8/18/2011

My French Studio/Office...Photo Tour Finale

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Bonjour, mes ames...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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Ohhh my goodness...I do hope that you aren't getting sick of seeing my french studio/office.  This post is the third...in a series...and it will be the "finale"!  I promise! Hehe!
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My French Studio/Office...Part I
can be seen HERE.
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My French Studio/Office...The Photo Tour Continues
can be seen HERE.
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The posts listed above...focus on my desk area and a few "French Flavored" vignettes.  Today, I thought I would share the rest of my frenchy studio/office.  I'll give you a photo tour around the room.  Because this is a photo "laden" post...I really will try and keep my yakking to a minimum!  Hehe!
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I hope that you enjoy!
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My French Studio/Office
Here we are in my little french studio/office.
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"360-degree" Photo Tour
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As you enter into the room...my desk is just to the right of the door.
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I will try and give you a 360-degree...full circle... photo tour of my studio/office.  Well, I'll show you at least three walls of the room...a large closet resides on the fourth wall.  This is a fairly small room...measuring 10'x12'....but it's cozy!  This room belongs just to moi!  It is filled with all of my favorite things...so when I need a little inspiration...my frenchy studio is where I go!  It's my "Calgon...take me away" getaway!  Hehe!
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French Toile and a Decorative French Grate... 
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Toile drapes by Waverly dress the window.  The toile, sporting bucolic country scenery...in a black and khaki color palette, is called La Petite Ferme.  A large, decorative metal grate...resting in the sill of the window...offers a little extra french ambiance in the studio!
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An old ladder back chair with a rush seat sits in front of the window.  I just love my old ladder back chair.  It has the most beautiful distressed yellow ochre finish!  A large wooden chest full of treasures is sitting on the chair.
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(Because my studio has just one window, the limited light makes photographing a challenge.
A few of the photos are on the dark side...sorry!)
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A gallery wall with a few of my favorite pieces is located beside the window. 
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French Gallery Wall...
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A framed giclee print of a beautiful, 18th century, french lady sets the tone for the french gallery wall.  A trio of decorative plates and a large framed "fleur de lis" join the group...along with a black french scroll decorative topper!
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The antique camel-back trunk was a birthday gift from my honey.  This beautiful trunk has metal inserts with a black and white embossed floral pattern...it looks like toile!  I just adore my antique trunk and it's great for extra storage!!!
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Well my friends, they do say that photos never lie.  I must confess, for you can see it with your very own eyes...that my little french studio/office...is my "catch-all" room.  Much of my "off season" decor ends up in this room.  Eeeks!  You will see that each and every little nook and corner is filled with "things"!  Ohhh my!
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My China Cabinet...A Treasured Family Heirloom
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My china cabinet sits on the opposite wall from the desk.  It really is a very large piece and as you can see...I have it filled to the brink.  This beautiful china cabinet belonged to my late mother-in-law and it was her pride and joy.  Some day Mary's china cabinet will be passed down to her granddaughter Danielle, but in the meantime, I will enjoy and cherish this beautiful piece!
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A full view of this side of the room.
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A French Vignette...
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Bird houses and birds, stacked decorative boxes with tassels, an olden bottle, a stately french crown, a sweet little violin, and lots of vining greenery make up the vignette atop the china cabinet.
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~A Design Tip for Making a Small Room Appear Larger~
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 Do you decorate the tops of your tall cabinets?
I find that in doing so...the eye is drawn upward...bringing height to the room.
 This can help a small room look larger.
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A gold damask slip covered chair fills this corner...along with a few pillows.  Can you tell that I have a "thing" for pretty pillows?  They are everywhere! Hehe!  A pretty french mirror, a treasured family photo, and another decorative metal grate with a candle...decorate this corner of my studio.
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The decorative french grate.  I added an urn shaped candleholder to the grate...just a little more french flair.
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Treasured Family Photograph and Antique Frame...
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The little boy in the middle of this photo is my honey's grandfather.  He is posing with his siblings and puppy.  The frame is original to the photograph (taken about 1917).  Isn't it gorgeous?  It is in perfect condition...as well as the "domed" glass!
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My New Embroidered Pearl Tea Cloth
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While we are here...I would love to show you one of my new pretties.  This gorgeous, embroidered with pearls...tea cloth was a gift from my dear friend Gloria from Happy To Be blog.  Gloria and her husband Len came for a visit in June.  We had the bestest time!!!  Anyway, I love, love, LOVE my new tea cloth!  Thank you, Sis!!!
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A close-up so that you can see the beautiful embroidery and all of those fabulous...hand sewn...pearl petals!  This truly is one of the most beautiful pieces that I've ever seen!  I can't wait to set a pretty tea with it!
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~A Few Frenchy Details~
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Just a few photos...showing some of the details around my studio. 
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More Cherished Family Heirlooms...Family Bibles
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If you look closely, you will see a stack of books underneath the chair.  Two of the books are very old family Bibles.  The largest Bible (on the bottom) dates back to the mid 1800's...recording my honey's family history.  It is just beautiful...with a very ornate, engraved leather cover.  This precious Family Bible is priceless!!!
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A Wooden Chest Full of French Treasures...
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Fabric samples, a black and white french vase, an antique frame, a brown transferware plate, old photos and antique photo albums, and a "frenchy" golden crown with an olden photo of a child and of course...a sweet little bird.  A garland of pearls makes its way...in and out...and around the treasures.
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Voila!  There you have it...my french studio/office!
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I hope you enjoyed the photo tour!
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I am joining these fabulous parties today...
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Thank you, dear ladies...for hosting these lovely parties for all of us to enjoy!
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Well my friends, I am so happy that you stopped by for a visit 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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Warmest Summery Wishes!

