Weekend Hues


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Blue flowers

Blue in the garden

blue flowers

Saturated Hydrangea hues….

begin their burst of summer color…

Bella Notte

I couldn’t resist these Bella Notte Deluxe Marie ruffled

pillow cases…slipping them over my French chairs on

the way out to weekend gardening….


Nepeta Mussinii Six Hills Giant

Catmint…a haze of dusky lavender blue

on the upper level of my latest gardening project

lattice fence

First coat of watered down paint on the new project’s

lattice fence…a dark gray with zinc blue under tones

C2 Paints Stomp

Stone steps
The first five steps are in…hardscape to be finished next week. After the hillside’s clay soil

is amended, new lavender can be added in rows in front of olive tree and cypresses…

I love Linda Merrill’s story of hearing her father’s whispers as she remodeled her kitchen here.

My father is so often in my thoughts…I can imagine him sitting on the rock wall beside me on this

lovely cool June weekend. A wonderful, warm man…we all loved his stories, the comfort of his

laughter. We saw how hard he worked and how much joy he found in life…a wonderful lesson

to pass down to your children.

Happy Father’s day to all our wonderful fathers!



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Belgian Eau de Cologne No. 23

Ernest Loos

c. 1930’s

1stdibs here

French style

General Store


Canvas duffel



Late 19th century iron garden chairs



Silk dress

A favorite silk dress…

grosgrain ties, serrated edge…

Madagascar jasmine

Madagascar jasmine…



Antique Garden urn

French garden urn

c. 1840-60



I’m making decisions (and mistakes)…altering between high expectations and

anxiety on my latest landscaping project. “A few steps” are becoming a stone

staircase….a two foot wall is becoming three. And my husband is saying “It was

just fine the way it was”. Why do I get the feeling most of you know what I’m

talking about?! So I’m dabbling in a bit of frivolity with this post. Hope

everyone’s sundresses are out and your summer is off to a fragrant start.


PS Thank you Joni for the Blog Lovin’!!!!!!!!!!!

here…made my day!

I’m also planting more lavender…maybe we can have an

annual lavender threshing party for all those of you

who want to head out to Northern California!!!

Cote de Texas


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Fantastic source of French architectural salvage, stone, antiques

Cote de Texas has been my absolutely favorite blog since I stumbled into the wonderful world of design blogs in 2008. Joni pretty much had me at her header: painted European antiques with carved and flourished edges, pendulous swagged roses, bits of Fortuny and glittering crystal, a trace of gilding. Limestone, linen, French, Swedish and Belgian design, Joni’s eye caught everything I loved. She would throw herself into lengthy discussions on the merits of slipcovers and seagrass and what Restoration Hardware was doing with Belgian design. She’d roll out photo after photo of swoon worthy interiors, crowded antique shops and gravel swept French courtyards. I love that she’s opinionated, audacious, not one to back down from a fight, self-deprecating to a fault, big hearted, generous and kind. In a long search through her onerously prolific blog, I’ve a gathered most of my favorite posts…a fair representation of why Joni’s Cote de Texas is so terrific. Click on the links beyond each title to open up each post and a tumble of gorgeous images ..

Chateau Dominique


French antique shop M. Naeve

A Visit with M. Naeve

here and here

Limestone fireplace Provence kitchen

A French Country House: Authentic Elements


Swedish antiques

Swedish Country Interiors


Swedish Style

A Swede Designs


Belgian tapestry Suzanne Kasler

Cote de Texas Top Designer # 8

Suzanne Kasler here

Belgian design bathroom with chandelier

Belgian Design: Hot, Hot, Hot


Belgian Design distilled into one picture

Belgian Design


Linens and antique salvage

Cote de Texas Top Design Elements

1) Linen


Slipcovered furniture

2) Slipcovers


seagrass rug Cote de Texas

3) Seagrass


Luxurious silk drapery

4) Curtains


French Chandelier in bedroom

5) Lighting


powder room

6) Wall Hangings



Cote Sud: A House on the French Coast


Supremely gorgeous headboard…

Various examples of French Enfilades

Enfilades and Lanternes


antiquarian Rose Tarlow

Rose Tarlow


Cape Grace script drapery

Capetown’s Cape Guest


Vicki Archer's home in Provence

Dreaming of My So Called French Life


And finally….Joni’s first post…May 28, 2007

Living In Houston, Lusting for France

“Welcome to my new, and first, blog! I am an interior designer in Houston, Texas who lives, lusts, and covets anything French (except men!). Not all of my clients (in fact most) feel the same about French Design that I do. Subsequently I am forced to design in styles that aren’t personally what I would choose to live with. But, c’est la vie. I am planning to use this blog to indulge my love of French antiques, French furniture, and anything else pertaining to France! I also plan to showcase French design in Houston, so if you share my love of French and live on the gulf coast, you probably will find things you love here. I am going to start with my own life, my house and the French antiques I’ve bought for it. I also plan to write about how my obsession with French antiques began.”

rows of Provence lavender

I was honored to have Joni mention me on the Skirted Round Table here

My lavender hedges made quite an impression on her last summer…

So this photo’s for you Joni. Thank you for years of beauty and

inspiration, and your kindness and support in my first year of blogging!