{Lovely Finds} From Paris

February 25, 2013

You guys haven't been over in ages
so come on in...and of course, I have
made a few changes!

You will know with certainty pod people
have snatched your pointe-shoed bloggy friend
should her rooms remain stagnant
for more than a season.

The studio with swing and piano.
Shabby Chic wool rug, table found curbside,
and the canvases always be a changin.

I love my new French apron and dishtowel from
Tina at The Enchanted Home...underneath
my daily breakfast (yogurt, berries, homemade
granola) it classes up the joint.

The formal dining room is still a headache.
Still soooo not sexy.
It doesn't feel like me, but it's not a
priority to re-style it right now so
I'm using the table as
an inspiration board with ideas
for collages to create.

Handmade lace, sheets, and clothing thrifted in Paris
mingle with antique French documents going
back to the 1500s.

You can see a little of the original LULU DK art
I bought at One King's Lane...yes yes yes, prints
are great, but have you lived with original art?
Say from my very own lil shop?
I'm tellin ya. You will be hooked.

Everybody who visits falls in love with these guys.
They are Sonny Angels from
one of the animal collections.
I spotted them in a highend Paris shop
window, and since they were for display only,
I couldn't wait to gettogoogling
and collect my own.

Will this cutout of me and my sis in the
depression-era goblet inspire a legion of
copycats to dress their china hutch
*shakes Magic 8 Ball*

Teeny peek at a new etagere, but I still need
to style the shelves so this is all you get for
now cuz it's not photoworthy yet.

Step into the kitchen where I'm
only sharing a fuzzy peek at new counter stools
my husband brought home because he felt
humiliated by
the poor condition of those with which
we were making do
(since so many teens use this
kitchen, and there are a few things I
enjoy more than babysitting fabulous
vulnerable Belgian linen seats and wielding
my wooden spoon).

This is Ina Garten's apple crisp
I made in
individual ramekins for
super fun girlfriends this weekend,
but we're sharing.

This was us on my deck last time we frolicked.

What's beside my bed right now...
this fabulous teaser of a mini mag from heaven.

Still with me?
Want me to play us out with one
of my freshly written ballads
for the insane?
That will require a little more
prodding and a good Pinot,
How the heck are you, and would you
like your crisp a la mode?

Peace to you right where you are.


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  1. The house looks great. How did the apple crisps turn out from her book? I haven't made them yet. With everyone smiling they must have been good! - Tonya

  2. Love the pics - especially the ones of the girly bunch! :-)

  3. Ahhhhwwww!! I feel so at home! I almost get emotional, Michele. Very pretty, interesting and personal. I LOVE your home. And I LOVE you. Thank you for sharing.

    Your counter chairs look lovely. I am also on the hunt for some. Can't decide if I am going modern or more traditional...

    Hugs to you.


    P.S Pretty girlies too!

  4. Hi Michelle, Love your vintage french mix! Your rooms are simply beautiful as well as your stylish sense of design... I am your latest follower and look forward to visiting again soon. Pam

  5. Your inimitable style is chic, fresh and approachable! I love how creatively and successfully you mixed new and old. Thanks for the tour, my friend. Your home is as beautiful as you!

  6. I'm with you, I have to change my home constantly because I have design ADHD...... :) You have a wonderful neutral backdrop to make that possible. And btw, I LOVE the cutout of you and your sister and maybe I might just give it a try. ;)

  7. I LOVE your house... It's so calm, and there are so many soulful and fun things tucked into surprising places. The artwork over the sofa is wonderful too. What a fun post...


  8. Loved the peek through your windows! Have a question...what color paint is on your dining room walls? Love the color and the monogram stenciling.

  9. Oh...I loved seeing this tour of your home. Everything is so lovely! Loved the big lantern in the living room with the lights in it....I think I must copy that! But loved everything.....thanks so much for linking up at my party!

  10. the apple crisp was great! it's her recipe with pears and apples but this time i used only apples. there's a lot of citrus flavor in her recipe.

    it's Benjamin Moore's white sand. still love this color, and it's the main color throughout our home.

  11. Oh Michele-
    Such a lovely post filled with beautiful things! I am in love with the little angels, and the lace is stunning. I am hungry now, so I will have to have something apple worthy.

