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My French Dollhouse Project

 A dollhouse is my latest project after finding this nice wooden handmade example at a local consignment shop.  I saw it several times ...
17-09-2018 18:52

The Enchanted Tale of the French Country Cottage

  French Country Cottage Its a brand new book detailing what is a most romantic fixer upper fairy tale .  A real life fairy tale t...
18-08-2018 18:52

Pretty Floral Aubusson Rugs

Aubusson rugs in needlepoint have always been a favorite of mine.They originated from the town, Aubusson, in central France on the Creuse River.It is ...
16-08-2018 18:52

A true French Farmhouse Kitchen

This gloriously pretty French Farmhouse captured my attention, but truth be told, the charming cottage style kitchen is how I found this beautifu...
15-08-2018 18:53

Country House Style

Making Your Home a Country HouseIt has been one year since Nora Murphy and her team came to shoot my "country house" forher soon to be relea...
07-08-2018 18:52

Peter Hunt, Cape Cod's famous folk artist

The folksy art style of painter Peter Hunt is my latest obsession.His story is a rags to riches tale, and it happened in my own back yard on Cape Cod....
27-07-2018 18:52

Rustic Lake Cottage: Part 2

 These freak storms happen in only minutes.   When we left the cottage it looked like this. We had spent the weekend painting and putting in...
26-07-2018 18:52

A Romantic Photo Shoot at the Lake Cottage

One enchanted lake cottage. Our simple rustic lake cottage was treated to a romantic style makeover for a photo shoot and the results were s...
18-07-2018 18:52

Rustic Lake Cottage: Part 1

Last fall we purchased an antique Fishermans shack by the waters edge in New Hampshire.This little place was built in 1910, and it looked like it.&nbs...
12-07-2018 18:53

My Delicious Bruschetta Recipe

Delicious Bruschetta! Here is an easy and excellent recipe for your summer menus. Whip up a batch of this bruschetta for a tasty appetizer o...
02-07-2018 18:53

An antique European country sofa for the living room

 An old Danish trundle bed, imported by Danish Country Antique Furniture in Boston. It found its way to the Salvation Army Thrift shop some ...
22-06-2018 18:52

How to make a French Trumeau Mirror

The ultimate in French mirrors, is the Trumeau mirror.   Trumeaus were made in France in the late 1800s, and were made to go on walls betwee...
09-06-2018 18:52

Wallpapering the dining room, Rustic French Chateau style an

 Monet\'s Water Lilies, painted in 1907, was just a fingertip away yesterday when I found myself chaperoning my son\'s high school class to Bosto...
02-06-2018 18:52

Hunting for Vintage French Patio Furniture

 This is a story about a certain kind of old French patio furniture.  That I was obsessing over, ever since it came on my radar after&n...
30-05-2018 18:53

Shocking Secret to Climbing roses, Shabby French and Martha

Spring has truly arrived and Piper is enjoying it as much as I have been.  This will be the third year for my climbing rose on the old arbor. &nb...
25-05-2018 18:53

Curbside Antiquing: A French Chair

 A very basic day began....It was another cold day in Boston.  And it was local trash pick up day so bags and boxes dotted the sidewalk...
19-04-2018 18:52

Our Courtyard Wedding in Romantic Homes magazine and more Fr

 The May issue of Romantic Homes magazine is on the stands and inside you will find a nice little feature on the courtyard wedding we had last Se...
06-04-2018 18:52

An aged pastoral painting inside the piano and Reeve

My French Piano and a slice of life.  Last post I showed off how I painted the exterior of the piano with stamps and a pattern to give it a ...
30-03-2018 18:52

My Pastoral Landscapes

A pastoral landscape I painted is seen in this photograph featured in Romantic Countrymagazine, Spring 2017 issue.  I don\'t think I have shared ...
30-03-2018 18:52

My Painted Toile Piano

Some of my most creative ideas come out of the blue like a thunderbolt,like the random idea to paint my white piano with a toile pattern.After watchin...
26-03-2018 18:52

Gilt Louis XVI Music Chairs

Lovely old gilded French chairs. I have a weakness for them.  When I saw this sweet pair at an estate sale auction, I couldn\'t resist ...
16-03-2018 18:52

