8/05/2010

It's a Rooster Party and a Few of My Favorite Things!

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Hello my friends...I hope that you're having a fabulous day!
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As many of you know...today is the day! The day for the Rooster Party...hosted by Barb over at Bella Vista. I am also joining in with Show & Tell Friday and A Few of my Favorite Things Saturday! You will find all the credits to these lovely parties at the end of my post!
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My Frenchy Studio/Office

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This is my frenchy studio/office...where I create and where sooo many of my most favorite treasures reside!
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It's not a large room by any means...however, it works for me! Before I go any further, I must tell you that because my studio/office only has one window...it's very difficult to photograph! I do apologize for some of the "dark" photos.
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I wanted sooo badly to participate in the Rooster Party today...
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I searched high and low for a rooster...lo and behold...I found one!
Yes...just one!!!
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My french country toile draperies have roosters on them! Yeeehawww!
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I do hope that these fine feathered friends are enough to allow me into the party???
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Pleeease...pretty please! Hehe!
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I found these beautiful draperies on sale at JC Penneys for just $77...they were originally marked $270! They are made by Waverly and called, "La Ferme".
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Anyway, while we are here...I'd love to show you around my frenchy studio/office. Some of you have seen this room before...but...there have been a few changes! I hope you enjoy!!!
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A Few of my Favorite Things...

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A gold, damask, slip covered chair can be found in one corner of the studio.
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The beautiful lace tablecloth draped over the back of the chair was a gift from my dear friend Gloria over at Happy To Be blog. Ohhh...how I adore it!!! I hope to do a tablescape using it...soon!
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Just to the left of the chair...you will see an ornate metal wall hanging. The candle that you see there...is wrapped in a piece of scrapbook paper that has french writing and embellished with twine, ribbon, and gold angel trim...which was a gift from my dear friend Mary over at Mary's Meanderings blog.
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My Antique Desk...

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This beautiful antique desk belonged to my in-laws. It really has seen it's better days...naturally distressed with the passage of time. The desktop has rings from where my in-laws sat their coffee cups...and many scratches...possibly made from my honey when he was just a boy! I treasure this old desk...if only it could talk!
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My honey made the shelf above the desk. It was here before I came to live in this house. I would like to paint it black someday. As you can see...nearly every square inch of the shelf is filled with many, many of my treasures!
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The beautiful bottle with the embellished crown topper was a recent gift from my sweet friend Cindy over at Applestone Cottage blog. Ohhh...how I love my pretty bottle! I think I need to fill it with pearls!
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Just to the left of the pretty decorative bottle...you can see an ornate metal cross. It has black and white polka dotted ribbon wrapped around it. The cross is another treasured gift from a dear friend...Laurie from Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie blog!
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The two small porcelain dolls that you see on this shelf belonged to my dear Grandmother! She kept them on her dresser. My mother gave them to me last year...such a precious gift!!! The smaller bottle with the cut crystal topper was given to me by my Grandfather! He had it out in his garage when I stumbled upon it one day...I was just 16 yrs. old. I asked if I could have it and well...as you can see...my Grandpa spoiled me that way! Hehe!
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The large black leather box with the Eiffel Tower embroidered in brown was found at Hobby Lobby several years ago. I just added a big bunch of autumn colored euculyptus and pheasant feathers to the box for a bit of interest!
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On the right side of the shelf I have a myriad of favorite things...a tall statue of a pretty french girl...an old family (baby) photo...an old glass milk bottle full of gold buttons, and angelic letters that spell out the word "LOVE"! Ahhh...these are a few of my favorite things!!!
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The two large framed prints were purchased from a street vendor while we were in Paris! Very famous street scenes in grand ol' Paris!!!
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Oops...I just realized that I didn't get a full photo of my frenchy candelabra lamp. If you would like to see it in it's full splendor...you can click HERE. My sweet friend Laura made this beautiful lamp just for moi! I love everything about it...the cherub, the crystals, the bronzy colored candelabra arms...well, I think you get the point! Hehe! I met Laura at Rate My Space...she is such a talented lady!!! The two decorative perfume bottles...the gold and the burgandy...were also gifts from Laura! They are sooo beautiful!!!
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The small framed "Amazing Grace...How Sweet the Sound" picture belonged to my sweet Grandma! I adored my grandparents!!!
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Also on the left side of my desk...you will find an old silver tray filled with old Victorian miniature books, business cards, and a few old skeleton keys that I have tied together with a pretty ribbon. **

