Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spooky Ghost Hot Chocolate - Halloween Drink Ideas

Happy Ghoul-a-ween!

These ghosts are haunting my hot chocolate mugs and they can easily haunt yours too!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

These are my Confessions...

I have a few things to confess. (By the way, I'm humming the tune of Usher's Confessions Part II, for those of you familiar with the song)
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These are my confessions... *looks around and whispers* I already started thinking of Christmas. 
And it isn't even Halloween yet!
You see, when we went to the Grand Tetons last week it was snowing as pictured above.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween - Friday Features!

Welcome to the second week of the SPOOKTACULAR Halloween party!
I was so inspired by all of your creative ideas!!  I had such a hard time choosing favorite features this week, so I picked quite a few!


Thursday, October 12, 2017

7 Fall and Halloween Table Setting Ideas - TFT

Welcome to this week's Thursday Favorite Things! I have rounded up Fall and Halloween Table Setting Ideas all from this party! Tons of inspiration here! 

There is also a new rule added to the party in order to be featured. Please scroll down for more information.
Fall and Halloween Table Setting Ideas

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cute and Not-So-Scary Halloween House Tour

In this post- Cute Halloween Decor Ideas that are not-so-scary or creepy! 
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Halloween decor does not have to give you the creeps!  You can have cute Halloween decor too!
This year I've created a Halloween tree.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Elegant French Gothic Halloween Table Inspired by Phantom of the Opera

In this post - a French gothic Halloween table inspired by the Phantom of the Opera
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I was thinking about my theme for my Halloween table this year and I was thinking... Haunted mansion initially. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Hauntingly Beautiful Halloween Decor Link Party

Hello and welcome to the Hauntingly Beautiful Decor Halloween Link Party Friday Features! 

We have enjoyed getting the link party started this week and being inspired by all of your gorgeous Halloween posts. We can’t wait to see what you continue to share in our ongoing October party!


I'm a little late to join hosting the party, but I am SO EXCITED to co-host this fun party!



Friday, October 6, 2017

Elegant Halloween Decorating Ideas - Friday Favorites

I've been thinking about Halloween decor since it is October already (where did the time go??)...
...and I've been thinking about how to decorate your Halloween house in an elegant way.

So I started searching for inspiration.

You see, I am not so much into the creepy skeleton/zombies/bloody/insects.

There are other ways to decorate for Halloween other than, well IMO, the gross things that give me the creepy crawlies. 

Let's start with below, see, elegant candles, dark moody lighting, interesting florals...  You'll notice a lot of the different pictures have similar themes. 
via Rebecca Hanson Weddings

Thursday, October 5, 2017

7 Halloween Party Food and Decor Ideas - Thursday Favorite Things

Happy October! Halloween is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about Halloween parties, food, and decor!
7 Halloween Food and Decor Ideas

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

5 Fall Recipes to Try Now!

Looking for some ideas for a Fall menu?  
I've got you covered here today with 5 Fall recipes covering breakfast, lunch and dinner and dessert! 

Try this delicious pumpkin scone - a copycat of the Starbucks version but personally I think it is better and there are definitely less calories involved! 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Neutral French Country Fall Mantle

In this post- A Neutral French Country Fall Mantle
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Sharing my Fall mantle today.  
This year I stuck with the theme -inspired by the garden. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

First week of Fall - Five on Friday

Hooray it is FRIYAY!  Sharing Five different topics today...
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Oktoberfest 

Tomorrow I'm hosting an Oktoberfest party with my family. I'm so excited!  
I have posted lots of content about Oktoberfest on the blog, so be sure to check it out here.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

8 Fall Apple Recipes and Thursday Favorite Things!

Hello everyone!!

I am so excited to announce that I am returning to hosting Thursday Favorite Things Link Party!!
I mentioned in June I was going to be taking a Summer hiatus.  Now I'm back with the first week of Fall!  

This past week there were tons of apple recipes!  It is apple season, after all!
8 Fall Apple Recipes to Try Now!

In celebration of my return hosting, I have redesigned my features graphic! 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Top 12 Best Scented Candles for Fall

I absolutely love Fall and find that I start this time of year burning candles almost every single night up until Spring!
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I thought I would share my favorite Fall candles with you all since I consider myself a candle connoisseur. 

Nest Pumpkin Chai Candle  - Notes of wild pumpkin, spicy masala chai, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon. I love this candle but it is a bit speedy.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Cozy and Romantic Fall Table Setting

In this post - a soft and cozy Fall table setting
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Sit down, grab your pumpkin spice latte this morning, and let's have a look at my Fall table this year.
cozy and romantic Fall table setting

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Decor and Entertaining - Day 5 Blogger Home Tours

Today is the LAST day of the Fall Decor and Entertaining Blogger Home tours!! 

