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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Paris International Trade Show Favorite

MAISON & OBJET
PARIS International Trade Show

and my favorite exhibitor

Maison & Objet is an international gift and home show in Paris that was held September 2-6, 2016. The dates for the show were the reason my sister and I chose to be in Paris the first week of September. Yes, we registered as international guests and bought tickets online long before we left for Paris. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Chenonceau Château Fall Kitchen

Chenonceau Château Fall Kitchen 


Don't you love seeing beautiful decorations for gardens and homes in other parts of the world? Seeing how different cultures decorate for the seasons? Discovering new ideas to incorporate into your own decorating?

Part of the lure for returning to my favorite French château, Chenonceau, is to see the magnificent floral arrangements on display throughout the gardens and in the castle. Each time I visit I see fresh innovative ways to display grand-scale floral arrangements and come away with some thoughts about how to do something similar, on a smaller scale, in my own home.

Chenonceau Château, known as the Château de Femmes, was built, renovated, and saved by women over the centuries beginning in the mid-1500s.  Diane de Poitiers, the first notable female who resided at Chenonceau was the mistress to King Henri II. She created spectacular gardens that continue to be maintained. Perhaps it is the influence of her feminine touch, and the other prominent women who followed her, that makes Chenonceau a favorite for women.


From the first sight of Chenonceau, the castle captured my heart by its beauty inside and out. Here is where I saw for the first time in my life, spectacular, larger-than-life flower arrangements that filled every room and hall, created from the flowers and vegetables grown in the château's working gardens. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Monday Social #3

We are so excited to host a linky party for all our friends, both new and old, and we are glad you are here.

Come on in. 

Welcome to Monday Social #3


Judith at Botanic Bleu  || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Botanic Bleu ||
Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Let's Add Sprinkles ||
Eilis at My Heart Lives Here  || Instagram || Pinterest || My Heart Lives Here || 


Monday Social
is a social gathering of friends where we connect with others by visiting them on 

Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or a Blog.  

That's right, you do not have to write a blog to participate in Monday Socials.
You can also link photos from Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest.

Find the addresses for your friends' sites, and 
link your addresses for friends to find. 


*****

Each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. party goers link up photos from one of four sites, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and/or a Blog.  

Old-fashioned socials were held on/in lawns, porches, parlors, churches... where friends mixed, mingled, and shared their lives... and exchanged their calling cards that gave their names and contact information. 

Monday Social is a 21st century social where we exchange our calling cards (link our URL addresses) for Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and a Blog.


*****
The hostess this week is 
Eilis of My Heart Lives Here





Thank you to everyone who joined the second Monday Social last Sunday. 

We had a great time visiting everyone to see their links, 
including links to Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. 

*One quick linking tip...
Link to a specific PHOTO in Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook, 
not to your social media site.

Features were hard to choose because there were so many fantastic links. 

All of these are featured on our MONDAY SOCIAL FEATURES Pinterest board. 

Be sure to check out their sites....  



I N S T A G R A M 

Angelina's  Instagram photo of  her view in Switzerland is stunning. 






FACEBOOK

Laura shared her fun pumpkin diorama which was shared by POPSUGAR!

DIY Fall Harvest Diorama --- Facebook:To Adore






PINTEREST

Sarah from Hyacinths for the soul shared beautiful fall inspiration. 
Be sure to check out the rest of her "An Inspired Autumn" board!





B L O G 

Sarah found a perfect way to use her stash of orange and black bandanas.  I predict there will be a run on them this Halloween season.

Halloween Bandana Pumpkins --- Blog:  Sadie Seasongoods





Party Giveaway Gifts 


Each week during the first three weeks of the Monday Social, each person who links to the party is entered into a drawing that week for a special gift from the hostess for the week. The more links, the more entries (4 maximum per week). Our way of saying THANK YOU for coming to our new linky party...

Last week's giveaway from Judith at Botanic Bleu is a French-inspired candle from Michel Design. 

 

Congratulations to 

Debra @ Shoppe No 5
Please contact Judith to give her your information for sending your candle to you. 

In keeping with our "social" theme, I chose a beautiful entertaining book for this week's giveaway. You can see more of KATHRYN AT HOME A GUIDE TO SIMPLE ENTERTAINING  in my previous post.
Each link-up (maximum of 4) is an entry to win this beautiful book.




{The fine print: The giveaway begins today, September 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm (CDT) and will close September 30, 2016 at 4:00 pm. The winner will be chosen at random using InLinkz with up to four entries per person. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. You must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the United States to win. (Sorry international friends... Giveaway laws vary in every country.) The prize is valued at $22 and includes shipping. No purchase is necessary. By entering a link below, you agree to the contest rules and regulations and release this blog and its author(s) from any liability.  All prizes will be awarded. Void where prohibited.}


*****
Party Directions

Come as you are.
In your cocktail dress, boot-scooting boots, or your jammies, but
remember your party manners, and do the following, please.