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On the left side of my desk...a masonary cherub sits atop a few of my favorite magazines and books. He is holding the key to my "secret" treasures! Hehe!
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You can see my antique iron garden gate that I have put up on the wall behind my desk! It's a great place to stick cards and to hang a few more of my treasures...like the very rare gold transferware plate!
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Just a pretty picture...showcased in an old floral frog!
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Hehe...this is my "idea" treasure chest! It's filled with fabric, frames, old photos, an old brown transferware plate, and other goodies that I intend to use in my studio someday!
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See that pretty golden crown that is sitting on the antique photo album? My sweet friend Melissa from Melissa's Heart and Home blog gave this crown to me! The crown is filled with more old family photos and I added a fleur de lis tassel to the top of the crown! I love it!!!
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Well my friends...thank you sooo much for letting me share my "lone rooster" and frenchy studio/office with you today!!! My studio truly is filled with all of my favorite things...everytime I see these treasures...I think of the dear ones who gifted me with them!!!
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I am joining these lovely parties today...
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The Rooster Party...hosted by Barb over at Bella Vista.
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Show & Tell Friday...hosted by Cindy over at My Romantic Home.
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A Few of my Favorite Things Saturday...hosted by Laurie over at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie.
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I would just like to thank Barb, Cindy, and Laurie for hosting these lovely parties for us! Thank you, sweet ladies!!! Please go by and see what these talented ladies have for us today and while you are there, you can check out all of the other party participants!
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Thank you again, my friends...for coming by today! Please leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you!!!
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Have a fabulous day!

47 comments:

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Hellooooo....Sis, Girl I love it when you take us on a tour of your office...Now you know I love those drapes...

and look at all your treasure's you have from the sweet blogger girl friends...Hey I even seen my card in that dish ha ha!!

Just beautiful my Dear friend...It was so great talking with you yesterday on the phone...How fun you made me feel so much better...Love ya Sweet Sis..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
My dear I saw this room in person and I stil can't get over how beautifully you have decorated it! Every single item is displayed so perfectly! The little bottle looks cute and fit's in so nicely. And all the other pretties from blogger friends, so
meaningful mixed with all the family treasures! And my favorite's are those fabulous photos that belonged to Russ's family. They just are amazing!!
I love the drapes too, they really add that frenchy touch!
I've been busy getting ready for Katie's baby shower on the 14th. So much to do, so little time. I still have to get my menu in order.
Thank goodness Dan is helping me with some of the big cleaning.
Miss you guys! Say hi to Russ.
Hugs,
Cindy

Allie and Pattie said...

Chari, your office is so very lovely- and so very YOU! Just perfect!
xoxo Pattie

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hey honey, I just got your comment. Chari, I saw your comment about wanting to be a part of the Rooster party but now I can't find it. Can you believe that. I thought I might be crazy for a minute but linked you anyway. Am I nuts or what? Haha.

Your post is stunning as always. There is a strength to your design but also a quiet stillness. Your rooms are very soothing and I adore the window treatment. Just stunning.

I am so glad you joined us. Have a happy time.

Hugs, Barb ♥

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hey Chari~Tres Magnifique!
What a lovely spot to house your creative treasures. Now, can you come to my house and let your designing juices flow into my studio, that looks like a storage center, lol.

How's your summer going? Ours is so fleeting this will be the last month for real sunshine so we're relishing every minute.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Rettabug said...

