Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas in Review, Rae Dunn Mugs, and more | Five on Friday

Happy New Year! I took a bit of a blogging break this week... we will be back next week with Thursday Favorite Things again! Also, full posting on Sundays and Tuesdays will resume as usual.

 I thought I would share some snaps from my Christmas shopping that I did not get to share earlier!

Christmas Shopping!
I spotted these Gingerbread houses... aren't they cute???

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas today! 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house 
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; 
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, 
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; 
source- Monika Hibbs

Friday, December 23, 2016

Favorite Vintage Style Ornaments

Do you have a favorite ornament? I do! I have several, but I am sharing my most favorite two ornaments.
The first one is this Steiff mohair kitten in a mitten! Isn't she cute!  I have never seen an ornament like it before and as you all know I love cats!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Chef Tree for the Kitchen

This year I have updated my Chef Tree!! We added some candy canes and little sprigs of silver faux glitter branches. I like the texture it adds!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Woodland Tree

I love this Winter Woodland tree that we put up every year.  It sits in the front window so you can see it when you come up the driveway! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Tree 2016

Let's have a look at the main Christmas tree!  This year it is an 8' Noble Fir and it is the crown jewel of my Christmas decor!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Simple Last Minute Christmas Arrangements for the House

Do you feel like your Christmas decor needs a little extra "oomph" before the relatives show up before the holidays?
I have a few simple ideas which involve either real or faux greenery/florals. They don't take that long to make and it really adds a nice touch to your decor.
Here I have a French bucket filled with faux greenery.  It consists of frosted white berries, magnolias, sprigs of faux evergreen, red berries, and sparkled silver sprigs.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Handmade Christmas Spice Topiaries

I was shopping in one of my favorite stores, Napa Valley Vintage Home, when I spotted these cool handmade Christmas spice topiaries! Aren't they pretty?

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Francophile

I have rounded up a few last minute gift ideas for the Francophile!  

Friday, December 16, 2016

Elf on the Shelf, Glam Party Shoes, and more - 5 on Friday

Can you believe how fast December is flying by? I cannot! I am so behind on reading all of my favorite blogs! I am going to have to comment on everyone's beautiful posts in January! 

Holiday Party Shoes
Ok, so last week I was looking at party shoes, but then I started dreaming of what the REALLY expensive shoes look like, and well, here we are!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Buche De Noel 2016

Have you ever had a Bûche de Noël?  No? How about a Yule Log? Well, they are the same thing!
Except, the Bûche de Noël sounds much fancier... and when the French make them, they also look fancier!
Above, by Lenôtre, a chocolate cake with marshmallow and meringue!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

French Christmas Ideas - Thursday Favorite Things

Last week we looked at some Farmhouse Christmas ideas... this week it is French Christmas decor ideas!  

Christmas Present Wrapping Ideas

As I know we have all been busy shopping, the next step is to wrap your presents!
Usually I just pick whatever paper I find in the store, but for several years now I have been wanting to wrap my presents up in a theme.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Chocolate Orange Ganache Macarons

If you regularly read my blog, you know that I *love* macarons.  I tried one many years ago and was in love.  Then one day several years ago, my Dad and I decided we were going try to bake them.  
Of course we couldn't just make one, we made a whole day of it...  We made 6 flavors and about 600 macarons.  
chocolate orange ganache macarons recipe
Since then, I have been practicing and baking them with all sorts of different flavors.  Today I present to you the chocolate orange ganache macaron!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Rustic Glam Christmas Table

I love setting the table and I look forward to setting my Christmas table every year.  I try not to do the same thing but I love my Christmas punch bowl so much that it will probably be the centerpiece for many years!
This year I was going for a rustic glam look - not so fussy but not so rustic that you will get tetanus!  The natural wood table and fresh noble fir clippings make it rustic.  The crystal goblets add a touch of glam! 
Rustic Glam Christmas Table

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Steiff Animal Tree

My favorite tree this year is the Steiff animal tree.  Isn't it cute?

Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Cocktail Dresses, Shoes and more

Five on Friday!
Hooray hooray it is Friday!!  Did you all have a nice week?  I've got my hair cut and now I am ready for Holiday Parties!!  Speaking of Holiday parties... do you have an outfit to wear?

Party Dresses

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas at Roger's Gardens 2016

Here is a look at my favorite store in the USA to buy Christmas decorations... Roger's Gardens!! Have you ever been?? It is located in Newport Beach, CA. 
Visiting there is such a dream during Christmas time!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Farmhouse Christmas Decor - Thursday Favorite Things

Welcome to Thursday Favorite Things! I had so much fun last week going through many of your posts - I just love the Christmas season, don't you?
Plus, it gets dark at 5pm so my body clock thinks it is bedtime so I find myself blogging/reading more in the Winter!

This week I have rounded up some fabulous vintage Farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas House Tour 2016 Part 1

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!  Welcome to this year's Christmas house tour!!
My Christmas decorating is mainly a mixture of German Christmas decorations with French Country Farmhouse Style!
 German Christmas decorations with French Country Farmhouse Style!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Peppermint Chocolate Ganache Macarons

When I was thinking of what to bake for this year's holiday dessert, I was actually inspired by Trader Joe's Candy Cane Jo-Jo's. Never had them? They are like Oreos but with flakes of candy cane in the filling. So I thought, how I can French-it-up?
And the peppermint chocolate ganache macaron was born.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas China - Plates and Dinnerware

I *love* Christmas dinnerware so I thought today we could look at some Christmas china!
I wrote about Christmas china several years ago, however new patterns have been released!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Animal Wreaths, Christmas, and more! - 5 on Friday

25 Days of Christmas! 
Several years ago during my first year of blogging, I blogged for 25 days of Christmas. I had a lot of fun doing it! I haven't done it in several years so I thought I would do it again this year!  For the 25 days of Christmas I will be blogging about... Christmas! HOORAY!  Some posts will be detailed and longer, others might just be a picture or two.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Advent Calendars and the 25 days of Christmas!

Happy December everyone!  This post is a little late today but I wanted to share a Christmas post every day for the 25 Days of Christmas!!

I thought talking about the advent calendar would be a perfect way to celebrate the 1st day of Christmas!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Ideas - Thursday Favorite Things

Hi everyone, welcome back to another week of Thursday Favorite Things! Last week we took a break for Thanksgiving. I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving!
I don't have features from the party two weeks ago but instead I am featuring some holiday posts from our hostesses! Have you visited their blogs??

Katherine is our main hostess and has a lovely blog.  She loves tea, recipes, decor, DIY projects, and runs a shop! Recently she wrote about this chocolate pretzel recipe which she says is one of her most popular holiday desserts! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Classic Vintage Christmas Tree

Christmas is my most favorite time of year!  For me, the centerpiece of Christmas decorating is the Christmas tree!
Classic Vintage Christmas tree
This post is sponsored by Tree Classics.  All content and opinions are my own.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Romantic Cottage Christmas Tree

This year I was inspired to create a new themed tree... the romantic cottage Christmas tree!!
I knew I was going to put this tree in my bedroom which is decorated in a French country style.
 Where better to display this tree than in front of some purple toile curtains?
Vintage French Country Christmas Tree | Pastel Christmas Tree

Friday, November 25, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide for Guys, Kids and more on Five on Friday!!

I know I said I wasn't going to post a Five on Friday this week, but the inspiration bug hit and here we are!
I've included gift guide for guys and children. Earlier this week I posted one for us gals if you missed it. BTW, there is more to this Five on Friday than gift guides, so keep scrolling...

