One word with Sharon from My French Country Home

Told you I would be changing up my banner often, I am in a hydrangea frame of mind lately…..they are like summers poster child!


Also for those of you who asked, the new blue and white ginger jars and oversized bowl are now up on my shop site.?

Good morning! Well I am down to the last two guests posts for my “One word” series,?before I start brainstorming about another series highlighting some of my favorite bloggers. ? Its been such a pleasure featuring so many incredibly talented women, and today’s guest is no exception. Sharon from My French Country Home is, as many of you know a source of amazing French inspiration, who lives in the most idyllic countryside of France. Visiting her on her blog truly is my guilty pleasure every morning where I get to see beautiful France through her eyes, whether?its her horses meandering right outside her front door, or her trips to the local brocante fairs or even simple things like taking a long leisurely walk accompanied by the family pooches through the picturesque fall foliage.

?If you want to get taken away and I do not say taken away lightly, ?to the beautiful countryside of France, make no mistake…….it doesn’t get better than visiting?My French Country Home.
So I was thrilled when Sharon agreed to be my guest today and as I started reading over her post, I got lost in a beautiful, dreamy world of a time gone by,a picturesque place where time really does stand still and where things move a little slower allowing one to savor all of life’s simple pleasures. Reading over this was, believe me, ?absolute bliss so today I am just ?thrilled to?share the goodness with you, my dear readers and followers. ?Enjoy and thank you Sharon!

I just have to show you few images from Sharon’s blog and yes these are all her images taken from her so called “every day life”. Guess “every day life” is a relative term, snapshots of mine would include a crazy long Starbucks line of caffeine craving overworked mortals, me sitting in a carpool line, me yelling at some telemarketer for bothering me when I am trying to multitask, waking up running around screaming for everyone to get up when we are running late, sitting in a traffic jam somewhere, etc…….now here is a glimpse into every day life over at My French Country home. NOW, ?do you see what the fuss is all about? Ahhhh, feel my blood pressure lowering already!


On top of this Sharon has so graciously decided to do a giveaway! And let me tell you its a wonderful one! As if her blog is not gift enough…….

Now wipe the drool from your chin, and take a look at what Sharon has to say:)
Sharon, the floor is yours……….


? One quality I love in people is: honesty.

??If my house could only be furnished in one color it would definitely

have to be: pale greige,? so I could layer other colours against it


?One luxury I cannot live without is: space.



?If I had to have one designer decorate my entire house with no input from me it would have to be: my sister, a very gifted interior designer.


? If I had to choose coffee or tea it would be: tea.




? One talent I wish I had is: a cool singing voice.



? I think most people would agree I am: very determined.

-? If I could change one quality about myself it would be to be: better organised.



? One place I would love to revisit: Scotland.???


? One place I am longing to visit is: Buenos Aires.


? One career I could see myself having would be: as an artist

?If food is therapy, when stressed I indulge in:
?French bread and home-made jam.


-? One of my favourite brands for clothing is gerard darel,

-? If my life were a book, the title would be? “She didn?t like to sit still!.

-? My favourite flower is the peony




?I would love to have coffee and a chat session with
this famous person:?? Karen Blixen.

? Hollywood is:?? a long way away,

? Tuscany or Provence?:?? Tuscany to improve my Italian.

?The next presidential election will be:? as unsurprising as the last.

?The one best thing about blogging is:?? to have friends on all time zones.

?A guilty pleasure for me is:?? a fresh croissant.




?A clothing designer I think that has great style is: Tom Ford.

?My strongest quality would have to be: my resistance.

? The best restaurant I have ever been to was:? without a doubt La M?ditaren?e in paris.

? Most overrated actor/actress is …? no, sorry,? I don?t like to say mean things about people.

? If my life were a documentary, I could see this actress playing me:
nathalie baye.


Town or country?? country, country, country, country, country, country….? did I mention I like to live in the country?

?One person I admire: is? a lady near here, in her 80?s who single-?

handedly runs a huge ch?teau and beautiful gardens that people
come to see from miles around.



