Tuesday, May 20, 2014

For The Love Of Bouillottes & I’m Back From France

Bonjour everyone!  I have returned from France and I’ll be sharing more about my trip in upcoming posts.  I’m not sure that my French speaking improved, but I sure did have fun!  If you’ve been following me on Instagram HERE then you’ve seen a lot of my photos.  I wanted to do a quick post to get back into the swing of things in blogland.

I love French bouillotte lamps and I recently acquired a couple really nice antique ones.  I put the largest one in my breakfast room.

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This is the first triple-arm one that I have purchased.


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I think the color of the metal tole shade coordinates well with the drapes.  It has beautiful detailing.


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This is the other side of the breakfast room.  I’ve intentionally kept it a rich warm feeling  without adding lots of white.  This is where we eat most of our meals.


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And this is the view into the family room.  I still refuse to put any artwork or décor on the wall above the fireplace.  The tile was handmade in Sonoma, CA and I want the eye to focus on the fleur de lis and not travel up the wall.


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I always look for bouillotte lamps when shopping in France but they are getting harder to find.  They are such a staple in French interiors.  I’ll be back soon with more French décor nuggets.

Blessings,
Kim

Monday, May 19, 2014

I’m Guest Posting At The 2 Seasons Today!

I’m guest posting at my friend and fellow Kentuckian’s blog today!  Janette writes a wonderful blog with her daughter Jordan and you should stop in for a visit HERE.
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I am honored that she asked me to do a guest post for them.  Please let them know how much you enjoy their blog.
Blessings,
Kim

Saturday, May 17, 2014

I’m Over At Cedar Hill Farmhouse Today

I’m honored to be On The Back Porch with the lovely Anita over at Cedar Hill Farmhouse today.  Please pop over and give her a visit and read how I responded in the interview!


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She and I both share a love for French Country design and hers is not a blog to be missed!


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Blessings,
Kim

Monday, May 5, 2014

I’m Headed Back To France–Please Follow Me There!

Tomorrow I leave for France and I can hardly contain my excitement!  I’ll be meeting  friends and making new ones.  You can follow along with  me on Instagram HERE.


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 We’ll be arriving in Nice for the first part of our trip and having dinner one evening with Tracey (from French Larkspur) and her husband.   Then it’s on to Provence for a few days to meet up with Cat (from Sunday Brocantes) and her husband.

My husband and I are actually traveling with my cousin and her husband.  Here is a photo of she and I last year in Provence.


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I can’t wait to hit the markets and go antiquing.  I ran into this dealer in both Avignon and St. Remy and bought some really great stuff from her.  I hope I’m as lucky this year.


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This view of Gordes makes my heart flutter.


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Fontaine de Vaucluse is spectacular.


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The colors of Roussillon are amazing.


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Chic St. Remy


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I’m going to stock up on lavender-scented soaps from the markets.


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Provençal fabrics are always so bright and cheerful.


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Be still my heart.  Imagine seeing this as you turn a corner in an obscure village!


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I’ve already watched “A Year In Provence” and “A Good Year’ so my mind is already geared up for the French countryside.  These are two of my favorite movies.

Finally it’s on to Paris for a few nights before heading home.  This is the first time we’ll be staying on the Left Bank and I’m very excited.  Listening to live Gypsy Jazz is always in order.


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Ever heard of Django-style music?


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The trip wouldn’t be complete without a picnic in one of Paris’s lovely gardens.


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I won’t be posting on the blog until I return in a couple weeks but I will be posting daily on Instagram HERE.

Au Revoir mes amies,
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