A French Coal Scuttle, my Simple Anti-aging Beauty Routine,

Lets start off with something French and vintage, shall we"  A French coal scuttle in hand hammered copper and brass was a recent auction sc...
09-03-2018 18:51

French Aubusson Rugs, Diet plans and little Reeve has the fl

A lovely example of a French rustic room with a fancy needlepoint Aubusson rug on the floor.This is the perfect balance of high and low, or fancy and ...
25-02-2018 18:52

The Best Price on Copper Kitchen Aid Mixers

The iconic Kitchen Aid stand mixer.  I have never owned one and I do a fair amount of cooking and baking.  A hand mixer was the way I &...
17-02-2018 18:52

Vintage Copper in my kitchen

Copper is trending again in kitchen design, and after seeing it in some of my favorite designer\'s kitchens, it ignited a desire to start collecting c...
15-02-2018 18:52

Purple Transferware Lamps

Hello hello hello!  Happy to be back in blog land after a nice respite. A happy holiday season is in the books for 2017.  Unlike many blogge...
19-01-2018 18:52

Champagne and Christmas Lanterns

The weekend before Christmas I like to host a small luncheon for a coupleof special friends.  Making time for Christmas is the key to making sure...
18-12-2017 18:51

Snowy Sugarplum Teacup Tree

\'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by...
10-12-2017 18:51

A French Blue Christmas Tree

French Blue. French Blue, that pretty shade of medium blue that may have a touch of green.... Our living room tree this year is the slender Tree ...
09-12-2017 18:51

Antique French Doorknobs and My Own Grey Gardens

Candy colored porcelain doorknobs from France.Oh. My.These beauties were spotted on an Instagram post by a woman who mostly sellsamazing antique garde...
01-12-2017 18:53

French Country Christmas Courtyard

 Welcome to our Christmas Courtyard! Decking the halls begins with the exterior, and for me, it is the wreath on the door that says "Me...
27-11-2017 18:52

Grey velvet curtains, gilded cornices and Piper

 Velvet draperies are so luxurious.  Hard to tell from this shot, but the velvetwarms up the room, making it nice and cozy for the cold weat...
10-11-2017 18:52

Thanksgiving Inspiration Starts at Home

 If you love to decorate or simply take pleasure in setting a nice table for Thanksgiving,then you are like me! This year I will be hosting again...
08-11-2017 18:54

Purple Transferware Wall Display and Floral Arrangements

The purple transferware collection I have amassed is displayed in our dining room.The latest bowl was picked up at Matthew Mead\'s Estate Sale last we...
28-10-2017 18:52

Simple Pleasures of Life

 Autumn has arrived in New England, but its the warmest I can remember.With the courtyard wedding in the rear view mirror, we are now enjoying th...
24-10-2017 18:52

Live Event Artist Captures Romantic Wedding: Part 3

Pure Romance.It was the moment no one expected.  It captured us all with its sweeping gesture of old fashioned chivalry, something...
13-10-2017 18:52

Romantic Home Wedding Part Two: Dreamy Table Setting Tips

Creating a romantic mood was the goal for this backyard wedding.  Our yardis a very small space with a series of terraces, and so each space had ...
06-10-2017 18:52

Fairy Tale Wedding without the high price tag: Part One.

Enchanted        Fairy Tale       MagicalAll these words would be the way I would describe my son\'s wedding this p...
04-10-2017 18:52

A wedding wreath and live event painter

 The final week has arrived and it is all coming down to the details. This courtyard wedding is taking place outside, and there will be different...
25-09-2017 18:53

A Cabbage Parterre for the Courtyard Wedding

A parterre is essentially a geometric garden.  A  level space that has an ornamental arrangement of flowers or plants creatin...
14-09-2017 18:52

Pastoral mural, heirloom roses, romantic wedding tent and Pi

 Its been exactly one month since I last posted, and there is a very good reasonfor the delay.  These dogs are running my life, and its just...
01-09-2017 18:53

Our Home Tour 2017

Our Home Tour  I recently updated the photos to show how our home looks now. My rooms are always being redecorated for one season or occasion, or...
01-08-2017 18:52

A Stunning Photo Shoot with Nora Murphy

 A quick recap from where I left off~ Nora Murphy asked to shoot my house for hernew book, Nora Murphy Country House Style (not exactly the title...
01-08-2017 18:52

