10/29/2011

Sunday Favorites...No. 123

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Welcome to the 123rd "Sunday Favorites" Party 


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Hello my friends!
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Welcome to the 123rd run of "Sunday Favorites"
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I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend!  It's a bit chilly here at my place.  We had our very first snow of the season here in Colorful Colorado this past week.  There have been a few nights when we got down into the "teens" for temperatures...brrrr!  Honey and I are spending a leisurely weekend...just enjoying a warm fire and one another's company! 
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  Last week for the Sunday Favorites party, I revisited a post where I shared my Frenchy studio/office.  Today, I thought I would share "Part II" of that three part series...called "French Flavored Vignettes".  I hope that you enjoy!  
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 Well my friends...I'm looking forward to seeing your Sunday Favorites posts this week and visiting with you!  You can sign up for the party at the end of this post!
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Have a super Sunday!
Chari
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Sunday Favorites My favorite post from:
August 15, 2011
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"French Flavored Vignettes"
A 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
it 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 french vignette!
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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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Au revoir jusqu'à plus tard!
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14 comments:

Sharing Shadymont said...

Sweet Chari,

Thank you for visiting Shadymont today! You always leave such sweet comments.

I just love your office. That is one room in my home that I just can't get 'right'. One whole wall is taken up with a gigantic cabinet that I couldn't possibly move, and one wall is french doors, so... very little wall space. Of course, most of my house is like that. But I just can not get that room like I want it!

Your space is delightful. My hubby would have to drag me out of a room like yours!

Hope your weekend is peaceful and restful!

Your friend,
Kathy

Sherry said...

Chari,
It is beautiful and the more you show the more I am lovin' every inch of your office. It is very pretty with all of the vignettes! Thanks for hosting!
Sherry

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Chari, Thank you so much for sharing your home office with us!! I sat here just mesmerized with all of your lovely vignettes. To be surrounded with so many beautiful things must be a joy to you! To have such lovely pieces, with stories attached to where you got them is just wonderful! I could sit here all night and just stare at all of your pretties! LOL!!! Thanks for hosting each week. Be blessed!

Diann said...

As always Chari, thank you for hosting such a lovely party. I really love the crown. I'll take mine encrusted with jewels.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Diann

Phyllis said...

I could not work at all in your beautifully decorated office.....truly, I could not. My eyes would be darting around the room looking at all the treasures displayed. I am fascinated with the way you so artfully arranged so many items. That requires a lot of talent!! My post today for "Sunday Favorites" is about my pink milk glass collection which you were interested in seeing. I hope you like it.

Alittlefrenchloven said...

Hi Chari, what a great office! I'm jealous. I especially love your antique gate. I also have a gate but have never thought to display it the way you have. Have a good evening!

Michelle

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Now I would just sit there are dream about returning to paris and not get anything done!
Love the fact it is your inlaws desk.

Have a great Sunday!

Cass @ That Old House said...

My dear Chari -- You never cease to amaze me -- you have the most GORGEOUS stuff.

And you arrange it so perfectly. I just looked around at my desk and thought, "Cr*p." What a dump!

Just gorgeous, my girl. You really have a gift.
Cass

Michele Smith said...

I don't think I'd get any work done in your office! I'd be looking at all your pretties!
I adore your lamp. Everything is just gorgeous.
Have a great day!

Wanda Lee said...

Beyond delightful!

Thanks for hosting...,

Cheers.

Wanda Lee said...

Dear Chari,

Oops!.., Oh my! ~ The last link for,'A Blue And White tea', is a mistake and leads to the wrong place; please remove it. ~ Thanks..,

rhonda said...

wow sis that is awesome you are so talented love ya

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Thanks for your always delightful visits!

What a wonderful office you have! I would love to have such a dedicated space (of course if I would just shovel out my 3rd bedroom, perhaps I could think about it! Hummmmmm!

Life with L said...

Shari, your office is a lovely place to sit and take in all of the beauty.
All of your pieces are lovely and it must bring great joy to you, surrounded by these special pieces.