Friday, April 29, 2016

Five on Friday #13

On the Web
You all have got to check out this article on Vogue about Nantclwyd Hall in Llanelidan Wales.  The house was built in the 1600s and is basically a modern day Downton Abbey in Wales.  I first read about it on Decor to Adore, you can read her article here.  The gardens are below, click on the article to see the front!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Link Party #236

I'm back from vacation this week.  I don't have any features as I didn't have any time to go through the posts. Look out for features next week!

My favorite thing this week was of course going through our vacation pictures.  We went snorkeling in Hawaii and we swam with the sea turtles!  So naturally, that was my favorite thing! 
the sea turtle!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Designing a Pool House

Today I'm back with another post regarding our French Farmhouse build!!  Today's post is all about pool houses.

But first, I realized I never went over the exterior look of the house... guess that will be for another post.  Think Provence.  Like the picture below. Except, stone will be used less sparingly with a bit more stucco to save some cash.  Okay, with that in mind...

...Trying to design the layout for the pool house has been a bit difficult for me!  Initially we had the entertainment room (aka the theater room) in the pool house, but then we decided to maybe put that over the garage instead.  So, back to the drawing board for the pool house then.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Dining like a French Royal - Royal Dinner Services of France

Today's post all started when I was dreaming about pretty plates that I could display my macarons on and take pretty pictures of them.  One thing led to another, and the next thing I know I'm reading about the history of the Sevres porcelain factory (originally called Manufacture de Vincennes) and royal dinner services.
These dinner services were so pretty I decided to share them with you.  While these items are fit for a King and Queen, what I thought was refreshing about these patterns were the soft colors in the patterns (and then of course the bright bleu celeste in others).

Friday, April 22, 2016

Five on Friday - Vacation

I'm actually away from the blog this week relaxing in paradise.  I'll post a few pics of paradise on my Instagram. Back on Sunday with a regular post!

While I'm gone though, you can always check out my tumblr blog or my other social media here:  bloglovin, instagramtwitterpinterest, and google plus

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop & Link Party #235

Aloha everyone!! This week I'm actually away from the blog on vacation.  Sorry I didn't have time this week to choose any favorites!

Please head over to Katherine's Corner to link up your posts!!  If I can, I'll post the link for the party... but I won't have a computer with me so it is unlikely I'll be able to do that!

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Link Party

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pretty Floral Dresses for Spring 2016

Today I've fallen in love with pretty floral dresses for Spring!  I love the romantic prints on these dresses.  These would be perfect to wear to bridal showers, weddings, tea parties, or pretty much whenever you feel like dressing up and looking beautiful!!

Top Row: pink maxi dress // pink cherry, daisy and bee print dress // romantic bustier dress // beautiful embellished tulle dress

Middle Row: blue printed chiffon maxi dress // stamped floral dress // belted maxi dress

Bottom Row: bright multicolor maxi dress // lace trumpet dress // floral-applique illusion gown // appliquéd silk-organza gown (for looks, only!)

Which one is your favorite??  I think mine is the pink cherry, daisy, and bee print dress for daytime events and the beautiful lace trumpet dress for evenings.

These dresses were all in stock when I made this.
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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Raspberry Chocolate Hazelnut Macaron Recipe

I'm back with another macaron recipe! These ones were super good!  I like to use the French macaron method, as I think it is easier. 
Raspberry Chocolate Hazelnut macaron recipe!

If you like raspberries and nutella you will like these!!  Yes, the filling has nutella. I didn't make my own chocolate hazelnut ganache, I got lazy. Sorry.  These cookies are time consuming enough to make!  I love making them though... they are really quite pretty and you can show off to your friends and family! 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Five on Friday #12

Spring Vases Edition!  With all of the flowers about to burst into full bloom next week here I have been browsing looking at pretty vases!!

I love this footed bud vase from Juliska! Isn't is so pretty?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop & Link Party #234

Hey, welcome back for another week of Thursday Favorite Things!  I enjoy reading through as many posts as I can that you all link up! So many different things to read!  I confess, I don't really watch TV anymore. I just read the internet.

This week I conducted a reader survey. Thank you to all who have participated. If you have not yet given me your two cents, you can still take my reader survey HERE. It will take just a few minutes.

Here are a few of my favorite posts from last week's part-ay!