? Pick a decade to live in, any decade: 1870-80.


? My favourite room of my house is: my entrance hall .

?

? If I were an animal I would be: a dog, they have such a cool life.




? ?A book I would recommend to everyone would be:?West with the Night.

? If I were planning a huge family reunion,? I would want to have it:
here in my garden.




One thing I wish everyone could be more of is: thoughtful.

In one word,? life is: a gift.


Wow Sharon, this was fabulous! Thank you thank you thank you. Where to begin, I love your idea of “therapy”, that kind of therapy I could happily engage in on a daily basis:) ?Buenos Aires is indeed a very special place, have been a few times and yes to peonies, in all their many colors! And your backyard for a reunion, I cannot imagine a more beautiful place for a family reunion. I would love to meet the chateau keeper in her 80’s doing this on her own…..she sounds like one special lady! And last we cannot overestimate the sweet sensation of biting into a fresh croissant or the allure of a room done in greige, can we! Loved this and I know everyone else will too. If you don’t know of My French Country Home, then you must head on over now…..and find out what you have been missing, yes its that wonderful! Click here to visit Sharon in paradise. Thanks to everyone for stopping in and to Sharon for allowing us a glimpse into your enchanting life over at My French Country Home.

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One word with Sharon from My French Country Home

Told you I would be changing up my banner often, I am in a hydrangea frame of mind lately…..they are like summers poster child!


Also for those of you who asked, the new blue and white ginger jars and oversized bowl are now up on my shop site

Good morning! Well I am down to the last two guests posts for my “One word” series, before I start brainstorming about another series highlighting some of my favorite bloggers.   Its been such a pleasure featuring so many incredibly talented women, and today’s guest is no exception. Sharon from My French Country Home is, as many of you know a source of amazing French inspiration, who lives in the most idyllic countryside of France. Visiting her on her blog truly is my guilty pleasure every morning where I get to see beautiful France through her eyes, whether its her horses meandering right outside her front door, or her trips to the local brocante fairs or even simple things like taking a long leisurely walk accompanied by the family pooches through the picturesque fall foliage.

 If you want to get taken away and I do not say taken away lightly,  to the beautiful countryside of France, make no mistake…….it doesn’t get better than visiting My French Country Home.
So I was thrilled when Sharon agreed to be my guest today and as I started reading over her post, I got lost in a beautiful, dreamy world of a time gone by,a picturesque place where time really does stand still and where things move a little slower allowing one to savor all of life’s simple pleasures. Reading over this was, believe me,  absolute bliss so today I am just  thrilled to share the goodness with you, my dear readers and followers.  Enjoy and thank you Sharon!

I just have to show you few images from Sharon’s blog and yes these are all her images taken from her so called “every day life”. Guess “every day life” is a relative term, snapshots of mine would include a crazy long Starbucks line of caffeine craving overworked mortals, me sitting in a carpool line, me yelling at some telemarketer for bothering me when I am trying to multitask, waking up running around screaming for everyone to get up when we are running late, sitting in a traffic jam somewhere, etc…….now here is a glimpse into every day life over at My French Country home. NOW,  do you see what the fuss is all about? Ahhhh, feel my blood pressure lowering already!


On top of this Sharon has so graciously decided to do a giveaway! And let me tell you its a wonderful one! As if her blog is not gift enough…….

Now wipe the drool from your chin, and take a look at what Sharon has to say:)
Sharon, the floor is yours……….


  One quality I love in people is: honesty.

  If my house could only be furnished in one color it would definitely

have to be: pale greige,  so I could layer other colours against it


 One luxury I cannot live without is: space.



 If I had to have one designer decorate my entire house with no input from me it would have to be: my sister, a very gifted interior designer.


  If I had to choose coffee or tea it would be: tea.




  One talent I wish I had is: a cool singing voice.



  I think most people would agree I am: very determined.

–  If I could change one quality about myself it would be to be: better organised.



  One place I would love to revisit: Scotland.   


