Thursday, May 17, 2018

French-Style Chandelier

Some things are just meant be.  

 And, so it was with the union of my chalk painted ceiling medallion and the French-style chandelier 
I chose for our living room.

 When I first visited the light store, the gal working there sent me home with 5 really thick catalogs full of lighting fixtures of every style, shape and size...

At first, I was a little overwhelmed, but I really knew the look I was going for.  
So, for me, the choices narrowed quickly and finally came down to this elegant, 
timeless French-style chandelier.  

No fussing.  
Just perfection...I like it when that happens!  

Monday, May 14, 2018

My French-Inspired Cottage

My husband and I live in a remote village in the foothills of the Ozarks.
 A lovely place where wild roses grow free and country scenes bloom along the way,
 enticing us all
to just stop for a moment and breath in all the natural beauty.

The last time I shared a post we were living in a farmhouse that we were sharing with our business.
Things have changed since then, I am happy to announce that we were finally able to buy a house that, with some tender loving care, would make a lovely place to fill with French country charm...

Rose Rock Cottage
Rose Rock Cottage, as I lovingly call it, is my French-inspired cottage.

First: Paint & A Little Ceiling Love

So, a couple of years back, I happened on to this ceiling medallion.  I really had no clue where this big round thing was going to fit into my life...I just knew that it had a future with me and I had to protect it until the appointed time.

Looking up at my new living room ceiling, I knew in an instant where this medallion was going to spend the remained of it's years.  If only it wasn't so plastic looking and those colors...yuck!

Chalk paint to the rescue!  It adheres to plastic and gives your project a whole new look and feel...

It went on so easy that I felt like I was cheating my way to a beautiful ceiling that looked like something out of an old French chateau!  What fun...

In my next post, I'll be sharing the finished pairing of the painted medallion and my
 French-inspired chandelier.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Thoughts of Home

Settling into our new farm home has certainly been an adventure! 
It's not everyday that you move into and on top of, your place of business.
But right now, that's our story.  

 We snagged this farmhouse a few years back to house our radio stations' studio. We chose this property, not only because we fell in love it's setting and
countryside views, but because it is the highest point in our county with a direct line of sight to our main radio tower, which is located a few miles away.

Together, my husband and I have been working on design plans for an addition to this farmhouse.
The plan is to transform this place into our French Country Farm...

Thoughts of Home ~

While those plans have been brewing, I've been nesting away!

Having lived in our previous home for about 16 years, some things had grown a little stagnant.
 One of those areas being my linen closet.

 So, I vowed to thin things out and replace anything that I was stale or forlorn.
Ensuring a fresh start to our new home adventure, I only kept two sets of sheets for our bed...

Yawning and stretching my way down the stairs to go find my hubby for our morning kiss, I found him at his computer looking at sheets.  So, I joined him in his pursuit...Whispering a little romantic idea about how wonderful it would be to invest in linens sheets;  ~He ran with it.  

Watching my romantic husband order those Belgium Linen Sheets...Oooh La La!  

I thinks he's a keeper & I am totally smitten with him and my new farmhouse nest.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Pine Cabinet adds French Country Charm

I have always loved using a bit of my "Me Time" to sit down with some of my favorite magazines (and maybe some yummy cookies) to daydream about the things I wanted to find for my home; furniture pieces full of timeworn character that would add that warm
 French Country charm, that I so longed for.

Cookies, Anyone?
Old pine cabinets seemed to be one of those
reoccurring fixtures
found within the pages that most inspired me...
 However, every time I would find one of these beauties at an antique mall,
it was either already spoken for,
or would be too outrageously priced.

So, after forever, I found my dream pine cabinet.  Not only did it's charm stop me in my shopping tracks, but the price tag made me smile.  I knew immediately that this pretty pine cabinet was going home with me!

Once home, this light colored pine cabinet found a spot to live in the sitting area of our kitchen.  It has just the right rustic ambiance I was looking for to display some of my blue and whites, like few of my "British Castles" ...

I would have to say the French Country Charm found in my home has to give a nod to the English Country style.  For me, the two looks are interwoven and at times, indistinguishable, always playing well off of each other.

As I'm sure you will agree, it's always a joy to bring home a new cottage piece that adds that certain French Country feel...bringing a satisfied smile to my face for a very long time to come.

Monday, July 25, 2016

French Country Croissants

 Breakfast MenuFrench Country Croissants
Sourdough Croissants ~ Tradition with a Healthy Twist

It's no secret that the croissant is an age-old staple in French bakeries and patisseries.

 For Paris, this crescent shaped puffed pastry made it's Parisienne debut at the
"Boulangerie Viennoise" ~ 92, rue de Richelieu.
 Founded in 1838, by an Austrian officer, August Zang.

Boulangerie Viennoise in 1909 (when it was owned by Philibert Jacquet). 

Needless to say, it didn't take long for his Vienna-styled pastries and especially,
his crescent shaped delicacy, to catch on;
This now infamous crescent shaped pastry became known,
in Paris, as the "Croissant".

However buttery, flaky and puffy the dough, texture isn't all they have to offer...
Sourdough croissants have a taste that is over the top!

Not far from my home is a wonderful bakery where they serve these amazing sourdough croissants, along with many other handmade sourdough french breads and pastries.

Quick Note ~ High quality bakery products stay fresh a few days longer than their counterparts...

Sourdough delicacies offer a healthy note to my morning, as they have probiotic benefits along with being a tantalizing treat to start the day.  
More often than not, I spread on a little butter and strawberry preserves,
 making it just about past-perfect for my morning breakfast!

Try sourdough croissants dunked in an un cafĂ© au lait - espresso with hot milk (large cup) 
for a traditional
"French Country Charm" breakfast!  ;)

I will be keeping Paris in my thoughts and prayers today.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Drying Roses

Happy Valentines Day, My Sweet Friends!

Drying Roses 

Dried roses and rosebuds are so dainty and romantic.  They add instant charm to any country setting, so, I love using them all around the house and in my little shop. They pretty much behave with out much fuss and last for ages!

Here's my secret for Dried Roses ~

Let them dry out after enjoying them in their fresh state...That's usually pretty much it.

However, if you are more serious about preserving their original color and shape, consider using Silica gel.  You can usually find it at Michaels or any major craft supply.

Simply trim the stem from the rose. Then place your roses, stem down, in a shallow tray of silica gel.
 Cover each rose completely with the gel...Set away in a dry, protected place for a couple of weeks.

Personally, I just pull my roses from my fresh arrangement at their peak and go with it...They seem to
do pretty well for my purposes, as I love the make-do "Country Cottage" look.

Happy Valentines Day, Sweet Friends...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Comfort of Vintage Linens

Vintage linens, may just be, the most comforting of all decorating elements needed for creating a cottage filled with "French Country Charm".

The Comfort of Handwoven Vintage Linens
Vintage European linens win my heart every time!

I love their ever slightly rugged texture, created by the looms of days long past; Little treasures of a time I will never know,
yet, I am able to reach out, touch and enjoy these preserved, handmade pieces of history.

A Vintage German Linen Sheet with Delicate Embellishments

Having searched out many French and German linens over the years, I now have a treasured collection that I love pulling out to cover, hang and decorate throughout my entire home.

Pieces in my collection include: Duvets, Shams, Sheets, Tablecloths, Hand Towels, Bath Towels, Mangle Covers, Centerpiece Storage Wrap, Flatware Storage Wraps, etc...

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to follow my Pinterest board, French Country Linen Charm!