Thursday, February 23, 2017

Provencal Book Club Dinner Table

Book club was at my house this month.  We had read The Little Paris Bookshop:  A Novel by Nina George to discuss. In keeping with the feel of the novel, I searched Pinterest for some easy French Provencal inspired recipes.  With the help of some great blog posts, I made Creamy Dijon Mustard Chicken and Rustic French Ratatouille.  The step by step photos were so helpful! I'm not much of a cook, but I can follow directions, and everyone seemed to enjoy the food. My friend, Stacey, brought a delicious green salad.  Of course we also enjoyed French wine and a crusty loaf.  We finished it off with some madeleines from Le Madeleine for dessert.  

A simple and casual table setting seemed appropriate. I found these pretty Cynthia Rowley place mats at HomeGoods.  I used Mikasa Antique White plates with Bordallo lettuce plates. The stemware is Mikasa French Countryside.
I love being part of a book club because it makes me stretch and read things I otherwise might not have. Sometimes it's stressful to finish a book by a certain date, but enjoying an evening of great conversation with some lovely women is a great reward.  
Have a wonderful day!
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

March Mantel

I love to hunt for unique handmade things for our home.  
Sometimes that means driving and walking.
Sometimes that means browsing through beautiful Etsy shops.

This St. Patrick's Day wreath was one of those easy Etsy finds.

I ordered it from Elizabeth and Co. intending to use it in March.  Well, it arrived in a just a few days. So.... it's up early. 
 And I'm okay with that.
Please be sure to stop by this week's Monday Social.
Have a wonderful day!
Inspire Me Tuesday
Make it Pretty Monday
The Scoop
Amaze Me Monday
Feathered Nest Friday
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Monday Social #23

Welcome to Monday Social #23

Spring officially arrives in 28 days!

March 20, 2017 

Not that anyone is counting.

Who are we kidding?
Longing for Spring seems to be on everyone's blog.

Judith at Botanic Bleu  || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Botanic Bleu ||
Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Let's Add Sprinkles ||
Eilis at My Heart Lives Here  || Instagram || Pinterest || My Heart Lives Here ||

The hostess this week is 

Judith at Botanic Bleu 

My post in a weekly series, 

French Design on Friday,  

is about French style eyebrow arch windows and doors and how to get a similar look.

Each Friday I share a photo taken in France and show how to translate that look to create a

French-inspired garden and home.

Here's a peek at what the other two Monday Social hostesses shared this week. 

Eilis has a new rug she layered over an existing rug. 

new layered rug at My Heart Lives Here

Katie is ready for Spring. 
See what I mean about all of blogland longing for Spring. 

I'm Talking Flowers at Let's Add Sprinkles 

Now, for this week's linking party...

Monday Social
is a social gathering of friends where we connect with others by visiting them on 

Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or a Blog.  

That's right, you do not have to write a blog to participate in Monday Socials.
You can also link photos from Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest.

Find the addresses for your friends' sites, and 
link your addresses for friends to find. 

Each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. party goers link up photos from one of four sites, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and/or a Blog.  

Thanks for joining us last week for Monday Social. 
We had a wonderful time visiting your links that you shared.

One quick reminder... 
Link YOUR specific PHOTO not just your general social media site. 

This week's features 

offer one more look at the beauty of Valentine's Day.   

 Barbara at Fair Meadow Place shared how to make a gorgeous Valentine's Day Rag Wreath
Barbara began writing her new blog, Fair Meadow Place, in January 2017. 
Let's all visit her and leave her an encouraging comment as she begins her new blogging journey. 
She is off to a great start. 

My Kentucky Living Instagram White Tulips and Valentine Napkins 
Sheila shares elegant arrangements in her home year round, and Valentine's Day is no exception. 
L O V E these Valentine napkins with a heart inside the O. 

Lisa at Celebrate Creativity has a stunning, fresh, creative approach to Valentine's goodies. 
Her Shakespeare Sugar Cookies include a recipe, a source for the cookie mold, instructions for a creative gift bag, and Shakespeare quotes sprinkled throughout the post.

Rosemary and Thyme's Chic Valentine's Day Table has a L O V E L Y set of dishes from HomeGoods and fresh spring-like towels used as napkins. 

See all these features on our

Pinterest board, Monday Social Features.


Party Directions

We would love for you to FOLLOW all your hostesses on their blogs at least one way ... 
Bloglovin', email subscription, URL, Google Friend Connect, Google+, etc...

And FOLLOW each hostess on at least one social medium.
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest

Please read how to be a good guest before linking to the party. 

1] Link a maximum of 5 photos that take party goers to Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or a Blog. 
    Share home decor, DIY, recipes, inspirational thoughts... whatever is going on in your world.   

2] You do NOT have to write a blog to link up photos to Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook.
     Isn't this great? More people can join the gathering. Just grab the web address and link away.

3] Monday Social attendees visit sites linked to the party and socialize ... 
    Suggested ways for mixing and mingling ...
  • Instagram - comment on a photo or Regram another person's Instagram ...
  • Facebook - comment on a post or share a post on Facebook back to your Facebook site ...
  • Pinterest - re-Pin another person's Pin on Pinterest...
  • Blog - comment on another person's Blog...
  • Make a regular connection with a site that inspired you by following the site. 
4] No direct links to linky parties or advertising including Etsy shops.

5] By joining the party, you are agreeing that the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them, that we may use those photos to feature your work on a blog post and/or in social media. The blog post will always have a link back to you. Remember to disable "no reply" to your email so we can reach you.

6] Not required, but we would love for everyone to invite their readers to join the party and to share the Monday Social button on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog sites.

Need help linking to the party? See Monday Social Linky that explains how to link up Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog photos.

We love your links.

Keep sharing with us and invite your friends to share their photos as well. 
How are you getting ready for Spring? 
What new project is underway at your house?

Help us grow our party and the number of viewers for your sites. 
Share a link to today's Monday Social on your Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. 

Bloggers supporting one another 
encourages all of us.   

Let's all be Rock Stars of blogging and encouragement.  

P.S. Please update your link to Botanic Bleu's new URL address--- 
Link to Monday Social 
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Layered Rug

Our house is pretty chaotic at the moment.  The slate roof is being replaced due to hail damage. Taking slate off a roof is one big noisy, messy process.  Watching the workers walk up and down the sloped roof with piles of new shingles in the WIND makes me extremely nervous.
I'm hiding out inside.  This new rug from Joss & Main  is calming me down.  It is the Middlebury Ivory Area Rug. No animals were harmed in the process of creating it. 

I'm delighted with the layered effect on top of our sea grass rug.  If I used a real sheepskin, I would not be able to put it under some of the coffee table legs (and not the others) without making the table tipsy.  This rug is very thin (and very soft) and works great under two of the table legs. The light color and reduced price closed the sale for me.

I was going to share some pictures of the roof project, but I got stressed out again just thinking about it.  So, I will leave it here with my nice soft, quiet, new rug.


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