New: Cupola installation, Bohemian rug runner, and Cabana cu

This post is all about DIY projects that have finally been completed. Way off in the distance, do you spy our new cupola"  It is i...
22-07-2017 18:51

Country House Style Book Shoot and Pretty Purple Placemats

Big news to share over here....I have been asked to have my home included in a gorgeous coffee table book about Country House Style.  Y...
19-07-2017 18:52

Shockingly Cheap Belgian Linen Panels for my Dining Room and

 The finest linen is made in Belgium, and so it was a shocking surprise when I found Belgian Linen panels at rock bottom pricing at HomeGoods! Ru...
30-06-2017 18:52

Puppy Piper and a cupola and weathervane for the shed

 My first kiss. Piper joined our family almost a week ago, and she is a pure delight! She is a golden retriever puppy with a sweet and ...
20-06-2017 18:52

Exterior curb appeal projects and our new puppy Piper

 After spending all last year working on the back of the house creating the courtyard,  it was time to spruce up the front of the house and ...
11-06-2017 18:52

Luscious Linen Balloon Curtains for Master Bedroom

 Romantic and luscious, these Linen Balloon Drapery Panels are gorgeous!They add more of the European relaxed glamourous look that I was going fo...
31-05-2017 18:54

French Provincial cabinet doors solve a design dilemma

Using cabinet doors from a french provincial china cabinet for doors on our bookcases was a thought that struck me just this morning.  Why h...
26-05-2017 18:54

No More Pink Curtains and a new video!

So its been awhile since I last posted, and that was all about the pink linencurtain panels I made for the dining room. I apologize. (Even my sister E...
25-05-2017 18:55

Pink Linen Curtains for my French Dining Room

 Perhaps I have been swayed by the popularity of blush pink in interiors this year.It is a color that is everywhere these days....Pink is a color...
13-05-2017 18:54

Grey Gardens: A Haunting Real Life Riches to Rags Tale

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful mansion built in the Hamptons called Grey Gardens. Grey Gardens got its name from the cement garden ...
11-05-2017 18:56

Road trip to Long Island and the Hamptons with Matthew Mead

Road Trip!!Matthew Mead and I just returned from a three day road trip to Long Island, NY, where he wasdoing two shoots for his upcoming magazine for ...
07-05-2017 18:54

Windowsill Flower Pots and Upstyled Cache Pots

Dressing up a kitchen window with some garden shop pansies is as easy as breaking aparta six pack of these cute little johnny jump ups and plopping in...
25-04-2017 18:52

Designing French Home Accessories and Magazine Secrets

 2017 has been an incredible year for me as far as magazine features goes!  It never gets oldto know that my home or yard is going to be ins...
20-04-2017 18:52

Tips for a beautiful Easter table, and the Pink Linen arrive

My Easter table is always a fun one for me, as I have lots of pastelsin my decor, which just goes with this holiday.  I wanted to share a few&nbs...
14-04-2017 18:51

Pink Linen, and Wishing I never sold these things!!

The funny thing that happened to me when I began selling things, was thatI didn\'t seem to care about possessing things anymore.  Many wonderful ...
13-04-2017 18:52

Outdoor Boxwood Balls and our Easter Egg hunt for the big ki

The warm weather finally arrived this week, and it sent me heading out tothe garden nursery to pick up some pansies for the containers and urns.A new ...
13-04-2017 18:52

Easter ideas from yesteryear, Silver baby cups and its a Gir

A few years back, an Easter table set with my favorite blue opaline glasses and little silver baby cups at each table setting, on top of an old e...
04-04-2017 18:51

Easy and Spectacular: All White Easter

 Stunningly simple, and yet spectacular, an all white Easter table is easy to create and most impressive.  These amazing ideas come fro...
31-03-2017 18:51

Gilding is so French!

