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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…