Thursday, July 21, 2011

French Influence

It should be no surprise by now that I'm influenced by all things vintage and French.  My blog's namesakes Evelyn (grandmother) and Rose (great-grandmother) had the last name Labossiere.  Memeire Rose had a heavy French accent and hailed from Quebec.  I loved listening to her soothing voice as a child, and seeing her devotion to the Rosary and her Catholic faith.  She was a talented seamstress and taught her daughter Evelyn well.  Their influence surrounds me in so many ways.  I think they would enjoy that French decor and sewing/knitting/crochet/embroidery projects are embraced in our home.

This bench needed an extra something, so I cross-stitched my initials on it.  My grandmother loved to embroider.  Now this reminds me of something that would have come from an old French sheet.

Small accents...


This chair is one of two found on Ebay 5 years ago.  I love the French look of them.  They were painted ivory, then stapled with linen fabric as a temporary measure.  I think it may soon be time to recover in something lighter...perhaps with a monogram?
And what's more French than these cute urns?

The pillow is made from fabric by Annette Tatum.  I love her designs!

Chippy old shutter...


I'll leave you with some fresh hydrangeas from the garden, comfortably resting in a flea market pitcher on a chippy cabinet. 


Sharing with Debra's Vintage Inspiration Friday and Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday
I'm also linking with Michele's {PRIMP} your stuff link party this week.
Have a great weekend!

21 comments:

Michele said...

love the french chair and little vignettes--very french and very charming! I would love it if you would share this at my linky party this week.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

A lovely vignette and great pieces. I just posted a rattan chair I made slipcovers for and can't decide on whether to paint it or not. I'm really liking yours in white, so thanks for the inspiration.

Ozma of Odds said...

...pretty in blue...

whispers of beauty ~
xo, Rosemary

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh Susan....I just LUV the grainsack on the bench! I will admit - I'm a grainsack addict! lol! I've channeled the French side of me, too, in the past year. (My grandmother's maiden name was LaVene.) So my farmhouse has slowly morphed into French country farmhouse, and I'm just loving it!!! Your photos are so very pretty with the white chippiness! :)

xoxo laurie

Pamela said...

What a beautiful blog you have here! Be sure to stop by and visit sometime. I love all things french too!
http://frommyfrontporchtoyours.blogspot.com/2011/07/major-announcement.html

Cozy Home Scenes said...

All your pictures are wonderful, but I love the ones with the blue hydrangeas!

The white chair would be very pretty with the drop cloth that is so popular lately. I'm sure whatever you decide will be wonderful.

Have a great weekend!

Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage said...

This is FABBB!!!! What is your wall color??? It is very similar to mind, just a bit more blue. It's stunning with all the white and little touches of gold (especially that mirror...)

Now following!

~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

Darla said...

There's something romantic about French decor. I know your grandmothers are smiling.

Peaches and Maple said...

I adore the French look too...all your accent pieces are beautiful and I love the name of your blog :)

The White Bench said...

Really beautiful, Susan! I cannot choose a favorite photo in this post.
All is charming and refreshing.
Monica x

Debra @ Common Ground said...

This is such a lovely vignette, I love all the frenchy elements. Embroidering your initials is a wonderful detailed touch. thanks for sharing with VIF, xo Debra

Petite Michelle Louise said...

tres jolie mon amie..TRES JOLIE !!

Carol said...

Susan,
Another lovely post! The shade of the blue of the hydrangeas is exquisite.

Donna said...

What gorgeous vignettes! Your grandmothers would be proud, I am sure! I love the shutter, and the beautiful pom pom trimmed pillow. Have you ever visited Quebec City? I love it there, it's the next best thing to a trip to Paris!!! Have a great weekend:)

A Cottage Muse said...

Oh Susan what a beautiful home you have created! Simple elegance is what comes to mind! I spy a few familiar things too!!
Have a wonderful day my friend!

Marie said...

What an absolutely gorgeous french vignette Susan! I love every little thing you have there. And adding the shutter is perfection. So do you speak any french at all, did you learn from Memeire Rose? I can already picture her, I'm sure she was wonderful!
-Marie

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Susan I just adore visiting your blog. There's always something fresh a beautiful to see. The hydrangea displayed in your vintage wears are stunning!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

You have the prettiest things! And such an eye for composing a beautiful vignette, too.

Victoria said...

I love that chair! It's gorgeous! The Hydrangea's look beautiful also...such gorgeous images:)

I could listen to someone speak French forever!!! It has to be the most beautiful language by far!

Pamela said...

Lovely Susan and that chair will look wonderful in a lighter colour with a monogram!
Have you been to Quebec? It is a beautiful province. I used to go every summer to Montreal to visit a friend. Lovely antiques and gorgeous fashion!!

manon 21 said...

DE bien belles choses chez toi...
A kiss of France

Manon

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