8/15/2011

French Flavored Vignettes...A Photo Tour of My French Studio (cont.)

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Bonjour, mes ames!  I hope that you're having a fabulous day!
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It's a beautiful, summery day here at Frenchmen Creek!  Today I thought I would continue the photo tour of my frenchy studio/office.  I have a few "french flavored" vignettes that I would love to share with you!  I hope that you enjoy!!!
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My French Studio/Office
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Here we are...back in my little french studio/office.
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Last week, I took you for a little photo tour around my desk. 
If you would like to see that post...just click HERE.
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My little french studio/office is my "calgon...take me away" place to go!  It's filled with all of my favorite things...family heirlooms, precious gifts from family and friends, and...well...just everything that inspires me!  This room belonged to my step-son before he moved to the "man cave" downstairs.  I am sooo happy to have a place that belongs to just moi!!!  It's a very small room...measuring about 10'x12'...but it's warm and cozy...just the way I like it!
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Won't you come along...while I show you a few of my favorite things?
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This antique desk once belonged to my in-laws.  I'm just sure, that if it could talk, it could tell all kinds of wonderful family stories!  I found the antique chair (covered in black and white toile) at my favorite antique flea market.  I think it's a perfect match for the desk...don't you?
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My Old Iron Garden Gate/Memo Board
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A very old...rusty...iron garden gate hangs on the wall behind the desk.  I use as a "memo board".  As you can see, the wire on the inside of the gate works perfectly for holding papers, etc.  I just adore this old rusty garden gate...it's very ornate!  All of the old latches are still intact too!
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A french vignette for the left-hand side of my desk.
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I just adore the french chandelier lamp.  A very special friend made it...just for this desk...just for moi!  A few of my favorite things...our wedding photo...an old silver tray with a photo book...and a framed "Amazing Grace" picture...which belonged to my dear, sweet Grandma!
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A Few of My Favorite Treasures...
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One of my favorite garden cherubs is holding a leaf full of vintage jewelry.  A very old silver serving spoon is tied to the gate with a black ribbon....and a few frenchy tassels, an ornate cross, and one of my favorite gold and white transferware plates joins the mix as well!
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On the left hand-side of the desk...
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A bust of a french girl sits atop a few of my favorite decorating books.
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A pair of sweet songbirds...a gift from my dear friend, Gloria, from Happy To Be blog!  Thank you, Sis!  You know how I love all sweet little birds!  An old tarnished silver creamer holds old clothes pins and another silver spoon.  I use the clothes pins on the wire of the gate...to hold papers, photos, etc.
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Close-up photo of the gold transferware plate. 
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I found this beautiful, old plate at the antique flea market.  It is the only one...of this color...that I have ever seen.  I love the golden, frenchy scrolls that decorate the plate...Ooo La La...sooo pretty!!!
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Honey found this olden photo at the antique flea market.  I'm not sure if this is what you call a "lithograph" photo...or not?  It was made for one of those old-time viewers that you hold in your hand.
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  The photo is of Lake Como, Italy.  We just had to have the photo since we visited Lake Como on our honeymoon!  I wished there was a date on the photo...but there isn't.  It had to be taken in the early 1900's...I'm thinking.
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A long shelf runs the length of the desk...up above.  I have it filled too!  Hehe!  Soooo many treasures...or at least...treasures to me!
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Two very large, framed prints of Paris sit on the back of the shelf against the wall.  We picked the prints up while we were honeymooning in Paris. They hold such precious memories for me!  A long, greenish-gold candleholder with four burgandy pillars sit front and center on the shelf.
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The frenchy vignette on the left-hand side of the shelf.
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A large, leather box with an "embroidered" Eiffel tower is filled with autumn colored eucalyptus and peacock feathers.  I found this pretty box at Hobby Lobby many years ago.  One of my favorite angel dolls along with a small porcelain doll join the vignette.  The little porcelain doll belonged to my grandma.  Two of my favorite glass containers.  The container with the pretty rhinestone crown topper was a gift from my dear friend, Cindy, over at Applestone Cottage.  I just love this little glass bottle with the pretty jeweled crown!  Thank you, dear Cindy!  Every time I see it...I think of you!
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Another sweet little pink angel...a gift from my sister! 
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"Sweet Little Girl" Photo...
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Behind the angel, I have a very old photo displayed on a flower frog.  Honey and I found this photo...when we were going through stacks and stacks of old family photos that were left to us.  So I am just postive that this sweet little girl IS "family"...but there was no name or date on the back of the photo.  I just hate that!  I guess we should always label our photos...because you just never know who may be looking at them...in years to come.
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Now...looking toward the right-hand side of the shelf.
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The Frenchy Flavored Vignette continues...
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On the right-hand side of the shelf...more treasures!  Another very old family photograph of a very sweet, little baby.  Again...no name or date was given but isn't she a sweetheart?  She very well may be a distant aunt or cousin...or maybe a great-great-grandmother???  I sooo wished that I knew who she was! 
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A little muslin angel sits just to the side of the photo. 
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And in front...my little, golden cherub "L-O-V-E" letters. Aren't they sweet? I found these "cherub letters" a couple of years ago at Hobby Lobby and just adore them! An old glass milk bottle filled with gold buttons joins in with this frenchy mix!
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A close-up..so that you can get a look at the pretty details in the old photograph.  I just left this sweet photo in it's original olden gray paper frame but I added the black grosgrain ribbon to the side of the frame and the vintage pearl pendant.
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A close-up of the golden cherub..."L-O-V-E" letters.  Two of the little cherubs are playing music...the other two are holding beautiful garlands of roses!  Ahhh...sooo pretty!!!
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Voila...and there you have it!  A few french flavored vignettes!
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Hopefully before this week ends...I can finish the tour of my french studio/office.
Soooo...stay tuned!
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Another photo...of another french vignette...for later in the week! Please do come back by!
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Well dear friends, I hope you enjoyed!!!
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I am joining these fabulous parties...
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Thank you, sweet ladies...for hosting these lovely parties for us to enjoy!
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Thank you so much for coming by today!  Please leave me a note and let me know that you were here...I would love to visit with you!
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Au revoir jusqu'à plus tard!