What an outstandingly BEAUTIFUL room to inspire your creative talents, Chari!! It is just SO YOU!!! I'm lovin' that candle with the french paper & ties. I may have to benchmark that idea.
All your treasures are so lovingly displayed. Well done!!

I don't have many roosters either but found just a few so I could join in the party, too.

fondly,
Rett

luluslovlies said...

Oh My ,Your post is just wonderful, I think I'm drooling, Lol, so many wonderful items with so much history, thanks for sharing! XOXO I'm so glad I stopped by!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hello my dear friend,

I think of you so often and wonder what creative things you are up to!

Well I'm so glad I came by so I could actually see! Your drapes certainly qualify in my book, they are stunning as well as everything else you've put together!
I've said it once and I'll say it again! Your talents are blossoming more and more with each project you take on!
Have I ever told you that you are my hero?? Well... you know how the rest of the song goes;)

Hugs, Sherri:)

Jennifer said...

Oh my!!! That rooster fabric is just beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing!!

~Jennifer

Mary Ellen said...

Oh my Chari you have so many of us in that room we are packed like sardines!! Isn't it wonderful to have little mementos to remember others by!! I have alot of that in my garden as I am always getting a cutting or digging up a plant or 2 from friends yards!! (yes, I ask though I have been tempted to sneak over in the middle of the night and dig up some things they won't share!!)

I do love this room!! You have not missed the tiniest detail Chari!!

bee blessed
mary

xinex said...

Your rooster is very special, like an only child, Chari. It reminded me, I have 2 Frenchy throw pillows in my toile kids room but I forgot to bring them to the party. There are so many pretty things to see in your French room. It must be so much fun to be in there....Christine

Terri said...

I enjoyed seeing your post about roosters. I saw your sweet post at Barb's and wanted to come and meet you. I don't collect roosters either but I did find something to share... <3 Terri

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Chari, I loved seeing these closeups of your office. So many beautiful treasures. I think your beautiful rooster draperies are a perfect contribution to the Rooster Party. What wonderful treasures you've received from blogging friends. That tablecloth from Gloria is just exquisite. Your garden gate has gained some treasures too. What a wonderful idea to use it for displaying special things. Your lamp from Laura is so pretty (haven't heard from her in so long - hope she's doing well). How nice of you to put the cross on your shelf in your office. I'm so glad you're enjoing it. What a gorgeous bottle from Cindy, and what a great story about the bottle from your grandfather. I love the desk belonged to your husband's family. The "LOVE" angels are so unique, and what a sweet little Amazing Grace picture that belonged to your grandmother. You have such a special way of putting together vignettes with wonderful treasures. I'm so glad you are linking this beautiful post to Favorite Things Sat.
Okay, I know I've already written a book, but I have to tell you that if bloggers voted on an award for "best commenter", you would win in a landslide. I love to see that you have left me a comment, and I always can't wait to read it. I'm so impressed that you recognized the Quimper pitcher in my rooster post! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. laurie

bj said...

O, I did so enjoy the tour of your lovely frenchy office...:)
And those drapes are so pretty.
Thanks so much for sharing all your treasures...and you do have some great ones.
Happy day!
xo bj

Vicci @theplaidbasket said...

Good morning Chari!
Your studio is beyond AWESOME! I don't know how you can possibly get anything done where you sit in there....I would just sit looking, reminising,dreaming, going to a place far away (in my mind), if the studio was mine. BEAUTIFUL treasures you have. Vicci

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a beautiful room, I'm sure you feel inspired while working in there-enjoy!

Jill said...

Hi Chari! I'm so happy to meet you and glad you stopped at my blog! You have a great space which such pretty and interesting items (and, evidently, great friends!!) Now, you need to go photograph those Bibles for another post!

mishebe said...

Love those drapes, love the wrought iron , love the light. Beautiful room.

Theresa said...

Oh my gosh, Chari! Gorgeousness all over the place! I LOVE the drapes with the rooster on it! Elegant with roosters, be still my heart!