We would love for you to FOLLOW all your hostesses on their blogs one or more ways ... 
Bloglovin', email subscription, URL, Google Friend Connect, Google+, etc...

And FOLLOW each hostess on at least one social medium.
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest


Please read how to be a good guest before linking to the party. 

1] Link a maximum of 4 photos that take party goers to Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or a Blog. 
    Share home decor, DIY, recipes, inspirational thoughts... whatever is going on in your world.   

2] You do NOT have to write a blog to link up photos to Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook.
     Isn't this great? More people can join the gathering.

3] Monday Social attendees visit sites linked to the party and socialize ... 
    Suggested ways for mixing and mingling ...
  • Instagram - comment on a photo or Regram another person's Instagram ...
  • Facebook - comment on a post or share a post on Facebook back to your Facebook site ...
  • Pinterest - re-Pin another person's Pin on Pinterest...
  • Blog - comment on another person's Blog...
  • Make a regular connection with a site that inspired you by following the site.
4] No direct links to linky parties or advertising including Etsy shops.

5] By joining the party, you are agreeing that the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them, that we may use those photos to feature your work on a blog post and/or in social media. The blog post will always have a link back to you. Remember to disable "no reply" to your email so we can reach you.

6] Not required, but we would love for everyone to invite their readers to join the party and to share the Monday Social button on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog sites.


*****
Need help linking to the party? See Monday Social Linky that explains how to link up Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog photos.

Have fun and link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4!






Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Is In the Air



 

Is In the Air 

{even though the high on Tuesday, Sept. 20 was 100°}


The Autumn Equinox is Thursday, September 22, 2016, and all around the internet there are signs of Fall. Pumpkins of all sizes and shapes and materials... velvet, sticks, bandanas, ticking, Cinderella, bumpy ones, freshly painted ones, pallet board, ... 

Be sure to check out all the links to this week's Monday Social #2 for some fresh ideas for how to decorate with pumpkins. New links have been added since the party began on Sunday afternoon. The latest link is from a blog new to me, and I love her bandana pumpkins and excellent tutorial.  



Here's a tiny peek at the bandana pumpkins created by Sarah at Sadie Seasongoods . After checking out Sadie's pumpkins, hop back to Monday Social #2 to see other links you may have missed. There is a hand-painted pumpkin on pallet wood with tutorial that may inspire your next pumpkin creation. 




Mark your calendars for October 3-7, 2016 when Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles is hosting a week-long blog hop, Fall In Love With Texas, that features over 20 Texas bloggers. More Fall inspiration is coming your way. We Texans are waiting until October for our Fall tour in hopes the temperatures will be cooler than 100°.   




Here's a peek at Fall on my new covered porch/deck. You can see more of it on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 when Botanic Bleu is on the second day line-up for the Fall In Love With Texas blog tour.  




Fresh pumpkins used with natural elements are the ones I favor. Wild, curly, twining tendrils add flair. Have you noticed Fall decorations at Botanic Bleu are not your usual fall colors? See more of a reader favorite Fall post at Not Your Usual Fall Colors


Yes, Fall is in the air all around the internet.... 

with much more beauty, imagination, and inspiration yet to come. 

🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁 

Share your Fall inspiration 
from Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and your blog at Monday Social 
each Sunday beginning at 4:00 p.m. {central time} 

Link-ups to the September 18 party that is still live through Sept. 23 at 4:00 p.m. 
are entered to win this beautiful Michel Design candle. 


Please join me at these inspiring places for more joy of living. 

SUNDAY
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic and Refined

MONDAY

TUESDAY

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Monday Social #2

We are so excited to host a linky party for all our friends, both new and old, and we are glad you are here.

Come on in. 

Welcome to Monday Social #2 
First Party - September 11
Judith at Botanic Bleu  || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Botanic Bleu ||
Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Let's Add Sprinkles ||
Eilis at My Heart Lives Here  || Instagram || Pinterest || My Heart Lives Here || 


Monday Social
is a social gathering of friends where we connect with others by visiting them on 

Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or a Blog.  

That's right, you do not have to write a blog to participate in Monday Socials.
You can also link photos from Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest.

Find the addresses for your friends' sites, and 
link your addresses for friends to find. 


*****

Each Sunday at 4:00 p.m. party goers link up photos from one of four sites, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and/or a Blog.  

Old-fashioned socials were held on/in lawns, porches, parlors, churches... where friends mixed, mingled, and shared their lives... and exchanged their calling cards that gave their names and contact information. 