  One place I am longing to visit is: Buenos Aires.


  One career I could see myself having would be: as an artist

 If food is therapy, when stressed I indulge in:
 French bread and home-made jam.


–  One of my favourite brands for clothing is gerard darel,

–  If my life were a book, the title would be  “She didn?t like to sit still!.

–  My favourite flower is the peony




 I would love to have coffee and a chat session with
this famous person:   Karen Blixen.

  Hollywood is:   a long way away,

  Tuscany or Provence?:   Tuscany to improve my Italian.

 The next presidential election will be:  as unsurprising as the last.

 The one best thing about blogging is:   to have friends on all time zones.

 A guilty pleasure for me is:   a fresh croissant.




 A clothing designer I think that has great style is: Tom Ford.

 My strongest quality would have to be: my resistance.

  The best restaurant I have ever been to was:  without a doubt La M?ditaren?e in paris.

  Most overrated actor/actress is …  no, sorry,  I don?t like to say mean things about people.

  If my life were a documentary, I could see this actress playing me:
nathalie baye.


Town or country?  country, country, country, country, country, country….  did I mention I like to live in the country?

 One person I admire: is  a lady near here, in her 80?s who single- 

handedly runs a huge ch?teau and beautiful gardens that people
come to see from miles around.



  Pick a decade to live in, any decade: 1870-80.


  My favourite room of my house is: my entrance hall .

 

  If I were an animal I would be: a dog, they have such a cool life.




   A book I would recommend to everyone would be: West with the Night.

  If I were planning a huge family reunion,  I would want to have it:
here in my garden.




One thing I wish everyone could be more of is: thoughtful.

In one word,  life is: a gift.


Wow Sharon, this was fabulous! Thank you thank you thank you. Where to begin, I love your idea of “therapy”, that kind of therapy I could happily engage in on a daily basis:)  Buenos Aires is indeed a very special place, have been a few times and yes to peonies, in all their many colors! And your backyard for a reunion, I cannot imagine a more beautiful place for a family reunion. I would love to meet the chateau keeper in her 80’s doing this on her own…..she sounds like one special lady! And last we cannot overestimate the sweet sensation of biting into a fresh croissant or the allure of a room done in greige, can we! Loved this and I know everyone else will too. If you don’t know of My French Country Home, then you must head on over now…..and find out what you have been missing, yes its that wonderful! Click here to visit Sharon in paradise. Thanks to everyone for stopping in and to Sharon for allowing us a glimpse into your enchanting life over at My French Country Home.

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Its all in the details……Part I

This post was actually started quite a few months ago. I must confess I forgot about finishing it. But the message is the same, even this many months later…that the details are really what takes a space or room from beautiful to extraordinary, especially if like me you are very detail oriented.





Being a little more than obsessed with details feels like a blessing and at times a curse. ?I don’t know if that’s good or bad, quite honestly. Sometimes, it feels like a curse because I will let something ridiculously small get to me to the point of losing sleep and obsessing non stop which is absurd and which most people could and would let go. On the other hand, it is those very details that can and has the ability to take something from pretty to extraordinary. I think its fair to say most detail oriented people must by the same token have some degree of patience, that they are able to dig out deep from within because details do not just appear, they requite lots of thinking, organization of thoughts and sometimes revisiting the drawing board more than once. Or twice. Or three or five or seven times……



Just now starting to get over the whole building process we have endured for over three and a half years, I realize what makes me love my house so are all the details. If it wasn’t for those details, it would not have the quality that to me makes it a cut above,and I do not say this to boast but rather to point that that the details that were paintstakingly?thought out and executed are what make it unique and special. I thought back to some of the inspiration to these details as well and it always came back to one place, France! Surprise surprise. I mean seriously that’s one place where just walking down the street gets raises your senses to new heights!

SO this post is dedicated to some of the inspiration behind the details and then the eventual details on our home that came to be…..an evolution of sorts. Hope you enjoy!





? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Warning, this post is very picture heavy, do not read while standing up!



