Monday, March 30, 2015

Chocolate Easter Eggs: in France!

In the US, the Easter bunny rules the chocolate shops.  But in France, the focus is on anything but: hens, playing with the egg shape, cows, sheep, pigs, and fish.  I am sharing some of the very cute creations I found online.  They are too cute to eat! (although I'm sure that wouldn't stop most of us!)





Saturday, March 28, 2015

Weekend Whimsy #4

Just a few for you this week...

//ONE//

Architectural Digest tours the art and antiques of the real Downton Abbey HERE

//TWO//
These beautiful flowers from a florist in Paris have me in the mood for Spring

//THREE//
Stylish dog crate covers to hide the metal eye-sore

//FOUR//
I like this post about Dutch doors

//FIVE//
This salted caramel coconut ice cream recipe had me at ice cream. 

//SIX//
I love this bracelet I bought by Nadri... it is perfectly dainty and minimalist and goes well with my ring.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Antique Black Chinoiserie Mora Clock... Mora Clock Unveil!!

Remember last week when I talked about Antique Mora clocks???  Well, mine finally arrived!! I'm soooo excited to share it with you all!

First off, I was invited by Simone at Antique Style to share about antique mora clocks over at her blog. I am so excited to have been invited for my first ever guest post!  I just love her blog. She writes about decorating with antiques.  You need to go make sure you go check out her blog and my guest post .

Okay, now for the unveil....
Chinoiserie Black Antique Mora Clock at Peonies & Orange Blossoms
Antique Black Mora Clock at Peonies & Orange Blossoms

Monday, March 23, 2015

Table Decorations for Easter 2015

I have been busy decorating for Easter.  After Christmas, Easter is my next favorite holiday. Actually, besides Christmas and general Fall decor, it's the only holiday I decorate the house for.

The chocolate bunnies sit in the kitchen.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Splurge or Steal

Here are some of my favorite Splurges vs Steals that I've found while shopping around this Spring.  I don't normally write about this type of thing, but these copycats were so obvious they couldn't be missed!


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Weekend Whimsy #3

Welcome to this weekend's edition of Weekend Whimsy!  

//ONE//

You have got to check out these two fabulous houses in Texas. I am in love with the French doors, the steel doors and windows, and this beautiful courtyard.

//TWO//

Yes, it's TRUE.  Nintendo is finally coming out with their Super Mario games for the iPhone. *Children of the 80s cry in delight* 

//THREE//
Here are some tricks to creating a healthy, filling, and inexpensive lunch salad.

//FOUR//
Yes, an owl cafe opened in London this week.  Only for 1 week. If you live in London and want to feel like Harry Potter... well, you know where to go.

 //FIVE//
Looking for some new tv shows to watch? Here are some foreign tv shows that are excellent to binge watch.  Although, Sherlock is missing from this list which is a must-watch!

 //SIX//
Here is a homemade croissant recipe. Only problem is... apparently croissants take three days to make. I think I will buy them then, thank you.

//SEVEN//

A student designed this faucet the produces totally cool patterns in the water. Plus it saves water too.

Hope you enjoyed!
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Friday, March 20, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Antique Swedish Mora Clocks

I have been just dying for an antique Swedish Mora clock since I first laid eyes on one years ago.  I know they are trendy right now, but that's okay.  They were trendy in the 1790s, too!
Antique Swedish Mora Clocks - Peonies & Orange Blossoms
Mora clocks were made in Mora, Sweden when the town came onto hard times.

Mora Clocks are often marked with the inscription "A A S Mora".  These are the initials from Krang Anders Andersson (1727-1799) from Oestnor.  He is traditionally known as the first clock maker in the town of Mora.  (A A S = Anders Anders Son).  AAS initials appeared on clocks in 1792.

Each area in the province of Darlana produced a different part of the clock.  The clocks were initially sold without a case, then buyer would then ask various locals to make a case.  That is why there is so much variety in these clocks!
Antique Swedish Mora Clocks
Antique Mora clocks

Eventually however, the "Moraklockor" grew out of fashion.  A published manuscript from 1878 quotes, "In Mora clocks are being produced, but they are very old-fashioned models which cannot be compared to the more tasteful clocks which are being imported from North America and Germany".  HA! The clocks were produced for about 80 years and then fell out of style.

There are a few different types, all of which are usually made from local pine but sometimes oak.

Fryksdall: They have a pinched in waist, wide belly, and curly scroll.  These ones are most appealing to me. They are often painted in whites, cremes, and greys.

Bridal: These clocks are the most unusual and most expensive; they have fine carvings and paintings on them.  Often given to the bride on her wedding day.

Country:  Plainer in appearance with less decoration.  Simple hood crowns, may not have a face glass. They are often painted with folk art or in browns, yellows, and reds.

City: a catch-all phrase for all remaining clocks. These ones are often painted black.