 The antique Venetian mirror that I found on vacation has a gilded motif, and thatbrought about the thinking of incorporating some gold accents o...
29-03-2017 18:52

Master Bedroom:Dreamy Bedding and Headboard Installation

The master bedroom makeover is well on its way to being a success story.Bedding plays a huge role in the style you want, so its a natural place to sta...
17-03-2017 18:51

Aquamarine bedding steals from a luxe online shop

 The master bedroom makeover from a Queen size bed to a King size bed startedwith hubs and I moving the Queen bed into another bedroom.  You...
13-03-2017 18:52

A Chateau style bedroom makeover plan

Our bedroom, as shown in the Spring issue of Romantic Country Magazine,is getting a makeover.  After spending a week in Florida at a wonderful re...
08-03-2017 18:52

Our Florida trip: the tale of the Venetian Mirror and savin

Getting through a New England winter is easier if you can escape to a warm and sunny destination.  So hubs and I planned ahead last fall, an...
26-02-2017 18:52

My ugly backyard turned dream space lands the cover!

 Oh My!!! Turning our ugly outdoor space into a French courtyard was a dream home improvement project of mine.  Even my friend, ma...
09-02-2017 18:52

A cozy reading spot and an antique jaunt full of treasures

Winter time is here. Finally.  Today is the first day of February and thesnow finally arrived in Boston.  All of January brought little if a...
01-02-2017 18:54

Planning for Spring and Outdoor living

Last year\'s efforts brought about my French Courtyard with kitchen garden, perhaps my all time favorite DIY project ever.  One project afte...
26-01-2017 18:53

Online grocery shopping and the best Coconut milk

Wow, I have never ordered fresh groceries using the internet before.  I happened to be looking for a brand of Coconut milk online when a suggesti...
23-01-2017 18:53

Today's French Country Style

The lovely French Country style can work in today\'s modern homes.This style has fanciful elements mixed with things to take it down a notch,making it...
23-01-2017 18:53

How to Pick Paint Colors: Magazines vs Real Life

 Color: Benjamin Moore Aura in Woodlawn Blue #HC 147Picking wall colors can be daunting, and the best way to find a good onecan be locating a col...
17-01-2017 18:53

Signature Swedish Style: A visit with Designer Sandra Kelly

 I first learned about Swedish style maven Sandra Kelly at Brimfield, last May,when my son and I set up our own booth at the Brimfield Antique Fa...
10-01-2017 18:53

2016 Top Blog Posts: French and DIY with One Runaway Hit

The start of this New Year at Maison Decor Blog  has me looking back at what my readers seemed to find most interesting.  Sometimes surprisi...
03-01-2017 18:53

Christmas Memory Making and a Swedish Bread Recipe

 Christmas 2016 was finally upon us, and this year I was more than ready.Now I can devote my full attention to every detail, and its certainly so...
26-12-2016 18:53

Make a Christmas Carol Songbook

A Christmas tradition for many is caroling, or at least it used to be. Have you ever had the fun of going out caroling at Christmas time"Whe...
19-12-2016 18:53

A Charming Gift Wrap Station

 We have all seen the fancy craft rooms that some lucky people have,and in those rooms the wrapping papers hang from rolls and there areloads of ...
14-12-2016 18:53

Blue Angels and Pink Santas

My favorite things... Tis the time of year when I transform our home with the magic of Christmas decorations and delights.  I tend to d...
12-12-2016 18:52

A fabulous addition to our foyer

Its that time of year when you try to make your house really sparkle!Maybe you do projects in time for the holidays too"Finally!  I have don...
08-12-2016 18:53

Our Traditional Christmas Tree

Our family room is the one room that we all gather in every evening.Its also the smallest room in our home. We have filled the roomwith a leather furn...
05-12-2016 18:53

Colby's Sleepover and Matthew Mead's new magazine

Look how cute Colby looks posing with Sylvia!You may know that Sylvia belongs to my son Justin and daughter in law Madison.Well they are off on a well...
03-12-2016 18:54

A Gilded Pink Toile Christmas Table

Its all about Holiday Entertaining in today\'s posts (and all week long)as part of Designthusiasm\'s Set + Style blog hop.A special welcome to th...
29-11-2016 18:52

If you don't have a Christmas tree....

 Its the holiday season, and for me that means decorating.I love to change the look of our home to reflect the Christmas season.That means garlan...
28-11-2016 18:52

Thanksgiving Success

 This year\'s Thanksgiving was at our house.  It was a more moderate affair, as we didn\'t have all the "kids" around the tab...
28-11-2016 18:52

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