Kathy at You'll Shoot Your Eye Out shared her trip to Washington DC that was made specifically to photograph the beautiful cherry trees! You all have to check out her pictures! This is something I hope to see in person some day!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

French Country Spring House Tour 2016

I always think Christmas time if my favorite time of year, but now that it's Spring... I think Spring is my favorite time of year! I just love all of the fresh flowers!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Reader Survey 2016

Hi everyone!  I'm pretty excited about today because it is YOUR chance to tell me how I'm doing!

I am conducting my FIRST EVER Reader Survey! I'm excited and a little anxious.

I am conducting this survey to help me deliver the type posts that you WANT to read!  It will help me make Peonies & Orange Blossoms a better blog.  I love my blog and how much it has grown since it started. However, I love making changes to it and want to deliver content that you, MY READERS, are interested in!

I would be so grateful for your participation... it should only take a few minutes. (I timed my husband - it should take between 2 and 6 minutes).  Your responses are anonymous.

If the survey does not load for you, CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY.

Once again, thank you so much for taking the time to fill out my survey! I look forward to reading all of your responses and to developing Peonies and Orange Blossoms into a better blog!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop & Link Party #233

Hello everyone! Welcome back for another Thursday Favorite Things Link Party!!!  My favorite thing this week was my French pink table setting for Spring!  My flowers are still looking just as pretty as when I photographed them this weekend below. I wrote about them in my post here.
French table with fresh pink and white ranunculus

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Link Party

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

French Table Setting in Pink

What I love most about Spring are the pretty flowers!  I picked up some pretty pink ranunculus from both the flower market and my own garden and put together this Spring French table setting!

Spring French table setting with Madeira table cloth, Meissen plates, pink and white ranunculus, and vintage French goblets.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

French Chinoiserie and How to Add Chinoiserie Decor to Your Home

Today's post is about Chinoiserie decor and how to add it to your home.  If you're a regular reader of my blog, you may be thinking, uhh, what's this have to do with your Euro-centric decorating style? Well, let me explain.  First, what is Chinoiserie? It is a French word that means "in the Chinese style".  It is a European style of decorating that reached its height of popularity in the 17th and 18th centuries.  It was made extremely popular by Louis XIV and his Petit Trianon.
French Chinoiserie and How to Add Chinoiserie Decor to Your Home
Pure Louis XV style with Chinoiserie decor. Chateau de Haroue in France , photo from the Vendome Press

Friday, April 1, 2016

Five on Friday #10

Happy April!!  I'm so happy it's April.  It's one of my favorite months of the year.  Everything is always such a pretty Spring green.
On the Net
In this month's Veranda, there is an article about German architect Peter Nolden and his beautiful 17th century thatched roof country cottage!  The house is located outside of Hamburg in Schleswig-Holstein, just off the North Sea in an area where my Grandmother grew up. The interior design is Scandinavian.  The website is in German, but you don't need to read German to click pictures!! Check out the slideshow here! 

Peter Nolden's German Country Estate
I was out shopping this weekend and found these cute hexagonal honey soaps!  They are made in Switzerland and smell wonderful! I bought one to put in my linen closet.   Do you do that?  It's a nice way to keep your linen smelling fresh - just place a little hand soap in between the pillow cases and it will keep your linen smelling nice until you're ready to use the sheets.  The only place I could find that sells it is here.
My other favorite soap to put in between my linens is Pre de Provence's Verbena soap. I buy these tiny hand soaps and put them in between lots of linens!
Honigseife from Berner Overland - honey soap from Switzerland

Favorite Instagram
The flower I'm loving the most right now are these unique daffodils.  I love the double petals ones but even more I love the PINK ones! This coming Fall I'll have to remind myself to order some of the special varieties of bulbs! Anyway, this IGer, FloretFlower has the prettiest IGs of flowers. You all have got to follow her! I feature my favorite IG of the week on my IG as well!! Follow along

Well, this past Easter weekend we worked on the garden.  We planted three different varieties of strawberries, tomatoes, jalapeños, poblano peppers, serrano peppers, zucchini, squash, green beans, corn, spinach, romaine lettuce, mixed greens, basil, cilantro... and a few others I can't remember.  Most of them are from seed.  I love watching the plants grow! It's amazing they grow so big from one tiny little seed!

From the Blog
I am sharing with you one of my favorite posts... it's about tulipieres!  Here is my tulipiere made by Juliska. I just love it!!  I love that it makes such a statement with flowers!  Read the post here.
Juliska Country Estate tulipiere with Astier de Villate bud vases at Peonies and Orange Blossoms

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