Monday Social is a 21st century social where we exchange our calling cards (link our URL addresses) for Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and a Blog.


*****
The hostess this week is 
Judith of Botanic Bleu


Thank you to everyone who joined the first Monday Social last Sunday. 

We had a great time visiting everyone to see their entire links, 
including links to Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. 
You all got right into the swing of sharing your social media sites.  

*One quick linking tip...
Link to a specific PHOTO in Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook, 
not to your social media site.

Features were hard to choose because there were so many fantastic links. 
Here are links that inspired me 
AND 
all these participants did a perfect job linking up to the party. 
All of these are featured on our MONDAY SOCIAL FEATURES Pinterest board. 

Be sure to check out their sites....  



I N S T A G R A M 

All the shades of blue in Melissa's Instagram photo are stunning. 

Big Bend National Park --- Instagram: Melissa Fitch 





P I N T E R E S T 

Sarah's fall vignette featuring dried berries and seed pods with a little velvet pumpkin are perfect for this time of year.

Elegant Fall Arrangement --- Pinterest: Hyacinths For The Soul 





F A C E B O O K 

Shentia's orange roses with her blue and white finds from HomeGoods create an unusual early fall color combo of blue, white, and orange.

Early Fall Tablescape --- Facebook: Embellishments by SLR 





B L O G 

Lisa shows not one, not two, but three creative ways to use tea towels other than as tea towels. If you have never visited Lisa's blog, you are in for a wonderful treat. Her creativity and photo styling are incredible. 

Tea Towel Transformations --- Blog: Celebrate Creativity



Party Giveaway Gifts 


Each week during the first three weeks of the Monday Social, each person who links to the party is entered into a drawing that week for a special gift from the hostess for the week. The more links, the more entries (4 maximum per week). Our way of saying THANK YOU for coming to our new linky party...

Last week's giveaway from Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles is the fantastic farmhouse collection 
that includes a copy of Mary Janes Farm magazine that featured Katie's galvanized tank turned pool. 


Congratulations to 

Mary @ The Boondocks Blog
Please contact Katie to give her your information for sending your farmhouse collection to you. 


Botanic Bleu readers know I write about French-inspired garden and home topics, and love all things French. Is it any surprise that this week I am giving away a French-inspired candle from Michel Design? Our way of saying, "Merci," for joining our linky party this week. Each link-up (maximum of 4) is an entry to win this beautiful 8.5 ounce soy-wax candle in a designer glass container with Paris scenes, a light fragrance, and keepsake box.  


{The fine print: The giveaway begins today, September 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm (CDT) and will close September 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm. The winner will be chosen at random using InLinkz with up to four entries per person. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. You must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the United States to win. (Sorry international friends... Giveaway laws vary in every country.) The prize is valued at $23 and includes shipping. No purchase is necessary. By entering a link below, you agree to the contest rules and regulations and release this blog and its author(s) from any liability.  All prizes will be awarded. Void where prohibited.}


*****
Party Directions

Come as you are.
In your cocktail dress, boot-scooting boots, or your jammies, but
remember your party manners, and do the following, please.

(Last week, Diane came in her jammies, and Sheila came in her nightgown. 
Still looking for who comes in a cocktail dress or boot-scooting boots.)

We would love for you to FOLLOW all your hostesses on their blogs one or more ways ... 
Bloglovin', email subscription, URL, Google Friend Connect, Google+, etc...

And FOLLOW each hostess on at least one social medium.
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest


Please read how to be a good guest before linking to the party. 

1] Link a maximum of 4 photos that take party goers to Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or a Blog. 
    Share home decor, DIY, recipes, inspirational thoughts... whatever is going on in your world.   

2] You do NOT have to write a blog to link up photos to Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook.
     Isn't this great? More people can join the gathering.

3] Monday Social attendees visit sites linked to the party and socialize ... 
    Suggested ways for mixing and mingling ...
  • Instagram - comment on a photo or Regram another person's Instagram ...
  • Facebook - comment on a post or share a post on Facebook back to your Facebook site ...
  • Pinterest - re-Pin another person's Pin on Pinterest...
  • Blog - comment on another person's Blog...
  • Make a regular connection with a site that inspired you by following the site.
4] No direct links to linky parties or advertising including Etsy shops.

5] By joining the party, you are agreeing that the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them, that we may use those photos to feature your work on a blog post and/or in social media. The blog post will always have a link back to you. Remember to disable "no reply" to your email so we can reach you.

6] Not required, but we would love for everyone to invite their readers to join the party and to share the Monday Social button on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog sites.


*****
Need help linking to the party? See Monday Social Linky that explains how to link up Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog photos.

Have fun and link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4!