I fell madly in love with the detail and workmanship on this fine chest which was in a friends house that we visited in South of France…….the home was chock full of the most amazing things!

Guest bathroom at my aunts….loved the antique mirror panels
Theres that three panel door again, VERY popular in France
Decided then and there I wanted an oval knob with some kind of decorative motif!

I got serious wrought iron stair railing inspirations while there….
.
More beautiful mill work found in the halls

Amazing door in our hotel
Love the pretty dressy sconce lined in the hallway
This wall gave us our inspiraion for our future breakfast room/stair halls finish
More stunning balcony railings
My bathroom at the hotel…..do the details get any prettier than luxurious white marble!
Beautiful moldings and ceiling medallion
Wonder if that man thought I was the paparazzi? I was only after the way the sconces were lined up on the walls!
Stunning limestone motif

Does this curved window look familiar?

The details here are spellbinding!
So in love with this door and the gorgeous color!
Ahhh the carved limestone and elegant lanterns on the streets of Paris
Close up
The details of the magnificent parterre garden at my aunts house
This fabulous console and painted/glazed paneled wall gave me the inspiration for my bedroom colors and feeling and now this very console graces my hallway!
How about the details of this chest and that hardware!!!!!!?

We considered this monastery table for our breakfast room

Another view…..
That gorgeous chest…check out the details…..magnifique! (now in my bedroom)!
Could black look any more sensational? Check out that rich gilded hardware…swoon!!!!!!
This showrooms detailed limed oak walls gave us some ideas for our back stair hall
One of the beautiful factories we visited

And to think thats how it all starts……..

The details of the hand forged hardware….amazing! I am ?like a kid in a candy store around this stuff!
This color brick on this distant chateau gave me the inspiration for our brick color
Is this the worlds most charming guest house ever?? I loved it…it was hard to leave!

My husband noticed the fine thin bricks….its these kind of details that make a subtle difference between that and lets say a chunky brick at my aunts house
The paneling at the George V in Paris, I liked the wainscoting with?wallpaper to warm it up on top,?
Loved the details of this carved limestone surround
It was at the George V, that we decided on a three paneled door

Theres that hallway again
This caught my eye, I loved the fine elegant lines..and we mimicked this very railing for the railing that will go above our front door outside!
And now our house with all of those details and inspirations applied…………..
Laundry room doors and glazing over paint
Herringbone floors
Basketweave flooring

Paneling in family room

Very dark stain against white marble in pantry

Wire grille in kitchen
Oil rubbed bronze hardware and oversized subways

Hardware

Crown molding
Cremone bolts on all French doors
Ceiling medallions in living room
Crown in living room
Front door
Medallion in dining room

Door knobs
Limed oak paneling in stairhall
Spindle details in upper cabinets in laundry

Egg and dart detailing

I know you are jealous of my light fixture………come on admit it!

So there you have it…the devil really is in the details but so worth it! ?Agree? Or think its a wasted effort of energy and time? I think the details are what makes something become interesting, noteworthy and highly personal. Realized this has to be part 1 because I have so many pictures on details. It would have been too much for one post…so more to come! ?Would love to know what you think!
Also for many who asked, the brackets I featured yesterday are now up for sale on my online store under New Additions. Hope you have a fabulous day!

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Its all in the details……Part I

This post was actually started quite a few months ago. I must confess I forgot about finishing it. But the message is the same, even this many months later…that the details are really what takes a space or room from beautiful to extraordinary, especially if like me you are very detail oriented.


