11/05/2011

Sunday Favorites...No. 124

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Welcome to the 124th "Sunday Favorites" Party 


"Sunday Favorites" is a Sunday meme designed to give bloggers a chance to share a favorite post from the past!!!
For more information on how to republish a past post just click HERE.

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Hello my friends!
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Welcome to the 124th 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.  A cold north wind has caused the temperature to drop.  It's feeling more and more like winter...eeeks!  We have actually had a couple of big snows already in our little corner of Colorado!  Nevertheless...a nice warm fire is keeping things nice and toasty inside.  It's a great weekend to just curl up with a good book or watch a movie!  How are you spending your weekend? 
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  For the past couple of weeks, I have been sharing a photo tour of my French studio/office for the Sunday Favorites party.  Today I am revisiting Part III..."My French Studio/Office...the Photo Tour Finale".  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 18, 2011
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"My French Studio/Office...The 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?
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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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Warmest Summery Wishes!
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Thank you so much for your participation!!! I am going to really enjoy going through your "Sunday Favorites" posts!!!
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***Just a little note: Sunday Favorites Criteria***
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When I first started the Sunday Favorites meme, my initial thought was to offer a solution for getting a post out on the weekend without having to spend alot of time doing so...weekends are just a busy time for most of us! Copying and pasting a previous post is so quick and easy. Not only is this a quick and easy solution to the busy weekends, but it's also an opportunity to dig back into our blog archives and share a favorite "past" post once again! Many of us spend alot of time and effort creating a post and it just seems a shame that it is viewed only once and then forgotten about!
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38 comments:

Martha said...

I love your French Office/Studio -- thanks for reposting!

Mary-Sweetwater Style said...

What a beautiful home....I am inspired to gather and display! Thanks for hosting the Party!

Sonia said...

So many lovely things! Having a studio office is so nice for all the things you love having around. I have a room that I store things in and someday I hope my "studio" comes together like yours!! Hope to get it done over the winter months when I can't go out and garden! Your studio is an inspiration!!!

Miss Bloomers

Mary Ellen said...

Chari I always see new things when I come over!! That room is so gorgeous!

Haven't been around much as blogger is giving me issues and we have just been super busy. Hope all is going well with you. Are you trying to get blown away your way. It is uper windy here- It took 3 tries today to get the truck door closed- one time it blew me out of the seat while I was trying to close it!!

Not much more going on house. Jonathan had to go back a few days after my post to finish a deck he was working on down in NM. Not sure when he will get back this way. Think the construction zone look might be around for a bit!


bee blessed
mary

Dining Delight said...

Having an "office" means having a space you can retreat to and what a wonderful place to escape you have created! Looks so inviting and obviously, very special to you with all the lovely pieces you have on display. Thanks for sharing and for hosting Sunday Favorites.

DD

The Tablescaper said...

Such a charming office/studio.

- The Tablescaper

poppilinnstudios said...

Hi Chari,
You have a wonderful collection. I love your pearl tea cloth, so pretty! Thanks for hosting! And, have a great week!
-Lynn

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just Beautiful Sis..I so remember this wonderful room in person ha ha!!
Been busy remodeling the outhouse bathroom..sure hope you and Honey can come and see and use it in person girl..I love ya Sis..many Blessing to you..Hugs and love Gl♥ria

Designs By Pinky said...

OMGoodness, Chari, there are so many things here I love I don't know where to begin!!! That old photo is PRICELESS!!!!!! What a TREASURE! I love that you surround yourself with all the things you love and have such meaning. That is the true meaning of HOME to me! Have a great Sunday my friend. XO, Pinky

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

So pretty! Thanks for hosting :)

SavannahGranny said...

Chari, I love your studio. I escpecially love the family photo. It is indeed priceless. Thanks for hosting. Ginger

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Chari, it's always such a pleasure to visit you. And what a great office! I wish I could pull mine together. Yours is just GREAT.

Big hugs from my house to yours...

XO,

Sheila

Keetha Broyles said...

Hi Chari!

Oh my goodness - - - I have been in SUCH a blogging funk. I can't even REMEMBER the last time I posted a Sunday Favorite.

But I'm back today - - - - thanks for still being here!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

That is one amazing office. I'd get lost for many hours looking at every piece and every detail..
Its beautiful and I'm certain it has a wonderful Feeling too.

I just wanted to say that last time I posted to this party, I did it wrong:( You were so sweet about it but I couldnt it right and I apologize.

I'll just go click the links to your party folks and enjoy my Sunday morning looking around.

xoxo
Sonny

Chubby N Chieque said...

I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the embroidered tea tablecloth. Would die for §:-)

Hope you can join my swedish giveaway this w/end.

Happy Sunday.
/chie

Cass @ That Old House said...

OK I am using smelling salts to come out of my dead faint after seeing the tea cloth from Gloria. HOLY MOLY that is stunning.

Your sweet French office could be a textbook example of how to make the most of a smaller space -- it's just so, so PRETTY. How you must love spending time in it!

Thanks for hosting, my friend.
Cass

Phyllis said...

You know that I adore your office and particularly, the old garden gate......it has to be my most favorite ever! The crown is added eye candy, too. AND the pearl encrusted linen tea cloth is superb......most gorgeous, and beyond !!!!

Michele Smith said...

I love your french studio/office. It is so beautiful and full of wonderful treasures.
Have a great Sunday!

Krista said...

Thanks for sharing!

Krista
www.kristasewinspired.blogspot.com

iSavortheWeekend said...

Simply beautiful, how do you come up with all these decorating ideas? I need you to inspire me because I can't do it myself - I don't have it in me. Thx for sharing!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Chari, I would never get tired of seeing your beautiful studio! This is such a gorgeous room with so many wonderful things to see.
Hugs,
Sherry

Creations By Cindy said...

You never cease to amaze me with your blog! AMAZING! Love the studio!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Chari, you have the most delicious home ever! It's amazing! JUST amazing!

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