29 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your room is fabulous. I could just stand there and drool over all of your wonderful antiques and treasures. It's so fabulous and so pretty. Thanks for the tour, I have totally enjoyed it and all the fabulous eye candy. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, Chari! Where have you been hiding this room? It's gorgeous. I love all the detail and how it is so classic and feminine at the same time. I love your tip about decorating up high, and I can see that you have used your trademark greenery on top of the china cabinet!!

This is so pretty...I have to go back and look at the first two parts of your series!!

XO,
Jane

A Hint of Home said...

What a great room to work in!
Love the desk and headboard you uses.
Your trunk is very similar to one I have.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Chari! This room is just a little jewel box filled with lovely French things. So beautifully done up. It has a timeless quality. I could easily be transported to another time. I love your desk, and your metal gate posting board makes the whole area so special. I love your vignettes on the desk. This is a wonderful space you have put together!

Marilyn said...

Your new tea cloth is gorgeous! I'd be happy to sit and drool in your special room.

Are you ready for some cooler air? It's too HOT for kids out at recess! And I'll never keep up with the water now that I'm back in school. Oh well, brown spots on the lawn don't bother me too much. It's just that the whole lawn might turn brown.♥♫

Cindy said...

Hello dear Chari,
What a lovely treasure filled room! Everything is so beautiful and wonderful. I love the old family photo from nearly 100 years ago, what a family heirloom to treasure.
I'm sure you do feel inspired when you walk into that room.
Hugs, Cindy

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Fabulous room filled with gorgeous treasures! I'm in love with it, from the tablecloth, to the picture frame, great antiques,this needs for me to give it another tour. Lovely lady, I'm a bit envious, a room of your very own! Lots of hugs and thank you for your kind and generous comments sweet lady. Luv ya! FABBY

Mary Ellen said...

Chari I do so love visiting this room! You have such a wonderful way with your decorating. It is just filled with all kinds of wonderful inspiration which I am needing a lot of these days. We need to get some things done in the house but I need a kick in the pants to get me going!

It seems to be forever since I have posted and don't have alot want to for that either! Hopefully when it starts to cool down things will return a bit to normal.

Have a great weekend friend!

bee blessed
mary

Olive Cooper said...