24 comments:

Honey at 2805 said...

Your office/studio is utterly and completely delightful. Every element is perfect, from the honeymoon treasures to the treasured family heirlooms! This rooms must make you joyful each time you enter!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You do have such lovely things. I love seeing all your treasures and you amaze me with your ability to display them all so beautifully. Gorgeous eye candy and inspiration. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Marilyn said...

I adore that sweet baby picture! My rooms never look that good. I'm way too messy. Or can I blame it on school--I've been back four days now. Open House tomorrow! ♥♫

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

So beautiful, Chari! I love all your special touches! The birdies and the grate, the crown and the Eiffel tower too. Every element is wonderful and I know you couldn't help but be inspired spending in the room. Thanks for sharing it all with us, sweet friend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Your room is a delight to see with all the things that have such meaning to you. I love all your angels especially the one from your sister. That gold plate is stunning. Shannon

Theresa said...

Holy cow, that's a lotta beauty you have there my friend! I am so happy to get to see all of your pretties! In fact, I am going back to zoom in on each picture:)

Have a blessed day and thanks for sharing your beautiful studio with little 'ole me!

HUGS!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Absolutely fantastic...I love, LOVE the gate used for the backdrop! I have the steriograph to see those card pictures!

Connie said...

Your french girl bust steals my heart away. Where ever did you find her?

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

ooolala.. with vignettes like that we may have to change your name to
Bridget:) absolutely stunning~! I know you love working in there.

Babs said...

Oh, so many pretty French things to admire. The photos of the babies are adorable. Your vignettes are so personal and pretty.

Sherry said...

This is beautiful! I love the desk with the iron gate behind it. That is awesome!
Sherry

Sandra said...

Hello there! Oh my gosh! I love your vignette! Everything is just stunning! Thank you for sharing Chari!
Sandra

Apple of His Eye said...

I just love your room! It's so lovely the way you decorated it! Your things are so nice and you did a wonderful job putting them all together!

Blessings,
LaDonna

bj said...

What a pretty pretty room. You have it decorated so pretty.
Is the gate standing on the floor, behind the desk?
xo bj

Bunny Jean said...

You were ao lucky to honeymoon at Lake Como, Italy!

Your Frenchy Vignette is so...Ooo La La!

They actualy say that in France when something is good and excites you. I heard some little kids say that when they were looking in the toy store window... cracked me up!

xoxo Bunny Jean
Bunny Jean's Decor and More! (my main blog)

podso said...

Very sweet Chari! I have a chair very similar to your desk chair that i am thinking of putting bl and wh toile on just as you have! It's nice to see what it would look like! Your double photo is for a "stereo-optican" viewer or something like that --used for eye exercises. We had one my sister used but it really was from my father's family. It had a bunch of those old double photos and as kids we used to love to play with it/look at them. They came to life through the viewer--sort of 3D. Recently gave it to my nieces!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

wonderful! not sure I would get anything done for staring at all the beautiful things!

❁Velma❁ said...

I just now found your site (A Stroll Thru Life) and, even though "french" is not my style, I absolutely love your vignette. I am envying that old rusty gate...I've gotta find one!! I am inspired to find more pretties for the quilt shelf I have in my sewing/craft/office room. Thank you for the lovely tour and inspiration!

xinex said...

Oh Chari, I love your office. So many pretty items to see. Your vignettes are just lovely, filled with things you love and that makes them even more special....Christine

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Your home office is so romantic. I love the gate behind the desk, I still haven't found the "perfect" thing for over mine.. decisions, decisions... hugs ~lynne~

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Yep..but of course it's beautiful! It doesn't DARE not be! :)
What you do in your decorating is catch the interest, GRAB us, and then not let go. I love that. So much to see and it makes you just want to look and look!
Warm and wonderful with that touch of class that we all love.
Hugs,
Mona

JudyBug said...

Beautiful pics...love the entire desk area!

Frieda said...

Bonjour Chari
I love all the beautiful angels in your magnific post.Every thing is so nice on your arrangment.I also
Thank you for your visist on my blog.
I love to have your news
Have a wonderful day Chari,may God bless you and your family
Frieda

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This looks great. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Take care Anu