Buy New or Thrift? A Spring Home Decor Guide

Quilted Patchwork Pillow

Vintage White Buttons from All Things White As a kid, the idea of ‘spring cleaning’ sounded like a horrible punishment. Why on earth would anyone want to spend time inside when the sun was finally shining after a long, dreary winter? Now that I’m a bit older, I look forward to that first warm day when I can open up Continue Reading →

Ladies Who Lunch at the Louvre

The Winged Victory

My husband and I live in a rural farming area of France. The closest cities of any size are La Rochelle to the west, Poitiers to the north and Angouleme to the south. All three of these small cities are a little over an hour or so away from where we live and they provide us with a bit of Continue Reading →

Collecting Vintage Children’s Books

Let's Be Healthy and Uncle Dan's Book About Trees

I Want to be a Dairy Farmer from Happy Fortune Vintage Ah, books. They’re beautiful to look at, comforting to carry and hold, and they often smell divine. They can transport us to a whole different world just by turning their pages. If you’re a book lover, chances are good you have a bookcase (or two) overflowing with different titles. Continue Reading →

The Haunted Garden – Versailles France

Le Hameau Versailles Paris

Let me say from the start, I do believe in Ghosts! Very often in the winter I go to Paris. Preferring her chilly, gray and quiet days to the more exuberant times of year. No sooner settled and I hop aboard the RER train that goes nonstop to Versailles. I have been on many tours and poked my head into palatial Continue Reading →

A Journey to the Past – The Adirondacks – Part 1

The Natural Basket Shop - Store front

My family and I took a soul filled trip this summer to the Adirondacks which I will be sharing in a future post. But I just had to share what we stumbled upon along the way! In the rural and beautiful town of Natural Bridge, NY on Route 3, there is a wonderful shop called The Natural Basket Shop. Now, Continue Reading →

The Dish on Porcelain

The authors personal collection of porcelain. A weakness for porcelain has always been a bit suspect. Beginning in the late 1600’s certain collectors were labeled as having the maladie de porcelaine, or “porcelain sickness,” an overwhelming desire to acquire more and more pieces of the material being imported from China. In 1602 Daniel Defoe criticized Queen Mary of England for Continue Reading →