  12. Oh, you will make
    those bits and pieces
    S I N G, yes you will!

    Even though you aren't
    feeling the love, I'm a
    tad envious that you have
    a dining hutch. Our dining
    room has three walls of
    windows, so no big hutch
    for me, only a buffet. I
    love the idea of the twinkle
    lights inside : )

    Happy Monday, girlie!

    xo Suzanne

  13. Your home is so beautiful and cool at the same time..how do you manage that? Oh yea..you are a cool chic, forgot for a second. All your goodies are soooo beautiful, the linens the etched glasses, makes my heart beat faster so happy my apron is amongst such fine company:) That apple crisp has my sweet tooth in high gear all of a sudden...one of my favorite desserts! Fun post...

  14. Lovely- and even a peek of the new barstools shows that they are beautiful!

  15. Thanks for the paint info...having a hard time deciding paint colors.

  16. Love everything...its totally you! Chic, cute and creative....

  17. @LAC
    it's an awesome neutral color to live with, lindsay. beachy and warm like perfect sand.


  18. absolutely sublime! each room is personal, dimensional --so chic! I'm not sold that you have an kids running through those gorgeous milky white interiors-they look much too perfect!

  19. What treasures you have on your dining room table!Thanks for the peek inside your beautiful home:). Jen ps- Love your etsy shop!

  20. white is super easy to live with. it's all we have known for years!


  21. Fresh prettiness overload!!!! What a wonderful home you have - and I want that swing :)
    Happy Tuesday from the enchanted oven.

  22. Hey gorgeous :). Such a beautiful and warm home you have! I've had those apple crisps.. So good, yes??!!


  23. So warm and inviting your home is my lovely one! It's always a pleasure to 'stop by' ;) xxx

  24. I know I've told you this before, but I ADORRRRRE that swing in your studio, Michele!! What a brilliantly creative idea! Your home just oozes French elegance mixed perfectly with sweet whimsy, my friend! :)

    xoxo laurie

  25. lovely indeed!!!
    girlfriend, out of the park and can i say i am drooling over your french documents!
    after all this eye candy i have one complaint.......we need the granola recipe!

  26. THat is exactly how I pictured it to be!! That swing is fantastic!!!
    Love it all, xo Karolyn

  27. Wonderful!! I love all of the beautiful pictures!


  28. I have adapted other lazy granola recipes found online to my own taste...here's Michele's Lazy Granola Recipe:

    ½ cup melted butter or organic coconut oil (it's awesome so seek it out if you're new to it)
    ¾ cup brown sugar
    ½ cup honey or maple syrup
    2 tsp. vanilla
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    6 cups old fashioned oatmeal
    2 cups corn flakes

    Optional yummy add-ins (I like dried cranberries and cherries, chocolate covered pomegranate seeds, yogurt covered raisins, nuts, whatev tingles.).

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan with butter or nonstick spray. Measure out the oats and cornflakes in a large mixing bowl. Toss. Dissolve the brown sugar and honey/syrup in the butter/coconut oil by heating it (I do this in the microwave in a glass measuring cup, but on the range is okay too). Add vanilla and cinnamon to the measuring cup. Pour over oat/cereal mixture and mix gently but thoroughly. Pour into prepared pan. Set a timer for 10 minutes. Then turn off oven and forget about it for 3 to 4 hours (overnight will work too). Remove from oven then gently break up granola and add your goodies. Store in ziplock bags. Enjoy!

  29. Hello from Adorned From Above Link Up. I am stopping in to say hello and a pleasure to meet you. I would love it if you would stop by my blog and follow it as well. I also have a Blog Hop going on until Monday March 4th. Feel free to sign up. www.ashleychapmandesigns.blogspot.com

  30. Stunning! I could never have something so shabby chic but I ADORE it. Lovely pics.

  31. The swing is awesome and everything is so cozy and welcoming! Love it all!


  32. Oh what a fun post! And did you say antique French documents from the 1500s? I'm drooling! I also want those pieces of lace and the white piano with those little white lights! I'm looking forward to seeing your newly styled shelves....
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

  33. Michele-

    Love all of it...your neutrals are peaceful. Christmas lights, a swing...just a happy place your home, isn't it?

    I'm sharing this post with my readers tonight at Creative Juice, and pinning some of your photos to my home board at Pinterest.

    My best,

  34. Absolutely gorgeous- just love your style and home!!!

  35. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE that white piano!!
    It all looks like Heaven to me. Thank you for a gorgeous post..

    Kelli Girsch - www.buybabydeals.com


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