Thankful for Surroundings


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Astier platter with dried lavender Trouvais

Very thankful that Linda Merrill of Surroundings here

asked me for a holiday tip for her Holiday Style Guide…

It forced me to slow down, look around, and enjoy a little

holiday project in the midst of the holiday rush…

After enjoying a Summer of bee bobbed lavender… the tall wands of

“Provence” lavandin here drifting languidly on summer breezes…

the harvested stalks are hung upside down ’till dry, then stuffed in

wall hung baskets and vintage florists buckets…

rows of Provence lavender

Memories of Summers past (miss my lavender strolls)…

In the Fall I “thresh” the lavender on an old sheet

on the kitchen counter and collect the lavender buds…

The scent in the kitchen is intoxicating…

Trouvais photo of kitchen


Even the bud stripped lavender wands are

beautiful…and I bundle sets to be thrown on the fire…

Silk scraps fpr sachet Trouvais

Hunt through my collection of fabric scraps

and pink them into 4 inch or so squares…

backing the fancy with the plain…

(the scent travels better through the linen)

Any store bought potpourri would work as well…

lavender sachets Trouvais

It’s that time of year to be thankful for our surroundings…

our people, our places, our memories….

Thank you Linda for pulling together such a great

holiday on-line magazine full of great holiday tips

and gift ideas from across the design blog world!

To appreciate Linda’s Surroundings and get

some tips for your own, click below…




More Bella Notte



Bella Notte linens

For those of you who don’t live close

enough to take advantage of the big

Bella Notte Outlet sale of seconds, samples, and

discontinued merchandise later this week…

info  here

Bella Notte linens

Cottage Chic here

The largest stocking dealer of Bella Notte Linens

is having a sale starting tomorrow…

November 16-30

Bella Notte linens

20% off in-stock items,  free domestic shipping,

Tax free for for those outside North Carolina

Also ships internationally…

Bella Notte Whisper Linen

They have a fantastic website…

Love their View Our Beds section here

And carry a wide assortment of other top

brands…Shabby Chic, Pine Cone Hill….

Bella Notte Linens

Off the top of my bed….

Celeste neckroll and Whisper Linen throw pillow in Graphite

Olivia Lace in Flax…

Bella Notte bedding

White, Flax, Sable Whisper Linen pillows and duvet (bottom),

discontinued Deluxe Marie floral pillow,

Graphite Silk Velvet Embroidered pillow.

So if you want perfect, now, on sale…

Check out Cottage Chic here

They also offer complimentary design assistance

and are very helpful via phone.