It has been a wonderful week full of great inspiration for all decor styles!
I have been so impressed with everyone's beautiful homes, so hopefully you all will be too!

Today we have eight bloggers opening their doors for their virtual home tours.
So grab your maple pecan latte, sit down, and let's start...

Kim at Kim Power Style - her gorgeous house is filled with light and airy neutrals and beautiful pops of color. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall Decor and Entertaining - Day 4 Blogger Home Tours

Grab your mug of apple cider and pumpkin scone and let's head straight into day 4 of the Fall home blogger tours!

If you are just joining us, welcome!   We are in the middle of touring almost 30 different bloggers' Fall homes! You'll find great entertaining and decor ideas here with something for everyone's style.

Emy at Semigloss Design - a self-proclaimed DIY addict with an eclectic bohemian decor style.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall Decor and Entertaining - Day 3 Blogger Home Tours

Alright, today is day THREE of a week of blogger's home tours!
I am loving all of the inspiration!

Let's grab our pumpkin spice lattes and start looking at today's home tours!!

Maddie at The Whimsy One - Eclectic decorating with mid-century modern touches

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall Decor and Entertaining - Day 2 Blogger Home Tours

Today is day TWO of the Fall Decor and Entertaining blogger home tours!

Who's excited to see what inspiration is waiting for us today??? *me!*
We've got FIVE bloggers sharing their Fall homes today. 
Let's get started...

French Country Farmhouse Fall Decor - A Fall Home Tour

This week I am thrilled to be participating in a week of fabulous Fall Home Tours!
Now, if you were paying attention yesterday, I accidentally hit "post" and so some of you (well, 37 of you!) saw my tour already. Whoops. Too many things going on right now with organizing these tours!!

We are sharing tons of inspiration for Fall Decor and Entertaining!  If you are joining from Hood Creek Log Cabin, welcome!

Fall Home Tour 2017

I was ecstatic when I found this antique goat cart this Summer and knew immediately that I would be filling it with pumpkins this Fall!
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Fall Decor and Entertaining - Day 1 Blogger Home Tours

I am so thrilled to be announce the first day of our Fall Decor and Entertaining Blogger Home Tours!!!

We have 28 bloggers participating!  There are lots of different decor styles here - you will certainly find something that fits your taste!

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Best Boots for Fall 2017

Sharing this years top Fall boots!
I've rounded up boots, booties, and over-the-knee boots!
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Boots

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tips for Fall Entertaining

In this post - tips for Fall entertaining
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What I love about the change of seasons is also the change of flavors and scents...

Cinnamon and nutmeg now fill the air...

And you can dine inside or outside!  

I have a few tips for Fall entertaining.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Building a House - September Updates

I haven't updated you all on the house recently! Things are moving along.

First, I'm sharing my favorite room in the house, a little powder room!

We used an antique French cabinet and turned it into this vanity. I love the mixing of the formal chinoiserie wallpaper with the chippy cabinet and brick floors.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Home Tours, Shop announcement, Game of Thrones and more - 5 on Friday

Blogger Home Tours

If you haven't noticed on the side bar to the right, I am organizing and participating in Fall Decor and Entertaining Blogger Home Tours!
There are about 30 bloggers participating in the tours!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

4 Free Fall Printables

Hello! I am so excited to share these Fall printables that I created.  
And the best part is that they are FREE.  

I wanted to create something as a thank you for my readers - if you are an email subscriber you already received in your inbox two exclusive printables.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Pretty Salted Caramel Apple Pie and Recipe

In this post - a pretty salted caramel apple pie and recipe

So I had apple pie in my head for the past few weeks... and I love apple pie. 
It might be my favorite pie.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Velvet Pumpkins - Friday Favorites

In this post- Decorating with Velvet Pumpkins

I love velvet pumpkins, don't you?
 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fall Home Decor Favorites 2017

In this post - Fall Home Decor Favorite Picks
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Sunday, August 27, 2017

12 Cozy and Neutral Fall Mantels

Soft, cozy and neutral Fall mantels are what I have on my mind this year... So I have rounded up 12 mantels for you for your inspiration!

I love this mantel below which can easily transition into Thanksgiving. 
 Unfortunately, I don't know the source of this pic.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Floor Saga, Fall finds, Game of Thrones and more - Five on Friday!

In this post - last of Summer, hello Fall, House and Garden Updates, and Game of Thrones
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

What is Gustavian Style? And why I love it!

