Thinking of Lene


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Lene of The Essence of the Good Life has been spending the last few weeks

wrestling with a serious health issue. She is such an inspiring, courageous, talented,

and giving fellow blogger, and you would be doing yourself a favor to visit her here.

Besides her gorgeous photos of her Nordic homeland, and her beautiful posts

on design interiors, her side column quotes give you glimpses into the

sort of woman she is.

espaliered apple tree

So while I appreciate my garden…

with its espaliered fruit trees….

Clematis and rose


garden trouvais



and roses…

old French roses

I’m thinking of Lena…in her beautiful garden…

and hoping she feels better and stronger every day…

The Green Garden

The gorgeous header above is from The Green Garden Gate…

Lena’s garden blog…her Peony post here is INCREDIBLE!!!!

A favorite The Essence of the Good Life post here is about

traditional brightly knitted Norwegian mittens …

If you are a foodie, visit her Great Taste blog here

and there’s even a fourth blog…

The Good Life on Top of the World here

A truly remarkable woman….

Waking up to Peonies


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Garden peonies

A bucket of peonies I picked from my garden yesterday

alongside my antique French linen sheets I uses as drapes…

Our two story house is positioned adjacent to the hillside so that

though we climb the steps to get to the bedrooms, we have

terra ferma outside our master bedroom at the end of the hall.

Working on this patio these days, painting these found shutters,

planning a new scheme of lavender and erigeron and olive trees, to

supplement the existing white roses and hazy silver and blue nepata…

A busily perfect Sunday

French and Floral


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French Chateau style lit a la polonaise

Louis XVI Style Lit à la Polonaise

Festooned with embroidered florals…

In the 18th century Paris apartment of Karl Lagerfeld

18th century French apartment

Gorgeous tablecloth …heavy bullion and tasseled fringe…

Floral design reminds me of these details….

18th century embroidery

18th century embroidery

…from an 18th c. Italian silk and velvet embroidered panel…

Maria Niforos here

18th century French apartment

Library…I feel better about my piles of books

and magazines…

French Style

Suzanne Slesin & Stafford Cliff c. 1982

Photography Jacques Dirand


Peonies from my garden…Happy weekend!

Another view of bed above in earlier

Candlelight and Roses post here