Being a little more than obsessed with details feels like a blessing and at times a curse.  I don’t know if that’s good or bad, quite honestly. Sometimes, it feels like a curse because I will let something ridiculously small get to me to the point of losing sleep and obsessing non stop which is absurd and which most people could and would let go. On the other hand, it is those very details that can and has the ability to take something from pretty to extraordinary. I think its fair to say most detail oriented people must by the same token have some degree of patience, that they are able to dig out deep from within because details do not just appear, they requite lots of thinking, organization of thoughts and sometimes revisiting the drawing board more than once. Or twice. Or three or five or seven times……

Just now starting to get over the whole building process we have endured for over three and a half years, I realize what makes me love my house so are all the details. If it wasn’t for those details, it would not have the quality that to me makes it a cut above,and I do not say this to boast but rather to point that that the details that were paintstakingly thought out and executed are what make it unique and special. I thought back to some of the inspiration to these details as well and it always came back to one place, France! Surprise surprise. I mean seriously that’s one place where just walking down the street gets raises your senses to new heights!
SO this post is dedicated to some of the inspiration behind the details and then the eventual details on our home that came to be…..an evolution of sorts. Hope you enjoy!


                Warning, this post is very picture heavy, do not read while standing up!

I fell madly in love with the detail and workmanship on this fine chest which was in a friends house that we visited in South of France…….the home was chock full of the most amazing things!

Guest bathroom at my aunts….loved the antique mirror panels
Theres that three panel door again, VERY popular in France
Decided then and there I wanted an oval knob with some kind of decorative motif!

I got serious wrought iron stair railing inspirations while there….
.
More beautiful mill work found in the halls

Amazing door in our hotel
Love the pretty dressy sconce lined in the hallway
This wall gave us our inspiraion for our future breakfast room/stair halls finish
More stunning balcony railings
My bathroom at the hotel…..do the details get any prettier than luxurious white marble!
Beautiful moldings and ceiling medallion
Wonder if that man thought I was the paparazzi? I was only after the way the sconces were lined up on the walls!
Stunning limestone motif

Does this curved window look familiar?

The details here are spellbinding!
So in love with this door and the gorgeous color!
Ahhh the carved limestone and elegant lanterns on the streets of Paris
Close up
The details of the magnificent parterre garden at my aunts house
This fabulous console and painted/glazed paneled wall gave me the inspiration for my bedroom colors and feeling and now this very console graces my hallway!
How about the details of this chest and that hardware!!!!!! 

We considered this monastery table for our breakfast room

Another view…..
That gorgeous chest…check out the details…..magnifique! (now in my bedroom)!
Could black look any more sensational? Check out that rich gilded hardware…swoon!!!!!!
This showrooms detailed limed oak walls gave us some ideas for our back stair hall
One of the beautiful factories we visited

And to think thats how it all starts……..

The details of the hand forged hardware….amazing! I am  like a kid in a candy store around this stuff!
This color brick on this distant chateau gave me the inspiration for our brick color
Is this the worlds most charming guest house ever?? I loved it…it was hard to leave!

My husband noticed the fine thin bricks….its these kind of details that make a subtle difference between that and lets say a chunky brick at my aunts house
The paneling at the George V in Paris, I liked the wainscoting with wallpaper to warm it up on top, 
Loved the details of this carved limestone surround
It was at the George V, that we decided on a three paneled door

Theres that hallway again
This caught my eye, I loved the fine elegant lines..and we mimicked this very railing for the railing that will go above our front door outside!
And now our house with all of those details and inspirations applied…………..
Laundry room doors and glazing over paint
Herringbone floors
Basketweave flooring

Paneling in family room

Very dark stain against white marble in pantry

Wire grille in kitchen
Oil rubbed bronze hardware and oversized subways

Hardware

Crown molding
Cremone bolts on all French doors
Ceiling medallions in living room
Crown in living room
Front door
Medallion in dining room

Door knobs
Limed oak paneling in stairhall
Spindle details in upper cabinets in laundry

Egg and dart detailing

I know you are jealous of my light fixture………come on admit it!

So there you have it…the devil really is in the details but so worth it!  Agree? Or think its a wasted effort of energy and time? I think the details are what makes something become interesting, noteworthy and highly personal. Realized this has to be part 1 because I have so many pictures on details. It would have been too much for one post…so more to come!  Would love to know what you think!
Also for many who asked, the brackets I featured yesterday are now up for sale on my online store under New Additions. Hope you have a fabulous day!

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Sunday Showhouse…and you’re invited!