Chari, you are so talented at layering. I adore those crowns you have everywhere. I know you enjoy this office so much. hugs♥O

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

How could I get tired of your lovely studio/office. You have such beautiful things, and cherished heirlooms. I love it.

Debbie said...

Chari, I don't even know where to begin. I would say "ooh la la" but that would be lame, right?

Too late.

It's all so beautiful and FULL of such detail and inspiration. I love the way you did the top of the china cabinet. I have one that has the same "hump" in the middle. I have failed miserably to really showcase it. I'm going use yours as my inspiration.

Just lovely! You have such a decorating gift.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your Vintage room is gorgeous sweet lady. The new embroidered pearl tea cloth is Beautiful if it ever needs a home you have my address ~~~I know NO way ha ha. I hope you will come visit me.
XXOO Diane

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Chari, thanks for the tour of your special place. You have so many pretty things that I can see why you love them. The photo of your husband's family is precious and the tea cloth is beautiful. Hope you have a fun weekend.
Shannon

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
I am so glad you shared this!
Even though in real life it is even more fabulous!
I could have sat inside that room for hours on end and never grew tired of it!
I love that tea cloth that sweet Gloria got you, what a treasure!
And those family pics are truly outstanding!
Got some pics up of our time in AZ.
Come by when you can.
Miss ya,
Big Hugs
Cindy

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I just remembered!
Tomorrow is your birthday!!!
Happy Birthday dear friend!
Your card will be a little late.
I hope you and Russ have something fun to do too!
Hi to Russ,
Big Hugs,
Cindy

Ido said...

Oh my goodness Chari! Your studio is beautiful! love those vignettes and I could go on and on about everything you have in there. If you'd see mine you would laugh at it, is just a room full of junk lol!
Have a lovely weekend!
XXX Ido

On Crooked Creek said...

Chari,
This room is maginificent, dear friend! The photo of your husbands family is so stunning!!! A cherished heirloom! Thank you for sharing your French Studio/ Office with all of us!
Fondly,
Pat

Jean said...

Such a lovely room! So much inspiration. Love the tea clothe. So dainty.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Chari, Thank you so much for joining my party this week. Your Frenchy studio is filled with antiques and so many treasures. Just beautiful! Have a great weekend.
xo,
Sherry

White Whimsy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog for a visit. Your blog is gorgeous and I love, love, love your french studio/office. Now following!

bj said...

This is the most fantastic room. I never get tired of seeing it.
You have beautiful things and the talent to know how to use them.:)
xo bj

bj said...

This is the most fantastic room. I never get tired of seeing it.
You have beautiful things and the talent to know how to use them.:)
xo bj

Bunny Jean said...

I haven't tired of seeing you French Office, no way. It is full of the most beautiful treasures!

I especially love the old antique domed picture frame with the family picture.

I am following you AGAIN, don't know where I went to... maybe I'm following twice now ;)

xoxo Bunny Jean
Home to Wednesday's Bunny Hop Party

Cass @ That Old House said...

Gorgeous, as always, toots!
You have amazing things, and put them together so beautifully.
Yum, is all I can say.
See you Sunday!
Cass

lvroftiques said...

Hi Chari!
Love coming back to visit your beautiful french studio *winks* I saw all new things this time around.
I'd love to see your dress form when you finish it. Rosemary told me to use spray primer on it first and she's right! I've already put on three coats of gesso and it can use three more...so learn from my mistakes! But that said I just LOVE that dress form now! You could emboss an eiffel tower or the word "Paris" on yours and it would be sooo perfect in your french studio! *winks* Vanna

Darla said...

Love your space!

Sherry said...

Chari,
I love your family photos in your vignettes and the one on the wall is gorgeous! Such pretty vignettes everywhere! What a pretty tea cloth. Such a fancy and beautiful pattern. Thanks for linking it with Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

melissa @ daisymaebelle.com said...

LOVE your gate! But, I love the incredible tea towel even more! That is one of the prettiest things I have ever seen! Beautiful room!

Mikedydf said...

Such a lovely room! So much inspiration. Love the tea clothe. So dainty.