Antique Swedish Bridal Mora Clocks
a collection of "bridal" mora clocks!
Clocks made in the North of Sweden were thin and tall.
Clocks made in the South of Sweden were fatter with exaggerated curves.
Antique Swedish Mora Clocks in blue hues
Antique Mora clocks in beautiful blues
Mora clocks do come with original paint; however through the years they have been painted and repainted at times.  The original owners would have never had the "chippy" look; they would have had a new very finely painted clock.  The new "chippy" look is all the rage these days with the shabby-chic look.
Antique Swedish Mora Clocks in Chippy shabby chic white!
antique Mora clocks in chipped down to original wood
They come in all shapes and colors... here are some beautiful blues...
Blue Antique Swedish Mora Clocks
Antique Mora Clocks
These ones are more ornate with finer hand painting...
Beautiful Antique Swedish Mora Clocks
Antique Mora Clocks
Antique mora clocks painted black and gold in the chinoiserie style...
Black Antique Swedish Mora Clocks in Chinoiserie style!
Chinoiserie black and gold antique mora clocks
 Beauty in the simplicity of white and grey...
Antique Swedish Mora Clocks in white and grey

Beautifully decorated, highly ornate with fancy crowns and painted bodies, these are bridal clocks:
Antique Bridal Swedish Mora Clocks
ornate bridal Mora clocks
They do come in all shades, I love these pink and green clocks...
Antique Swedish Mora Clocks in Pink and Green
pink and green antique Mora clocks
Want to know why I did all of this research?!
I bought one!! Yes, it is featured somewhere on this page... stay tuned for the reveal... whenever I receive it!

Where to purchase?? Check out all of these fine antique mora clock dealers from which I took the pictures from: GustavianLone Ranger Antiques, Bagatelle Antiques, Cupboards and Roses, A. Tyner Antiques, Eloquence Inc, Raymond Goins, Scandinavian Antiques & Living , M. Naeve, Maison and Co, C'est La Vie

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Easter 2015: The Easter Table

I am pretty excited about my Easter table this year.  Not a whole lot has changed, but I just love the bunny rabbits!

The little bunnies pulling the wagon are pulling Easter eggs and are a new addition this year from Pottery Barn....

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Weekend Whimsy #2

It's time for Weekend Whimsy... #2. I changed the layout this week, what do you think?
Okay, Let's get right to it.

//ONE//

You need to look at the pictures from this beautiful English Country estate. The tile from this bathroom is from the 1730s! go here!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Packing List: What to Pack to Paris

I travel to Paris and London frequently and I am sharing with you a guide about what to wear to these cities.
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I usually go to Paris and London in the Spring or Fall, but I have been there in the Summer too.
With that in mind, I have created outfits that you can mix and match as well as layer.
The wardrobe I have created is for one week of travel.  If you are going to be there longer, I suggest doing laundry.

I always fit all of my clothes onto a carry-on bag.  I've heard horror stories of lost checked bags on international trips - especially stories in Paris because France frequently goes on strike!
Imagine going to the most fashionable city without clothes! The horror!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Orange Blossom Macarons Recipe like Laduree

I have been back in the kitchen baking macarons.  I have been longing to try Laduree's famous orange blossom macarons, but I just couldn't wait until my trip to Paris in April.  So I attempted to bake them at home!
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Orange Blossom Macaron recipe
The result? DELICIOUSNESS!  I was unsure if I would like them since I don't really like rose flavored things... but the orange blossom flavor is just as if I walked through the orange grove around the block with my mouth open and ate the smell.

No surprise that the blogger of a blog with the name of peonies and orange blossoms likes, well, orange blossom macarons!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Weekend Whimsy

I'm starting a new feature on my blog this weekend.  I'm introducing... "Weekend Whimsy".

It will consist of some of my favorite pictures, articles, and links that I've found throughout the net and want to share with you.

The exact format of this will probably change as I figure out how I like it. This week it's just a week links. But I think next week I'll include some pictures.

I've chosen the weekend to post my favorite items from the week because I often find myself reading blogs on Saturday and Sunday morning and wishing that there were more blog posts on those days.

What is Weekend Whimsy?  It's a fun collection of links and pictures that I found on the web and wanted to share with everyone.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring Pasta Recipe with Asparagus, Avocado, and Peas

I have a delicious Spring pasta recipe for you today!  It contains pretty Spring greens and the creamy sauce is made from... avocado! (I know that sounds weird, the husband was skeptical, but then loved it!)
Spring Pasta with asparagus, peas, and an avocado "cream" sauce! Healthy and delicious, perfect for vegetarians!
Spring Pasta Recipe with pears, asparagus, and avocado!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Kate Spade Spring

I was perusing the Kate Spade website yesterday when I found she has some of her new Spring line online.

She always has fancy clutches but I thought these were particularly fun and putting me in mood for Spring.

Now, I would never use one of these bags because of the odd shape and the volume of stuff I carry in my bag, but they are so much fun!

A flower pot...

Monday, March 2, 2015

Biscoff/Speculoos Cookie Butter Macaron Recipe

Remember how I mentioned how I loved cookie butter.  I had some chocolate macaron shells laying around (yes, I literally have macarons laying around the house... the life of a macaron lover and baker!) and I didn't know what to do them.  I thought... I love cookie butter. I love chocolate macarons. Why not... combine the two?  I made a cookie butter chocolate cupcake here and it was yummy.

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The combination was a win. If you don't know what cookie butter tastes like... it's like brown sugar, caramel, with a hint of spice.
Cookie Butter Biscoff Chocolate Macaron Recipe