In this post - What is Gustavian Style and why I love it!
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Gustavian style is a decorating style named after King Gustav III of Sweden.  

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and my favorite Swiss chocolate

In this post - Visiting Switzerland's Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen Valley and a review of L├Ąderach chocolate.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Luxe English Country Style - Friday Favorites


I have a crush...
on Alice's country estate.

Not Alice from Alice in Wonderland, but looking at this pictures it does seem like a wonderland!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2017

Hello all, today let's take a look at Chanel Haute Couture 2017!
I love looking at the runways of haute couture - really because I love textiles and see these pieces as works of art.

 The show's set was below a replica Eiffel tower!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

My Stylish French Box Review

In this post - a review of My Stylish French Box
note - I did not receive compensation for this review. I purchased this.

This Francophile finally broke down and ordered My Stylish French Box.  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Exciting News, Kate Spade, Game of Thrones and more!- Five on Friday

Exciting News!

I'm excited to announce that I will be having some free Fall printables coming soon to the Peonies & Orange Blossoms community! If you are an email subscriber, soon you will find in your inboxes a link to some of my printables as an exclusive THANK YOU to my readers!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

French Farmhouse Updates

I'm excited to bring some more house updates on our French farmhouse building project!

It seemed like the month of July things were at a crawl.  They weren't really, it's just that it's not a lot of fun taking pictures of taped up walls for painting!

Below is one of the doors to the theater room painted in BM Silver Song.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

French Lavender Farmhouse Table Setting

In this post - a French lavender farmhouse table setting
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I posted a picture on Instagram recently of a lavender table setting I put together several years ago - and I thought, oh! I should make another one! 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Favorite Perfumes and Fragrances- Five on Friday

In this post - my favorite perfumes
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Let's talk about perfumes... and my love for them!



I LOVE perfume.  It seems I have received one new scent every Christmas and I LOVE them all!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Summer Farmhouse Decor Favorites

In this post - Summer Farmhouse Decor Favorites
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Sharing a few farmhouse favorites perfect for the Summer!


I am loving baskets, galvanized metal and wire baskets as well! I imagine that wire basket full of peaches! 


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Potato Poblano Tacos

In this post - a delicious potato poblano taco recipe
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Sharing one of my family's favorite dinners: potato poblano tacos! 

Now I know you have likely never had a potato poblano taco... but let me tell you, they are delicious!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Five on Friday - Summer 2017 edition!

The Return of Five on Friday... back because YOU my readers voted for it!  Alternating every other week with Friday Favorites and Five on Friday!
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Hiking in Oregon

We went to Oregon earlier this month and went to the Columbia River Gorge - my favorite place to go hiking! We didn't have much time to go on any long hikes but just enough to hike to the top of the bridge as picture below. This is Multnomah Falls.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer Reading List

In this post - books for the Summer
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I recently started reading leisurely again. 

I thought I would share the books I have read so far this Summer and what is on my book list to read.
a French country reading nook

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Slice of France in California!

In this post: You don't have to move to France to have a slice of Normandy!
You can move to.... St. Malo in Oceanside, California!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Goat Carts - Friday Favorites

In this post - German goat carts, also known as German potato wagons or farm carts.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Delicious Peach Pecan Crumble Crisp Recipe

Hello, lovelies! 
Are you all enjoying this Summer?
I am! Our peach trees are exploding with peaches - we have peaches coming out of our ears! 
So what do you do with the excess peaches... bake them!
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday Hello


Just a survey for today because yesterday's post was so long.

I am trying to figure out what YOU prefer for Fridays....
Five on Friday where I write about five random topics or Friday Favorites where I write more about one topic.
Thank you!!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorite Picks 2017

Ok you guys... the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened on Thursday for Nordstrom cardholders! But some of us have to work so we can't make it into the store until TODAY!  

Can I get a HOO-RAY?!
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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks 2017 #NSALE

Friday, July 14, 2017

How to Use Your Holiday Greenery for All Seasons

Today I'm sharing tips about how to use your holiday greenery for all the seasons.  
You don't have to put your greenery away all year - you can easily use it in your Spring, Summer and Fall decor too!
This post is sponsored by Tree Classics, but the content and opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Choosing the Perfect China for French Country Style

In this post - choosing the perfect china pattern for your French country style
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Today is a round-up of dinner plates for your French country table!
Choosing the perfect china for your French Country Farmhouse style!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Colors of Provence - What Color to Paint the House??

In this post - what color to paint a Provence French style house??

The time to paint the exterior of our house is around the corner.... and I am trying to pick out what color to choose!! 
I've created this post as an inspiration and perhaps some of you readers may have some suggestions for me!!