Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ode to the Eden Rose

In my reader survey, most of you voted for posts about gardens and gardening... so voila! Let's chat about the Eden rose.
Information about the Eden Rose
 The Eden rose is also known as 'Pierre de Ronsard', named after the poet of the same name.  The rose was cultivated by Meilland International in 1985 in France.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

French Breakfast in Bed... Perfect for Sunday Mornings!

Good morning!  Today I'm having breakfast in bed.  A French breakfast to be exact!  
A French breakfast in bed with a pain au chocolat and espresso! Fit for a Queen!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Five on Friday #17

Happy Friday! I'm back with another FIVE THINGs that I liked this week.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Thursday Favorite Things Link Party #239

Can you believe that it is almost JUNE??? Well I can't. Before you know it we will be pulling out the pumpkins again!  Anyway, on to this week's Thursday Favorite Things! Here are a few of my favorites from last weeks party...

1010 Park Place shared her trip to the Paris Flea Markets and a *fabulous* antique tapestry store she wandered into in Paris.  Like I needed another reason to go back to Paris!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The E.F Champan 'Darlana' Pendant Lantern

Let's have a chat about this Darlana Pendant that I had never seen until 7 days ago and now I am seeing it EVERYWHERE!  On my research though, it appears I may be late to this little lantern love fest, but that's okay.
EF Chapman Darlana Pendant Lantern

Sunday, May 22, 2016

French Riviera Style

Every month I put together some sort of fashion board. This month I was inspired by the French Riviera.

I put together two outfits and stylish accessories that can mix and match with both outfits!

Outfit #1, classic black and white - Breton Striped shirt, black skirt, and black ballet flats

This was really fun!  The black ballet flats have been on my fashion wish-list for a while now.  While writing this I actually purchased the Bien Fait bag... it's only $5.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Thursday Favorite Things Link Party #238!

Welcome again for another week of Thursday Favorite Things!   It seems this week I have been drawn to flowers as all of my features are floral related! 

Jolly and Happy shared this copycat Fixer Upper Magnolia Wreath! I think right now we all just can't get enough of Fixer Upper! 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

French Style Houses... Part 2

In my searches, I could not find a "French Provincial House" actually in France. That's when I learned that is an Americanized version of French houses! Oh,  how much I don't know about architecture!

French Provincial Style
Steep hipped roof
French windows and shutters
Usually symmetrical and square
Stately and formal
Often have high windows at the second level

This style was popularized in America in the 1920s when soldiers came home from France after WWI.  It seems to be closest to the French style house Maison de Maitre.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Le Fraisier - a French Strawberry Cake

My absolute *favorite* French dessert is Le Fraisier.  You might have all thought it would be macarons by the way I talk about them, but it is actually Le Fraisier.  You just haven't heard about it because it's very difficult to bake yourself!  

Since I'm not headed to Paris anytime soon, I figured I might as well start learning how to make my own. 

And here is the result:
Le Fraisier - a French Strawberry Cake with recipe!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Five on Friday #15

On the Blog
This week on the blog I have totally redesigned the website and I have updated my logos to better reflect about how I am feeling about Peonies and Orange Blossoms.  I wanted it to be more whimsical.  Now my love for 18th century French things is better displayed!  

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Thursday Favorite Things Link Party #237!

Things are changing this week!  Not only have I given my blog a makeover, but our link party has had a makeover too!!!   I have updated my logo, layout, and even have a new Facebook page!

So, what's new with the link party? One of the biggest things is that every week each hostess will select her favorites and feature them!!! You will need to check every hostess' blog because your post may be featured! Keep reading to see what else has changed, but first, on to my features!

Everyday Living shared Coffee Table Talk, which she looks at a lot of different coffee table inspiration.  Lots of pretty pictures!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

French Style Houses... Part 1

I had a hard time trying to put into words what it is that I want.  I always knew that I wanted "FRENCH", but really though, there are many different styles of French architecture.  I knew I didn't want the super formal French provincial style for my house, but don't get me wrong, I totally *love* that style, and if I were building a two story house that is what I would do.

But we are building a one story house, which I didn't think was French at all (until I started studying).  I don't ever intend to sell this house and plan to live in it until I'm in my eighties, which may be wishful thinking, but a girl can dream.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Spring Table

I have another table setting for you of with different shades of purple, black and white.  The star of the show is my tulipiere, which I love and have never seen any other vase like it except in museums. 
Spring Table with Juliska Tulipiere, purple carnations and ranunculus and an antique lace tablecloth

Friday, May 6, 2016

Five on Friday #14

On the Web
This week was the Met Gala.  Here are my favorite looks, but you can see a lot more here! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Outdoor French Bistro Style for Less

Based on my reader survey, a lot of you wanted some more decor and room boards.  So, here ya go! Also, a lot of you wanted a Facebook page for my blog, so I made one!  You can follow my *new* FACEBOOK page here!   See readers? You ask, I deliver! I also sent out a monthly newsletter like many said they wanted as well, hope you enjoyed it!

I saw this French bistro outdoor dining set and loved it!  I am on the look out for French outdoor tables and chairs since we are building a French Farmhouse.  For my outdoor furniture, I was debating between French farm table vs French bistro table.   As I have the French farmhouse table as my main dining table already, I was leaning towards the French bistro look outside.
French Bistro Outdoor Style

Monday, May 2, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Afternoon everybody!  Bonus post today... a Mother's Day Gift Guide!! Mother's Day kind of snuck up on my this year... didn't realize it until today that it is next weekend. While shopping for something for my Mom, I saved some cute things I saw and am sharing them with you!

Mother's Day Gift Guide | Peonies & Orange Blossoms
Row 1, left to right: 

Row 2, left to right: 

Row 3, left to right
Row 4, left to right:

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Inside Prince William and Kate's Kensington Palace Apartment

Just within the past few weeks, we got a first peek into Prince William and Kate's Kensington Palace apartment 1A!!   The reason we were able to sneak a peek into the apartment was because they were hosting the POTUS.  But, let's not focus on the faces in these pictures.  Let's look at the furniture and decor!

At immediate glance in the room, I'm noticing a muted color palette of pinks, blues, and creams.  I totally love this.  The oil paintings in the back of the room are marvelous, although, don't you think the one on the left is hanging up a bit too high?  The antique oils are from the Royal Collection.