Men's Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide for the Glamorous Girl for Every Budget

I am back once again with my annual gift guide! Since Black Friday is at the end of this week, I know all of us are going to be out shopping.  
I rounded up a few of my favorite picks for the glamorous girl. 
And, even if you don't see yourself as "glamorous", we gals all have a bit a glamour inside of us, so there is something here for everyone.  I also picked out favorites in all price ranges.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

How to Get Your Coffee Bar Ready for the Holidays

I thought I would share with you today on how to get your coffee bar ready for the Holidays! Now, the coffee bar doesn't serve just coffee.  It serves up tea and hot chocolate too! There is something to please every guest here!
How to Get Your Coffee Bar Ready for the Holidays

Friday, November 18, 2016

Five Thanksgiving Recipes

This week's Five on Friday consists of Five Recipe for Thanksgiving.  We will be making each one of these next week!

This apple, onion, and gruyere tart bite is our #1 Thanksgiving appetizer. It is so delicious and flies out of the oven!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving Tablesetting Ideas - Thursday Favorite Things

I don't know about you guys but I have been busy cleaning up the house, setting up Christmas, and getting ready for Thanksgiving with meal-planning!!  I am sharing a round up of pretty Thanksgiving table settings from last week's party.  If you missed my Thanksgiving table this year, you can go here.
Thanksgiving Tablesettings Round up from Thursday Favorite Things, a link-party every Wednesday night!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Pumpkin Tart Recipe

Every Thanksgiving for the past several years, my husband and I have attempted to make pumpkin pie from scratch. I mean, like FROM SCRATCH... like grow the pumpkins in our garden, roast the pumpkins, harvest the fruit, make our puree, and then bake a pie (with homemade pie crust, of course).  
And EVERY YEAR we have failed... I don't know what happens. The thing explodes. It cracks on top. Or it's too watery. I don't know.  I don't get it. We can make pecan pie, apple pie, and shoot, even lemon meringue pie *from scratch* without difficulty. So I don't know why the pumpkin pie is so elusive.
So I thought, wait a minute. I can bake tarts. Why not... make a pumpkin tart. 
A delicious pumpkin tart recipe

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Natural Farmhouse Thanksgiving Table

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm sharing with you this year's Thanksgiving table!  This year I was inspired by the cornucopia... while I don't have a cornucopia, I was thinking of elements that may be inside.  So I turned to the Fall harvest and what is currently being harvested around me.
Natural Farmhouse Thanksgiving Table

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Crown, Antique Show, and more - Five on Friday

The Crown
Did anyone else start watching The Crown this past weekend? I did! I didn't binge watch it and finish the whole season like I know a lot of people probably did.  
Have you ever of it? If not, it is about the life of Queen Elizabeth.  
The TV show is on Netflix only and it is also the most expensive TV show ever made!  After seeing the costumes and sets, you will see why!!
If you are a fan of period dramas and are looking to fill your Downton Abbey void, this is for you!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tour a Beautiful French Château!

As I was doing some traveling for business this month, I finally had a chance to read this month's Architectural Digest.  I read this wonderful article about this beautiful French Château that Flore de Brantes (a decorative arts dealer) has remodeled. I just HAD to share the pictures with you all.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

How to Create a French Country Vignette for the Holidays in 5 minutes!

So today I thought I would share a few simple ways to create a French country vignette for the holidays... and it should only take you a few minutes!  
How to Create a French Country Vignette for the Holidays in 5 minutes! It works for Fall, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day...

Friday, November 4, 2016

Give Thanks Giveaway!!

Today I am cohosting a GIVEAWAY!!!  I do not usually participate in giveaways, but since this is November and the Season of Thanks, I would like to say THANK YOU to my readers with this giveaway!  
These cute candles and candlesticks will go perfectly with your Christmas decor.  I personally have at least 12 (that I can count!) of these candles that I use for decorating during this holiday season. And if that weren't enough... also $80 in CASH to spend on something for yourself!!

I'm joining my friend Katherine from Katherines Corner for her annual Season of Giveaways.  She has several going on now! This is the Give Thanks Giveaway and is hosted by Katherine and some of her bloggy friends.
One winner will receive a set of 3 flameless candles and candles sticks valued $50 and $80 in cash or Amazon gift card (winners choice cash or amazon gift code).
Cash prize is provided by Katherine's co hostesses and is not affiliated with Amazon.