You have SO many beautiful stuff in this post! I adore the vignettes you have created. Too many to choose a favorite:)

Enjoy your day my friend and thanks for sharing your gorgeous office/studio with me!

I LOVE IT ALL!

Melissa Miller said...

Chari this is truly my favorite room in your gorgeous home! I just love it and all of the special french-y touches. The crown is so pretty in here. I'm happy you have enjoyed it sweet friend.

Have a fabulous weekend!
~Melissa :)

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Chari, I think your office must inspire you every time you walk into it, with all those items from your family and blogger friends giving off good vibes! And your rooster is very welcome at the party--he's quite handsome Linda

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Holy Crow!!! What a room!! My eye doesn't know what to devour first. Everything is just perfect. What an inspirational room.

shannon i olson said...

The drapes are amazing! It is so wonderful to surrounded by favorite things, nothing like being home!

Marilyn said...

Your pictures are better than those in my favorite magazines! And you let us see more than one of their pieces. Thanks for sharing it all with us. You should have a magazine clamoring to visit!! ♥♫

EnchantedBella said...

I love your Frenchy Studio. Beautiful!!!

Rebecca

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Chari,

I love your office! Your office is filled with so many treasures from your friends and family and all are displayed so lovingly. Your drapes are gorgeous!

~ Tracy

Melissa Miller said...

Thank you for the sweet birthday wishes Chari! :)

A Hint of Home said...

You have so many beautiful things. I love your curtain material.

Sarah said...

Chari, this is a beautiful post. You have many treasures. Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful photos.
Thanks for the recent visits and thoughtful comments.
Hope your weekend is full of beauty. ~ Sarah

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

That is a beautiful room and lovely draperies. Your vignettes are outstanding. Wonderful place to work. Thanks for sharing, ~~Sherry~~

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

oooooooolala.. just lookie at all the pretties in that frenchy office.
Can I come there and work, I could get alot more done in such beautiful surroundings,I just know I could lol.. I ADORE that roo fabric.. I'd be happy with just a pillow. That is soooooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful-- truly it is Chari.. and the perfect tone for that room..
love love love your office...
thanks so much for sharing this and letting us visit in your beautiful home.
hugs and all good things to you my friend..
Sonny

Marlee said...

What a beautiful space you have created for yourself surrounded by your favorite treasures. Love the idea of the garden gate behind the desk. Thanks for sharing.

Jean said...

What a lovely post. Wow! So beautiful.

Nancy's Notes said...

Chari, love your treasures and oh my, what a wonderful office! It's just truly awesome! Your drapes are just fabulous, what a great look!

Have a great weekend!

Nancy

Denise Marie said...

I think I've seen your room before. It is all wonderful. Love that toile curtain fabric!!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

What a gorgeous room! I LOVE those toile drapes!! The whole room is stunning!

Manuela

marcia@joyismygoal said...

such elegance is so nice

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Love the drapes. Your office is gorgeous.

Irma :)

Nancy said...

Thanks Chari for sharing your Stunning French Office, it is just gorgeous!!
Nancy
coeurdalenegifts.blogspot.com

someplace in thyme said...

Your office is gorgeous and I love the rooster fabric on the beautiful drapes, Char

Anonymous said...

I love your toile drapes with roosters. They go perfect in your studio. It is so inspiring to have the treasures you love surrounding you even when you are doing office work. Lovely room and post. Thanks for sharing.

gail @ Victorian at Heart said...

Sorry that was me in the previous post that was sent anonymous. I obviously hit the wrong one

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Sorry for my late arrival to the party...I've been on vacation! I LOVE your rooster collection and your favorite things! Always such a treat to visit you Chari :)

Blessings!
Gail

JKW said...

I love the rooster draperies. Definitely a good buy. Blessings, Janet

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I just adore your room. And the drapes are to die for. I totally forgot to do my rooster post before leaving for vacation. I'm such a lazy blogger lately.
Kim

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Hello,
I just came across your blog at the French cupboard!
Love it!
Your pictures are just wonderful!
Leticia

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