Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Jeanne d' Arc Living Inspiration

Hello Friends!
Have you discovered Jeanne d' Arc Living magazine?
I just love it!

It's filled with wonderful French decorating inspirations and ideas.
A quick flip through this magazine can inspire me to redecorate my entire house!
I just ordered a fabulous book called French Atmospheres by Jeanne d' Arc Living--it's filled with beautiful homes decorated in French style in a Nordic way.

(image from the book French Atmosphere)

After studying a look I liked in this book, I was shocked when I realized I already had many of the same items in my home!
I couldn't wait to put the book down and start "playing".

This white shabby chic desk was a gift from one of my generous girlfriends.
Her mother used it as a child and they thought of me when it needed a new home.
It was so very thoughtful!
The lovely little stool was a part of it too.

Many of you might recognize the cubby organizer from Pottery Barn.
It was so lonely packed up in my garage from our last move, so I ran out to the garage and dragged it inside.
I'm liking it propped up on the desk.
Quick note, it is fastened to the wall to ensure safety!

This little industrial table lamp made my heart swoon one morning at a flea market.
I bought it when I was still an antique dealer. About an hour after putting it in my space to sell, I ran back to the store and carried it back home.
Yes, this does happen to antique dealers.
I couldn't get it off my mind and the thought of it being sold broke my heart.
Here it is in my home now and I just adore it.

I have been thinking about turning my metal basket into a hanging light.
I was inspired when I saw one in New York City with a price tag of $1700.
The basket was a find at an antique show last February.

I have to give credit and thanks to Tracey over at French Larkspur for introducing me to the magazine.
It's a special day when I receive my package from her store.
Its wrapped up so pretty, I don't even want to open it (but I do of course)!
You can pre-order the fall issue in her store now.

I hope you all are having a great start to your week and I hope it continues into the weekend!

until next time,


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

French Pie Safe

Hello Friends!

I wanted to share my beautiful French pie safe I found at the Long Beach Flea Market.
It's perfect for displaying my white ironstone dinnerware collection, one of my favorite treasures!

As nice as they look on display, we actually use them everyday!

I've used this pie safe for several different things throughout the year, but my favorite has to be using it for its intended purpose, holding and cooling pies!
It is a wonderful way to get the smell of autumn trailing through out your house.

Here is one of my favorite recipes to bake from Williams-Sonoma
It is so delicious!
I also use Williams-Sonomas Emile Henry Pie Dish.
I think it's the best!

I'm really looking forward to getting some fall decorating done around the house and maybe I'll even get around to making a pie!

Have a beautiful week my friends!

until next time,


Monday, September 5, 2011

Tree Stump Coffee Table

Hello Friends!

Happy Labor Day to you all!
i am so excited to get this post up today and to finally share with you what i brought back from my Yosemite trip..
We had such a wonderful time and if you have ever been there before, then you'll understand when i say that it was just magical!

What i brought back was not something i purchased from any store but rather something i found.
With all the huge pine trees and pinecones that cover the Yosemite grounds, I was so inspired for the upcoming Fall.
i was lucky enough to come across a huge pile of old tree stumps on one of the trails behind the cabin we rented for the week.
It was instant for me, i knew they would have a new life in my home.
i sorted through the pile and picked out two of my favorites and carried them back to our cozy little cabin.

i've been on the hunt for a unique coffee table for quite some time now.
i was looking for something i could take out of it's original context and make my own or just something really special and different.
With the winter season around the corner, this coffee table couldn't be more appropriate.
Just last night we threw some logs on the fire..
we've been experiencing some cold and chilly nights here... burr!

once i got them home i made sure to check for little buggies...
and i also hosed them down.

My future plan for the winter is to change out the jute rug for a sheep skin rug

Just in case you were wondering..
My new authentic German grain sack is from Maria's wonderful shop Dreamy Whites Online..
it is the perfect accessory to drape over my couch.
The gorgeous taper holders and cute mini latte bowls are from Anthropologie

Today was official the last day of summer for us.
The girls start pre-school tomorrow.
it's going to be an emotional week for me with my babies gone at school, luckily they're only gone two days a week.
This will free up some time get some projects done and once again to come around and visit my favorite blogs and maybe even discover some new ones!
i miss talking to you!

I hope you have a wonderful week my friends!

until next time,