 December 2011

A {The Provence Post} Giveaway!

Soon I will be offering a Chic Provence Design Tour Giveaway from Tricia at Rough Linen... but in the meantime, head over to Julie's at The Provence Post. Today she is offering her pal Linda Dannenberg's French Country Diary 2012 as a fabulous giveaway!

Full of the charm of the French countryside, you will be transported each and every day with the beautiful images and Pierre Deux fabrics featured in this classic. Even if you use iCal for scheduling, treat yourself to this tactile delight in menology!

Go enter now, and enjoy Julie's incredible blog!



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12 December 2011

Au Nom de la Rose Gâteau!

Perhaps you have something extra-special to celebrate this Christmas season (an anniversary, birthday, wedding, baptism?). This incredible rose-covered gâteau would be a stunning centerpiece for your magical fête. What on earth could be more appealing than fresh roses tiered with ladyfingers all tied up with a shiny ribbon?

The best part is that this showstopper is not difficult to make. Really.

Au Nom de la Rose, the fabled shop on Rue du Bac in Paris, has provided us with a quick little instructional video, below. Yes it is in French, but just take a look at how simple this is to construct. Hey, you could make a couple of them, non? :) If you do, you MUST send me pictures!

And, non, cherie, you may not actually eat this confection! It is a feast for the eyes and nose only!

this looks almost impossibly beautiful, non? perfect
for a rustic-chic celebration as well as something
more elegant... and you could use different colored
roses & ribbon combinations, bien sûr!

a singularly lovely rose

masses of roses

the storefront on rue du Bac, Paris

a basket casually dripping with roses, luscious!

as you can see, the ladyfingers are held
onto the form with rubber bands that
mademoiselle has tied together then
covered with a wide ribbon

won't your family and friends just
be floored when they see your masterpiece?

46 rue du Bac, 7e, Paris

see the short, brilliant video here


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