Please remember to follow your sponsors and all of the hostesses so you can get all of your entries!
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

French Farmhouse Style - Thursday Favorite Things

Happy November!!  Is everyone still recovering from their stomachaches from candy??  
Welcome back to this week's Thursday Favorite Things. If you're new to this party, welcome!  This party is great for those bloggers looking to increase their audience... and also to find other bloggers that you love!  Our party has a variety of different types of posts, so there is surely something you will find that you like! I always have fun hopping from one blog to the next! 
This week I'm sharing some of my favorite posts from last week's party in the French Farmhouse style! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Thanksgiving Dinner Plate Selections!

My Christmas China post from several years ago continues to be very popular, so I thought I would do a Thanksgiving china round-up this year! 
Thanksgiving Dinner Plate and China Round Up!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Restoration Hardware and Aidan Gray Copycat Chandeliers

Today's post is about Aidan Gray Chandeliers and the copycat versions that Restoration Hardware has! I first realized a similarity in my French Farmhouse Tour post!  I erroneously thought the chandelier was Aidan Gray, but I was informed by the designer that it was actually Restoration Hardware.  
As I am building a French farmhouse, I am extremely interested in lower cost copycats!  
Then, some months later, my mom was looking at another chandelieand noted it was almost exactly the same as the Aidan Gray one.  
Aidan Gray Copycat Chandeliers for Less by Restoration Hardware

Friday, October 28, 2016

Holidays, Instagram Party, and more!

Disneyland during Halloweentime
Well, last weekend I went to Disneyland!  We spent 1 day there. It was a little weekend trip.  We met some family down there and had a blast.  The park was super crowded but that was okay.  Have you ever been during Halloweentime? If not, you should go. They decorate the park with pumpkins and it is super cute. See, look at it below (picture is from the Disney website!)

Thinking about Thanksgiving
So I have been dreaming of different tablescapes I could put together for the Thanksgiving table this year.  I love French Country Decor, so I was thinking, what is a French country Thanksgiving? Then it occurred to me, wait, Thanksgiving is actually extremely American.  Do they have Thanksgiving in France? No, of course not!  So perhaps the proper wording would be, French-Canadian Country Decor for Thanksgiving. As French speaking Canada celebrates Thanksgiving.  Well, whatever.
Now it seems silly to call my Thanksgiving table "French country"!

Is it time for Christmas yet???
I am SO EXCITED to decorate for Christmas but I promised my husband I wouldn't decorate until after October 31.  Which means I can officially dig out my Christmas decor in just several days.  I see it creeping in the stores and I am trying not to buy things just yet because I have so many boxes I can't even remember what I have!

 I was thinking about getting a few of these cheap wreaths to hang in our window for outside decor.  I am going to string some lights in them.

Spotted... Diptyque Christmas Candles!!
I was shopping at Nordstrom's this week when I spotted the Holiday limited editions of Diptyque candles!!!! Aren't they SO ADORABLE. The boxes are fantastic all by themselves. Then you open them up and the candles are in vibrant colors with cute drawings on them! Just look at the gingerbread man below!
The red candle is épices et délices, which is a spicy gingerbread scent.  You can get the big one here and the little one here.  I bought this one mainly because I am a little obsessed with that gingerbread man.

The next candle is Le Roi Sapin... it smells of pine forest. You can get the big one here and the little candle here.  It smelled really good, but it did not beat my FAVORITE Christmas Pine Tree Candle which is Thymes "Frasier Fir".
The last candle is Un Encens... it smells of vanilla, incense, and wood. You can get the big candle here or the little candle here. This one had a really nice scent, didn't have an overpowering holiday scent to me.

 There is a holiday trio gift set of all three candles here.

I have teamed up with two other fantastic bloggers to start a brand new weekly hashtag party celebrating French Country Decor!
If you love French Country decor then this party is for you!!  Simply post an original pic that is French Country inspired and tag it with #FrenchDecorGirls! 

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