Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Oh, bonne année my dears! And thank you for being who you are and what you mean to this blog!
I hope to see you again in 2011 as there are a lot of exciting things in the making for this blog and the FrenchByDesign shop [but I can't say more right now...] Stay tuned!
Happy new year! Xo, Si-

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Happy new year

2011 IS YOUR YEAR....
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sparkle + shine

I always feel refreshed at the end of one year and the coming of another. So filled with hope of what the next year will bring and grateful for the events of the one past, a feeling that I will happily be raising a glass (or two!) of bubbles to tonight.

(via british homes and gardens)
Wishing you all the best in 2011!

H&M Home Collection!

A lot of other clothing chains have done it in the past, and quite successfully [Zara clothing vs. Zara Home is the first that comes to mind], so it's only natural that H&M, the giant Swedish clothing company is starting its new home collection in Spring 2011. No words yet on the flagship store locations and expansion roll out, but this is exciting news... I am a big fan of H&M clothing, so I can't wait to see their complete home collection...

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

At home with Annette Verkuyl

This is the home of interior designer Annette Verkuyl. She has transformed an early 20th-century warehouse into a family-friendly home.

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Heart Cake

Heart Cake from Amanda Rettke.


Chalkboard Wall Decal

Turn any random wall into a chalkboard with this vinyl decal. Combine several of the 22″ x 36″ sheets to cover an entire wall, or desktop. Cut it to size and turn your laptop lid into a chalkboard.

Buy it here.


Milk Packaging

Udder shaped milk bottle designed to help consumers understand that soy milk is just as healthy as regular milk.

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White House: China Room

The China room on the ground floor is now also referred to as the Dining Room. Architects McKim, Meade & White had designated the room a cloak room in the 1902 renovation, but in 1917, Mrs. Woodrow Wilson requisitioned the room to display the growing collection of presidential china. The room has a red color scheme based on the elegant 1924 portrait of Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, Grace. The shelves that display the china are red velvet, the curtains are red silk taffeta and the room is finished off with an early 20th-century Indo-Ispahan rug. The room has more of the salvaged wood paneling, which was again, painted under the Boudin redecoration. I love the regency style chandelier!
Before paneling, the room had smaller built-in cupboards which you can see below in 1948. I guess thats fitting as there was less china at the time! The cupboards were created more shallow however, after the paneling, and a few of the larger items could not be included. I call that a major oops!
This image below shows the Boudin Kennedy-era redecoration. The paneling was glazed grey with white details.
As the collection continues to grow, parts of it are housed in the corridor in pieces of furniture.
I loved the china of President Harrison, with the edge band of navy blue with raised gilt stalks of corn!
Included in the same case was President's Harrison elegant cut crystal.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

a moment of calm

I am flying back to Wyoming tomorrow and already feel anxious about stepping foot on the plane. However, this lovely home designed by Phoebe Howard instantly provided a moment of calm. It is everything I love about the spaces she creates and you know that I just love neutrals. She did a great job creating a both elegant and inviting home.

(via atlanta homes and lifestyles)


Holiday break is a time for cleaning up the mess around the house and do some home-organization for me. So here is a selection of storage pieces that I think stand out as conversational pieces.

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via Scandinavian Retreat
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via Graham & Green

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via Emmas Design Blogg
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via A Life's Design

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