Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gianna Rose Atelier: Useful Country French Themed Products

Want to add some Country French touches in your home?  I don’t usually post about products, but I came across a stash of Gianna Rose Atelier items that I forgot I had and their packaging is soooo inspiring.  They make luxurious triple milled soaps and various other romantic notions.  Their products certainly have a French flair so that’s why I was drawn to them.

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They’re all make in the USA but have wonderful French names like Bonjour/Bonne Nuit which is a decadent linen scented candle (which they no longer make) and delicious smelling Vanilla Pear drawer liners.  Check out their lavender toile drawer liners HERE.

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I love these special guest soaps in an apothecary jar called Les Oeufs d’Ivoire.

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I’m totally in love with the Savon Pour Le Manior (soap for the house) box with the awesome graphics and unfortunately they no longer make this set (I'd buy it again just for the box) but they have a great hen shaped soap.

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And lastly, they’re Gardener’s Soap packaging is too pretty to tear into and actually use!  It’s perfect for display!  I love the toile paper.  It’s lemon and clove bud and smells divine.  

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If you want to add some small Country French touches in your house I suggest looking at Gianna Rose Atelier HERE.  I’m always on the lookout for interesting Country French related products to add to my home’s décor.  These would also make great gifts.

Blessings,
Kim

Monday, April 14, 2014

Playing Around In The Dining Room & A Tip For Grain Sack Storage

I picked up some great spring bouquets at the grocery store and wanted to spruce up my dining table.

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I hadn’t used the two French themed pitchers that I picked up at TJ Maxx after Christmas so I decided to use them as vases.

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They go great with the grain sack that I picked up in Normandy on the Brocanting Tour last fall.

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It has a gorgeous shade of blue on the triple stripe and I love the hand stitched initials.

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Here’s a tip on storing your European grain sacks…ROLL them don’t fold them.  Folding them creates creases which are hard to iron out.  Here’s the grain sack before I steamed it.

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I have begun rolling all my grain sacks and they store so much easier and it’s better on the fabric and less ironing.

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Everything feels so much fresher in the spring.  What are you doing to your dining table?
Blessings,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ordinary Easter Baskets From Ho-Hum to WOW! DIY Ideas For Giving Them Personality Plus!

As I was going through my Easter décor I came across a couple of my kids’ previous Easter baskets.  Although they are a few years old, I think they’re still a great alternative to boring baskets. I wanted to share these ideas with you to help make your Easter baskets more special.

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These cuties are pretty easy to assemble.  I started with a couple Longaberger pie baskets with fabric liners.

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I took the fabric liners to my local embroidery shop for their names to be added.

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I bought the inexpensive stuffed white bunny and yellow chick at Big Lots and took them apart by removing the body and legs and whip stitching the open seams that were left.

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The feet are attached with thread through the basket weaves and the head and arms just sit on the edge of the basket.

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I purchased the baskets below at Big Lots because I liked the yellow and pink trim that was already painted on each one.  You could easily take a plain basket and paint the handle or top and bottom weave in your child’s favorite color.  

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I still wanted to take them up a notch.  My mom cross stitched the kid’s names along with some Easter motifs  on cross stitch fabric and added some cotton tabs.

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I attached them to the baskets with sticky velcro dots.

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If you don’t cross stitch, you could have fabric strips embroidered with their names.

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I hope this has inspired you to take Easter baskets from drab to fab!!!

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I can’t believe it’s already almost Easter.  I’m headed to Chicago this weekend but will be back soon.
Blessings,
Kim

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

French Blue

I love the many varied colors of French Blue.  From the faded Paris rooftops and majestic doors to the everyday items that glisten in hues of blue, there’s no mistake it’s a mesmerizing sense of color.  It can become a preoccupation when walking the streets of Paris.

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Dreamy shutters.

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Take a seat, s’il vous plait!

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I’m always drawn to certain blues and a pair of seltzer bottles caught my eye right away in a hidden antique shop in Normandy

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It’s a clear crisp perfect shade of blue.  A simple bistro staple that’s elevated to chic. I love the simple vibrant pop of color against a cool background.

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Here is where I first spied one of them.

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And here they are in my “stash”.

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I’m looking forward to our Fall Shopping tour already.  What treasures will we find this year?

Blessings,

Kim

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I’m Feeling Country French!

Bonjour friends!  With springtime in the air (although we had more snow this week!) my thoughts are of the charming French countryside.

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I’m trying to decide where to place this pastoral oil on board that I found in Normandy last Fall.  I like it in the kitchen for now.

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It was such a neat experience finding and winning this piece at a respected French auction house.  This painting reminds me of the idyllic scenes in rural France and has me longing to return for more inspiration.

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Being a country gal, I have a soft spot for pastoral scenes and animals in décor.

Cows anyone?  I found this painting at the same auction house.  (I realize you can see my reflection in the mirror!)

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Looking at these paintings today has me in a giddy French Country mood as I prepare to return to France again in May.  I’ll share details about the trip later.

Blessings,

Kim

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