Decorating for the holidays…

    My entrance, in no way, measures up to the elegance of these Pinterest photos above...I wish!  The only thing I have in common is a black door!     Diane Keaton wrote this amazing book, The House That Pinterest Built, which features a home she built.  The photos and text are beautiful.  She… Continue reading Decorating for the holidays…

What’s on your vanity…

The Egyptians started wearing makeup  7,000 years ago.  Over the years, women have been creative in finding ways to enhance their beauty, from using burnt match sticks to rim their eyes, berries to stain their lips and even the urine of young boys to fade freckles and other dark spots. Today the beauty industry is… Continue reading What’s on your vanity…

Painting the month away…

  As I was putting away the Christmas decorations, I spied the paint cans and brushes on an adjacent shelf and thought, "No time like the present."  I started off in the front hallway by painting the interior side of my front door and the front hall closet.  Before the doors were an almost "black"… Continue reading Painting the month away…

Joyeux Noel…

        I'm sure most of you are running on high (caffeine or whatever other vices you may indulge in!) just to get all the last minute preparations done ... the gift shopping, wrapping and, the worst of all,  the grocery run.  The lineups, the scramble for a parking spot and that nagging… Continue reading Joyeux Noel…

The Winter Garden…at Christmas

This garden is definitely a Winter Wonderland.    I can only imagine how many miles of lights that have been used in this garden. The hedges in my front garden are topped with (many) mini lights casting a soft, warm glow.  I'm not sure what I will do when these old-fashioned clear mini lights are no… Continue reading The Winter Garden…at Christmas

“O Christmas Tree”…

Bringing cut evergreen boughs indoors over the winter months goes back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans who were convinced that the fresh greens kept evil spirits and illness away.   Believing this to be a pagan celebration,  it took centuries for religious leaders to accept the tradition of setting up a Christmas tree.  German… Continue reading “O Christmas Tree”…

“Friday Night Bistro”…

  I bought this mat for my back door as a surprise message for my husband...it was code for, "We are having dinner at home tonight".  Friday night is date night at our house, and we alternate who plans the evening.  With the cooler evenings, I'm choosing more and more to cook dinner at home… Continue reading “Friday Night Bistro”…

French Lessons…Part 2

If you have been following this blog, you will know that I have travelled to France numerous times.  Like many of you, I love all things French!   In Tish Jett's second book, "Living Forever Chic", she opens the doors into the French home showing us "l'art de vivre", a well-lived life. Frenchwomen love their… Continue reading French Lessons…Part 2

Diptyque…

    The name Diptyque is from Ancient Greek (diptykhos) and refers to a painting or sculpture composed of two panels...from Wikipedia   For me, a "must go to" stop in Paris is the Diptyque Boutique at 34  Boulevard Saint Germain (the original location)...a short walking distance from where I stay on the Rue Jacob.… Continue reading Diptyque…

Here comes the bride…

This past Saturday I held a bridal shower for my niece; a tradition going back to the 1800s.  Relatives and friends of the bride would give a party for the bride-to-be if she did not have a trousseau either because her parents could not afford to give her one or if they did not approve… Continue reading Here comes the bride…