Good morning! Its another lazy Sunday (thankfully- I need an excuse to take it easy) and today you are invited to take a peek into two different homes, two extraordinary homes. (We can all dream). Since I am still very much in my “French state of mind” (can’t quite seem to shake it-yet) we travel all the way to the magnificent storybook land of The Loire Valley in France. I LOVE French homes and these certainly show them at the their finest. Amazing what the magic wand of a talented designer can do!
?The first is one of my all time favorites…..it was “love at first sight” and certainly a true dream home. Timothy Corrigan, a U.S. designer took both of these incredible 17th century chateaus and lovingly restored them to their former splendor. The result on both is just breathtaking and a dream. Both were featured in Architectural Digest. His story is fascinating and something I think many of us dream about…………….



This home, lovingly restored by Timothy Corrigan is in the Loire Valley and is a fabulous 17th century chateau. Named Chateau De Grand Luce, this is nothing short of perfect in my book.


The very tall ceilings make for such a dramatic and elegant room, the soft ivories with hints of color is so soothing

A dining room fit for a king….love the colors..so warm

Love red and green together, this is a beautiful shade of green isn’t it?

If I was a guest in this jewel of a bedroom…they might not ever get rid of me!

The ridiculously beautiful master bedroom in soothing soft colors?

Almost too perfect to be real!
Then we go back to 2005, ?to yet another fabulous chateau also restored by the uber talented Timothy Corrigan…he certainly has the Midas touch, doesn’t he! This fabulous home is named Chateau de Gallerande and is also located in the Loire Valley. Dreamy!

You can see how tall this home is when you look at the dwarfed front door!
Elegant sunlit drawing room

Beautiful Aubusson tapestry in the dining room

Beautiful rich wood paneled walls

Part of the exquisite library

These colors are sooo beautiful together, the pale blue/green and apricot

Another elegant bedroom

Part of the amazing formal gardens, a boxwood parterre
Hope you enjoyed these fabulous homes and that you have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!

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Sunday Showhouse…and you’re invited!

Good morning! Its another lazy Sunday (thankfully- I need an excuse to take it easy) and today you are invited to take a peek into two different homes, two extraordinary homes. (We can all dream). Since I am still very much in my “French state of mind” (can’t quite seem to shake it-yet) we travel all the way to the magnificent storybook land of The Loire Valley in France. I LOVE French homes and these certainly show them at the their finest. Amazing what the magic wand of a talented designer can do!
 The first is one of my all time favorites…..it was “love at first sight” and certainly a true dream home. Timothy Corrigan, a U.S. designer took both of these incredible 17th century chateaus and lovingly restored them to their former splendor. The result on both is just breathtaking and a dream. Both were featured in Architectural Digest. His story is fascinating and something I think many of us dream about…………….



This home, lovingly restored by Timothy Corrigan is in the Loire Valley and is a fabulous 17th century chateau. Named Chateau De Grand Luce, this is nothing short of perfect in my book.


The very tall ceilings make for such a dramatic and elegant room, the soft ivories with hints of color is so soothing

A dining room fit for a king….love the colors..so warm

Love red and green together, this is a beautiful shade of green isn’t it?

If I was a guest in this jewel of a bedroom…they might not ever get rid of me!

The ridiculously beautiful master bedroom in soothing soft colors 

Almost too perfect to be real!
Then we go back to 2005,  to yet another fabulous chateau also restored by the uber talented Timothy Corrigan…he certainly has the Midas touch, doesn’t he! This fabulous home is named Chateau de Gallerande and is also located in the Loire Valley. Dreamy!

You can see how tall this home is when you look at the dwarfed front door!
Elegant sunlit drawing room

Beautiful Aubusson tapestry in the dining room

Beautiful rich wood paneled walls

Part of the exquisite library

These colors are sooo beautiful together, the pale blue/green and apricot

Another elegant bedroom

Part of the amazing formal gardens, a boxwood parterre
Hope you enjoyed these fabulous homes and that you have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!


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