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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Thursday, June 23, 2016

June - The Blue Hour

l'heure bleue en juin  
the blue hour in June 

Because of its beauty that makes time stop for an instant, the expression l'heure bleue has come to describe a variety of special times and events, not just a description of a special blue glow at dusk. Each month in 2016, I am sharing a collage of blue images that create a little l'heure bleue for me. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Add French Country With Stone Accents


Do you know you love French Country style, but are not quite sure how to recreate the look in your garden and home? Are you looking for ways to add more French Country style to your garden? 

One of the major elements in French Country style is natural stone. Creamy stones are the most predominate building material for houses in Provence and along the French Mediterranean Sea coastline. Carved stone balcony railings are found throughout the country. Stone statues, water fountains, pathways, and walls appear in medieval cities, town squares, and private gardens across France.  

Add French Country With Stone Accents 
By using stone accents, you can add French Country style to modern houses and gardens. It only takes a few changes to create a definite French look.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

French Country Foxglove Welcome

Flowers au naturel (according to nature, in a natural state, not artificial) are my first choice for flowers in my French-inspired garden and home, but sometimes real French country flowers are not possible. 


The sight of foxgloves growing abundantly and luxuriously throughout the Burgundy region in the center of France makes me want to grow foxgloves in my garden in north Texas.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

11 Organizing Tips to Become A Queen of Organization

How much time does it take you to find your car keys, glasses, last week's mail receipt, last month's paid electric bill, or last year's income tax documents needed for itemizing your yearly tax return? Five minutes? An hour? Some things, never? 

If you need a little help getting organized, you are at the right place. Just this past month a colleague referred to me as the Queen of Organization, and I'm going to share with you some tips to help you become organizing royalty, too. It is not complicated and doesn't require an elaborate filing system. 




The secret to being organized is something your mother probably told you more than once in your life, and it is true. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016